There is more to looking for a job than making sure your CV is tailored and tidy. There are a number of other tips you can utilise to give yourself the best possible chance of landing a great and fulfilling job.
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1. Enlist the Help of a Recruitment Agency
It’s important to understand that not all jobs are openly advertised. Some of the very best positions are entrusted to recruitment agencies and specialised organisations such as SmartWorker who look for staff with the skills, experience, knowledge and qualifications required. Different recruitment organisations specialise in recruiting staff for particular sectors and industries. If you have specialised skills – such as IT, sales, office administration or retail – seek out a recruiter that specialises in matching candidates with jobs in your specialty area.
2. Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Advice
When it comes to job-seeking, it’s more than okay to ask others for advice. Building relationships and opening up channels of communication with the people you would like to work with is a great strategy for learning more about the field and deciding on the professional direction you want to take. By making such in-roads, you may even find that you are front of mind when a job opening comes about at a company you would love to work for.
3. Following Your Passion is not Essential
Following your passion is good advice for some people, but it doesn’t apply to everyone. Many successful and happy professionals did not forge a career doing something they love or are passionate about. To the contrary, many of these professionals discovered that their passion for their work developed with the passing of time and as they improved, grew in confidence and felt an increased sense of control over their career.
The best tip here is certainly not to completely ignore your passions, but be open to other areas and opportunities in which your passion, enthusiasm and confidence may grow.
4. Be Proactive in Creating your own Position
It’s unlikely that your dream job will come and find you. There is great value in studying in the field or industry that you would like to transition into and pinpointing a company for which you would like to work. When you take this approach, you have the opportunity to understand the challenges that the company faces and craft a solution for them that can be shared.
5. Listen Well
As a job seeker, you need to be a skilled listener. Avoid getting caught up in the process of looking for a job and instead learn to listen. The ability to listen effectively and knowing when to talk is tremendously important on both professional and personal levels. Similarly, it’s wise to be attuned to when questions should be asked.
If you are a job seeker and keen to secure work quickly, remember that it’s just as important to know that an industry, organisation or role is compatible with you and what you want for your professional future. Apply these strategies to assist you to find a fulfilling, interesting and enjoyable role.