It’s that time of year again – new school terms and university semesters beckon and for many people it’s a whole new beginning. If you’re looking for a job though, that feeling of a ‘new beginning’ and a fresh start may seem a long way away. It doesn’t have to be like that however. Why not use September and the start of the academic year to give your job search a boost? Here are 5 Ways to Kickstart your Job Search that should help you do just that.
The most important thing to do from the off is to get yourself organised. Don’t simply approach your job search in a haphazard and random way. Create some structure. Plan your days properly. Dedicate specific time to looking for a job – be that the time you spend looking on line or the time you spend networking. Each element of your job search is important but if it’s to be effective, you’ll need to get organised.
Update your CV
If you’ve been sending out the same CV each and every time you apply for a job and not been having any success, then perhaps it’s time to shake things up a little. Start your CV from scratch again or perhaps review what you’ve already got and see how you could improve it. It might not be always easy for you to critique your own CV so perhaps ask a friend or family member to help. A fresh pair of eyes could be all that is needed to see how a few small changes could make a real difference. We’ve previously highlighted lots of ways that you can improve your CV so why not use some of those tips?
Look at other areas
If you’ve been quite restrictive in your job search and it’s not been successful to date, then it could be worthwhile to widen your horizons somewhat. Don’t simply look at jobs in one market sector, even if that is where you have always worked previously. Identify your transferable skills and see what other sectors and areas you could potentially work in. Many people make career changes at all stages in their lives so it really is a case of it’s never too late! By putting all your eggs in one basket as it were, you could be seriously hindering your job search success.
Improve your employability
There are all sorts of ways that you can improve your employability and the new academic year is as good a time as any to start doing just that. Whether it means you embarking on a new course of study, learning a language or improving your IT skills, it will certainly not be a wasted exercise. By spending any ‘out of work’ time in a constructive manner, you will be giving a much more positive impression to any potential employer.
Do more networking
Searching for a job can be quite lonely at times. You can spend hours poring over online job boards, completing job applications or sending CVs and never actually engage with another person at all. That is why networking is so important. Attending networking events in your local area where you could meet potential employers is really advantageous. Meeting and engaging with the right people can make all the difference. Also, don’t underestimate the power or social networking and your job search. Developing connections on LinkedIn or engaging with relevant people on Twitter can really give your job search a boost and if you’re not already doing this, you should certainly start.
We hope that by highlighting 5 Ways to Kickstart your Job Search, we’ve helped you do just that. Got any other tips you’d like to share? Why not let us know via the comments section below.