Category: Job Hunting Tips


How to beat the job hunting blues

winter blues

Job hunting can be a daunting task when you are in a position you are anxious to get out of. If you are currently unemployed, your job hunting may be driven by desperation and the need to pay your bills. Regardless of your situation, job hunting can be frustrating and takes a good deal of patience. In today’s job market, it could take you anywhere from a couple of months to a year to land THE RIGHT position. It will take committing a good deal of time each day to actively searching for new jobs and applying with a good resume and cover letter to increase your chances of shortening the time in which it takes you to get a job offer. Here are a few facts and tips that can help you beat the job-hunting blues:

IT’S AN UPHILL BATTLE

Realize that the unemployment rate is at an all-time low so it may take a good length of time to find a job due to the saturated state of the job market. The most recently released figures show the unemployment rate to be at around a low 4%. Don’t get discouraged and keep at it. Eventually you will land a job.

BE PRO-ACTIVE

Actively searching for a new job will help you feel as if you are accomplishing something. If you aren’t working, devote 4-6 hours a day to the job hunt. If you are, try to spend at least 1-2 hours per day job hunting. It is not advisable to job hunt from your current job-or you could end up out of a job sooner than planned.

USE YOUR CONNECTIONS – Get Better Connected ( are you social yet )

Put the word out to friends, family and other connections that you are in the market for a new job. This is one of the best ways to land a new position and the referral of a friend bodes well too. Many jobs are filled in this way before the company even has a chance to advertise the opening.

UPDATE YOUR CV  AND COVER LETTER

Your CV and cover letter are absolutely essential to scoring interviews. They make the first impression for you. Check and double check for typos and customize your documents each time you apply to a position. If you can afford it, consider having a professional write you a great resume and cover letter. A CV and cover letter you are proud of will set your mind at ease that you are doing everything you can to make yourself desirable to companies.

Make sure you have good key words to get you found. Look at the jobs you are applying for and check you have similar wording in your CV and the Computer will match you to it!

FOLLOW-UP

Follow-up a few days to a week after you submit an application, resume and cover letter. Take care to follow the company’s instructions. Keep a list of companies and job references so you look organised and efficient  If their employment ad said “no phone calls please”, follow their directions and follow-up via email instead. Not being able to follow directions off the bat is not a good first impression!

So get Focused, Organised and chase the jobs you want or they may not chase you!

Staying motivated and keeping your momentum up during a job search can be challenging, even for scrappy professionals. Here are some practical tips to give yourself a leg up when you feel your energy for your job search is waning.

Adopt some practical steps, which can shorten your job search. Reference your performance appraisals and evaluations to remind you of your accomplishments. Also, consider meeting with former colleagues to help jog your memory. This value-added information can help round out and optimize your résumé and other self-marketing activities and materials.

Partner with another job seeker and/or form a job-seeker group to provide organization and support for your search, and build in accountability.

Increase your skills and marketability by taking courses or attaining certifications in your field. You can also access and read up on information related to your industry, upcoming trends and relevant news to keep abreast of important information. Leverage the Internet as a bottomless resource while monitoring to make sure you don’t spend all of your time online.

Follow up with companies after interviews as a regular practice.

Keep your agency in the loop. Client will ask for feedback on how well you handled the process and if you are really ready to move before making you an offer

via How To Re-Energize Your Job Search – Forbes.com.

It’s all about technology and thinking like a database user!

Click this link to read this great article and get found!

BBC News – Beating the recruitment machines.

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More on optimising your CV

Expert top tips: upload your CV.

At the Connections Companies we have invested time and money into developing our knowledge and skills in, understanding new media.

Penny Scambler has been recruiting for 25 years; and during this quarter century of working closely, and often exclusively, with a range of organisations, within and outside of hospitality, some small high value, others reaching the masses. She has seen technology evolve and streamline recruitment practice.

The latest business process to be re-engineered is marketing, branding and communication.

What has this got to do with recruitment you may ask?

Successful brands with recognisable identity attract more people to their organisation. Customers employees and now ‘cyber noise’ (I hope I’m not loosing you at this point.) Traditional, tried, tested and trusted methods of advertising and marketing seem easier to understand because of our direct experiences.

So social media may seem alien to you, but it  has become what Penny and her team do every day. They have adapted their operation systems and operating style to embrace the online media channels to reach a more targeted audience.

This form of networking is reactive and merging rapidly into traditional forms of engagement. The phone still rings, but not as often. You’re inbox is mainly spam. The postman only delivers utility bills.

Everything is online and your phone is buzzing constantly with alerts, everything is HOT HOT HOT!!

So being social media literate or knowing someone who is becoming increasingly important. Keep on top of the change!

For more information on outsourcing your social recruitment to the Connections Companies; contact Penny Scambler – MD

Tel: 01827 897 665

Email: penny@management-conenctions.co.uk

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