Keeping your Job Search on Track
The economy in Ireland is starting to turn around, but competition for open jobs remains fierce. For job hunters, the mental and financial stresses mount every day they remain unemployed. To keep job-search momentum high and attitudes positive, it's important to follow a few simple steps from the experts.
Hunting for a job can quickly start to feel like a never-ending journey. As the country emerges from the Great Recession, early signs of job growth are appearing, but there is still unprecedented competition when it comes to finding employment.
If you're looking for a job, follow these top seven tips for job searching and you'll put yourself on the fast track to employment:
Tip No. 1: Get offline and score some face time
Many times people are on the computer applying online as a primary form of job searching. While the computer can be instrumental, a good job search utilises additional tactics. In addition to passive job search tactics, such as doing online applications where there is heavy competition, also incorporate activities such as face-to-face informational interviews.
Tip No. 2: Treat job searching like a job
Searching for a job is a job in itself, and should be treated as such. A good rule of thumb is to do 10 things each day in support of your job search. Five of those things can be done online, like finding and applying for jobs, and writing emails to strengthen your career network. The other five things should be personal contact with people who may be able to help..
Tip No. 3: Join professional associations and network
Affiliations are indispensable when searching for employment. Attending association functions or business open houses puts you in front of people who may be hiring. No one knows how wonderful you are if you're hiding behind your computer.
Tip No. 4: Volunteer or apprentice without pay
Volunteering to work without pay may sound like the antithesis of job searching, but in reality it's a great way to make connections and prove your worth. Offer your service to someone in the field you want to enter. Ask if you can shadow him or her for a few days. Who wouldn't want free labor? If he or she says no, you move on to the next opportunity. Many volunteers become so effective while working that companies have created positions for them.
Tip No. 5: Volunteer for community service
While unemployed it's easy for days to flow into weeks to flow into months. Stop the snowball effect and make productive use of your time every day. Volunteer for any type of community service that interests you. It provides numerous benefits. It gets you out of the house and introduces you to new people. You never know when you'll meet someone who may be hiring. The experience also looks great on a resume, and can fill gaps in employment.
Tip No. 6: Use the phone to your best advantage
Keep in touch. For example, after meeting people in your industry of interest, call them to solidify the relationship. Ask for information on which companies may be hiring. These ongoing relationships will serve you well throughout your career, but especially while job searching.
Tip No. 7: Use social websites to your advantage
More and more people are turning to social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn in their searches for employment. The websites make it easy to connect with others who share your interests. Make sure you keep your profiles and conversations professional, and stay up-to-date on industry happenings, so conversations reflect your intelligence and enthusiasm for your career.