I can’t believe how quickly this year is flying by! Scarily, I finish uni next month and I am terrified of the prospect of having to leave the ‘student life bubble’ and fend for myself in the outside world… Right now I’m in the process of looking for a job for when I finish! Who doesn’t love the stress of applying for jobs, right? Also, I’m not a huge fan of getting those dreaded rejection emails or even the companies that don’t bother getting back to you! What’s that all about?! It would take them literally no time at all to send back a response like “thank you for your application, unfortunately, you weren’t successful” or even “Yaay, you got an interview!”. So, I thought I would share with you some tips and tricks on how to look for your dream job and hopefully get it!
- Make sure your CV is up-to-date and makes you SHINE
There’s nothing wrong with blowing your own trumpet once in a while and no more so than when you are writing your CV! We all find it hard to talk ourselves up and have a good boast (though I’ve met some people who can do this a little too well…) but if you want to stand out from the crowd you’re going to have to bite the bullet and go for it. Google is your best friend when it comes to looking at the best layout that suits you! Mine starts with a short paragraph highlighting my strongest skills, a few bullet points listing my education and grades and then a skills profile matching the skills I have with the experience I have – you can always alter these to suit each job you apply for!
- Keep a list!
If you’re like me then you will take any opportunity to make a good list! Make a list (or a spreadsheet if you are tech savvy!) of all the jobs that you have applied for and include whether or not you have had a response and maybe even an interview date. That way you can always send a little follow-up email if you haven’t heard anything for a while!
- Make time to job-hunt
It may be tempting to just quickly send off your CV when the latest job alert email pops up but it is important to take time and thoroughly check out the job and make sure you are eligible and also if it’s something that you actually want to do first! Also, it reduces the chances of you making a mistake – even I’ve been guilty of sending off my CV and forgetting to attach the cover letter!
- Location, Location, Location!
Make sure you’ve thought about where you’d like to work! I restricted myself to a specific area because I wanted to be close enough to home so that I could easily pop back and forth (sorry mum!). It may be that you don’t have restrictions and can move anywhere, especially if you find your dream job! It can be a lot easier to find jobs if you know where you would like to live so that you aren’t trawling through thousands of job adverts or getting 10,000 emails a day from job sites – I get about 5 a day and that’s bad enough!
- Keep your social media in check
We’ve all had the talk from teachers back in the day warning you about posting all your boozy snaps on Facebook – well remarkably, they were right! Nowadays a lot of employers do a quick search of the internet to see what your social media presence is like and if you will be the right fit for the company. Regularly check your privacy settings and make sure that anything that could be slightly ‘dodgy’ is kept private!
- Build your LinkedIn account
LinkedIn is used by so many employers these days that it’s good to have a well-presented profile to show off all your achievements – think of it as a professional Facebook without all the embarrassing photos your mates have tagged you in! Write a little introductory statement promoting the best bits about you and end it with a sentence about what you like to do outside of work and what you love, i.e. I put on mine that I love a cup of tea and giant pandas! It just makes it a little more personal and makes you seem more approachable.
- Set up email alerts
I know I was saying earlier that job alerts can be annoying but in truth, they are actually useful to ensure that you get the latest updates on the job that you want! And the more applications you send out the more likely you are to get an interview and a job, right?
Anyway, I hope these tips helped and remember JUST BE YOURSELF, you’re fab!