MoneyMagpie have published a fantastic list of 50 ways to get a job, which is well worth a read if you’re currently unemployed or are looking for a change in your present job.
We’re going to pickout some of the best tips and add some of own comments:
- Put yourself on a cool online job site – Jobfact! isn’t a site I was aware of, but will definitely take a look. As MoneyMagpie point out, it’s an anonymous job site, which has its advantages, but it also pays you £100 if you refer a friend who gets a job through them. Bonus! Don’t just stick with one job website though, there are plenty to submit your CV to, and once you’ve developed a CV you’re happy with, get it out to as many sites as possible (but tailor them to the job you’re applying for!) and let them do the work for you.
- Get online help with your CV – yep, there’s loads of info online about writing your CV, but it’s very easy just to end up copying other people’s CVs, so try and think for yourself whilst following certain guidelines.
- Network & network online – as I’ve mentioned before, if you’ve lost your job there’s no point trying to hide it from people, let them know. If they don’t have a job to give you, they may know someone who does. And like other products and services, word of mouth is often a better guarantee of the quality of the candidate than any CV. With websites such as LinkedIn, which is essentially a Facebook for grown-ups, networking with a large number of people in your industry is even easier. Get yourself a LinkedIn login (even if you’re still in a job!) and build your profile, including your skills, career history, achievements etc., and start to link with your colleagues, suppliers, and possibly even your customers, essentially anyone you think could be relevant to your future career. Check out LinkedIn’s job lists too.
- Watch what you put on social networking sites – we’ve just mentioned networking online, and Facebook and the like could also be good tools for this, as your friends and family may also be able to help you with your job search. But this may not be the case if you’ve already burned your bridges because you post updates about being drunk each night or upload photos of yourself showing your bottom, or any other nastiness you can think of. In the future, employers will no doubt be keeping an eye on our social media footprints, so it’s a good idea to keep your bad language and naughty snaps for the confines of your own home, not where almost anyone can see them. It’s also a bad idea to start slagging off your ex-boss or company, as you never know when you might need a good reference, and its silly to burn your bridges in this way.
Those are just a few thoughts from the 50 tips, go and read them for yourself.
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