4 Jun 2014

Ten tips for effective Job Seeking

Dave Hall

There’s often a fine line between dream job success and another week of uploading CV attachments.

Ngee Key, the founder of coaching and training firm Springboard Talent has been busy brainstorming his little black book of life’s great advice and created this hit-list of top tips to give all you prospective job-seekers the edge.

1. Don’t underestimate the power of first impressions

That all-important first impression is often bandied about as the key to job success – but it doesn’t just start with that first handshake in the interview room. From the moment you land at a prospective employers, it’s common sense to work your mojo magic with everybody you encounter. The receptionist? The security dude? Yep, they’re your new BFFs.

2. Be patient and remain positive

Recruitment takes time, so ease up on the telephone follow-ups post interview and don’t put your your job opportunities in one employment basket. It is important to show you’re keen however. Sending a chirpy follow-up email to the hiring manager following your interview will help you stand out from the pack.

3. Put together a portfolio

Employers just don’t want to hear about your work nowadays – they want to see it. One page portfolios are becoming the latest trend to take over from CVs. These typically one page docs offer the likes of your mission statement, professional objectives, as well as links to samples of work.

4. Use the Internet to your advantage

Make yourself sound big time. Often a personal webpage with your bio, CV and portfolio will leave employers thinking you’re kind of a big deal. As well as the classic LinkedIn page, having Instagram or Vimeo profiles will also show your creative (and human) edge.

5. Practice going to a job interview

As socially awkward as it is to ask your friends or flat-mate to put you through your interview paces, you’ll find it’s really worth it. You’ll notice a huge difference and benefit from thrashing out your answers orally versus in your head and a few friendly pointers will also leave you feeling more confident pre-interview.

6. Build a network of reliable contacts

In this cut-throat world of networking and serial mingling, it’s often best to spice meetings with a personal touch. When engaging with potential contacts at an event or otherwise, try holding back on solely taking shop and introduce more real-life topics, from the M50 traffic to personal interests.

7. Nurture your brand

You don’t have to consider yourself a corporate American sell-out to market yourself well. When it comes to selling yourself, it’s a good idea to recognize what you’re offering and maintain a consistent presence over your various social media accounts. Also consider getting business cards. You are your own brand. Now you just have to buy-in into it.

8. Stop comparing yourself to others

So, Mark Zuckerberg was a billionaire at twenty-something. Quit beating yourself up. Comparing yourself to freak-of-nature entrepreneurs, your high-powered peers or your secondary school nemesis isn’t wise. Try to use other people’s successes to motivate you rather than break your job-seeking stride.

9. Never stop learning

Enrolling in a flower-arranging class while looking for a job as a gTech software engineer might not seem like the obvious strategy – but think again. Employers love to see a variety of skills and interests in a candidate’s CV so if you don’t have a white belt in judo, now’s a good time to reconsider.

10. Live healthy, and live well

At the end of the day it’s all about that work (or looking for work) and life balance. Whether it means pumping out those endorphins at a Zumba class or going on the Friday night lash with your mates, keeping your social life on the rails while you job-hunt will also keep a healthy outlook on tracks.

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