Sunday, 12 July 2015

Sunday Advice: Finding a Job

Job Advice Job Tips CV Tips Finding A Job

My 20th birthday is coming up this month, and it's weird to think that for my last birthday that I had an interview for my first full time job (and got it), without any real idea of what I was going to do for the rest of my life. For the first time in my life I had no school, no college and no plans for university, so all that was left was to find a job at just about 19.

Although I'm by no means an expert in this field, I thought I'd share a few tips that I picked up along my way:

- Keep note.
For a recent college-leaver, this was so important (and kept my organised mind happy!) Every time I'd apply for a job I'd keep notebook of what the role was, when I applied and through what website I saw the role advertised on. 

- Tailor your CV to the role. 
Again, super important if you want to stand out. If you're going for a particular job that you have specialists skills for, make sure you highlight those areas and put all experience and previous jobs related to it at the top of your CV. Total Jobs have a great CV tips post here.

- Shop around. 
And I don't mean shopping on ASOS! Nowadays there's so many places where companies are advertising new roles that you're spoilt for choice. Previously I've used Monster and Total Jobs as my main websites, but also Twitter and LinkedIn are great places to find a job. Also try signing up to industry specific newsletters who advertise the latest jobs in that field.

- Allocate your time.
Lets face it, looking for a job takes time and dedication. Make sure you set aside a couple of hours each day or how ever long you can spare to looking and applying for jobs. Or create a goal of applying for X number of jobs per day/week. It helps to keep you on track.

- Don't get downhearted.
There's that saying that rejection can only make you stronger. I totally believe that and it proves that there's something better waiting for you somewhere else. If you do get a rejection for a particular job, perhaps ask the interviewer if there was something you could've done better or if there's something that's missing from your CV, which helps improve on yourself for the next interview!

I hope this helps anyone looking for a job or advice on the next step!

What's your best tip for finding a job?

Rhiannon x

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