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There is no right or wrong way to go about job hunting. From asking friends and contacts, through to looking through local newspapers and recruitments listings, the possible routes to your dream job are many and varied.
Take a long, honest look at yourself and your strengths. Think less along the lines of “how can I find a job” and work more towards “what can I bring to a company?” You may find that there is a career option out there for you which you had previously ruled yourself out for or never even thought about before. Consider the following tips when looking for a job:
- Don't think small. Consider working for some of the leading companies and organisations in the country. Larger businesses always have recruitment opportunities, so rather than searching by job descriptions, why not start hunting for work by assessing company profiles instead? Focussing on some of the big names in industry can often lead to greater rewards in the long run.
- Assess your skill set by sector. Think about whether your skills are suited to the public sector as well as the private one. Government jobs of all kinds often require the sort of commercial acumen that is often only thought of as something private businesses value. Maybe it is time to consider switching sector and looking on government websites for new opportunities?
- Ask around your social network. These days, many people get their jobs because of opportunities that their friends mention to them. Look at friends posts on social media, too, which can be a great source for discovering both part-time and full-time jobs.
- Don't restrict yourself geographically. If you are not able to see the sort of job that you think will be good for you in your locality, then perhaps it is time to search further afield. A dream job may require relocation, but this will be worth it if it means your career aspirations are ultimately fulfilled.
- Change industry. If you think that you are stuck in a rut, then a job in another industry may well freshen things up. For example, all sorts of skills are needed in the travel industry, from accountancy and IT to business development and HR. There is probably something out there for you just waiting to be discovered in another industry which can open up a new world of opportunities. Don't stick to the recruitment pages of trade journals in your industry only.
- Don't just search on the internet. Although there is plenty of advice about career management waiting for you online, there are many jobs which only appear elsewhere. Often high street businesses will advertise situations vacant in their shop window. National and local newspapers are often good sources of information about job developments, too. You could also consider sending out your CV, with a cover letter, speculatively.
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