Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Job hunting and getting the job you want

You have decided what you want to do for a job and are busy job hunting.  Perhaps you have decided to pursue a career change.  Perhaps you are returning to work or developing your existing career path.  How is your job hunt going?  Are you getting the results you want?   

Job hunting can be tiring and time consuming.  It often involves searching endlessly through job adverts with an eagerness to match personal skills to job specifications.  If you are starting to find that you have been battling away at your job search for weeks now and your approach is not working, ask yourself the following questions?

1.     Do I have a really clear idea of my career direction?
2.     Am I giving my job hunt adequate time?
3.     Have I developed a system to help me organise my job search?
4.     Am I using all my resources?  As well as applying for advertised vacancies, am I using networking techniques, recruitment consultants and speculative approaches to help me get the job I want?

If the answer is ‘no’ to any of these questions, take a step back and consider how you can improve your job search and start adapting some of your job hunting techniques.  Committing to your search in this way will increase your chances of success and open up further opportunities for you.    

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