09 Apr 2019
When you first embark on a job hunt, it can be tempting to hit the ground running and hurry the process, but it is best to ensure you have prepared efficiently to avoid wasted time. Follow this job search checklist in order to feel more organised:
- Identify your goals
The first step, and perhaps the most important, is to begin job hunting with a good indication of what you are looking for. Explore your passions and skills and what it is that you prioritise – whether that is money or working in a particular sector. Write your thought process down, use moodboards and research as much as possible… this will save you a lot of time in the long run!
- Prepare a CV
Once you have narrowed down your options, prepare your CV according to each job description. Ensure you have dedicated time and effort to this document, as it can make or break your chance of being hired. Stick to a neat format, check for any grammatical errors and keep it to two pages. Your Curriculum Vitae should summarise your work experience, education and your professional personality, while also listing your successes.
- Write a cover letter
A cover letter is not always required, but even when it is not specified, writing one can leave a good impression. Again, this document should be visually appealing and have no mistakes – but unlike a CV, a cover letter should include additional information and describe you and your achievements in a way bullet points could not.
- Be mindful of social media
Steer clear of posting any messy or controversial content to your social media – and try remove past posts. An unfavourable photo or old status may easily hinder your application process. Meanwhile, you should also be working to boost social media platforms like LinkedIn in order to connect with people in your same industry.
- Prepare for an interview
Once you have secured an interview, you should work on preparing efficiently for it. This includes coming up with examples beforehand in order to explain your skills and experiences, dressing up the part and planning ahead to show up on time.
- Research your industry and company
This should be a given, but it is vital that you know the industry you would like to work in, well. Remain up to date with relevant news and educational articles that can really boost your interview and cast a great impression. Researching the company you may potentially work for is also important, and not just for the interviewer (who will likely test your understanding of the company’s objectives) but also for yourself, so as to provide a clearer indication of whether this is the right path for you.
- Know your worth
Yes, feeling anxious before an interview is not a rare occurrence, but ultimately, it is best you think of the interview as simply a professional conversation. Remind yourself that you are an asset to their company, and that they want the right employee as much as you want the job.