Five tips for job hunters


Let's face it, getting a job is hard work. Although we all know someone who insists they fell into the job of their dreams, the reality is, most of us will apply for a number of jobs throughout the course of our career. In fact, I know people that applied for over twenty internships - and this is before they even landed their first "real" job!  Over the years, I have read a number of friends, colleagues, students and family members applications and cover letters for a huge variety of jobs. While every job is different, applying for jobs is often a daunting prospect and we all need as much help as we can get to land the job we want.

Ready to win the job hunt game? Read on!

I was thrilled when Emma, corporate lawyer and amazing blogger at Roots and Wings, offered to share her handy list of "5 Things Successful Job Hunters Do To Get Hired" with Making It Up readers. After applying for over 50 jobs and interviewing for around 30, Emma definitely knows what she is talking about and has some great advice for fellow job hunters!

As Emma says, there is a method to the madness of getting hired in this economy. So what does she suggest you do when you are thinking about applying for a new job?

1. Reach out - they say 80% of jobs are never advertised, so use your networks! Failing that, reach out to the person listed on the job advertisement and give your application a human touch.

2. Go bespoke - always personalise your application! Do your research about the company you are applying for. When I was interviewing for a seasonal clerk position at my firm, I was asked to discuss some key clients and matters the firm had worked on recently.

3. Tell your story - even the sub plots. As Emma says, "extracurricular activities, travel gaps, baby breaks, study ventures ... all make you an interesting and diverse candidate with something unique to offer".

4. Give as good as you get - don't be afraid to ask questions. If you are in an interview and you are unhappy with an answer you get, perhaps this is a warning sign that will save a lot of heartache down the track.

5. Bring back the three-day-rule - follow up and stay on the radar. Even if you miss out on a job because someone with 20 degrees, years of experience and speaks five languages nabbed the job, never miss an opportunity to get some feedback which might be invaluable next time around.

If you haven't raced to Emma's full post already, don't forget to check out 5 Things Successful Job Hunters Do To Get Hired for heaps more insights.

Do you have a secret weapon when hunting for jobs? What works and doesn't work for you when you are interviewing? Comment below, I would love to hear from you.



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