Job hunting can be an exciting and interesting time as it involves planning, decision making, meeting new people and impressing potential employers with your education, knowledge, personality and skills. But unfortunately, it can also be a time of repeated disappointments. We know how difficult the job search process can be, so we are giving you our top 7 job search tips for 2021 to help you get noticed, get interviews and get that dream job.

  1. Clean Up Your Social Media Accounts
    Google yourself! See what appears. This is the first impression that potential employers will receive of you.

They will certainly Google you and check social media platforms to learn more about you. Cleaning up your social media means removing offensive photographs, long political or religious rants or inappropriate content.

Check your privacy settings so that public viewers cannot see too much information. They should be able to see your photograph and basic information. Make sure your photograph looks professional and positive.

  1. Improve Your LinkedIn Profile
    LinkedIn is not only an important networking and powerful job search tool, it is also a public representation of your professional self.

Make sure that your profile photograph looks perfect. If you don’t have a suitable photograph, paying a professional photographer to take a photograph of you for LinkedIn (or any other social media platform) is a financial investment in yourself and your career.

Make sure that your LinkedIn profile’s dates and job descriptions does not contradict your CV.

If you want to keep your job search confidential from your employer and colleagues, remember to turn off your Activity Broadcasts in privacy settings.

  1. Network as Much as Possible
    Leveraging your existing contacts, friends, family and ex-colleagues is one of the most effective job search tips and techniques, as when you are referred to a company by someone who knows you, it means that something positive about you is already known.

Go to networking events, spend time making phone calls, talk to people at social events and get the word out there that you are looking for a job. You will be surprised at how far this will get you.

Networking often enables you to hear about potential upcoming vacancies that have not yet been advertised.

  1. Make Job Hunting Your Job
    Set specific times during the day for making applications, communicating with contacts and networking with family, friends and ex-colleagues.

  2. Tailor Your Resume
    Tailoring your resume means highlighting the skills that are most relevant to the job for which you are applying. For example, if you’re applying for a computer programming job, emphasize your computer skills and technical related work experience. If you have done any relevant volunteering, make sure to mention it.

  3. Time Management and Goal Setting
    Landing the job you want is an extremely demanding and time consuming activity which can involve a lot of disappointments. It is important to set a schedule in order to prevent you from getting overwhelmed and to make time for relaxation. Set yourself some goals and write them down. For example: My goal is to send out 5-6 online applications by the end of the week, or to network with 4 friends who work in company X and company Y by Thursday.
  1. Research
    You will certainly be asked what you already know about the company during your interview so it is important that you research thoroughly by looking at their website and read any media articles about the company. They want to gauge your level of interest in the company and to assess your research skills. Learn about the company’s products, services, clients and competitors.
    At the end of the interview, they are very likely to ask you if you have any questions, and your research will help you to impress them by formulating intelligent questions.

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