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How to be proactive in your job search

1st July 2019

Job searching is never easy but with some planning and good organisation you could find yourself in a new role quicker than you think.

Here are a few practical ways of searching for a new job:

Understand and review your skills

We gain many new skills throughout our working lives, which are often forgotten. However, it is often these skills that will set you apart from other jobseekers. Begin by drawing up a list of all the skills you have acquired to date and make a note of all qualifications and training you have gained. Analyse the tasks and jobs you conducted in any current and previous employment to create a list of your skills and abilities.

Assess the type of job you would like

Having an understanding of your skills and talents will provide you with a clearer picture on the types of jobs you are most suited for. It is important not to simply apply for every job going, but rather seek out those jobs for which you are ideally suited, and for which you are qualified to do.

Target the right companies

Do you want to be a big fish in a small pond or would you rather have the safety of a large organisation with job security and a clear career path? Knowing what you want allows you to narrow down your search and spend more time on applying for the roles you really want.

Build a network

Networking is getting to know people who can help you develop your career prospects. You don’t need to be a big shot or the most outgoing person in the world to network effectively, just keep your ears open and listen for information that could work to your advantage.

Keep your spirits up

One of the main attributes of a successful job seeker is persistence. Do not let rejection put you off, the market is competitive but the more jobs you apply for the better your chance of finding employment are.

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