Job hunting can be a very stressful and difficult time for most of us especially
when it’s the result of losing your job rather than choosing to leave. As hard
as it may be, try not to look at your current situation as world ending because
it isn’t, instead look on this situation as the universe’s way of telling you loudly
that what you were doing in the past needed changing, so take this time given
to you to reflect and plan your next move strategically.
Most people at this point make a critical mistake, they simply dust of the old CV
and blitz the market place with it by loading it up on to every job board and submit
it to every recruitment company known to man, this is a DISASTER and a fatal
mistake. Take the time to review your CV first and ask yourself if this CV
represents me and my skill set effectively? am I proud of myself when I read this
CV? If not redo your CV until its excellent and if you can’t, get help. In addition, get
yourself an excellent LinkedIn profile and make sure it reflects your CV.
Identify the job that suits your skill set, if you don’t have the skill then up skill. Seek
out the companies you would like to work for and research them, check out their
website, check out the latest vacancies on job boards, newspapers and seek out
recruitment companies that specialise in your industry.
When the above is complete, connect & network in person, don’t expect the internet
to do the work for you, you are one of thousands looking for a job so hunt effectively.
If you would like to send your CV directly to an employer or recruitment company, find
out the contact name in that organisation and ring them in person, let them know you
are on the lookout or interested in the job advertised and ask them if it is OK for you
to send your CV to them directly, in doing this you are building a rapport and putting a
voice and a living person behind your CV, vitally important
Look at your job search as a project and remember don’t panic, reflect and plan strategically.