How to succeed in your job search?
Once you've updated your CV, you can finally start your job search.
To be effective, be organized, structured and methodical. Indeed, finding a job is not an easy task.
Here are some tips for a successful job search.
Create a quiet place:
Avoid sitting on the sofa or at the living room table to do your research. The best is to arrange a quiet space, separate from the living space (to avoid noise and solicitations from loved ones or screens), with all the tools you need for your research: desk, computer, telephone, diary, etc ...
Learn time management:
You are the only one who can decide the pace of your research. Your agenda will be your main ally and the passing of time your worst enemy. It is essential that you visualize the deadlines in the short and medium term. So start by organizing your weeks by setting up, for example, a 15-day agenda with appointments, trade shows and / or training sessions. Then, between your trips, reserve time slots to write your application letters, to call back the people contacted or met, to relaunch companies.
Target your search:
Before rushing headlong on job sites, you have to take stock and think about your goals. Ask yourself the right questions :
- What are my skills ? My motivations ?
- What do I have to offer the employer?
- What working environment?
- What are my weaknesses?
- What type of position and company should I target?
- What salary?
- What geographical area?
- Have I identified any companies I would like to work for?
- Do they have any competitors?
Indeed, it is important not to get lost and to target what you are looking for in order to be able to explain it clearly. A recruiter receiving an application that does not match what they are looking for will eliminate them very quickly.
The same effort is also expected when writing the CV (see article CV: One or two pages?) and the cover letter. It is of course not a question of "tampering" with his profile to make it correspond exactly with the job offer.
but to personalize it according to the position sought, in order to highlight the most relevant aspects and significant experiences.
Often neglected, preparation is nevertheless essential in a job search. The first step is to take note of all the details of each position (company, missions, dates, contacts, etc.). Without it, if you receive
an unexpected call from a recruiter interested in your profile and you no longer remember the offer or when you applied for it, the interview may start badly.
Good organization also includes regularly updating your profile on job sites and using a specific mailbox to send your applications in order to collect responses. A better way to archive but
also better present yourself to employers.
Example: firstname.lastname@example.org (@prontomail @gmail @orange or @free recruiters have no preference but avoid email@example.com it is not professional).
Target job sites to apply:
Today, companies and recruiting firms use recruiting websites to advertise their advertisements. If you want examples: Indeed, Linkedin, Monster, and many more.
Subscribe to “job” alerts:
It is important to set up tools on your phone or computer to enable you to receive job alerts. This can mean subscribing to the newsletter or simply activating "receive alerts" on the sites directly. Indeed can send you all the ads that match your search on WhatsApp if you wish.
Check out the morning and evening announcements:
Find out as much as possible about the news in your industry, from advertisements on the web or in local newspapers. Do not hesitate to return to see the ad sites during the day, you never know, if an opportunity arises, you can respond to it as soon as possible.
Check your mailbox every day:
If you are registered on several sites and you are going to receive "job" alerts, you should, if possible, check your mailbox every day. Especially since if you are applying for jobs that are several days old, the recruiter may have already selected their shortlist.
Follow up on your applications:
List the recruiters to whom you sent your application. List those who responded to you and those you need to follow up. The ideal is to follow up on the applications in a spreadsheet (Excel for example), with the sending dates, the companies solicited, the positions and the feedback obtained. A regularly updated table can save you a lot of time and motivate you to advance.