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Career Corner: Things To Do When Starting A Job Search

by Stephanie Koathes Jan 20, 2021

Searching for a job can be a difficult, exhausting process but everyone has to do it at some point. Knowing what to do when looking for a job will help to smooth things along. Here are seven things to do when starting your job search.


Know what you want

When starting a job search it's important to have a clear idea of what you're looking for in a new job. Assess what you want and why you want to do that kind of work. You can use an online self-assessment tool to help guide you.


Networking is important

Oftentimes jobs are filled without being advertised so networking is essential. Make use of the contacts you already have who could help you get your foot in the door or point you in a promising direction. Expand your network. Get out and meet people both in your field and out. Go to conferences and other industry events. Remember that any social occasion can be a great networking opportunity, from parties and volunteering events to the gym, look at everything as a chance to meet people.  


Get your résumé up to scratch

Spend time and craft a formatted, edited and proofread "master" version of your réesumée before you begin your search. You can then adjust your résumé to emphasise specific qualifications or experiences when you find specific positions to apply for.


Remember the Keywords

When applying for a job online, chances are that your réesumée will go through an automated applicant tracking system. It's very important to include the same keywords that appear in the job description in your réesumée and cover letter. This increases your chances of being matched with available positions.


Don't forget social media

Potential employers will likely search for you online.  Before you start applying, spend time cleaning up your online presence and making your social media platforms as private as possible. 


Have manageable goals

Looking for a job is stressful and time consuming. Set achievable goals, for example, you could plan to apply for five jobs per week. Make sure to set aside time to accomplish these goals.






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