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Top tips when looking for a new career

Job-SearchA brand New Year means a fresh start and an opportunity to look for a new direction in your career path.

Not one to leave you alone out there in the scary job world all by yourselves, Blue Octopus are here with 8 easy tips to help give you the best chance at searching for and securing that new role.

  1. Networking – In today’s world many professionals use social media and networking websites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. These platforms can give you the opportunity to communicate with recruiters and help you to understand what they look for in candidates, ask questions and build contacts which will aid you in your job search.
  2. Research before applying – With the vast majority of jobs now being advertised online it can be an easy option to simply click and apply, especially if you’ve been job seeking for a while. If you carry on like this and don’t research the companies, you will not get the results you want. Not only will the research give insight into what they may be looking for but it will also help you decide if the company is the right fit for you.      
  3. Have a passion, but don’t limit yourself – Many people want a job within their dream industry which is fantastic when you achieve it but don’t limit yourself by only applying for something that specific. Lots of people have grown to enjoy their work even when it wasn’t something they thought was enjoyable or exciting at the time.
  4. Professional contact – One of the first things recruiters will see is your email address. Remember to keep it appropriate, even if you need to create a new one (which only takes 2-3 minutes) as this first impression of you can be make or break even if you don’t realise it.
  5. Keep your CV relevant – Remember to always tailor it to best emphasise the key skills and abilities that are relevant to the role you are applying for. For more advice on this, read our blogs on CV writing tips.
  6. Your social media profile - Most people have social media accounts now so recruiters are starting to use them as a window into what the candidate is really like, so always remember that most social media sites are public and keep them professional when job seeking. Delete inappropriate posts and comments that might damage your reputation to improve your chances of employment.
  7. Interviewing – It’s great to believe in yourself but don’t oversell as it can come across as arrogant or smug. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice as this shows that you’re willing to learn from critique and it will help you with any further interviews or assessments. As well as this, you must also of course stay professional and dress the part.
  8. Last but most important, keep positive – Remember to keep your spirits up during the job hunting period. You may get rejected a few times but never give up. Keep trying as a top job seeker is always persistent.

Hopefully these simple tips will help you and if there is something you’ve found that works for you, don’t hesitate to comment and add to the list to help more people as they search for that new career path in 2014.



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