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Tips & Advice For Landing The Job You Want In 2017

Looking to make a jump start with your career this Year?  You’re in luck; the global job market also tends to start fresh at the beginning of the year with new job positions being advertised.  Below we explore five tips that should help you land the job you want in 2017.

Tailor Your Resume for the Job You Want

Having a completed resume requires a lot more than writing down the basics – job titles, description and education.  I used to look through applications before deciding who I wanted to interview for the various positions that became available and the resumes that would get my attention were ones that stood out.  You need to think about what makes you a unique candidate and how you can illustrate this message through your resume.  If you are hoping to land a job after university or a job in another industry, it is extra important to tailor your resume to the type of job you are applying for.  For example, if you are applying to a job for a non-profit organisation, highlighting your volunteer work could be a great way to show how and why you would be a good fit.  Leave out information that is not important to the role as employers don’t want to read through pages and pages to get to relevant information.

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Social Media

Having a strong social media presence in the 2017 job market is more crucial than ever before.  A must-have for job seekers nowadays is a social presence on LinkedIn.  Other mainstream social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, are also important, although in some industries more than in others.  Before applying, be sure to clean up your accounts and/or make them private.  In today’s market, employers are commonly using all social media platforms to learn more about job seekers and whether they would be a good fit for their company culture.  Job seekers can also leverage mainstream social media to connect with employers for openings that they are interested in.

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Apart from mainstream social media, it is also important to be active on some of the well-established job-search sites.  Job-search sites keep you updated with new job opportunities in a particular area or industry, help take off some of the searching stress, and sometimes even provide you with practice interview questions.

Informational Interviews

Informational interviews are a great way for job seekers to seek advice on what it is like to work for a specific company, an industry they are interested in, and steps to reach specific career goals.  Meeting with professionals that you trust opens the door for conversation to not only learn from a professional that you respect, but also to learn more about what you may or may not want to further pursue.

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Be Considerate to Others You Meet on the Way to your interview

Though going into an interview can be quite nerve-wracking for all and it is very important to remember to be polite to all you meet on your way there.  Many companies view company culture to be very important, so it is quite common to check on how you interacted with others throughout the building, you never know who you might meet!

Follow up within 24 hours

A quick note thanking your interviewer is always appreciated and a great way to be remembered!

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Though it can take a great deal of preparation, landing the job you want can be made a bit smoother by following these tips and staying true to yourself!

Good Luck!

Do you have any great tips / advice for job hunters?

 

This Post Has 40 Comments

  1. The point about social media is definitely true! As a manager myself, within Digital Marketing no less, I always look at the social accounts of any applicants! I can gauge who they really are outside of the interview, as well as what their interests are.

    1. Thanks for your comment Gareth it is a great way to assess people and get a better understanding of who they are and how they act outside of work.

  2. Great and helpful post! It helped reassure me that I’m doing all the right things 😊 x

    1. Good luck on your job hunting Jodie.

  3. Great tips! I was interviewed a few months ago and got the job. I’ve done some of your tips! 🙂

    1. Great to hear Lilinha. Well done on getting the job!

  4. Wahoo, great advice! My tip is to make sure you dress to impress and wear something that gives you confidence and makes you look like you’re suitable for the role xxx

    1. That’s a great tip Laura and worthy of inclusion.

  5. Great tips here – I’m looking at a new career this year so this is really helpful x

    1. Good luck with the job hunting Stephanie. I hope you find the perfect job for you 😉

  6. Great tips and ones I need to use as I need to swap jobs this year x

    1. Good luck Jade. I wish you luck with the job hunting.

  7. Great tips for those looking for a new job. My tip is to try to relax and smile.

    1. Not always easy to do but smiling and staying calm can help increase confidence levels.

  8. Whenever I have been to an interview, I much prefer to be myself. Sometimes I will be offered the job based on that which is great, other time my lack of experience knocks me down.

    1. Experience can make a big difference but sometimes it’s not all that employers are looking for.

  9. Great post. I always try and tailor my CV, but sometimes it can be so time consuming if you’re applying for a few things!

    1. It can be but then if you save a copy of each some of them might just need a small tweak for certain positions you go for.

  10. That is some really good tips. People would never think about social media as a tool. I get odd looks when I mention it haha

  11. I really need to work on my social media strategy as I’d like to get more work come in.
    Thank you for the tips will be noting and putting them to trial

    1. Good luck Clarissa. I hope you find your dream job soon x

  12. Thanks for the advice, these are all really useful tips

    1. Glad to have helped Annabel.

  13. Some nice and handy tips, very helpful and informative

    1. Thanks John. I hope I have helped a few with these tips.

  14. This is really helpful, thank you. I definitely need to update mine.

    1. It’s good to keep cv’s updated and make it easier to apply for jobs last minute it they are ready to use.

  15. I definitely need to improve my Linked In and I just recently set about creating three different CV’s and it seems to have helped!

    1. Three cv’s is a good idea then you are covered fr more work positions. Good thinking!

  16. Very good tips, some of which I’ve never thought of before x

    1. Thanks Jennifer, glad this was useful.

  17. It’s amazing how much social media plays into getting your dream job nowadays. I’ve been getting awesome freelance writing gigs from companies who’ve come across my Instagram account.

    1. That’s great. I need to look into getting an instagram account. I hope you get many more this year 😉

  18. Do you need to update your CV if you live your life on social media? 😉

    1. Lol. I don’t think you want potential employers on your facebook page.

  19. I think it is so important for people entering the job market to remember that future employers will be looking at their social accounts and be careful with what they post or to make sure they are private. Being courteous to others you meet during the interview process is such a great tip, you never know who you will interact with and who will be questioned about your behaviour. Great tips xx

    1. You need to be careful how you present yourself online as this could affect job prospects. Making accounts private can help.

  20. This is something that me and my daughter have talked about many times, she has always been very careful what she posts

    1. It’s good that she is aware as people have lost out on jobs before due to facebook updates etc.

  21. Luckily I don’t have to worry about any of this as I don’t work anymore, but I still am careful about what I put on social media.

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