JOB Search ADVICE - Getting Started

Research your market

Before you start sending your resume or curriculum vitae to job applications, we would like to provide you with some basic career advice and employment essentials.  Firstly, don’t expect too many results if you have the attitude “I don’t care what I do” or “I’ll do anything.” That’s not how it works and you’ll receive limited returns. It’s important to dedicate your career search to a particular specialism or area of expertise. This will help you manipulate vital industry knowledge needed to compete at a higher level, which can then be included in your resume and cover letter.

Think about your objectives

Next, think about your long and short-term goals and list your key objectives. These can range from; career growth, professional training and development, increase in skills and responsibility, lifestyle balance and much more. Realistically, you may not get everything you are looking for, but you don’t want to compromise too much on the basic essentials. Although salary will be an important factor, it shouldn't be your primary reason for taking on a new job, as career satisfaction should always outweigh short-term remuneration advantages.

Think about skills gaps

If you lack skills and experience that currently match your ideal role, then look at positions that will help you reach the next rung and keep those objectives firmly in mind when deciding which role to choose. Ensure you review all resources that will benefit your career and consider some form of career training and development program.

Professional career advice

If you are still unsure about what to do next, you can always consider seeking professional assistance. However, professional career advice does come at a premium and sometimes the answer can come seeking advice from friends and family.

Useful Reading:

Learn about the 'Hidden job market' and essential job search secrets
Why your Resume/CV content needs to be at least 80% relevant to the job
Essential overview on our Resume Writers and their success in the market
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