Job hunt tips

Looking for a new job and being in the process of hunting for interesting opportunities, writing job applications, and having interviews can be both time consuming and a bit overwhelming at times. There are many different strategies and ways to go when hunting for jobs, but we tried listing some of the most important things to think of and tips to keep in mind when you are in the process of looking for that next step in your career.

Get clear on what you want

Reflect on what the most important things are for you and identify what type of job or career you want. What are your strengths and weaknesses and what kind of job do you enjoy doing? What’s most important for you; money, title, promotion, the job itself, location or company culture? Establishing these things might make it easier to narrow your job search.

Get organised

Before you start applying for jobs it’s a good idea to create some kind of system, e.g. a spreadsheet, with all your applications and processes. Once you start to apply and hopefully get contacted by recruiters and employers for scheduling interviews etc., it can get a bit messy if you don’t have a good overview. It’s not a great first impression on an employer when the first question to them is “euhm, where did you say you called from?” or “what job did you say I applied for?”. One tip is also to save the job descriptions you applied for as they sometimes disappear from a job portal once the last date to apply expires.

Customize your CV

First step here is of course to update your CV so that it reflects the current situation with correct contact information, recent and relevant work experience, education, language skills etc. Next step is to adapt, personalize and tailor the resume to fit each job you apply for. Add skills and measurable achievements relevant for each position, e.g. check the job description for phrases and words you can add in the resume. Recruiters and hiring managers look through a lot of CVs so they should be able to get a good overview in just a couple of seconds.

Update Linkedin and your online career brand

Many recruiters use Linkedin as a primary search tool, so an important tip is to use Linkedin to your full advantage. This means keeping it up to date and professional, positioning yourself open to opportunities (to be found by recruiters) as well as adding relevant key words and descriptions that profiles your knowledge and skills. Recruiters on Linkedin can e.g. use key words to look for suitable candidates, so having relevant text in your profile can make you show up higher in their search.

Use the help of recruitment firms

Who would we be if we wouldn’t promote ourselves in this text? No but jokes aside, it’s a good idea to not limit yourself to only online applications. Use your network to get in contact with employers, or get in contact with a recruitment firm with contacts to several employers. If you apply directly to a company and potentially get rejected, that’s it for that process. When using a recruitment firm, there might be several opportunities they can help you with and usually they also have “inside information” about a specific position or company to give you tips and assistance in your job hunt.

Prepare for all job interviews

If you get to interview stage, always prepare for the interview. Research the company you’re interviewing for, create answers to common interview questions and also develop examples to showcase your skills. Practice with a friend or professional contact because the better prepared you are, the more comfortable and confident you’ll be in the actual interview.

Be active

A last tip is to be active and responsive in your job hunting process. The dream job offer seldom just drops in your mail inbox without you doing anything. Reply professionally and quickly to e-mails and phone calls to show that you are interested and try being flexible when it comes to interview scheduling. If a recruiter or employer don’t hear from you for days or it’s impossible for you to adjust your schedule to fit their interview invite, they might think you’re not motivated or serious.

Here you have it, some basic tips for a job hunt, hopefully you got some useful information! And one last important thing to remember is to not give up in case you get rejected for a job! Being rejected doesn’t necessarily mean you did a bad interview or you weren’t a good fit for the position. You never know who you are up against and another candidate can just for some very tiny reason have been the better suited one this time. Next time, the deal-breaker can be in your favour!

Frida Lönnberg - Senior International Recruitment Consultant
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