How to secure your perfect job in just one month

Job hunting is one of the most stressful tasks that most of us will ever undertake

Here we take a look at how you can make the process of finding a new role easier and faster.

Your first step should be the creation of goals. What kind of job do you want? Will any job do for now or do you want one with good career prospects? How much do you want to earn and how far will you travel?

Once you have a clear idea of what you’re looking for, spend as long as it takes creating the perfect CV.

Your resume is the first contact you’ll have with a potential employer and it needs to be well-presented, error-free and complete but concise. Ask friends and family to take a look at it for you and to offer constructive criticism. Be sure to tailor your CV to suit the job you’re applying for.

If you lack experience in your preferred field, consider doing some voluntary work. As well as providing valuable experience, employers love the commitment that voluntary work demonstrates and it will also give you a taste of what working in a particular role will be like.

You’ll need to provide references for most roles, so make a list of your best three to five referees and contact them to let them know that they may be asked to provide a supporting statement in the near future.

Allow employers to come to you by creating a detailed LinkedIn page and attach your CV. Also bear in mind that any potential boss may well check you out on any social media sites that you use, so be careful what you put out there.

Another good idea is to get yourself some business cards so that you can easily give your details to your contacts. Business cards can be created and ordered online and are a very affordable way to network.

Once you’re ready to start your job hunt in earnest, there are two main ways to identify potential positions. Firstly, make a list of your ideal employees and go the ‘careers’ page of their website.

If no suitable roles are listed it may be worth sending in your CV anyway which the employer can then keep on file.

Secondly, you need to register with as many job sites as possible. Registering will allow you save searches and receive emails when new and relevant roles become available.

The number of jobs available on the main job sites can seem a little daunting but by narrowing your search by criteria such as location and salary band, you will be able to draw up a shortlist.

As you start to apply, keep a record of the jobs and companies you have been in contact with so that you don’t end up applying twice or missing jobs by mistake.

Once you start to receive interview offers be sure to research each company thoroughly and always, always dress smartly, no matter what the role.

By following these steps and methodically working through the available opportunities you should be able to land your dream job within thirty days.

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