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How To Make The Most Of Your Job Search

May 19, 2008
Changing your job can be one of the most daunting tasks that one faces. After all finding a job that you enjoy, or at the very least, are willing to turn up to every day is not always easy. Many of us sit in jobs that we don't enjoy long after we have lost motivation for the job. The reason is often because it is a lot easier to stay where you are. Searching for a new job poses the risk of getting something worse. So many people stay in jobs that they don't particularly enjoy.

The use of the internet has made finding a job much easier than it ever was. Many websites enable you to make a search for jobs in your area for free. This can make it possible for you to quickly check for jobs that suit you. This means there are an increasing number of people that are performing a casual job search on the off chance that they find their perfect job.

Write a good CV

Spending time writing a CV is both the most boring part of your job search and also, ironically, the most important. Get it right and employers will bite you hand off to get you to interview. Get it wrong and no one will ever want to meet you. Writing a good CV is not as daunting as it may initially seem. It is essentially very simple but it is often over complicated by agencies and websites that try and make you pay them to complete the service.

The best way is to take an example CV of the internet and use it as a template. Firstly you will need to complete the tedious task of listing the dates and durations of all of your previous jobs. There is no two ways about it this can be very boring - but despair not it will be worth it. Once this is done you can do the more creative part of listing the roles and responsibilities that you undertook as part of these jobs. Remember that if you don't find it interesting then don't expect a potential employer to.

Get it out there

Once you have spent all of that time working on the CV then it is important that you get it out there. The best way you can get response back is to send it to as many jobs as possible. There is no point in being over-selective in the places that you send it to. It has to be said that in many cases agencies can be helpful in a job search. They will often have a list o jobs that need filling and if you send them your CV and sign up to them they will screen your CV and put it forward to the employer. But it is well worth peppering as many agencies as possible with your CV.

It is also worth applying to jobs that advertise independently. Even if you are not a hundred percent sure that the job that you are applying for is exactly for you. You will often find that it is not until you have been to the interview that you can make a proper judgment on whether or not the jobs is for you. For example some jobs are made more interesting if there is a good atmosphere in the workplace and this cannot be judged on paper.
About the Author
Shaun Parker has been involved in the Jobs industry for many years and is fully aware of the pitfalls you may face when you conduct a job search.
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