Job hunting can be a frustrating process but one that must be approached with as much focus as if it were a job in itself.  Identify goals, plan and execute.

The Hunt is On

Sending your CV to every online recruiter, applying for every job that takes your fancy and contacting people you may have met through a networking opportunity, will not get your CV into the right hands, or get you the job you.  Take stock of your experience, skills and past achievements; decide which industry, which company and what type of job would suit you best.   If you’ve always worked in the hospitality industry, for example, a job in a B2B sales environment would not be realistic, even if you believe that some of your skills are transferrable.

Identifying the Target

Once you have clarified the type of company and job that would give you the best chance of success in your job search, the next step is to identify which recruiters and prospective employers can help you.  Do your research.  Spend time reading about the top recruiters in your field, see what types of jobs they’re posting and look them up on Twitter or Facebook to see how they interact with candidates and clients.

Making Contact

When you’ve settled on your recruiter send them your updated, error-free CV with an individual Personal Profile for the specific type of job you’re looking for and a cover letter that explains exactly what it is you want, or if it’s a particular job you’re applying for state the job reference and title.  Make it as clear as possible for the recruiter.  Their time is limited and you want your CV to be the one they look at.

Keep in Touch

Build up a relationship with your recruiter; although stalking is generally not a good idea.  Don’t expect them to call you on a regular basis; they will be working with a number of clients, some of whom may not be in your chosen field.   However, you must approach your job hunting like any other job; keep an eye on what’s happening in the business pages of the broadsheets, follow industry leaders on Twitter and check out the current job listings on your recruiter’s website.

Social Media

The modern world now compromises a myriad of online networking applications such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  Get yourself out there.  You may want to have separate Facebook and Twitter accounts in order to present a professional outlook to prospective recruiters.  Follow relevant industry leaders, comment, discuss and share.  No longer are personal references the only way to find out whom you are and if you’re the right candidate for the job.

Honesty

As with everything, honesty is the best policy.  You must be honest with yourself about what you’re good at, jobs where you’ve been successful and achieved great things.   Dream jobs often take a lot of ladder-climbing, hard work and focus.  Don’t be disheartened if you don’t get the one you want straight away.  Honesty, though, is a two-way street.  Your recruiter will be equally honest with you regarding your skills and experience but use this to keep you motivated and on track.