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What are some of the best hacks for a job search? 

Published: Friday 4th September 2020

 You may find a vacancy advertised that you are perfect for, but there could be dozens of other people who feel the same way. Getting an edge when it comes to recruitment can be important. It can be the difference between one more failed application and landing that job you’ve always wanted. Thousands of job seekers will use job searching sites to look for and apply for jobs through. This can ensure something of a level playing field, but there are ways you can stand out and be proactive when it comes to jobs searches. Here are some of the best hacks for job search which can help you land that job. 

Customise your CV during your job search 

You may have spent time crafting the perfect CV and have it ready to go at the touch of a button when a relevant job pops up. However, no two jobs are the same and even if you are searching in one particular industry, you’ll find roles and duties vary from job to job.  

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Therefore, when you are applying for a job, don’t just fire off your oven-ready CV. Take a bit of time to tweak it to accentuate the areas which are specific to the job you are applying for. Make sure to include keywords which will stand out to recruiters who sometimes will scan an application for certain words and phrases. You should also consider including a cover letter with your application which will allow you to further customise your application and flag up relevant experience and achievements. 

Be interview ready 

Even while you are scouring job searching sites, you should be thinking ahead to any potential interviews. Take a bit of time to compile an easy to remember list of your key qualities and achievements which you want to mention in any interviews. Sometimes, you may be asked to attend an interview at short notice and won’t have the time to cram a lot of information beforehand. With a simple list that is easy to recite, you will have that information at your fingertips  

Research companies you’d like to work for 

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You are likely to searching for a job in a particular industry or sector and may have a few companies in mind that you would like to work for. Find out more about these companies by researching their history, their size, who are the people in charge and how they are performing, This may give you an insight into the chances of them recruiting in the near future. You should also keep an eye out for high-profile appointments, promotions or retirements at the company. This may mean that a vacancy has opened up elsewhere in the company or in other companies in the sector. 

Get industry insights during your job search

Keep an eye on the latest news and latest jobs coming out of your chosen industry. You can do this by checking news sites or dedicated business media. You can also speak to people you know who work in a specific sector to find out how healthy it is in terms of opportunity. 

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