7 Vital Job Search and Networking Tips

7 Vital Job Search and Networking Tips

Here’s some useful job tips that you should consider.

1. Easier to get job when you’ve got one
Sitting at home doing nothing is not only depressing but costly when the monthly bills come through your letterbox. If you are earning money in the meantime, at least you’ll be distracted from your job search. Plus you’ll have even more work experience to add your resume/CV.

2. Hand out your business card
When you go to big events or family gatherings, always have your business card on hand. You never know who you’ll bump into. Partygoers may know someone who needs your services, and if you ask nicely they can pass on your card. You could leave your card with family members to hand out to their friends. Just remember to ask nicely and not become a pest.

3. Be positive
Don’t let job rejections or setbacks put you off your goals. If a company didn’t want your services, go elsewhere. If your deadline needs to be pushed back a few weeks, do it. Better late than never. Hype yourself if you need to, but don’t go into egotistical mode.

4. Put your pride aside
When you were growing up you probably didn’t say, “One day, I want to work in a fast food restaurant.” You dreamt of the high flying, lucrative job opportunities that would make your friends green with envy. Unfortunately, sometimes it doesn’t work out like that, especially in a poor economic climate. Don’t turn your nose up at jobs. If you’re desperate for money, take the job. Besides, it’s only temporary.

5. Apply widely
Don’t limit yourself in any shape or form. Consider jobs that branch off from yours, as long as you’re qualified for them, and be prepared to travel further from home. It would be nice to roll out of bed and into the office, but not everyone is that lucky. Sometimes a long commute may be necessary, but try and look at the positives in commuting. It’s a chance to wind down after work, read a good book, listen to your favourite tunes, read a newspaper, chat to someone sitting with you, get to know your area better, and anything else you can think of.

6. Have back-up plan
Some jobs are much harder to get into than others, e.g. becoming a writer. They may take years, so you’ll need to find an alternative until your big break comes along.

7. Don’t put all eggs in same basket
I’ll use accountancy as an example for this point. In the UK there are four top accountancy firms (the BIG FOUR). They are HARD to get into, so it wouldn’t be wise to pin all your hopes on them. It would be better to apply to them as well as the rest of companies out there. Besides, the biggest companies aren’t always the best. A small/medium company may suit you better. In smaller companies you could get more responsibility and sooner, and you’ll probably know your boss by name, instead of just being a paycheck she signs.