How To Apply for a New Job

Applicant facing job interviewers

Applying for a new job can be a stressful and daunting task for many people, but it doesn't
have to be. There are an abundance of job opportunities out there if you know where to look. By following several simple steps, you can find your dream job.

  1. Begin by asking yourself what you want from a job. This includes knowing what work hours, duties and salary you expect from the position, as well as what sort of industry and environment you want to work in.

  2. Create or update your resume. It's important that you tailor each application for each position you apply for, but to do this, you need a current resume.
  3. Register with one or two recruiters. Recruiters are employed to help you find the perfect job, so take advantage of that. Ensure that you are comfortable with the agency/agencies you sign up with and make sure there are no 'exclusive' clauses that limit you from looking for work through other services.
  4. Register with online job search sites. Hundreds of jobs are listed daily on these Internet sites. Sign up for daily email updates and get jobs delivered into your inbox each morning from industries and fields that are relevant to what you're seeking.
  5. Look in local and national newspapers. Many organizations still list their employment opportunities in papers, especially if they are hoping local candidates will apply.
  6. Let family and friends know that you are looking for employment. Word of mouth can provide you with opportunities before they are even advertised, and give you an added advantage if someone is able to put in a good word for you.
  7. Apply for positions. All the previous resources will provide you with a myriad of job opportunities. Choose positions that meet your criteria from step 1, tailor your resume based on the position description, and send off your application.

Be careful not to fall into the trap of over-applying. Honestly assess each job, and only apply if it meets all of your criteria, and you can fit all the requirements that are stated in the advertisement. Don't apply for a position just because it has a good salary. You'll be wasting your time, and that of the organization, if you don't meet the criteria.

 

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