2020 might not be the best time to plan a new career, but it is not impossible! Here's a list of our top job hunting tips and strategies to help you get the job you want this year.
- Ask yourself: ‘What job do I want?’
- Make a plan
- Update and customise your CV
- Use all your available job searching resources
- Be selective
- Be confident
- Excel at your current job
- Network, network, network
- Practice and prepare for interviews
- Follow up and don’t give up
Take some time to carefully answer this question, before you begin your job search, especially if this is your first time looking for a job.
Make a list of what you are looking for in your new position and things that you don't want. The more specific you are in your job search, the better, as it will save you time.
Once you have the answer, start by setting smaller realistic goals that will help you reach your ultimate goal. Make sure to search for positions that you are passionate about and will help you progress professionally.
Going through all the available job listings is a full-time job within itself; therefore, it is imperative to schedule and plan.
Block out a couple of hours a day for job searching or networking. You can even pick a specific day of the week to do this. Having a schedule will help you stay organised and up to date with any current job openings.
We suggest setting up a professional email account to stay on top of all the vacancies you've applied for and to make sure that you never miss an important email. Register for job notifications on jobsinmalta.com to start receiving email updates on any new vacancies.
Make sure that your CV and cover letter are polished and up-to-date.
We suggest moving away from the Europass template and opting for something more original, which will help you stand out from the crowd. There are plenty of websites such as Canva or Zety, which you can use to create your CV.
You might want to ask a friend to proofread your resume, and you can even use websites, such as Grammarly, to check your grammar.
Take the time to write targeted resumes and cover letters. Carefully go through the job description and add skills, experience and measurable achievements that are relevant to the role, so that you are more likely to catch the attention of hiring managers. You will also be able to navigate applicant tracking systems since your CV will be full of keywords that match the industry and job description.
If you need any help with building your resume, some recruitment agencies, such as Konnekt, offer this service for free. So don’t hold back and reach out!
Now is the time to use all your available sources. Sign up with job listing websites to receive daily job notifications by email. Reach out to companies that interest you, attend networking events and search for vacancies on social media.
Signing up with a recruitment agency could be a great idea because they actively and regularly search for jobs on your behalf, which will help speed up the process. On jobsinmalta.com we advertise vacancies from recruitment agencies, so that you can connect with a recruitment agency through us!
Where you can look for job opportunities:
- Online job boards and company websites
- Recruitment Agencies
- Local newspapers
- Career fairs
- Word of mouth
Stay focused, and don't just apply to any job vacancy. Research the company well—get to know the company culture, benefits and work environment to determine whether it's the right choice for you. It also provides you with great information that you can use during your interview or in your cover letter.
6. Give it a shot
If you don't meet one or two of the job requirements, but know that you can quickly learn and succeed, still apply. Employers will consider hiring talented and motivated individuals who are eager to learn.
Make sure to include examples of your work ethic and ability to learn new skills in your resume and cover letter.
7. Excel at your current job
Be sure to continue to work at your current position with the same dedication and eagerness.
Maintain good relationships with your colleagues and seniors, as you never know if you will ever get to work with them again.
8. Network, Network, Network
Networking is a great way to make connections with different people in different industries. You can even gain information about unadvertised vacancies and companies that you've never heard of.
Nowadays, many recruiters are using LinkedIn, so make sure that your profile is up to date. Join discussion groups for industries you're interested in to stay up to date with any new job opportunities and to start building your social network. Due to the current situation, many career or job fairs have been postponed or cancelled, so make the most out of your online resources.
If you know anyone from a company that you're interested in, ask if they have any openings. You might end up discovering unlisted job opportunities, or they might even recommend you in the future. Staff referral is a great way to get your foot in the door, as many employers prefer to hire someone who their trusted employees can vouch for.
9. Prepare for interviews
Be well-prepared and research the company extensively. Go through their website, what services and products they offer, their blog, competitors, etc.
Consider researching some common interview questions and prepare responses for them. There's no need to know the answer to each question by heart, but make sure that you provide measurable examples of how you can apply your knowledge and skills to improve their business.
Some common interview questions are:
- What interests you about this role?
- Why do you want to work here?
- What are your most significant weaknesses and strengths?
- What does a typical day look like for a person in this position?
- What qualities do your most successful employees have?
- I've enjoyed learning more about this opportunity. What are the next steps in the hiring process?
Most open positions don’t disclose a salary bracket, therefore, if you are unsure what salary to ask for, benchmark your salary. You can also ask a recruiter to guide you if you are working with an agency.
10. Follow up and Don't give up
Consider sending everyone you interviewed with a follow-up email after the interview to thank them for their time and take this opportunity to reiterate why you're the best fit for the role.
If you don't get this job, don't let it knock you down. Take it as good practice because the more interviews you go to, the better your performance will become. Continue to apply for positions that interest you, and improve your future applications with any feedback you receive. The right job for you is out there, and you will find it.
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