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Is your career temporarily put on hold? Are you suspended in that zone between jobs and are looking for some advice from professionals?
Well, you've come to the right place! We have created a list of 10 Tips to Find a Job - plus a bonus tip, so make sure to read till the end. Let's dive right into the topic of job search:
If you are currently unemployed, then you should consider the job search process as your new job, and dedicate at least 4 hours a day to it. In the meantime, you should spend time working on yourself - it's the perfect opportunity to make yourself more employable. Consider team activities, like joining a sports team, which gives you a chance to not only socialise but make you appear as a dependable team player to prospective employers. It can also be a great opportunity to learn a new language which is a great free way to bolster your CV and give you a key edge over your competition.
Job portals, like Europe Language Jobs, are great tools to look for jobs abroad. They allow you to narrow down your search to specific requirements, such as Marketing, and then you can filter by your desired location, etc. They can also be much more specifically tailored towards your preferences, so there will be no need to spend so much time sifting through thousands of different offers on a daily basis before you find the perfect one.
Professional orientated Social Media channels, such as Linkedin, are an equally great way to find a job. Not only do they function as a tool for facilitating job search, but they are a great way to network, discover new exciting stories in the world of business, and even showcase your blogging talent. Having a strong profile on Linkedin is highly recommended, as the site is used by millions of recruiters worldwide who use the site to search for talented profiles.
Obviously, the internet is not the only resource available to you to find jobs. Attending job fairs means that you will be able to meet recruiters personally and make a good impression, and even leave them your CV. It is again a great tool to use for widening your business network and finding new opportunities. Don't hesitate to connect with the people you met there - be it recruiters, potential future partners, or other job seekers - on LinkedIn.
A cover letter is your opportunity to express your personality a little. In a CV, there is no space to introduce yourself on a personal and detailed level.
This is the function of the cover letter. In many ways, it is an outdated and obsolete entity. The original function was when we used to send CVs in the post. Back then, looking for a job wasn’t as easy as pinging across an email with an attached resume.
The role of the cover letter (so named because of its original role as the cover page of a posted CV) was to explain exactly why you were sending a resume. It also specified which position you were interested in, as a big company would likely have several available vacancies at one time.
Remember that your cover letter is not your CV. This is your chance to introduce an element of your personality into your job search: introduce yourself as a person, convey why you are the perfect candidate, and precisely why you would fit this role in particular.
Important: while your cover letter shouldn't be just an exact copy of your resume, you should still make sure that what you write in it matches what is stated in your CV and on your LinkedIn profile.
Probably the most important part of the job search process is having a CV that is well-written but also tailored to the position you apply to.
Especially after graduation, people’s job searches are generally without a specific target. For example, you may be considering jobs in sales, marketing, and call centers. You should, therefore, have a resume for each one that can easily be tailored for specific applications. As mentioned above, once you’ve edited one CV and used it then save it as a separate file. You never know when it will come in useful.
Once your CV is chosen, you will proceed to the job interview process. Therefore, it is vital that you study the company in advance, their history, their product, how they work, etc. More importantly, you should prepare mental notes on how your skills will make you the best candidate for the role you apply to. This can have a big impact on you and can give you a big edge over your competition.
You can search for this sort of information on the company's Social Media profiles, their press releases and articles, official website, or simply by typing the company's name into Google and seeing what comes up. You can even connect with the current employees on LinkedIn and ask for some insights on their work there - most of them will be happy to share their experience with a potential new colleague.
If you don’t get a job in the exact position you wish, discover other jobs where your skills are required and you’ll increase your opportunities. In the same way, you can adapt your resume to each job offer, highlighting those skills that you have and that are required for the position.
Analyse the kind of training needed for the kind of vacancies you want to apply to. If you are unemployed, you’ll have plenty of time to expand your studies, both in the classroom and online. Take this as a time to brush up on important skills, such as Microsoft Office and Photoshop. Even if you don't know them very well, employers will be encouraged by the fact that you have the drive and motivation to push yourself into learning new skills.
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Perhaps you have been unsuccessful in finding a job because you're not quite up-to-date with what is currently going on in the job market. Perhaps the demand for the position you are interested in is very low, or the profession is slowly dying out entirely. It could be that there are new variations of jobs emerging that you haven't heard of yet, but that will be very sought-after in a few years. Do research about what sectors are hiring right now, in which countries and with what languages. The key to finding work might be changing career paths, relocating or learning a new language.
Although this tip requires a lot of effort and time, it could prove to be the most useful. Spending time abroad is not only a great way of bolstering a thin-looking CV, but it can also give you valuable skills that are important in both your career and general life. It is proof that you are highly motivated, you can take challenges head-on, and that you are independent. It is also a great way of perfecting or even starting a language from scratch. And who knows - maybe you will accidentally find your place on Earth?
These are our most useful tips for finding a job - we hope you found them useful and will choose some favourites that you are going to apply to your hunt for work. At Europe Language Jobs, our mission is to support everyone in their search for a job; if you have any questions, don't hesitate to have a read of other articles on our career advice blog, or get in touch with us. Your dream job might be just around the corner!