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It is often said that looking for a job is a job in itself.
It is time-consuming, stressful and sometimes even frustrating if after a couple of weeks the search is not successful. At Europe Language Jobs we have decided to collect a series of posts that will provide any job seeker with tips that will help them to land their dream job.
So if you are unemployed, a graduate or you simply want a career change keep reading!
Review these steps before getting started, and then you’ll be ready to get your CV up-to-date. Add those new skills you have been acquiring lately and use keywords in order to get the recruiters’ attention. If you think your skills could be useful in two different industries, compose two separate résumés. Remember to also add a cover letter highlighting your expertise.]
Now that you have an outstanding CV and a great cover letter, it is time to start your hunt:
At some point, we all have heard the saying: “My friends’ friends are my friends”. Take advantage of it and get introduced to some of your friends’ friends. You never know who could be a recruiter or who may know somebody hiring.
You should also try to maintain contact with them as well as with your current acquaintances and alumni from your University, especially if they are in the same industry as you. If you have lost track of some of them, host a reunion. It is always a great way to reconnect and catch up with them.
Having acquaintances is great, but nowadays Social Media allows us to broadcast our personal brand and get to know people from all over the world. So if you are unemployed and looking for a job, you should let your followers know: Create a nice message on Facebook and Twitter describing your preferred position but try to look as professional as you can and avoid looking desperate.
There are lots of groups on Facebook aimed at people seeking a job. They may be used to publish offers of a certain field or in a certain city or country. Join them and make sure you check them from time to time.
Twitter is also a great social network to get a job. Lots of companies use the 140 characters to publish their offers and refer the candidates to their webpage. You can use hashtags such as #jobsearch to easily filter tweets and narrow your search.
If, on the other hand, you are already employed and want to change careers but you have not informed your current company, we recommend that you skip this step; they will not like the fact that you are planning to leave as it might affect your performance.
LinkedIn is the best social media network to create your own professional brand, and that is why it deserves a separate section in this article.
Once you have created your profile, you should add your connections in order to keep in touch with them and see what they have been up to. Remember to endorse them from time to time and keep your profile up-to-date in order to get more exposure.
Make sure you join groups related to your expertise, interact with their members and connect with them, as they could be useful for your job search.
The next step you should take is to add recruiters so that they have you in their network when they look for prospective candidates.
Most Town Halls have a board or a webpage used to broadcast the classifieds available in the city or region. Make sure you check them out at least once a week so that you can contact the company hiring if you are interested.
Furthermore, if you have graduated recently it is always a good idea to check your University’s job listings, as they may have great internships available for those who have just finished their bachelor's and are looking for their first job.
Attending courses and meetings related to your industry have several advantages:
The worst-case scenario will be that you end up learning something new that will help you to improve your skills, as well as make you aware of the latest news in the sector.
The best-case scenario is that you actually meet somebody that could be interested in your profile. Besides, you will get extra points just for being there, as it will mean that you invest your free time attending talks related to your field in order to learn more about the industry.
Most recruitment agencies publish their offers on job boards, but some of them never get through as they are meant for higher profiles. Headhunters and freelance recruiters use their contacts to hire people with senior profiles for different companies. As suggested as part of our third tip, add recruiters to your LinkedIn network and make sure they know exactly what your expertise is and what kind of job you are looking for.
This seems the easiest option, but still, there are also some tips that you should take into account for a better outcome when using job boards:
There are job boards which specialise in a particular sector or candidates, i.e. Europe Language Jobs specialises in multilingual candidates looking for a job within Europe. Most of these boards will ask you to fulfill your profile with them so that companies can have the first approach without having to download your CV. Make sure you complete it and that you add your skills, especially languages. However, do not forget to upload your CV and a Cover Letter when registering, as, if a company is interested in your profile, they will want to know more about you and that is crucial before they conduct an interview.
It is true that there is no formula that will guarantee you will land your dream job. However, by making an effort and doing extensive research, you have higher chances to leave a good first impression. And that means a great deal since you have only one chance. Therefore, even though it seems challenging at the start, preparation is the key!
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” —Albert Einstein
Make your first step today and register at Europe Language Jobs to explore numerous opportunities around Europe!