When it comes to job boards there is a lot of mixed advice. Some say they are helpful while others say they can be waste of time. Job boards can be helpful besides looking for jobs. You can identify companies that you have never seen before or if you switching careers/jobs, look at the descriptions to see the requirements you need & what ones you need to get/develop.
What a lot of job seekers don’t realise is that there are potential opportunities to connect to others to help your efforts. Whether it your social clubs e.g. book, yoga, gym etc, friends, family……are all possible sources for jobs. You should let them know that you are looking for a job. You never know that they might know someone who could help. Use your social media to have links to your CV of LinkedIn profile when connecting online with people, organisations etc.
Time & Effort
To get a job interview you need to grab the employer’s attention through your CV, cover letter & application. The ones that grab their attention are the ones who have spent time & effort to make sure that they have sold themselves. They have customised their application for that job, made sure they evidence how they meet all the job requirements & have made sure there are no mistakes. Rushing your applications usually tend to produce mistakes and poor quality. If you want the interview, spend the time & put the effort into your applications.
To do well in the job interview and your job applications it is important to do your homework. Research the companies that you have your interview with, research the job roles to help your applications and interviews. Invest time in looking for tips & advice to help boost your job search efforts. Look into who you should connect with online and where and when best places & times to network. If you don’t invest the time & do your homework you’re only hurting your efforts.
It is important that you project the right image during your job search. There is two ways that not projecting it can hurt your job search efforts. Firstly is the job interview. You should always look and act professional. The job interview is the place to sell yourself and by not looking or acting the part will count against you. Secondly is your online presence (social media profiles). If you get an interview, an employer or HR rep will do some homework about you online. They may find posts or photos that you have posted. If you have inappropriate content, then this will paint a bad image about you and will cost you. With social media an important factor now in the job search, you should always look online on how you look. Make sure your online image makes you look good, someone that is worth hiring.
Show You Want
During, at the end and after interviews you have to show your interviewer how much you want the job. It’s important that you show not only how much you want that job but your passion and enthusiasm for it too. Don’t just assume your skills etc are all you need. If you don’t show you want it then it could lead to the interviewer to feel you really don’t want the job. Remember it’s not only about selling your skills & experiences but also how much you want this.