5 Tips for Easier Job Hunting

Ahh, job hunting. Anyone else find it super stressful?

Well as I’ve done a fair bit of it lately, I thought I’d put together a list of some of the things that helped me to remain (a bit) sane whilst trying to find the right role.

Work out your priorities and know exactly what you want from your job
If you know what makes you happy at work, it’s easier to make sure you’re going into a role and company that are going to support these needs. This is something I realised from being in a job in which I felt unhappy, yet really liked my role. I just didn’t get it. And then I wrote down the four key things that I felt were important to me in my worklife and discovered that my current job only met one of them. You can create a criteria for yourself: work out what these things are and make sure that they’re available – if progression is one of your key needs, ask about it during interview. Maybe it’s salary, or the length of your commute, or the culture of the company – it could be anything, but if it’s important to you, make sure you’re going for jobs that meet your criteria. My boyfriend always tells me that, in interviews, remember that you’re interviewing them too. It’s not all about them grilling you, it should be a conversation – and one that enables you to find out if the company is a good fit for you, as well as you for them.

Go with your gut
As well as making sure that a role can give you what you want or need at work, I also think that you can usually get a feel for things virtually straight away in an interview – and you should consider this first impression. I personally don’t actually believe that first impressions always give you everything to go on, but I have ruled things out in the past because I really didn’t feel I got on well with one of the people who was interviewing me and I felt unsure as to whether I’d work well with him. He wasn’t my kind of guy. I’ve also said no to things because the environment felt uncomfortable – e.g. if it’s really stuffy or corporate, that’s not really my thing. I’m a marketing agency gal. These things are so important – if you’re unsure about something, you should consider the reasons why and whether they’re worth looking past or not. This is why I think it’s essential to know what matters to you at work.

Make sure your CV is working for you and have confidence in it
I know – like a lot of these – that this is easier said than done, but I spent quite a bit of time on my CV until I was happy with it. When you decide to look for a job or even when you find one you like the look of, it can be difficult to not just think go go go APPLY! Especially if you’re in a position that means you need a new job quickly. Or if you’re just super impatient like me. I’m no expert but my advice is this: keep it concise, be ballsy, and don’t be afraid to big yourself up. This is your opportunity to talk about all the great things you’ve done, and you should. Having confidence in your application is really helpful.

Keep yourself busy whilst waiting for feedback to prevent driving yourself nuts
I’m so guilty of checking my email inbox every twenty seconds after an interview just in case anything comes in from the potential employer – even if they’ve told me that they’re still doing interviews for a week or that they’ll get back to me on Friday, I’m there refreshing the shit out of my emails on Tuesday morning like TELL ME WHAT’S HAPPENING.

Try not to put all your eggs in one basket
I know this is hard. Really hard. When you find that role – the role – that you really want, that is different from the others, it can be difficult to be open to other options. But you have to be. I always try and make sure that I’ve got applications out there throughout the whole process – when I have a few interviews booked, second interviews, or even when it seems like I’m coming towards the end of the process. You just never know. Better to be turning down offers because you’ve already accepted something than not getting any offers for months, or having to take something because you don’t have other options.

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