Job search. We’ve all been there. Sometimes we’re looking for our next role while still employed in one we’re no longer challenged by. Other times we’re merely curious about what’s out there. And of course, there are times when we’re on the hunt due to unemployment — whether it be when we’re trying to find our first job, or because our last one has come to an end (due to redundancy or a contract simply finishing up).
While some of these scenarios are more stressful than others, a mixed bag of emotions tend to accompany us throughout our job search. We can find ourselves switching between feeling hopeful, anxious, and over the moon.
Knowing where to begin is often the trickiest part. How to research positions and companies, and how best to present ourselves to potential employers isn’t always easy.
Keeping with our mission to “Help People Get Jobs’, Indeed consulted with career coaches, recruiters, hiring managers and surveyed job seekers about their challenges to identify the most relevant advice that will help you succeed in today’s job market.
The result? Career Guide — a new resource designed to help job seekers (like you) in their search for the right opportunity.
Here are a few of the topics you’ll find covered in the Career Guide:
Nail your job search technique
If you’re not sure where to begin on your journey to finding a new role, The Essential Job Search Guide, is a good place to start. It summarises our key findings and provides handy advice on everything from how to research a company before applying to join, to what you should do if you’re not hearing back from employers.
Create stand-out cover letters
You may well ask yourself, does anyone actually read cover letters anymore? Well, the answer is yes and many job applications still require them. So, in an event to make yours stand out from the crowd, we’ve broken down the process to make it easier for you to create a cover letter or improve your existing one. A cover letter allows you to neatly showcase your story and, it will often be a recruiter or hiring manager’s first impression of you. Keen to know more? Check out How to Write a Cover Letter.
Tackle interviews with confidence
Nobody likes interviews. They can bring out anxiety and nervousness in even the most confident candidate. But, there are things you can do to help improve the experience and allow your best self to shine through. Researching the culture, history and business model of the company you’re going to interview at is key. Also check whether any news articles have been written about them that indicate mergers, product announcements or takeovers. This information will help you to identify which questions to ask and assist with your answers when you’re quizzed about your knowledge of the company. Find more useful advice in Phone Interview Tips to Get You to the Next Round.
Master the art of the follow-up
So you survived your interview — now what? Sending a follow up email is always a good idea. Hopefully, good news won’t be far behind. Though, even if you don’t get the job, saying thanks goes a long way. Even if you weren’t right for that particular role, leaving a good impression could mean you’re top of mind for the next suitable opportunity that arises. Discover more actionable advice in Follow-Up Email Examples For After the Interview.
Sharpen your research skills
Set yourself apart from the competition by thoroughly researching a company before applying for a job there. It’s the best way to get a sense of the culture and whether it would be the right fit for you. You’ll also get a better idea of what they’re looking for in a candidate, which will help you to customise your resume and cover letter to suit. Indeed Company Pages is a useful place to start. You can read reviews from current and former employees and also ask them questions about what it’s really like to work at a particular organisation.
So, now that we’ve given you an overview, perhaps it’s time to grab a coffee, sit back, explore the full Career Guide and set yourself up for success in landing your next role.
Happy job hunting!