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The job hunting process has evolved in recent years. If it has been a while since you have looked for a role, please take note of the following:
Be focused: Applying for roles, attending interviews and providing feedback take time. To make the most of your precious time, look for roles that are based on your previous experience, skills and qualifications. Consider where you may have transferable skills that you can apply into a new industry.
Have your CV ready to share: Your resume creates the first impression. It gives the prospective employer information about your work experience and your professional progress so structure and present it well. If you are unsure, consult a recruitment expert.
Use the right keywords: Read the job advert carefully and check if you have the necessary skills. Use appropriate keywords in your CV that match the requirements of the job. This increases your chances of being shortlisted and demonstrates that you understand what the job requires you to do.
Network: Visit social and professional industry events and network. Have an up-to-date professional profile so that recruiters can easily approach you with roles that are relevant.
Be professional: Be on time for interviews, mind your etiquette, greet your interviewers, thank them for their time and dress professionally. Email your interviewers to show your enthusiasm for the role.
• Let as many people as possible know you are job hunting
• Determine what you want to do specifically in your career
• Focus your efforts on managers who have the power to hire
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Source: Gautam Odrani, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Shared Services Recruiter, Cobalt Recruitment