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Tips to ensure your job hunt is successful

From crafting the perfect CV to improving on your interview technique, finding and getting your dream job requires a range of skills.

With so much to consider when it comes to seeking employment opportunities, it can be tough to know where to begin. We make it easy, and reveal five simple yet effective job hunting tips to ensure that your job hunt is successful.

Update Your CV

Your CV is a calling card for your experience and character, so it is essential that you format it correctly, include the right information to present yourself in the best light. A poorly designed and badly written CV will only reflect negatively on your personality and it could result in lost opportunities. Check that your CV is structured correctly, with the right font and the correct contact details. Never lie either, as you'll only put your job position in jeopardy if your employer is to find out. If you truly want a CV that clearly showcases your talents, then you can hire a professional writer to revise and update it for you.

Write Down Your Non-Negotiables

When you start a work project, you first get clear on the desired outcome - the same needs to be done when it comes to seeking a new role. First you need to focus on what you are seeking. Do you have certain non-negotiables, such as the area the distance the job should be from your home, or the pay? Note these down first, and it will save time and make it much easier to search for your next job.

Strategic Job Searching

With so many places to look for new jobs, it can be a little overwhelming to know where to start your job search. Online job listings sites are an excellent way to quickly see what is available. You may also want to try the old fashioned routes of looking in local newspapers, although most jobs advertised this way will also be advertised somewhere online.

Follow the Guidelines

Before you apply for any job, a top tip is to read through the application instructions three times, and then write a list of things to include when applying. This is often things like attaching a CV or writing a cover letter. If you forget something or don't follow the requested instructions, then it puts you in a bad light and could potentially lower your chances of being selected for an interview.

Interview Confidence

Job interviews can be stressful and nerve wrecking, but you can build confidence in your interview technique and improve your chances of success by staging an interview with a friend or family member. It is a good idea to go over potential questions so that you can really come up with some excellent answers. Try to put yourself in your employer's shoes and think about the things that they want to hear.

Some common interview questions include:

Can you tell me about yourself?
What are your strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Why do you want to work here?

It is also wise to have a few questions to ask the employer after you have been interviewed, as this lets them know that you have been thinking about the position. Remember, how you dress also plays a big part in your interview, so make sure you dress accordingly to the role that you are going for. Inappropriate clothes will suggest to the employers that you are not the right candidate for the job.

If you get nervous in interviews, there are several things that you can do to keep calm aside from preparing properly. Breathing slowly and deeply will help to ease those nerves, and eating a light meal of fruit before will help to keep your energy levels up during the interview.

Follow the above tips and you will be well on your way to finding and landing the perfect job.

Good luck!