Smarter ways to find a job

  1. Try online networking

    Get plugged into career networking sites like LinkedIn. You might think this is a step ahead of yourself if you’re still studying, but it actually looks great to employers if you’re already keen to know what’s going on in the job market before you’ve even graduated.

    Join discussion groups for industries you’re interested in and start building your social network to keep in the loop for the latest job offers. Following companies that you like and commenting on their posts is also a great way to get noticed, although remember to keep your comments professional, and save the rants for Facebook.

    Note that it’s also bad etiquette to add anyone on LinkedIn who you don’t already know, so going on a mad connection-adding spree won’t work in your favour. Check out our guide to using LinkedIn to find a job and you’ll nail this bit!

  2. Talk to friends and family

    Staff referral is one of the most popular methods used for recruitment by employers, as companies often prefer to hire someone who their trusted employees can vouch for.

    Take advantage of this by asking around friends and family who work in industries you’d like to explore. This can often result in you finding out about vacancies before the competition do, and instantly puts you at an advantage if someone can recommend you.

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  3. Go beyond job listings

    Sometimes sticking to job listings isn’t the best way to move forward. Focusing on specific companies rather than vacancies can work in your favour, as when you move on to the application process you’ll already have an interest in the company. That should shine through in what you say, as opposed to just submitting an application because there’s a job up for grabs.

    Keep an eye on job listings, of course, but if you see a few positions going at a great company and none of the roles are suitable to you, send them a CV and covering letter anyway (remember: sell yourself!).

    If a company is posting more than vacancy at once, it’s a sign that they’re expanding. This means it’s the perfect time to make yourself known to them and show them what you’ve got

  4. Expand your search (and your mind)

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    Particularly thanks to technology, the job market is constantly evolving at such a pace that there are heaps of jobs out there that you’ve probably never even heard of – and that didn’t exist back when you were speaking to your careers counsellor at school.

    For example, do you know what a UX designer is? How about a Content Marketer, a Backend Developer or a Growth Hacker? It’s worth putting some research into this, as you might find that once you get past the unfamiliar names, these are roles you’d be interested in trying out.

    Choosing to go down a less traditional career path can also mean less competition, and you might find there are more opportunities available if you expand your horizons and start looking at more niche positions.

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