Persevere when trying to find work

Robert Laing

Robert Laing

Unemployed people tend to start job hunting by looking at wanted adverts and applying to personnel agencies. Unfortunately, this first step used by job seekers is the last resort for employers.

Businesses try to avoid the expense of placing job adverts and paying agencies by first circulating e-mails to their staff to see if an existing employee wants to pitch for a promotion or has a friend suitable for the vacancy.

Companies' favourite recruitment tool is word of mouth, which makes it vital for you, as an unemployed person, to get out and talk to as many people as possible. Don't sit at home and sulk. Network.

Always have a fresh CV on hand, whether you are employed or not. The moment you hear of a new or better career opportunity, send your resume to the company advertising.

Make sure your resume is targeted at the employer that receives it. Check that your resume is easy to read and that the most important details stand out. Put together more than one resume if you are applying to more than one industry.

If you get invited for a job interview, then go prepared. Make sure that you are up to date on any issues or developments in the field. Read trade journals or professional publications and the newspaper. It is very impressive during an interview if the applicant is aware of the latest merger or coup in the industry.

Job hunting takes time and energy. Remain confident, but prepare yourself for the challenges ahead.

Don't get disgruntled if you are still looking for a job and it seems like everyone you know has had an offer. Even experienced job seekers often search for months before finding the right career opportunity.