Why you should plan for your job search

Why you should plan for your job search

Planning and recording your job search may be more important than you think when trying to secure a role. Setting out steps to follow will make sure that you have every area of the job search journey covered. This could be what sets you apart from other candidates.

Use your time wisely

Once you have identified which roles you would like to apply for, think about where you will apply for these jobs and when. Use a diary or the calendar in your phone to set reminders. You may wish to dedicate a set time to searching online job boards, visiting company websites and calling potential employers.

Take notes

During your job search, it’s important to keep a record of the activity you undertake. Once you’ve applied for a vacancy, make a note of the date, the company,  their contact details and any responses received. It’s also vital to keep a copy of the CV, cover letter or job application you sent to refer back to, if you are offered an interview.

If you plan and record, you will be able to track your progress as you go. Remember that if you are:

  • Not getting calls for interviews, ask for feedback on your CV or try changing the time you send in your applications
  • Getting interviews but no offers, practice your interview skills – ask your careers service or a family member to do a mock interview with you.

An employer will always be willing to give you feedback on your performance.

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