Finding a job isn’t easy, never mind trying to find your dream job! However, like everything in life, if you put your mind to it and focus on the end goal, you can achieve it – you just have to be prepared to work hard.

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Good jobs are limited and competition is fierce. You need to make sure you stand out from the crowd and remain productive throughout your search in order to succeed.  

Think of it as a full time job

One of the best and most successful ways to find a job is to treat your search as though it is a full time job itself. Sitting in bed in your pyjamas with your laptop isn’t going to help your productivity – get out of bed and get dressed. Sit at your dining room table or leave the house and head to a local coffee shop. Setting yourself daily targets and assigning time for breaks is a great way to help you be proactive.

Know exactly what you want

Knowing exactly what you want is vital in achieving your dream job. Make a list of all the things that you want from your job and all of the things you are willing to compromise on. This will allow you to assess job specifications more effectively and you won’t waste time applying for jobs that aren’t right for you.

Courses and volunteering

This is a great way to get more experience and qualifications on your CV, especially if you are lacking in certain areas that are key. It is also a really great way to break up your job search – if you are searching all day every day it is easy to lose focus, especially if you haven’t heard anything back from roles you have applied for. Enrolling for a course or volunteering is also a great way to get connections that could be beneficial for your job search.

Speak with a recruitment agency

This is a great way to refresh your search. Contact a recruitment agency and speak with a consultant that specialises in your area of work. They will be able to give you information about the industry, help improve your CV and interviewing techniques and look for jobs that might be well suited to you.

Apply directly

If there is a company that you are particularly interested in working for, e-mail them or give them a call, even if they aren’t advertising. You never know, they may be thinking about employing and many will likely be impressed by your forward thinking. With the internet nowadays it is easy to find a contact number and/or e-mail address for the most relevant person in the company for you to speak to.

Try these tips and revitalise your job search – hopefully you won’t be searching for long. 

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