5 ways to breathe life into your job-hunting efforts

The process of hunting for a new job can be quite a daunting one. When submitting a job application, you're always left with even more questions on what you can do to improve your efforts.


Different jobs will require different approaches depending on the uniqueness of the role that you're applying for.  

 

But if you are a smoker did you know that you are up to 30% less likely to get the job compared to your non-smoking colleagues? 


Today we look at what you can do to help yourself into the job you want, and maybe get healthier along the way.

 

1. Breathe life into your materials


Generally, your job application process starts with your CV or cover letter. However, not many people give these documents the time and effort that they deserve. It can be tempting to write one great CV and leave it at that. 

 

Although that CV might be the best one the HR manager has ever seen, if what you have written doesn't apply to the job you are applying for it won't mean anything. The HR manager will be looking at hundreds of CV's, and if you have stuck to a broad descriptions of your skills, experiences, and past responsibilities then they will probably just ignore it.



Tailoring your CV to better suit the job that you're applying for can improve your chances significantly as not only do you show that you put the time and effort into writing something new, but you make the job of the HR manager much easier!

 

2. Clean up your digital footprint



Almost all employers now use social media to screen applicants applying for positions in their businesses. The best way to know what information about you is on the internet is to Google your name. See what comes up and remove any posts or tweets that don't look work-friendly.

 

When we say "work-friendly" we are of course mean getting rid of all the pictures of yourself drinking and smoking and generally doing anything you wouldn't be comfortable telling an employer about. A general rule of thumb is if you wouldn't tell the story around the water cooler at a job, you shouldn't have photo's of it on your social media.

 

At the beginning of the article we mentioned how smokers have a much harder time of getting a job than non-smokers, this is due to a few things such as smoking breaks and increased sick days for smokers. Smokers just aren't seen as attractive employees, and if your profile picture is you smoking then you can be rejected before you are given a chance.

 

If you want to go all the way and get rid of the cigarettes from your life and not just your social media then give our starter kit a try - https://smoko.com/pages/e-cigarette-starter-kit-deals 


3. Leverage technology


Hunting for a job is not like shopping for a new smartphone or the best e-cig on the market! Timing is everything when looking for a job, job's appear and disappear quickly so it is a good idea to keep on top of them. If you don't keep an eye out for new roles, you could miss out on some excellent opportunities.



Don't underestimate the use of technology in your search for a new job. There are a whole host of apps and websites specifically designed to help you get a job.  On many of these apps and websites you can also set notifications for specific jobs, so ensuring you are the first in line when something you want turns up.



4. Ask for feedback



It's not uncommon to get stuck when searching for a new job. Perhaps you don't know how to go about certain application processes or are looking to improve your chances during the interview stage.


Either way, sometimes the best action is to ask people who know more about the hiring process than you do. A quick phone call to the company or to someone you know in a similar industry can do wonders for you chances, and make sure that you are doing all you can to put yourself to the front of the pack.

 

If you get to the interview stage or the company you applied for emailed back make sure to ask them why you weren't hired (politely of course). Sometimes it will be as nebulous as they don't think you will fit in, but you might very well get some great advice from an objective 3rd person.

 

Rejection can be one of the worst feelings when you are searching for a job, and can feel like the end of the world. But if you can make sure that you get feedback, you can improve each time and make sure applying for this particular job wasn't a waste of time but a learning experience.


5. Revisit your goals

Sometimes, the jobs that you are applying for don't connect to your long-term goals. It can be easy to just go for jobs that you know you can do, or seem achievable to get.

 

During the job search can be a perfect time to really think of what you want to get out of your next job. Use the time you have to assess your skills and how you can use these in the job that you're applying for.

 

Many skills you have developed can have a broad range of applications, so just because you started in one industry doesn't mean you have to stay there all your career. Be bold in your job choices, you never know where you can end up!



Bottom line

It's not uncommon to get into a rut when hunting for work. The best tactic of getting out of this is to remember that job hunting is a marathon, not a sprint.

It can be hard to remember what it was like the last time you had to do this, as none of us like to remember being rejected! But in any job hunt there is disappointment and frustration, so don't feel like you failed if you didn't get a job after the first week or two.

And lastly when you get to the interview stage, make sure you don't make a simple mistake and miss out!