Life: Job Hunting – How to Save Your Sanity in 5 Easy Steps

Two weeks ago I sadly had to leave my job, and after lamenting for 24 hours I realised that I’d have to find a new one and quick sharp. After graduating in 2010, I applied for internships for 5 months before getting something, and when I decided to move on to another position it took another 6 months. 

Needless to say, the thought of job hunting again therefore terrified me. I’ve since managed to get a fab new position in just a week, and after almost an entire year of searching and successfully getting a few opportunities in between, I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learnt in the hope that it’ll maybe help some people realise that job hunting isn’t always soul destroying, but there will always be a positive outcome if you persevere!

You don’t always notice your own
mistakes on your CV

1) Please God read through your CV and then get someone else to check it!
In fact, get a whole heap of people to read through it. There’s bound to be a word missing, a spelling mistake, or a layout tweak that could improve it. 

2) It’s not about what you know…
It really does help to know people who could put a word in for you or find out about potential positions in their companies. Think about friends, relatives, colleagues, friends of friends, neighbours, people on Facebook you never talk to. Somebody somewhere is bound to know someone vaguely related to the industry you want to get into so forget pride, just ask!

3) Use your imagination.
Don’t just rely on Guardian Jobs and Prospects for finding positions as every single person searching for a job will be using those same websites. Of course they are helpful, but try and find sites that recruit specifically for the industry you’re looking for. This can be as simple as typing ‘Marketing jobs‘ into Google to find (you guessed it) Marketing jobs.

4) Use social media!
It’s not just for reading about Kim Kardashian’s divorce or spying on your ex. Social media is a brilliant way of finding out about vacancies and interacting with companies and brands in a less formal setting. Why not tweet the CEO of that company you’re dying to work for? It’s only 140 characters, what could go wrong?!

5) Dedicate time to your search.
Finding a job doesn’t just happen. You have to be on the ball, checking sites everyday if not 10 times a day. Sign up for email bulletins and tailor your CV and cover letter for every single application. Being methodical really does help. I set up a folder in my email account specifically for correspondence regarding to jobs, and had a list of companies I’d contacted and who I intended to contact. I know people who put together Excel spreadsheets for the task! It may seem like a huge pain in the behind, but it allows you to keep a tab on things and refrain from wasting your time on repeat applications.

Good luck to anyone job hunting!