Congratulations, you’ve made the difficult decision to leave your current job. Now comes the even more difficult process of finding a new one.

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The job search requires resilience, determination and a lot of admin. To help you on the search, here’s some advice on what to do (and what to avoid doing).


Soul search

Before you look for a new job, be sure you’re clear on what it is you want from your next role.

Ask yourself why your last job didn’t work out, what elements of work you enjoy the most and what you’re really good at.

You also need to think about what you want from your career and what the next steps should be to get you there.

Once you have a clear idea you’ll be better equipped to explain it to a hiring manager.

Look into your options

Research job specs in different companies to get an idea of the responsibilities and requirements you can expect.

Make a hit list of companies you want to target, track their updates online and be vigilant in watching out for any emerging roles.

Use your network

Reach out to your contacts to let them know you’re on the hunt and to see if they know of any upcoming opportunities.

Even if they’re unaware of any specific roles, they may be able to offer advice or refer you to another connection.

Build your personal brand

Ensure that your online presence isn’t problematic and that your online portfolio and professional profiles are up-to-date.

Be sure that there’s no incriminating photos or embarrassing tweets that could sully your chances.

It’s also a good idea to engage in online discussions and connect with other professionals in the industry.

Getting involved in the community is a great way to boost your profile and increase your employability.

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Do your homework for your interview

Prepare answers to the most common interview questions and run through them a few times out loud.

This will give you more confidence when it comes to the interview and help you make sure you’re hitting the most important points early on.  

Follow up

Give your application the personal touch by following up with the company after you’ve applied and definitely after you’ve been interviewed.

This will keep your name top of mind and show you’re excited to work for the company.

Target your applications

Employers want to know that you’re genuinely interested in working in their company and not just desperate for a job.

Try to make your applications specific to each role you apply to and avoid sending a mass email with your CV attached.

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Talk negatively about your old employer

If and when you get to the interview stage you’ll more than likely be asked why you left your previous position.

Regardless of how messy an exit it was, remain diplomatic and don’t give out about your old boss or company, even if they deserve it! You’ll just end up looking petty and bitter.

Expect instant gratification

Job hunting can be a lengthy process. Don’t be disheartened if you’re unsuccessful in your first few applications.

Try to take something from each rejection, ask for feedback on why you weren’t chosen for the role and leave the door open for future positions.

Underestimate yourself

While it’s not advisable to apply for roles you don’t think you’re equipped to do, don’t limit your options either.

Just because you don’t fulfill every single requirement on the job spec doesn’t mean that you couldn’t be a fit for the role.

Often HR managers are looking for potential and cultural fit as much as previous experience.

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