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How to prepare for your job search

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Looking for a job is a massive task, and it can overwhelm you if you don't approach it right whether you are a fresh-faced Graduate, a casualty of redundancy or simply want a change you have to figure out where to start.

Make sure you consider; what it is you want, the best way to get it and how you're going to stay motivated throughout your search. If you put the right plan in place, it shouldn't be such a daunting task.
Go back to basics.

To get ready for your search, assess what it is that you want from your career and why you want to do it.

You might hate your 9 to 5 sales job because talking to customers isn't your thing. Don't then consider another customer based sales role. Figure out what aspects of your work you do enjoy and what will be a good fit for you.

Once you have decided what your ideal job is, there are other things that you will need to decide. Take into consideration the size of the company that you want to work for, what kind of people and environment you are seeking and the workload and salary you would like. Do you want the same job but working for a different company? Maybe because you would like a change of culture? Factors like this are overlooked in a job search all too often.

Once you've set your goals and targets, you'll have a laser focus on what you want. You'll be able to tailor your CV and say why you would be perfect for the role with more confidence. 

Don't burn yourself out.

It's often said that looking for a job is a full-time job in its self, but imagine spending 8 hours a day searching job boards, writing CV's, sending out emails and making phone calls (hang on, that sounds familiar) you're going to get burnt out, and quickly too especially if you add the stress of needing to find a job on top of it all.

Optimise your time, make the most of the time when you won't be interrupted. Four super focussed hours will always yield more results than eight if you use them right. Use the other time to do less intensive tasks like research companies, update your CV or prepare for interviews. Use your focussed time to network, make calls as you'll come across with a lot more energy, creating better, more confident conversations.

Eyes on the prize

Be enthusiastic even after your 30th CV and cover letter revision. Get excited about it. Imagine what it would be like to land your dream job.  Looking for a new job doesn't have to be a tiresome task, as long as you maintain a positive attitude, know what it is you want and how you're going to get it and have a lot of patience. 

Last but not least, trust that the process will work for you and that the right job will come up when the time is right! When this does happen, you'll be in a position to smash it!

Especially if you've read our "How to find a new job" Guide which can be found by clicking here