Your "Find A Job" Strategy

by Waller Jamison

When you begin your job hunt, you should talk to everyone you can about what interests you, as you never know who might know someone who could point you in the right direction.

You can also actively seek out people working in your preferred industry and ask them for advice. People generally enjoy giving advice as it makes them feel important.

Try to talk to more than one person, so that you get a balanced view of the career. Remember that only a small percentage of job vacancies are advertised. So if you don't look beyond the classifieds, you'll miss the majority of opportunities.

Career fairs are a great place for expanding your network and making contacts within the industry.

If there are volunteer opportunities in the area in which you'd like to work, take advantage of this, even if you can only volunteer during summer holidays, at weekends or one evening a week. You will gain invaluable experience and a reference which is relevant to your career.

If you are a student, choose summer jobs which can help you develop the transferable skills necessary for your chosen profession. And make sure your part-time jobs during the term are also giving you experiences which will enhance your resume. These days you need work experience as well as a degree to get the best graduate posts.

If you are in work, make the best of your current job while looking for another one. Develop new skills and take on new responsibilities if you can, as this will make you a more attractive applicant and give you a better reference, as well as making the remaining time in your present job more enjoyable.

If you need more experience and training to get the job you want, see if it's possible to do that where you are or look for short courses you could attend in your own time.

There are many opportunities to learn online and in the local community and one new skill might be all it takes to help you reach your goal or the next step towards that goal.