Still struggling to find a new job?
Below are ten ways to enhance your search in the New Year:
Join a networking group
Networking can be a really effective way of finding a new job. Meeting and connecting with people in your local area and industry can be just the push you need to get your name out there. You never know who you might meet at a breakfast meeting that could have an influence on your future career.
Contact the company directly
If you're really keen to work for a specific organisation, contact them directly via email, telephone or letter. Just because they're not listing Call Centre Jobs on their website, doesn't necessarily mean they don't have anything available – plus if you happen to impress them, they may even open up a new position.
Review your CV
You might think your CV is already perfect but if you're having no luck with your job search, it could be time to refresh the content and review it altogether.
Optimise your LinkedIn profile
According to US News Money, a 2014 Jobvite survey of 2,135 adults found that 94 per cent of recruiters use LinkedIn to source and vet candidates, while only 36 per cent of job seekers are active on the site. Make sure you appear when a recruiter is searching for you by updating your profile to include all your skills and experience, and include relevant keywords to get yourself a higher ranking. Stay active by contributing to group discussions and sharing interesting news.
Change your range
Aim your search a little higher or lower than the level you were previously working in. You might not think that you're right for the role but actually, a lot of people find they get interviewed, and then get offered higher positions.
Do some voluntary work
While searching for a new job, why not do some voluntary work? It might be fun and rewarding and will certainly look good on your CV. Plus who knows what doors it will open?
Consider a new path
If you've had no luck in your chosen career path, broaden your search by considering a new one altogether. It may be similar to your current position or completely off track but look at how best you can transfer your skills.
Improve your social media presence
Many employers will look for candidates on social media when recruiting. According to Career Builder, 35 percent say they are less likely to interview job candidates if they are unable to find information about that person online. Make sure you get your social profiles in order; list your current position and skills where possible and remember to remove anything that you think could put the employer off!
Experiment with multimedia
Rather than follow the crowd and send a CV, why not send something visual? Do you have a blog, a YouTube channel or an impressive presentation all about yourself? Make yourself stand out and you'll be called for interview in no time at all!
Take your CV on the go
Bring your CV with you everywhere you go, you never know who you might bump into and when you may need it.
Good luck in your search!