Online job searching tips for job seekers
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Searching for a job can be challenging and stressful, that is why we have put together some online job searching tips for job seekers.
Know what you want and look for it
Before you even begin looking for a new job, you must have a clear idea of the position you want. Look at your qualifications and experience. Consider your different strengths and weaknesses. What do you enjoy doing? What are you good at? All this information is important and will help you decide which career path is for you. You will also need to think about what is important to you. Is it your salary, job security, daily tasks, company culture, office location or all of the above? Once you have all this information, you will have a clearer idea of what job to search for.
Do your research
Research different companies that you’d like to work for and put together a list of your choices. Once you’ve got this down, it will be easier to delve deeper into each one. Start by doing a general search online. Look at their website. Visit their Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn pages. This will give you a great idea about their values, company culture as well as where they see themselves going. If you like what you see and feel that you are a good match for them, make a note of their contact details.
Write your CV and cover letter for the position you’re applying for
Sending a general cover letter with your CV will probably not do you any favours. If you want to stand out from the crowd, then you’re going to have to put some effort into tailoring your cover letter as well as your CV. Make sure that your cover letter is a response to the position you’re applying for. Highlight why you think you’re a good fit for the role. Your CV should also be easy to read and have all the relevant information that your potential employer would want to know. If your cover letter or CV isn’t up to scratch, take a read through the following articles:
Be organised and keep a list of job applications
Having a strategy when you’re looking for employment will help. Know what you want and go for it. You can stay organised by creating a spreadsheet of the jobs you’ve applied for. You can create a profile too by filling in your details and creating your online CV here. You can also save job listings by bookmarking them.
Sign up for our job alerts
Make use of our job alerts via email when job searching. These alerts will help you stay up to date with our latest vacancies. Plus, you’ll be one of the first to know about a new listing. This way you can take action as soon as the opportunity becomes available. Sign up for our job alerts here
Clean up your social media accounts
Make sure that your social media profiles represent your best self. These days, many prospective employers will take a look at your accounts to see what you’re all about. Vulgar language and compromising/explicit images can negatively influence your chances of getting hired. Go through your profile and delete anything that could hinder your progress.
Send a thank-you email after your interview
If you’ve gone for an interview, send a personalized thank you email afterward. Just something short that expresses expressing how grateful you for their time is perfect.
Looking for a job can be demotivating if you aren’t immediately successful. The important thing to remember is to never give up. Try to remain positive and surround yourself with friends and family that support you.
Follow these online job searching tips, and find your dream job today!
Let’s get started. Take a look at our Current Vacancies in South Africa here. If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. You may also find other useful tips and career advice by visiting our career blog here.