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Want to begin your job search but don’t know where to start? It’s important you make sure you stand out from the crowd and showcase your skills. Try these 5 job search hacks to stay ahead of the competition and help you land your next job role. 

1. Develop your LinkedIn presence 

3 people are hired on LinkedIn every minute – yes, every minute. At this point, if you haven’t signed up to LinkedIn, you’re doing yourself a disservice. LinkedIn is full of career-ready professionals, eager recruiters, and internal hiring managers looking for their next chance to secure top talent.

The key to getting noticed on LinkedIn? Grow and engage with your network. Leverage LinkedIn to its full potential; connect with thought leaders, companies you want to work with, and those working in a similar role to you. Comment and engage with experts in your field and actively share content and findings from your industry. 

2. Optimise your CV and cover letter for keywords

Your CV and cover letter need to best reflect you, but also align with the employer you want to work with. The job description and its keywords play a vital part in how you format your CV and cover letter. Job boards, recruiters, and hiring managers use keyword screening tools to help identify the best candidates. To maximise your chances of getting your CV noticed, highlight all the verbs and adjectives used in the job description and incorporate them throughout your application as these will most likely be picked up by their screening tools. 

3. Reflect the company culture in your CV and cover letter

Now you know all about tailoring your CV to match the keywords used in the job description, in order to stand out from the crowd in your job search you need to take it a step further. 

Show your future employer that you’re an excellent cultural fit for their organisation by doing some digging into their online presence to really grasp what they stand for and how their organisation operates. We recommend looking at the language they use, tone of voice, goals, and values and weaving elements of this into your CV and cover letter. This will impress your potential employer and show that you understand exactly what it means to be a part of their company. 

4. Join online groups

Online groups are not only great for growing your network, they can also be used to find job vacancies that may not always be advertised on job boards or public social media channels. Facebook and LinkedIn have a variety of job vacancy groups across a range of industries for you to join based on your location or interests. Whether you're looking for immediate start roles or your next career move, these groups are updated daily with the latest vacancies. Make sure to turn on your post notifications to gain access to the newest jobs to ensure you don't miss out.

5. Partner with a specialist recruiter 

Get in touch with a recruiter to make your job search hassle-free and save you time. Alongside submitting your CV, go one step further and pick up the phone to discuss your requirements and skill set with a specialist recruiter.

Our job here at Search is dedicated to helping you find a career you’ll love. Our extensive network of employers and unique market insight ensures we can best match you based on your requirements. Through using a recruitment agency, you’ll be able to gain exclusive access to job roles and connect with employers even when there are no live vacancies. 

Looking for help landing your next job? Let Search help you find your better future. Get in touch with our team today to discuss how we can support you.

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