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  1. 1. JOB SEEKERS E-GUIDE Jumpstart Your Career
  2. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS SOCIAL MEDIA02. THE RIGHT RESUME03. THE COMPELLING COVER LETTER04. THE SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEW05. THE FOLLOW UP06. PREPARING FOR AN OFFER07. THE PROFESSIONAL EXIT08. WORKING WITH A RECRUITMENT AGENCY 09. UTILIZE YOUR NETWORK01. 03 05 07 10 13 16 18 21 24
  3. 3. 3 | JOB SEEKERS E-GUIDE A strong professional network is becoming increasingly valuable to the job search process so its important to consistently make and maintain connections. After all, you never know when a contact might help you towards your career goals. UTILIZE YOUR NETWORK 01. Follow our guide to ensure you make the most of your network
  4. 4. 4 | JOB SEEKERS E-GUIDE Make a List: Make sure to leverage your own social circle. Write down the names of all your friends, family and former colleagues. Be thorough and dont discount anyone. Then make a point of discussing your career aspirations and skill set with them. One of them might be able to recommend you or put you in touch with one of their own connections. Grandma might be retired but that doesnt mean she doesnt have friends in high places. Keep in Contact: You never know when a social or professional connection might come in handy. Make sure you always keep in touch with people and dont burn any bridges. Get Social: These days connections around the world are just a click away. Make use of social networking to engage with potential employers and keep in touch with professional contacts. You can also join professional forums on sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook to establish yourself as an expert in your field. The next section provides information on how to make the most of your social media profiles. Get Out There: Not everything is online. There are still those who prefer to do their networking face-to-face. Use your skills to volunteer. Not only will this add extra experience to your CV, it might also put you in touch with useful contacts. Make sure to also attend conferences, professional gatherings and industry events to meet other people in your field. Be Genuine: Networking isnt just about what others can do for you. Make sure you show an interest in your new and old contacts. Ask about their lives, share ideas and information. Theyll be much more likely to want to help if they feel as though you actually care about them. Be Prepared: If you make a new contact or someone offers to help you with your career aspirations, be ready. Make sure to have a professional business card to hand out and have a consistently up-to-date professional portfolio to send. This includes your references, resume, cover letter and online profiles. Follow Up: When someone offers their assistance, its up to you to follow up. Exchange contact information if you havent already and get in touch to discuss how to move forward. If the assistance results in a job opportunity, remember to thank your contact. Its polite and only solidifies your connection. UTILIZE YOUR NETWORK 01.
  5. 5. 5 | JOB SEEKERS E-GUIDE SOCIAL MEDIA Social media can make or break your job search. Its easy to assume that its role is purely social but today many hiring managers and recruiters use social media to find and connect with prospective employees. A well- constructed social media profile could lead to a wide variety of excellent career or internship opportunities. But social media can also damage your chances. If your profiles are not professional and tailored to the opportunities you want, employers will bypass you immediately. 02. Follow our guide to make sure you take full advantage of social media in your job search
  6. 6. 6 | JOB SEEKERS E-GUIDE Public Profiles: Publically accessible social media profiles should always appear professional. When youre shortlisted as a candidate for interview, more often than not a potential employer will search for information about you online. If they discover unprofessional content on your profiles, your chances of an interview are definitely over. Appropriate Content: Content on public profiles, whether photos, statuses or comments, should always be professional and appropriate. No potential employer or professional contact wants to see drunken escapades, crude language, negativity or recreational drug use so if you want to discuss or upload photos of any or all of these things, then make your profile private. Alternatively, leverage your public profiles by establishing yourself as an expert in your field. Post about your industry, interact with influencers and offer tips and advice to your professional peers. Private Profiles: If you have content you want to share with friends that you dont wish potential professional contacts to see, its important you make your private profiles well and truly private. Check your settings and make sure strangers cant see anything besides your basic information. If youre unsure how to go about it, there are often guides online which can help. Make sure at minimum your profile picture is appropriate and consider also changing the name attached to your profiles. With a different name, a potential employer is a lot less likely to stumble upon your private profile while searching. Look for Tips: If you want to use your social media profiles for networking purposes, go to the help section for the social network youre using or look up tips and guides online. Theyll help you leverage the site to your advantage and maximize your professional impact. SOCIAL MEDIA 02. Linkedin is the number one professional networking site. With the ability to post your resume and interests, join professional groups and find job postings, this is your go-to public social media profile. It should always be kept up-to-date with your information and highlight your qualifications, skills and work experience. Remember that recruiters look for you with keyword searches so make sure your profile includes these. According to LinkedIn, users with complete profiles are 40 times more likely to receive job opportunities. Facebook is currently one of the best known and most used social networks in the world. This is the first site most potential employers will visit to find out about prospective candidates. If your profile is public, make sure to follow our guidelines on content above. You can also use Facebook as a networking tool, as mentioned earlier. Like companies you are interested in working for, engage with their posts, keep up-to- date with whats happening and inquire about job postings that match your skill set. Twitter has quickly become one of the most important players in the social media world. Make sure you leverage it fully by ensuring you have a professional profile and background photo, and a powerful statement about your field of interest in the bio section. Then post content per our guidelines above and follow potential employers and industry influencers. Doing this, means you can engage with them, keep up-to-date with whats happening and get targeted employment information. BEST SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS FOR NETWORKING
  7. 7. 7 | JOB SEEKERS E-GUIDE Your resume is frequently the first a potential employer will see of you. Ultimately, a good resume means a good first impression and often the difference between an interview and the trash can. Your aim is to create a well- crafted, impressive document that displays the experience, accomplishments and skills that make you the perfect candidate for the job. Follow our guide to help you stand out from the crowd in the right way THE RIGHT RESUME 03.
  8. 8. 8 | JOB SEEKERS E-GUIDE THE RIGHT RESUME 03. LAYOUT Chronological or Functional Format: Some believe a functional resume is best for new graduates and those with little experience. This is not true. Most hiring managers see the use of this format as an attempt to hide something, usually the lack of experience or employment gap the resume writer is in fact trying to conceal. It is far better to be upfront using a chronological resume. Bolster experience with volunteering roles and throw a positive light on employment gaps in your cover letter by explaining how you used them to your benefit to learn useful new things. Divide and Conquer: Always divide your resume into skills, work experience and education in this specific order. Your skills, be they languages, computer skills or certifications, should always come first and can help with keyword searches done by recruiters. These are the bait which attract the hiring manager to keep reading. Your work experience then shows the knowledge needed from the perfect candidate, while your education solidifies you as a candidate they want to interview. Write it in Word: Microsoft Word has long been the go to resume writing tool. You may want to stand out, and for creative industries this will undoubtedly be important, but most hiring managers will not appreciate the effort. They want to see a professional, standard resume style that they can quickly and easily look over. So save yourself time and write your resume in Word. Send it as a PDF: While recruiters like to see your resume as a Word document, prospective employers expect your resume to be sent in PDF format. So, unless stated otherwise in the job description, make sure you do just that. Easy on the Eye: Make sure your resume is neatly and professionally laid out. Hiring managers will at best skim each resume before moving on to the next. Your goal is to make it as easy as possible for them to recognize you as a potential candidate. Take care to have headings for each section and differentiate employers and job titles from the rest of the content by italicizing, bolding and using the white space between lines to emphasize important information. Use Bullet Points: Block text is daunting. No one wants to spend fifteen minutes sifting through a wordy document to get to its core message and hiring managers certainly wont. Bullet points break up text. Use a max

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