"Looking for a job can be a daunting prospect.Fresh out of university, having been used to personal tutors and career services at your beck and call for guidance and moral support, going it alone can appear overwhelming."
Looking for a job can be a daunting prospect.Fresh out of university, having been used to personal tutors and career services at your beck and call for guidance and moral support, going it alone can appear overwhelming.As you throw yourself into a summer of fun, you may suddenly find yourself with 'no time' left for job hunting.
Gone are the days where job hunting meant trudging down to the job centre or spending hours painstakingly trawling through the small print of newspapers in a state of frustration as you wait for the 'dream job' to reveal itself.We live in an age of exceptional technological developments, and so it is high time that you made technology work for you.Here are a few tips for how to find a job when you only have fifteen minutes to spare.
- Have a few reliable job searching sites bookmarked on your computer (your first port of call being Graduate Recruitment Bureau, of course), so that when you access the internet you do not have to waste time fiddling about with search engines.
- Set up a single email account for all your job related communications, to avoid distractions from all your emails from your grandparents, discount voucher promotions and Facebook notifications.
- Make sure you link Google Alerts to this email address - Google alerts are email updates of the latest Google results based on a search query of your choice, so you can be aware of jobs as soon as they are advertised online.
- If you have a smart phone, there are plenty of Apps to look into that can help with the job searching process, and speedily!
- Make the most of social networking sites - it is not only job applicants who are looking to speed up the job hunting process - businesses are increasingly relying on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Freelancer and Linkedin as the quickest method for communicating with people.Remember, if you are going to use social networking sites to find a job, your future employers will be able to see how you conduct yourself outside of the work place so make sure you remove any photos or messages that may not show you in the most professional and employable light!
- Once you have found the jobs you are after, make the application process run more smoothly by having a few CVs already prepared and geared towards the different fields of work you are interested in so that you are ready to pounce as soon as you discover a job opportunity thatappeals.
Mona, GRB Journalist