If you are in the market for a new job this post is for you.  It will help you utilise job searching technique making the best of your personal contacts, networking, job filters, and career coaching to land your next role.

The New Year is a time when we want to start fresh and embrace something new.  So let’s take a look at these job searching tips.

Job Sites

There are plenty of job sites around and for the better positions, it is a good idea to stick to reputable ones.  When searching, make good use of the filter to narrow down your search by industry, location, and job title.  This will help you find suitable jobs faster saving considerable time.

There are many job search sites that are specific to your chosen industry.  It is worth taking the time to find them and see what they have to offer.

Remember, many of the better jobs are not advertised on job sites.


Networking is a tried and tested method to get results.  Having an active and dynamic professional network generates possibilities.  From delivering a concise and precise elevator pitch, attending network events, to being active on LinkedIn, good networking enhances your career.

Other sources could include your university alumni to professional membership associations.

We have written about extensively in the past.  You can find our posts here.

Maintain a Strong Personal Brand

Having an active personal brand geared towards showcasing your value proposition is a considerable aid in finding a new role.  Think about maintaining an active blog discussing challenges and how you overcame them.  Use social media to generate an interest in you and your abilities.  Adopting professional values and maintaining them.  Again, we have plenty of blogs on the subject; feel free to check them out here.

Customize your CV and Covering Letter to the Job you’re Applying for

The simple fact that is your generic CV and covering letter is not good enough to hold the attention of hiring managers and recruiters.   In the few seconds it takes them to decide whether to put you through to the interview stage, you can bet your next pay cheque that the generic ones simply don’t make it through.

To maximise your chances you should customize your covering letters and CV to be in tune with the job applied for.  So for example, if you have an achievement that is more in tune with the job put it first even it is out of time sync.

The same should also apply to your cover letter.  Focus on what the hiring manager wants and showcase it.  You can find our CV and cover letter tips here.

The Right Company

A good exercise is to make a list of companies you’d like to work for and then research them online.   Often, job vacancies will be posted either on their website and often LinkedIn.  You can then target your application to the company specifically, utilising the research you have performed.

Prepare for the Interview

For every interview you are offered you should prepare for it thoroughly.  This includes the answers to questions that are likely to be asked, company history and information, and some good questions to ask at the end.  We have written about interview techniques extensively.  You can find our posts here.

Follow up – It’s Important

It is important to follow up an interview with a phone call or email.  This shows the decision makers that you’re keen and dedicated to the position.  It also keeps you in their minds should another vacancy arise, or their first choices pulls out and they need a replacement.  Follow up; it could land you the role.

To learn more about job searching and indeed to launch your executive job hunt talk to us today.  Click here and schedule your free consultation.  We can help you fine-tune all aspects of your value proposition with a view to becoming the must-have candidate.

Further Reading:

Four ways Personal Branding Keeps you Competitive and enhances your Career

Why should we hire you? Answering difficult interview questions

Five Good and Bad Reasons to Leave your Job

Author: Beata Staszkow

Beata is an established and experienced career coach. She has helped hundreds of executives find rewarding careers, and hundreds of businesses acquire new clients on LinkedIn. If you’re career or business is stagnating, Beata can revive it and take it to new heights. Schedule your consultation today.

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