To start your job search it’s best to get into the right mindset and plan a job searching strategy. Here's how...
If you want your job search to be successful you should treat it as a project. Make notes about the different jobs you want to apply for, will it be in one type of industry, a specific role, or will you be applying for a variety of positions?
Make it clear to yourself what you want to do. Set yourself goals - give yourself a set amount of time per day to set aside for job searching. Make sure your CV is up-to-date and you are including all of your transferable skills, experience, attributes and achievements.
Lack of career/job focus
Target specific companies and organisations that align with your career goals then do your research. This will help give you more of a focused job search. You can then scout out decision maker names, write targeted emails and covering letters. Also make sure you’re addressing the needs of the company within your CV.
Applying for every job you come across
This will definitely make you lose focus and if you’re applying for anything and everything you can’t tailor your CV to each application and you obviously won’t suit every single role you apply for. There's no point in applying for a position if you have no idea what the job entails and none of your skills match the job - nothing puts an employer off more than you not knowing anything about their business.
Taking rejection personally
Turn it into a positive and avoid getting down because you didn’t get to the next stage. There’s no harm in asking for constructive feedback, this may erase any doubt in your mind that you may have had and can improve your chances of getting the next job. It might be that you need to improve your interview technique, or get more experience in relation to the position that you want to go for.
If an interviewer won’t give you any feedback then do a self-evaluation - what went well, what didn’t and why. This will help you prepare for the next interview.
Proofreading your covering letter and CV
This is fairly obvious, you should always spell and grammar check your CV and covering letter. You’ll never get an interview, let alone a job if you can’t go through and check your spelling is correct as it shows laziness. Get someone else to read through your CV and they will see any mistakes that you may have missed.
Applying for advertised jobs only
A vast number of jobs go unadvertised so be aware that there's a hidden jobs market. Contact employers directly and this will demonstrate a genuine interest in the business.
Follow companies on social media, set up email alerts, subscribe to their newsletters to get the most recent information on how the company is doing - are they expanding, or are they increasing profit and securing new clients? There may be a need of more staff.