Job hunting, writing cover letters, and sending out hundreds of CVs to prospective employers can be a little tiresome, if not disheartening, even at the best of times. The average job hunter can send out up to a hundred CVs a week with very few replies or even acknowledgement that the company has received the application. If you are feeling a little discouraged, read on to find out alternative ways of searching for a job that are fun to do and that will also boost your confidence.
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Blog your way into a job
Do a little research about your industry and start writing a blog about a current topic. Writing regularly about current events in your field shows your knowledge and makes you a reliable source of information. The social network LinkedIn has a feature which allows others to tag you as an “expert” if you contribute positively to discussions. It’s a great way to highlight your expertise in the field and one more skill to add to your CV that potential employers look upon positively. Blogs are also more interesting to read than CVs, and it can be a great way to grab employers’ attention rather than sending out a CV, which is, in essence, just another list of skills.
Use Pinterest to boost your search for employment
The photo sharing website is currently one the fastest growing social networks out there, and it’s great for connecting people all over the globe. Pinterest is a great tool to get inspired. You can use it to find out more about enhancing your CV or even finding a new design for your business cards. You may also find new career options or just find ways to improve your image or brand. It’s a great way to inject some positivity into your daily job search. Click here to find out more ways to boost your confidence whilst job searching. Pinterest also has a great search feature that you can use to find career websites. If you type “career advice” on the search box, you will find lots of useful results related to careers.
Create a strong online presence
Most people will look up your name on Google nowadays, so it is vital that you have a strong and positive online presence. If you are on Facebook, make sure that your posts are relevant to your industry and that the activity is in line with who you are professionally. If you are not already on LinkedIn, then it is high time to create a profile. It is free and easy to use. Most recruiters will make a quick search through LinkedIn so make sure that you rank high on search engines. If you are not sure how to do that, look at other profiles and note what kind of keywords they use or follow what they do. Post interesting content on Facebook and contribute to group discussions on LinkedIn to show prospective employers that you are an active contributor to your industry. Not only will it improve your writing skills, but it will help you network – and writing can be fun, too.
Blogging and writing could just make that difference in your job search. Blog regularly and you could see yourself being re-hired sooner than you think.