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Job Search Tips

When you are looking for work, job search tips can help speed up the process, enabling you to find the position you want with less hassle and effort.

The secret behind all job search tips is to be prepared. Many people simply apply for a few jobs and hope for the best. Our job search tips will help get you ready, so that you have everything you need to find the job you want.

The first job search tip is to get help! Most people conduct their job hunt on their own, but there are lots of people out there who can help. Firstly, use your existing network of contacts. There are always job openings that aren't advertised - if you tell everyone you can that you are looking for work, they will serve as your eyes and ears, helping you to expand your search.

If you aren't sure where to turn, remember that the Job Centre, your local college, and various other places offer career counselling and help with your job search. You'll also find good information at your local public library.

Another big part of being prepared is to have templates ready for your covering letter and r?sum?. While it is important to send a customized version of your cover letter and r?sum? to each different job - matching the content to the requirements of the job you're applying for - it will still reduces your effort considerably if you are using a template with all the basic information, such as the opening and closing paragraphs and your contact address, already in place.

What else can you do to be prepared? Have your references ready. While it's standard to write "reference available on request" on your CV, you will nonetheless need to have three references ready to go, including their name, job title, company, phone number and email address.

Finally, you need to think a little strategically in your actual search for work. Most people start by using job search engines - they will help you to find postings from major companies, and will also allow you to receive daily or weekly updates via e-mail of the openings that match your criteria.

However, you also need to broaden your job hunt. Don't just register with a few of the big sites, also check out smaller, niche sites. These can focus on either a particular career field, or a more limited geographic area.