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How to utilise social media in your job search

If you have been relying on Google during your job search and have subsequently struggled to achieve any success, now is the time to try an alternative.

Social media has fast become a part of our everyday lives, which employers, job seekers and recruiters are also making full use of during the recruitment process.

Take a look at the guide below to find out how you should be using social media in order to help you land the job of your dreams.

Social Media Guide

#1 Show yourself off

Almost all employers look at Facebook and Twitter profiles before deciding on whether to interview or hire a candidate. It is important to show your personality and interests on the platforms, while also demonstrating your experience and knowledge. However, finding the right balance is crucial.

While you may love heading out on the town every week, this is something that employers don’t need to see. Think about what posts you would be happy to share with them and edit your privacy settings to prevent potential employers from viewing anything that could deter them from offering you a job or interview.

#2 Take social on the go

Make sure you download apps for the likes of LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, and set up push notifications. This simple step will allow you to remain aware of any updates or messages from employers that you like or follow, and to keep you in the know of any new positions that become available.

Alternatively, use Tweetdeck so that you are alerted whenever a certain hashtag is used, for example #jobsearch.

#3 Make your personal brand unique

Turning your job search into your own personal brand can help to make your application stand out from the competition.

Begin by inventing a slogan. Think about those used by the likes of Nike and Gillette which get straight to the point and clearly explain what the brand is all about. Yours should be around 5 or 6 words, and work to sum up why you are an ideal candidate. Begin by conjuring up descriptive words that best describe you. Avoid cliché words or phrases such as those highlighted in the guide above. Once you are happy with the slogan, add it to your bio sections on each social platform.

#4 Become a professional for your passions

Blogging has become popular over the past few years, so much so that many employers find candidates with their own blogs far more appealing.

A blog can help you to demonstrate your great passion for your chosen industry, while providing you with something to discuss during interviews as well as a platform to showcases your expertise. The more time you invest in your blog, the more effective it will be. It is recommended that you update your blog at least once a week, with all new posts promoted via links on social platforms.

#5 Last but not least – be patient and don’t lose hope

Incorporating social media into your job search is an extremely effective tool to use during the process, but utilising these platforms to the best of their abilities takes time and effort. While it won’t happen overnight, using social media can help you to build relationships with employers and potential work peers that could last a lifetime.

Author Bio

Rachel Campbell is a content writer for BCL Legal, recruiters specialising in pairing legal candidates with ideal employers, be it in-house or as part of a law firm.

Exam Revision Tips For Students

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Exam revision tips

No matter what type of career you’re planning to have after you leave school or university you’ll have to know how to successfully achieve the qualifications you need. Not everyone is naturally good with exams, so for many of us it’s a matter of making the most out of the time we have to revise in order to attain the best possible grades. The truth is everyone is different and we flourish with different learning techniques. Good exam results can be the first step to a successful career. So here is our impartial exam revision tips for you.

#1: Make a Timetable

This might sound like a pretty basic tool, but when exam time is creeping up and stress levels are rising it is very useful to work out exactly how many hours you can fit in between now and the exam. Be realistic with your time and take into account breaks for meals and resting, if you’re over optimistic about how much studying you can fit in you are less likely to stick to the timetable.

#2: Eat and Drink Well

Revision time is not a time when you want to get sick or feel physically tired. Ensuring that you eat enough calories and stay hydrated sounds simple but many people can lose their appetite when they are stressed or forget to eat proper meals. If you live with friends or family (or other students) why not try taking in turns to organise meals for the household, even if you’re not hungry this will encourage you to think about food and remember to eat proper meals.

#3: Don’t Procrastinate

Yes it’s important to be organised when your revising but don’t spend too much time ‘getting ready to revise’ and not enough time actually learning. If you’re finding it hard to get out of a procrastination rut the best advice is just ask yourself to do one thing. For example, you need to read a book – start off by reading the first line then take it from there. Don’t think about the whole task, just the first step – once you make a start the rest won’t seem so bad anymore.

#4: Research the Exam

Ask your teacher or tutor about exam themes and if they have any tips. They will probably only be able to give you very limited information but it acts as good starting point for your revision. It is also a good technique to try to get hold of some past papers so that you can get as much practice as possible. These should be readily made available through your education provider or accessible online via the exam board website.

 

#5: Decompress – time out

You’ll probably find a lot of study guides that tell you to exercise when you are studying. Exercise is a great decompression technique if you enjoy exercising but a pain if you don’t. If you don’t want to exercise take some time out to decompress doing something you enjoy, preferably something that lets you move about if you have been sitting down all day.

#6: Bite-size chunks

Failing to plan is planning to fail;

A simple and effective technique is to breakdown your revision into smaller bite-size chunks, you can then plan these as revision sessions into your timetable. Rather than trying to revise everything all at once it is much easier to revise smaller manageable pieces.

How to write a cover letter

Cover Letter Made Easy – Simple 3 parts cover letter solution

Here is a simple solution to how to write a cover letter without over-complicating it.

A cover letter should be viewed as consisting of 3 parts:

1st Part – Introduction

  • Let the reader know why you are writing the letter
  • Doesn’t need to be long
  • 2 to 3 lines is enough

2nd Part – Explanation

  • Why you are suitable for the job.
  • How do you meet the the job spec and criteria
  • Can be more than one paragraph, two or three paragraphs is fine
  • Can use bullet points, easier to read
  • An explanation of how previous work and life experience, transferable skills and relevant qualifications make you the perfect candidate to fill the vacancy.

3rd Part – Closing statement

  • Thank the employer for the opportunity to apply
  • Availability of interview
  • 2 to 3 lines are enough

Read more about cover letters in our previous article cover letter advice article
Use our editable cover letter template to get you started

How to find a job

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Different ways of applying for a job

Over the past decade the number of ways to search for and find a job has increased tenfold. Finding the right job is something that most of us will have to do several times throughout our lives and, as a result, it is worth keeping up the latest job-searching methods. So whether you are a recent graduate or established in your career, we have gathered some of the most effective tried and tested ways to search for and find a job in this article to help you with your search:

Online Jobsearch

These days most employers advertise their vacancies online either directly or through a recruitment agency. A quick Google search of jobs in your local area will quickly highlight several job-board aggregator websites such as ours that have collected and organised a large portion of all relevant jobs currently being advertised online. The main issue with online search, however, is that sometimes there can be too many results to go through. So it is worth practising this technique, and being selective with your keywords rather than performing a general online search.

Upload Your CV to online CV databases and register for job email alerts

One way to help manage an online job search is to let employers and recruiters come to you. By uploading an electronic copy of your CV to online CV databases and recruitment websites, you will maximize your chances of being approached by companies based on your skills and experience, you can also be headhunted by competitive employers. This is a helpful technique for all job searchers, it is all about matching the right person to the right job. Uploading a CV can be particularly helpful to people already in employment who don’t have as much free time to job search, but are looking to advance their career.

Self-Promote

Whether you’re looking for a permanent position with a company or for freelance and part-time work, promoting yourself in a crowded employer’s market is an absolute must for job searchers. If you have a trade or work-related portfolio, then using the web and social media can be an extremely effective way to encourage employers to approach you, and to create businesses for yourself. Sites like LinkedIn, facebook, pintrest, twitter are an increasingly popular self-promotion and networking tools, which employers actively promote on and also use to ‘check-out’ potential candidates. Spending a little time ensuring that you have an up-to-date and attractive online presence can undoubtedly pay off in the long-run when it comes to getting an interview or securing a job.

Newspapers & Classifieds

With so much technology available to aid job searching, many people overlook some of the most basic and effective tools out there. In nearly every area of the country, local newspapers regularly advertise local and national jobs at all levels. If you are actively job searching, try to get into the routine of checking newspapers and magazines at least once a week, or when the job sections are published.

In Person – Drop your CV off to employers

One thing that many people don’t do as much anymore is to walk around an area on foot with a hard-copy of their CV to hand. This can be a highly successful method of job searching as you might come across employers who are looking for staff but haven’t advertised yet, and by making yourself immediately available you save them the hassle of searching further. Handing out your CV personally can also help present your case as a prospective employee, as you get the chance to make an impression in person which you can’t do over the phone or online. This technique is particularly helpful for job searchers seeking public-facing roles, such as retail outlets or hospitality establishments.

Word of Mouth – Friends and Family

Letting people know that you are actively job searching can be a highly effective way to find and secure a job. If you are just starting out in your career, friends and family might be able to recommend you to perspective employers, or keep their eyes and ears open for potential opportunities on your behalf. Needless to say, if you are already employed and looking to move, you might want to restrict who you tell about your job search, unless you have already fully disclosed your intention to leave to your current employer.