Whatever the reasons, job hunting can be a daunting task. Not to worry though, we’re here to help!

With so many job seekers out there, employers are finding themselves looking for the tiniest things to discount applications in the short listing process. Making it even more important than ever to do everything you can to stand out from the crowd.

There are many things you can do to help make the process smoother; so before you even start searching for jobs there are a few key housekeeping elements that can be undertaken to help ensure success. Failure to do these simple tasks could mean you fall at the first hurdle!

5 Things to do before you start job hunting:

1. Voicemail
Have a voicemail on your phone so that you do not miss important phone calls regarding interviews or telephone screenings! Employers will not try to contact you more than twice so if you want the job, make sure you’re contactable.

2. Email Address
If you don’t have one already, get a professional email address. A funny one from your university days like beermonster@mymail.com will not give the best impression!

3. Facebook
Social media can both help and hinder your jobs search, so be social media savvy! Check your privacy settings on Facebook, make sure potential employers cannot view your profile or photos. They will search for you so keep your weekend photos and crazy antics hidden from potential employers. Everyone has a life out of work, but it’s probably not wise to mix too early!

4. LinkedIn
Update your LinkedIn profile to include your full career history up to the present day. Let employers and recruiters see the things you want them to like key achievements and recommendations from past employers and clients. It’s essentially an online CV; make sure you take full advantage of it.

5. References
Always ensure that you have secured at least two referees in advance of applying for a job. References play a huge part in securing a job and employers will use references as part of the decision-making process. Ensure they have everything they need to make you their number one choice!

These may sound like minor details but it’s the minor details that matter. With increased competition for every job out there ensuring that these simple tasks are completed will help you to navigate your way though the online job boards and job papers with the peace of mind that you have the best opportunity to obtain the job you want.

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