How to search for jobs in 2024
In the dynamic job market of 2024, navigating the job search process requires a strategic approach. This blog will guide you through the essential steps to maximise your chances of landing your dream job. Whether you're a recent graduate, a professional looking for a career change, or someone re-entering the workforce, these tips will help you stand out in the competitive job landscape.
Here are a 4 tips for making the most of your job search this year:
1. Update your resume and cover letter
Updating your resume and cover letter is a critical first step in any job search. Begin by carefully reviewing and revising your resume to highlight your most relevant skills, experiences, and achievements. Emphasise quantifiable achievements, such as project successes or performance improvements, to showcase your tangible contributions.
When crafting your cover letter, focus on expressing your genuine interest in the position and the company. Start with a compelling opening that grabs the reader's attention and clearly states the position you're applying for. Demonstrate your understanding of the company's values and mission, explaining how your skills and experiences align with their needs. Look at some tips from our blog on How to give your resume a spring clean
2. Get in touch with a recruitment consultant
A good place to start is by contacting a recruitment consultant in your field of expertise. A recruiter may be able to tell you about an upcoming job opening that hasn't been publicly posted yet or provide you with the contact information of a hiring manager.
They can also help with resume writing and interview preparation, providing you with tips on how to answer certain questions and what to expect during the interview process. There are several resources available on DFP's Career Support page that focus on providing tips and advice to help job seekers prepare for interviews as well as writing resumes.
3. Develop your network for referrals
Building a strong professional network is essential for securing valuable referrals in your job search. Actively engage with colleagues, industry peers, and professionals through networking events, LinkedIn, and relevant forums. When seeking referrals, be specific about your target roles and inquire about relevant opportunities within their networks. A well-cultivated network not only opens doors to potential job leads but also enhances your industry credibility. Referrals offer added assurance to prospective employers, making them more likely to grant interviews based on trust and recommendation. Check out our tips on How to build a good network to explore potential leads and opportunities.
Referrals give prospective employers the added assurance that the job seeker has been recommended by someone they know and trust. This can make them more likely to give an interview, as they will already have a good impression of the job seeker. Reach out to contacts in your network to see if they have any leads.
Referring a friend is also an effective way to help your network. Find out more on DFP’s Refer a Friend Program.
4. Utilise job search websites
Various job search platforms can help you stay organised by keeping track of all applications, interviews, and follow-ups. Be sure to tailor your profile to each job you apply for and take advantage of available resources to keep up to date on industry trends. Platforms like LinkedIn has a feature that lets you add an 'open to work' option that will be visible only to recruiters. By adding this feature to your profile, recruiters can reach out to you directly with potential job opportunities in your field.
Be consistent in applying and don’t get disheartened if you don’t hear back. The Australian Association of Graduate Employers estimates that 76% of employers take two to four months to complete their application. Despite this, 54 percent of employers take more than four months to complete the application process rather than the planned two to four months. It's good to know that only 10% of employers take up to six months.
The final step in your job search is to send your CV to a recruiter who can assist you with everything else. Doing this will help you will gain invaluable insight and maximise your job search efforts.