Training day: Give yourself an intensive job-hunt boost

Struggling where tracking down a new job is concerned? For one day, maybe you should focus, not on applications themselves, but on giving yourself a job hunt and recruitment master class.

The fact is, the internet is swarming with useful advice on looking for a job. But since finding out about all these little tips and tricks doesn’t always directly further your search, it’s easy to ignore it – and potentially miss a life-changing change of technique in the process.

One day of learning instead of making applications certainly isn’t going to derail the job hunt, so why not take advantage of the free advice out there and have an intensive training day on being an ideal job hunter?

The Career Doctor will see you now 

In-depth help on some of the basics of job hunting can be found in our Career Doctor section. Reading through this will help mean you’ve covered lots of the basics. Remember that, even when you think you’re a pro at something, you can sometimes have neglected to think about certain details.

Have you thought, for example, about the way including certain personal information in a CV could impact how an employer sees you? Read our CV Help section for more.

We update several job-hunt tip blogs every month on the site too, to give you even more support.

As you read our site, and look for advice further afield, remember to focus on things you need to work on.

Perhaps you already know your CV is doing great work, for example, but even though it’s getting you interviews, you’ve been falling at that hurdle.

Don’t just read advice articles: Anyone can skim this sort of stuff.

The best way work is probably making notes: Compile your own notebook – either digital or on paper – of the things you really think are useful.

Tips can cover everything from what to wear when you attend an interview to how to behave once you’re through the door and even what to ask once your interviewer has got through all their questions.

At the end of your day of intensive learning, use your notes to set goals for what to improve.

For example, you might say:

‘Remember to ask useful questions when the interview ends’ (and list some examples from your research).

‘Work on body language’: You might want to record a video of how you look when speaking and see what little habits you have about the way you sit and move could be improved in an interview.

‘Check job advert requirements more fully’: If you’ve been ignoring employers’ advice about the type of person they’re looking for for a job, in terms of skills etc, this may have been holding back your job hunt progress.