Job-hunting can be overwhelming. Going through endless job boards, meeting your recruiter, filtering and finally finding a handful of jobs which you think you might like and finally, applying for a job. It is easy to fall into the trap of applying to anything and everything when you're desperate, but following some guidelines could help you land the job you love in less time.

Read the Job Title

This may seem like common sense to most, but it needs to be said. The job title itself gives you a good indication of the company hierarchy and what is expected of you on the job. It may also show the direction the company is taking. For instance, if it is a specific title like Account Manager (B2B) you would know that if it is crucial for the company to employ someone specifically for B2B business, then it is important for them and they may require experience in it specifically. More so, if the role is for an Executive level position and you are looking for an entry-level role, the chances are that they are looking for more experienced applicants.

Read the Job Description

This goes hand-in-hand with the first point. What is expected of you is outlined in the job description and also shows the standard of applicants the employer is looking for. It will also give you an idea of the type of company you are dealing with. At this point ask yourself - is this job a good fit for me? Going through the requirements is a good first step. Use them as a sort of checklist. How many of these can I do, or, more importantly, have experience doing? If you can say yes to most of the requirements you know you have a good chance for an interview. If on the other hand, answering honestly, gives you "I think I can do this" on most requirements. It's time to take a step back and re-evaluate.

Research the company

Sometimes it's as simple as going on their website - checking out their latest updates and products. Nowadays, looking at their social media profile may give you more of an idea of what the company does and their latest updates. After all, their public persona is supposedly their 'best' representation. Do they have a career section in their media presence? What career trajectories do they offer? What aspects of the company's business do you like? Are you interested in the industry?

Don't be afraid to reach out

Look up your predecessor at the company and ask yourself why they may have left and whether their career trajectory is similar to yours. You can also reach out to them directly through their Linkedin profile. This will give you a feel of why they may have left, the challenges at the company and what to expect from your role and superiors.

Only apply to jobs you really want or that match your professional background

It's tempting to throw out a large net and hope to catch a few fish, i.e. job interviews, but in the long run, this may be detrimental. It is, also, tiring and discouraging if you get a 'no'. At the end of the day, you will only want to go to jobs you really like, so be selective and it will pay off.

Make sure your CV is updated and structured before applying for a job

You'll want to put your best foot forward, and your CV, whether you like it or not, is the first impression the employer or recruiter will get when they receive your application. Tweaking it a bit here and there to adapt it to the job in question will optimise your chances. Remember that recruiters will have a lot of CVs to go through so streamlining your CV with experience and learning backgrounds that matter will better your chances of being noticed. Always take note of the nature of your job - does your job require creativity? Make sure your CV reflects your creative side. Does your role priorities attention to detail? Take extra care with mistakes and make sure it's neat and tidy. Always spellcheck and proofread your CV. If possible, get a friend to go through it too. Another set of eyes is always useful!

Once you've applied...

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Put a face to the name - lookup your interviewer. They will be looking you up too!

Use LinkedIn to your advantage

You got a job interview! Great job! Now is the time to put your research skills to test, again. Who will be interviewing you? Put a face to the name. Remember, there's a good chance they're looking you up too. In fact, you may want to clean up your act on social media. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is in line with your CV and that previous job titles match. Look up the company on Google and see if there were any mentions lately on the news.

Last but not least, good luck! Need help with your job hunt or applying for a job? Get in touch.