Career | The best ways to find a new job

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Knowing you want a change of job is one thing. Finding a new one that will fulfill your desires, demands and passion is another.

Finding a new job that ticks all of your boxes is increasingly hard. While updating your CV and LinkedIn account may get you so far, it may not be enough to get your foot in the door. Finding that dream job involves a lot more hard work. But all is not lost. Here are our tips to the best ways to find a new job.

Networking, for example, is one path to help you get that job. Ireland is a small place and so within your own network, there are probably two to three people that can open doors for you.

Draw up a list of the places you desire to work or the roles you want. Do a quick scan on LinkedIn or general search and identify who may help you on your mission to find a new job. Brainstorm as to how you can strengthen your relationship with each person.

Attend any events that are related to the industry that you want to get into. Thankfully, there are many meet-ups of like minded individuals in pubs and other venues around the country. Do a search and try to find who else is going that you want to meet.

Ideally, you should contact them beforehand to arrange a chat. Be prepared at such events; do up a business card that you can pass on. Alternatively, bring a notebook and write down the names and contact numbers of each person that is of interest and contact them the next day.

LinkedIn is more than a resource to just put up your own experience. Use it to connect with the right people. For example, search your target market based on your industry, qualifications, university and interests, and connect with the people who interest you.

Be precise and creative in your dealings with companies. Ensure that you stand out in the crowd of job seekers. Identify what they are trying to achieve in the marketplace and create solutions. Come to the table with a comprehensive list of ideas and workings that will help them fulfil their goals, and not just yours. 

The jobs market is tough but a bit of hard work can go a long way.