Step-by-step guide to job hunting

If you are new to job hunting, this guide will help you through the process of looking for work and applying for jobs.

Step 1: Find out about jobs

Research the types of jobs you are looking for. Things to consider include:

  • What job opportunities are available in your region?
  • What skills or qualifications do these jobs require, and how do these match your own?
  • What organisations have the jobs you are looking for? Use their websites to research those organisations.

Step 2: Write or update your CV

Gather information for your CV

Write your CV

Writing your CV is a chance to think about what someone reading it, an employer, will think about what you can do in a job.

Step 3: Check your social media profile

Regard your social media profile as part of your application as employers may use it to find out about you. Be sensible about the information you post online, or change your settings so your profile is not publicly available.

Step 4: Search and apply for suitable jobs

Searching for job vacancies

Use a variety of search methods to find more work opportunities.

Applying for jobs

Make sure you:

  • keep a record of your applications
  • keep your referees informed about the jobs you apply for
  • send a cover letter and CV.

Step 5: Prepare and practise for job interviews

Think about what kind of questions an employer might ask you.

  • Write down your answers to possible questions.
  • Practise answering interview questions with friends.

Use your research to write down some questions you can ask employers at interviews.

Step 6: Attend job interviews

No matter how hard you try, it is likely that not every application will gain you a job interview. So congratulate yourself when you are offered an interview!

Make sure you:

  • arrive early for the interview
  • have your list of questions you want to ask and copies of your CV and the job information
  • know why you want the job
  • dress neatly and in clothing that would be appropriate for the job.

Step 7: Get a job offer

If you are offered a job, your employer will usually make a verbal offer first. They will then send you an employment agreement, which will outline the details of your employment.

Before you sign an employment agreement, look over the details, and get advice if you need it.

Updated 10 Jan 2017