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Job searching 101: follow these tips for better results

If you’re new to the world of job seeking, perhaps you have just come out of school, and you’re not sure what to do next, then I’m here to share four tips to get you started on your job search.

Tip #1 – Do Your Research

The internet is not only good for posting pics and keeping up with the latest in celebrity news. It’s also a good way to determine what the employment market is like in your area. Start by thinking of things that you are good at, things that you might be interested in, and then do some research to see what kind of jobs are available that would best be suited for you. Need some more ideas? Check out our career paths blog category for some inspiration on top job titles here in Cayman.

When seeking employment, you need to utilize every avenue that’s used for advertising jobs. The most popular in Cayman are the Friday newspaper, JobsCayman portal, LinkedIn, websites like EcayTrade, or recruitment websites.

Tip #2 – Get Your Resume Ready

OK, now that you have identified the areas that you are best suited for due to your background and what jobs are available in the employment market, next is to prepare your resume. Your resume speaks volumes about you; it’s your first encounter with the recruiter or potential employer. It will determine whether or not you make it to the next round, that being an in-person interview or a phone interview.

Remember that there are loads of people searching for jobs globally, and that is no different here in Cayman. Therefore, you need to put some effort into it, and make it stand out. Show them what makes you different. Make them clearly understand why they should hire YOU over the 45 other people in Cayman that also applied.

Tip # 3 – Work on You

Now the reality of the matter is, after leaving school there often isn’t much to put on a resume other than your education. But there are still other areas to consider!

  • Put in any part-time work you have done or internships you held and show not only what you did, but how you went above and beyond.
  • Also, why not take advantage of training opportunities or seminars to build your knowledge and understanding of the workforce, and what is to be expected?
  • You can also volunteer in an area of interest that will provide you with real work experience.  Whatever you choose, remember to give it your absolute best.

Every experience in life is an opportunity to improve yourself and build your skills in some way.

Tip # 4 – Make Looking for a Job, Your Job

Looking for a job is no walk in the park and you can’t sit around waiting for an opportunity to come to you. It takes a lot of time, patience, and commitment. So how about you make it your fulltime job until you actually get a job?

That’s right…get up, take a shower, and put on some proper clothes (not that sweatsuit that hasn’t been washed in a week) and get to work. Do your research, identify available opportunities, perfect your resume, and sign up for a seminar. Make it a goal to get at least one application out for the day and no matter what, do not give up.

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