It can be frustrating to comb over the same stale job listings that you have already applied for. Here at Abroad Experience, we have compiled a list of tips and tricks for maximizing your job search and ensuring that you hear about every interesting opportunity!
- Give some thought to what you are looking for. If you are open to relocating, where would you truly consider moving to? Are you passionate about a certain industry such as tech or tourism? Don’t just apply for anything; concentrate your job search on these areas!
- Register on job portals. There are many, and each one increases your CVs visibility a bit more. It takes perhaps 15 minutes of your time to set up a profile and the rest of the work is done for you! Be sure, however, that the information and CV that you provide is up-to-date, accurate and spell-checked!
- Think outside the box. If you have work experience with a specific culture or language, look into companies from that background (e.g. if you lived and worked in Japan for several years, look at Japanese companies with a European presence).
- Join message boards and groups on LinkedIn. People talk, and they love to give advice. You never know what you might stumble across. Be sure your LinkedIn profile is up-to-date and matches your CV. Also see our blog, “How to get the best out of social media in your job search”!
- Visit job fairs and networking events to get an impression of the job market. Many are tailored to a certain sector or skill category, such as engineering or multilingual job seekers.
- Ask around. The more people know about your search, the higher the chance that someone will think of you when an opportunity arises.
- Be flexible. A Bachelor’s degree does not automatically entitle you to 40k per year and sometimes a marketing job will also require some administration duties. Remember that there are probably 150 other people in the immediate vicinity with the exact same profile, looking at the exact same job vacancy.
- With a specialized career, look into registering with specialized agencies. Highly technical engineer background? There’s an agency for that. Lengthy career history of maritime service? There’s an agency for that.
- Register with Abroad Experience! In addition, call our offices to speak with one of our recruitment consultants and explain further information that may not be immediately evident from your CV, in addition to any vacancies on our website that might have sparked your interest. In any case, be prepared for a phone call from us and treat it as you would a job interview!
For more information, see also our blog “5 Job Search Tips on finding a Job in the Netherlands“.