Looking for a job can be an incredibly frustrating experience. The competition is stiff and sometimes, in spite of your impressive credentials, employers always seem to be looking for something else.

But even with all the hassles and heartaches of the job hunt, you need to soldier on. You must not let situations that do not work out the way you want them to keep you down. Instead, use them as drivers to be better so that when you meet potential employers, they would automatically see you as an asset they need to secure for their organization.

So, how exactly do you go about doing that? Here are six practical and smart moves to make when you are applying for a job.

  1.  Tidy up

Think of yourself as an asset and make sure you look like one. When you have already created a flawless CV or resume, you can be sure to create an even better impression when you look perfect for the job.

Invest in your physical appearance. Buy the right outfits, have your hair styled by a professional hairstylist and, if you’re a woman, learn the best makeup tricks to look professional.

  1. Clean up your social media

Making sure that social media accounts hold no compromising information is a piece of advice that highly experienced recruitment consultants provide their clients.

Employers are known to check social media platforms — everything from LinkedIn to Facebook, Twitter, and even Instagram — to know more about job candidates. In fact, in a recruitment survey conducted in 2016 by CareerBuilder, 60 percent of employers carry out social media account checks on their applicants.

Therefore, if you are very active on social media, take out any compromising posts and tags when you are applying for jobs.

  1. Continue learning

Use your free days growing or honing your skills. If you have signed up with a recruitment agency to help you find a job, inquire if they have learning programs you can sign up for as well. Or, regularly read educational materials that can increase your knowledge such as career search articles, blog posts, and books.

  1. Volunteer your skills

Volunteer work can do wonders in increasing your chances of landing jobs. It can put your skills into practice and provide valuable experiences that can enrich you as a person and add value to your CV.

Likewise, volunteerism is associated with certain strong values employers look for in job candidates, such as social responsibility or civic-mindedness.

  1. Get healthy

Your health matters a lot in the job search process. Going to different places for interviews, or joining career fairs can be physically taxing. You want to make sure that you have the strength for all these, not only to withstand the exhaustion but also to present yourself well to potential employers.

It is also worth mentioning that a lot of employers these days take into consideration job applicants’ health condition. They want workers who can be as consistent as possible with their work output. They do not want employees who will frequently call in sick because such workers can become liabilities to the goals of the company.

  1. Consider various options

Being open to different possibilities is a must especially if you are fresh off of university. When you are still starting out, it is crucial to not be too focused on what you want because that may take a while to come around. Rather, consider other options that are suitable to your skills and will provide you a lot of lessons.

For example, you may have a degree in fashion design and all you want is a job in a design house. However, while you are still waiting for that specific break, consider writing for a fashion magazine, or designing outfits for stage productions. Don’t shun the idea of working as a personal stylist as well.

The bottom line here is, you should not only look at a job as your income-generator. Look at it more as a strategy for growth as a person and professional.

With these moves, you can boost your chances of getting hired. But not only that, you also get to transform the typically challenging process of searching for a job into a positive learning experience.

David Mackenzie

David Mackenzie
A recruitment professional with over twenty years’ experience in the field and a record of entrepreneurial accomplishment, David is Managing Director and Head of HR at Mackenzie Jones.

In 2003, David set up Mackenzie Jones in the UK, growing the business across two offices in London and Birmingham. In 2005 David established Mackenzie Jones in Dubai to serve the Gulf region and neighbouring countries. As the Group MD, David is responsible for the overall direction of the Mackenzie Jones Group including Mackenzie Jones, MumsAtWork, MENA Solutions, Simply Digital and ThinkTech.