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Five things you should do as a job seeker

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Structure your approach: make a note

. Note down the most important things when you call a recruitment consultant (e) or internal HR manager so you know exactly what job it is.

I myself, with a past as an HR consultant, can tell you that it doesn't come across well when a candidate doesn't know what position he/she is applying for.

In a distant past, when I was a job seeker myself, I had the habit of keeping each sent application in an Excel file.

Every time I got a call from a recruiter, I only had to open my Excel document and knew exactly what it was about.

So proceed in a structured way because the search for the right job is a full-time job, so it's best to deal with it that way.

Bring your network up to date

Please let most of your friends, former colleagues and recruiters know that you are (again) available on the job market. Express yourself in plain language so your network knows exactly what you're looking for.

Take training courses or online courses. Actiris, LeForem or VDAB. Take advantage of it!

If you think that your Dutch, French or English can use some refreshing, you can go to the above mentioned institutions. It is no big secret that being multilingual opens many more doors.

Enrich your experience

If you are looking for a job and you can afford it, you could opt for voluntary work or work that pays little. You can also choose to carry out several short interim assignments to gain (diverse) experience before you venture into a permanent job.

Fill in your time as efficiently as possible, because that also shows motivation and drive.

Take timely breaks

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As well as it is important to be busy and stay motivated, it is also important to occasionally take the time to relax. After all, your quest has a higher chance of failure when you're under stress and/or have negative feelings.

Don't forget to take care of yourself: eat balanced meals, get a breath of fresh air now and then, exercise, spend time with your friends, etc. The secret to life is keeping a good balance in such things.

Can you name one passion or hobby that you haven't really taken the time for? Do you still want to launch that one blog, get into an NGO, become a wedding photographer or organize events?

You now have the opportunity to spend some of your time on this.

Make sure you, next to that intensive job search, also introduce activities which give you energy and satisfaction. That way you stay healthy throughout the process.

What things would you like to add to this list? What things are important to you to do during your job search? I'm curious to hear your reactions! Let me know via our Axis Facebook page or our Axis LinkedIn profile.

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Elle Fleurackers

Proactive & passionate MarCom Manager with a broad range of interests.