Job Hunt Tips for 2024Job hunting can be a pretty daunting prospect, but with the right strategies, you can make this process smoother and more rewarding. Here are some of my top tips to help you prepare:

Create a Job Search Plan:

Planning is critical to effective job hunting. Before you start applying for your dream job get all your ducks in a row. Start researching the jobs market and set realistic goals, such as applying to a certain number of jobs each week, attending networking events, or completing a specific number of skill-building activities. This will keep you focused and motivated and you’ll be able to see what you have done and what is left to do.

Update Your CV and LinkedIn Profile:

Ensure your CV reflects your most recent accomplishments, skills, and experiences. Additionally, optimise your LinkedIn profile with a professional photo, compelling headline, and detailed work history. This is often the first impression employers have of you, so make it count. If you need help with either of these then get in touch. I can help.

Enhance Your Skills:

The job market is constantly evolving, so staying competitive requires continuous skill development. Whether you are employed or unemployed I’d advise you to identify the skills in demand for your industry and invest time in acquiring or enhancing them. Online courses, workshops, and certifications are excellent ways to stay relevant. The Open University and National Careers Service offer loads of FREE online courses – some of which you can watch and engage in whilst wrapping the Christmas pressies and quaffing a yuletide sherry.

Network, Network, Network:

Networking remains a powerful tool in the job search process. Attend industry events, join professional groups on social media, and reach out to former colleagues or mentors. Networking not only exposes you to new opportunities but also provides valuable insights into your field. Hint Hint LinkedIn is a great, free networking tool.

Use Job Search Platforms:

Use online job boards, company websites, and professional networks to explore job opportunities. Keep your profiles updated on these platforms and set up job alerts to receive notifications about relevant positions.

Research Companies:

Take the time to research potential employers thoroughly. Understand their values, culture, and recent accomplishments. Make sure that you adjust your application materials to align with what each company is looking for in a candidate. This will demonstrate to an employer your genuine interest and dedication to winning the job.

Master Virtual Interviews:

With the increasing prevalence of remote work, virtual interviews are becoming the norm. Familiarise yourself with common video conferencing platforms, ensure a professional background, and practice answering common interview questions in a virtual setting.

Prepare for Behavioral Interviews:

Behavioural interviews are becoming increasingly popular. Be ready to share specific examples from your past experiences that highlight your skills and abilities. Use the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to structure your responses.

Stay Resilient and Positive:

As stated earlier, job hunting can be daunting and because rejection is part of the process it can be emotionally trying. Try and stay as objective as you can – what could you have done differently? Learn from each experience and even when you’ve received a rejection try and maintain a positive mindset.

Remember that every step, even setbacks, is part of the journey and you’ll get there!


Article researched and written by Sam Eve for CK Futures Ltd.

Article researched and written by Sam Eve for C K Futures Ltd.

Sam Eve is an independent Tech Journalist, Editor for ICS – Digital, professional CV writer, and an International Business Degree student at Leeds University. Starting paid work at the age of 10 as a sports coach, he has worked for marketing companies since the age of 16, quickly becoming a top performer and learning the art of B2B and B2C sales. Sam is also a musician and guitarist, creating and producing music released on digital platforms. During his gap year Sam became interested in the financial markets, the global economy, tech and AI.


All images were created by Sam Eve using the AI Text to Image generator – Midjourney.