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Activities jobseekers should do at weekends

The weekend is a time to relax and reassess. However, some jobseekers know a little bit of prep over the weekend can make all the difference. So if you are currently looking for a job, why not make some time this weekend to get a head start in your job search.
 
Searching for a job can be a full time job in itself. Many jobseekers treat job searching as their main task during the week, and recharge their batteries at the weekend. However, in order to get that competitive edge over other candidates, perhaps you can use part of the weekend for a little extra preparation.
 
First of all, it is helpful to write a list of your strengths and weaknesses and what you like to do. Capitalising on this, you can then search out positions that will engage you fully.
 
Research some companies you would like to work for. You will then know what they are looking for in an employee and whether your skills fit in with their activities. You can also find out when they are hiring, and who the human resources contacts are.
 
Update your Europass CV and draft some cover letters to potential employers. The weekend is always a good time to take a few quiet hours to have another look at your jobseeking tools. A CV should list your previous work experiences and your skills, while a cover letter should be tailored to each individual employer, drawing attention to the specific skills required for that company or position. Finding a job or training in Europe has become easier with the Europass CV, as it is designed to be transparent by promoting your skills and competences, including those acquired outside formal education, in a standardised format.
 
Use your free time to network and meet professional contacts for coffee. Networking is key to getting your name known and boost your reputation for being a hard worker.
 
Write a to-do list for the coming week. Search your local paper, news sites or community notice boards for events that interest you which you could attend to help in your job hunt. These could be career events, or talks related to your sector. Often after events there is a reception, enabling you to network and make new contacts. It is a good idea to bring some contact cards with your name and contact details with you to these events so that newly acquired connections have your details.
 
And finally, relax. A job search can become a full time job, and so you need some time to disconnect and unwind from it all. Don’t be too hard on yourself, and realise that job searching is a game of patience. Take the time to do a fun activity, see your family, or catch up with friends.
 
 
Read more:
 
Read more about the Europass CV
 
Search for a job in the EURES Job Database
 
Find a EURES Adviser
 
Look for a Job Day in the EURES Events Calendar
 
Find out more about the working and living conditions in different European countries on the EURES Job Mobility Portal
 
Find out what EURES can do for employers

Text last edited on: 11/2012


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