Do’s and Don’ts for a successful job search

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Congratulations! You’ve decided to embark on a new career adventure. Whether you’re a recent graduate or a seasoned professional seeking a change, navigating the job search can feel overwhelming. No need to worry though! Our recruitment experts have shared their top tips on what you should and shouldn’t do when job searching.


  • Do get clear on your goals: Before diving into sending applications, take time for self-reflection. What are your core skills and interests? What kind of work environment motivates you? Researching potential employers in this light can save you time and heartache.
  • Do create a winning CV: Your CV is your first impression. Tailor it to each position, highlighting relevant skills and accomplishments, and using keywords from the job description. Applicant tracking systems (ATS) screen CVs for these keywords, so aligning yours accordingly can significantly boost your chances of getting noticed.
  • Do leverage your network: Talk to your existing network – friends, family, former colleagues – to discover hidden job opportunities. Attend industry events, connect with professionals on LinkedIn, and participate in online communities. Networking isn’t just about getting a job; it’s about building relationships that might come in handy now and in the future.
  • Do polish your online presence: Employers often Google potential hires. Ensure your online profiles – LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. – portray a professional image. Avoid potentially controversial content or unprofessional posts. Over 75% of recruiters (including our own) use LinkedIn when hiring new talent so make sure your profile is up-to-date and you keep an active presence.
  • Do practice: Schedule mock interviews with friends. Practice your responses to common questions and refine your interview delivery. If you think you need it, you might want to look into career counselling services like LMW’s CV Point.
  • Do stay on top of developments: The job market is constantly evolving. Stay on top of industry trends by attending workshops, taking online courses, or pursuing certifications relevant to your field.


  • Don’t spray-and-pray with applications: Don’t waste time applying to every job you find. Focus on positions that align with your goals and skillset. A targeted approach demonstrates genuine interest and increases your chances of a successful interview.
  • Don’t neglect your current job responsibilities: While searching, maintain professionalism in your current role. Being reliable and dedicated throughout the process reflects positively on your work ethic.
  • Don’t wing it in interviews: Research the company and prepare answers to common interview questions. The job description advertised will give you an idea of what kind of questions to expect, as well as potential questions about your CV. Be ready to articulate your skills and experiences with clear, concise examples, relating them as much as possible to the company and the role.
  • Don’t forget to follow-up: After an interview, send a thank-you note reiterating your interest and highlighting your key qualifications. A timely and well-written note shows your professionalism and appreciation for the opportunity.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others: Everyone’s career journey is unique. Focus on your own goals and accomplishments. Avoid comparing your timeline or achievements to others.
  • Don’t overshare at work: Do not let your co-workers know about your intentions. The ‘grapevine’ can make it difficult for you to leave on a good note, especially if they are going after your job.
  • Don’t bad-mouth your current employer:  Even if your current situation is not ideal, the interviewer doesn’t have context and it might lead to misinterpreting your unfortunate circumstances for grudge. It’s prudent to take the high road and focus on the positives.
  • Don’t burn bridges: Maintain positive relationships with former employers and colleagues. You never know who a valuable connection in the future might be.


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