The modern way to find a job

We've all been on the hunt for a new job at some stage of our lives, perhaps you're looking at the moment.

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What was once a case of scouring the middle pages of the evening newspaper to see if anything fresh had appeared in the listings has now turned into a much more technical affair.

If you really want to land your dream job then you can get ahead of the competition by firing up your laptop to make the most of the internet, various software packages and using a bit of knowhow.

Prepare: It's time to give your CV a thorough read-through, update and maybe even a redesign. The wonders of spell check on Microsoft Word means there's no excuse for dropping in errors, but you can also use the word processing program to make your CV stand out from the crowd. Be clever with your presentation to highlight what makes you a strong candidate.

Search: While the local newspaper is still a valuable source when it comes to finding work, most recruiters can now be found on the internet. Why not upload your CV to a couple of job sites and see if your next job finds you? But you can also be proactive, typing your desired job title into search engines to see what comes up and checking on the websites of companies you might like to work for.

Tailor: Once you've found a few positions that interest you, it's time to prove you're the perfect candidate for the role. Sending off your normal template CV is fine, but with Microsoft Word you can quickly bring the qualities a particular employer is looking for to the fore. It's also worth thinking about the keywords recruiters will be searching for in databases and including them to ensure your CV is seen.

Monitor: While you're waiting to see if your covering letter and CV has caught the eye of the recruiter, watch out for any news or developments about the company or the sort of position you're applying for. Google News is a great way to find out the latest goings on. You can also fire off an email to the employer, just to check how your application is getting on.

Research: If you're lucky enough to be selected for interview then it's time to harness the might of the internet and do you research. Spend plenty of time looking through the company's website and know their business inside out. What sort of projects have they been involved in and how would that fit in with your role? You could wow on interview day with your extensive background knowledge.

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