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The 5 do's and 5 don'ts of job searching

Hunting for a new job is a tough, often-frantic process.

But it's important you make sure you're following the proper advice and doing your job search right.

Here are the 5 do's and 5 don'ts of your 2017 job search...

Do: Narrow it down

If your search is bringing up more than 30 jobs at a time, your search is too broad!

Don't: Apply to as many jobs as possible

Never apply to as many you can find - you're not giving each one the proper time and attention.

Do: Tailor your application

Don't be afraid to create a few different versions of your CV and draft plenty of different cover letters.

Don't: Apply ASAP

There's no need to rush. You'll be surprised at what you might miss!

Do: Network

There's no harm in job searching the old-fashioned way, too!

Don't: Expect instant results

Unless you're extremely lucky, the job search will always be a long, tough process – but it's worth it in the end!

Do: Follow up

Never be afraid to frequently remind a hiring manager of just how much you want this job.

Don't: Be blatant

Don't browse jobs on your lunch break and turn off LinkedIn notifications for when you update your profile – your current employer isn't stupid!

Do: Push yourself

Do your homework, make each new application the best you've ever sent, and proof like you've never proofed before.

Don't: But don't overstretch yourself!

Push yourself, but don't go applying for jobs you aren't equipped to do just yet – it's just a waste of your time!

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