Be creative when applying for jobs

You have now analysed your qualifications and are looking at various job opportunities. The job market is bigger than you think. Part-time work often leads to full-time work and a temporary position can lead to a full-time position.

Have you considered applying for jobs in industries that you have not thought of before, jobs outside your region or perhaps abroad? It pays to be flexible and adaptable.

NAV provides advice and guidance on job hunting.


  • This could result in a new, larger network and new friends.
  • Employers often view people who are willing to move very positively. It shows you are strongly motivated for the job and are willing to do what it takes.
  • Working in a new place for a while could be a useful experience if you later apply for jobs in your home town.

Change industry

  • It is easier to get a new job if you are already in work so if you have the opportunity you should also take work in industries that are new to you.
  • You can learn new skills working in a new industry.

How should you proceed when hunting for a job?

  • Keep your search broad to start with. Find a range of fields and jobs you could imagine working in.
  • Think through all the skills and knowledge you have accumulated, e.g. through hobbies and interests in your free time. These could also present work opportunities.
  • Many major employers use social media (e.g. Facebook) to market vacant positions, especially when the use of such media forms part of the duties.
  • It can take time to find your dream job. You cannot always expect to get a job that matches your training and education 100%. Remember that all jobs provide work experience and employers value varied experience highly.