It doesn’t matter what anyone says about how well the economy doing or how many jobs are being created, when it comes to job hunting, the words ‘stress’ and ‘nightmare’ seem far more accurate than ‘exciting’. Whether you’re still in a job but you’re looking for your next adventure or you’re out of work and need something desperately, the job search can be exhausting and dis-heartening but it must be done and the more skilled you become at looking for a job, the less you will have to actually do.
We’ve discussed some of the best ways to get noticed when you are applying for jobs, the best ways to present yourself and what you should and should not do when it comes to your CV, but now we have some ideas for you to consider when actually beginning the job search and they’re not all as obvious as you might think.
Sign up with an Agency
Maybe we’re biased, maybe we’re honest, but signing up with as many Agencies as you can could be a real time saver, particularly if you work full time and want to continuously keep your job search going. The key to finding the right job through an Agency is by doing your research. Don’t just sign up with any and every Agency you can find – it’s like finding a partner and you need to ensure they will be the right match for you. Take Burton, Bolton & Rose for example, if you are an office worker, with a reliable and committed work ethic that is displayed clearly through your work history, you can be confident that we could certainly assist you. If you’re an acrobat with incredible upper body strength and a passion for flying between ropes then we are, unfortunately not the right Agency for you.
Your local Job Centre is a great way to find employment, not only are there branches in almost every town, but there are usually qualified Advisors available to discuss options and to give advice should you need it, It is also worth noting that most local employers will try the Job Centre at some point.
Probably the most common and easiest way to job search. Create an account with websites like Reed or Fish4Jobs and have the ease of your application pre-prepared so you are able to click and apply for many of the thousands of jobs available online. This is a great way to get your CV out there and to see what kind of jobs are available at the moment.
Put out feelers everywhere. Keep in touch with contacts you make through employment, take an interest in where your friend’s are working or jobs they have heard about and use websites like LinkedIn to research business people. Be confident in your abilities when you speak to people, you never know how you could help each other out.
These have become really popular in recent years and small and large career fairs are popping up all over the country. They will either be specific to an industry or have quite a general out-reach but the key is to know when and where they will be in advance. Many Universities and Colleges will have them and occasionally local shopping centres will host some, Westfield’s in London, for example, hosts a very large career fair with some of the biggest businesses around including the NHS and The Fire Brigade.
Many large Companies have their own Recruitment Departments and will often advertise new positions on their own websites. Regularly check Companies that you are interested in to see what they have available. Alternatively, even if they don’t have any current vacancies, there is nothing to stop you showing initiative and sending your CV across to Companies you would like to work for. Let them know what you’re looking for and how you think you could be an asset to their Company and let your CV shine for you. Remember though, if you are sending a speculative application it would be unnecessary to follow up with a call, that may just annoy the employers.
This is quite an old school method but occasionally you will find job advertisements in newspapers, magazines, supermarket notice boards and perhaps even in your local shop. Everything is worth a try and you never know what you might find. Keep your eyes peeled!
Seeking a new job is a skill in itself but the key is to think smart and be prepared. Make sure your CV is ready to send and give yourself the time to actually fill out applications and send off well-thought, personalised emails. You will most certainly be wasting your time if you are filling out multiple forms online in a rush without taking into considering the questions being asked. Set aside an hour in the evening if you work full time and just one well-attended application will likely be more successful than ten haphazard, generic emails. If you are in the unfortunate situation of being able to look for work full-time, then remember to take a break, don’t spend all day doing it because you will find yourself tired and will get fed up with looking. In order to get a job you need to be positive and enthusiastic, despondency will not do it!
Let us know if we’ve missed any job-seeking secrets or if you’ve had any success with the above methods!