Job-hunting can be a daunting task especially if you’ve just started, if you were previously in a long-term job or if you’re a graduate who is taking their first steps into the job market. It can be difficult to decide where to focus you attention with new jobs popping up every day but don’t worry. We’re here to guide you through the process and tell you how to choose the right job for you.
ABC, Easy as 123
Searching for a job is difficult enough, but without a good sense of organisation you will lose the will to continue quickly. You need to approach your search with a methodical view and document every job that you have applied for, on which dates and the progress that your application is in. Having a record of this means you can also see how long ago you applied for a position, if it’s worth chasing up and which companies you have ticked off.
Dream a little dream for me
When we tell you to write down your dream job we don’t mean unicorn-groomer on a salary of £1m a year. Have a realistic think about the types of jobs that would appeal to you most with the skills or qualifications you have. Think about the type of employer you would most like to work for, do they believe in having a good workplace culture or offer flexi-time? Which areas of previous jobs have you enjoyed that you would like to do again? When you have an idea, make a note of these factors and these will help to guide you with other possible positions when applying.
Friends in high places
Believe it or not, a study in 2014 found that only around half of jobs are ever posted publicly. There is an age old saying that ‘it’s not what you know it’s who you know’ and when it comes to jobs this really can be the case. There may be jobs that you would never find online but a friend has been told about and if this is the case it can even be beneficial for them to put in for a good word for you. Don’t be afraid to ask any close contacts you have in a particular field if they can let you know of any vacancies, it may just lead to a job!
Don’t roll over and play dead
One of the best ways to make yourself appealing to companies with available jobs is to make yourself easy to find. Maintain a strong LinkedIn presence with accurate and up to date information about your job history and skills and choose the option that makes you ‘open’ to offers. This way, employers can send you a message if they are interested and this can save you a lot of hassle.
Use a recruiter
Simply put, looking for a new job can be a soul destroying process. Applying to 500 jobs and not getting anywhere because the companies advertising aren’t clear about what they want in a candidate is unhelpful and a waste of your time. Recruiters can find your Unique Selling Point to catch the interest of clients and give you feedback if your interview didn’t go well unlike never hearing back when you have applied online and being left to wonder what you did wrong.
Ready to stop wondering and start winning? Our team has over 30 years experience to help match you with the perfect job!