Today it is easier than ever to expand your job search and there’s plenty of places where you can look for jobs. Back in my day (does that make me sound really old?), there wasn’t the vast technology there is today to take advantage of when looking for job opportunities. Whilst the employment market has been a little rocky in recent years, whilst in the midst of recession, it is now looking a lot brighter out in the employment world so you need to make sure you’re exploring every avenue.
Here are our 5 top tips to look for jobs
1) The Internet
Of course, this has to be number one, the rapid expansion of the internet has certainly made job hunting easier and cheaper. With such a valuable resource at your fingertips you’d be a fool not to use it to look for jobs.
More and more recruiters are turning to the internet to fulfil their recruitment needs, whether that be direct career and vacancy advertisements on their own websites or using a third-party service. Always check a prospective employers website, the vast majority of them will have a careers section where you can readily see their list of vacancies.
Next, use Google to search for suitable job sites and look for jobs of interest that match your experience and skill set. There are literally thousands out there, some are general recruiters and some specialise in various sectors or levels of career. Not all of the sites that pop up will be relevant so make sure you select which agencies you sign up to wisely. Most of them will ask you to complete a questionnaire and upload your CV. For CV security purposes, you may wish to amend your CV slightly to remove the most personal details to avoid spam. TIP: Sign up for a job search specific email address so your regular email account doesn’t get clogged up.
The databases and search facilities are quite sophisticated these days, allowing you to easily search for suitable roles using various parameters. Be sure to sign up to email alerts (hence the suggestion to set up a separate email account) to ensure you are notified by email of any new vacancies that arise.
That said, don’t just focus your search purely on the new vacancies listed, you may just come across a real gem that dates back several weeks or even months. It may just be a case of the employer not having found the right candidate yet… and in you step waving your CV, or the first candidate didn’t pass their trial period so it is being relisted.
2) Recruitment Agencies
Nothing beats doing things the old-fashioned way sometimes, going in with your CV and sitting down face-to-face with a recruitment expert to discuss your options and the availability in your sector. This can be particularly useful if you are unsure of your options or just need some good advice. They will have an in-depth knowledge of the local job market and have already formed strong relationships with key local employers. They should have a variety of permanent and temporary roles on their books and may be able to put you forward for something suitable there and then.
Their services are free and can be invaluable because they have a vested interest in securing you a job and will be committed to finding the right job for you. Many of them work on commission so the quicker they get you a suitable job, the quicker the commission fee lands in their bank account.
Most agencies will swiftly register your details and you will need to prove your identity so it’s worth taking along a copy of your passport and proof of address.
Sometimes it’s not what you know but who you know! Building a network of like-minded people by networking has always been a valuable job-hunting technique. Today, networking can be done online via Linkedin and other professional networking sites, and offline with many popular networking groups meeting in all areas of the country, such as 4N and BNI.
By having a strong network in place you will often find you know about job vacancies before they have even been advertised. Networking is a great way to look for jobs.
It is essential you have a strong online presence and we would recommend everyone has an excellent Linkedin profile. We offer a Linkedin profile writing service, so contact us today for more details.
4) Careers Fairs
Job fairs and careers’ fairs happen all around the country and can be a very beneficial way to look for jobs and enables you to meet with industry experts and employers in a direct capacity. The internet and Job Centre should be able to throw up details of general and more specific job fairs in your area.
Remember to dress smartly and go armed with many copies of your CV, immaculately presented on high quality paper for maximum impact.
5) The Newspaper, Trade Journals and Industry Magazines
Spend a bit of time trawling through printed publications to identify potential opportunities. Often, you don’t even need to buy a physical copy, some publications advertise the vacancies online too. You can generally apply by post or via email. Whichever, be sure to address your application correctly.
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