Effective Job searching
Any job search that you perform will be more successful if you are clear about what you want from the start. Take some time to plan your search from the outset and then you are more likely to land the job you really want.
Job searching can be a very time consuming process, approaching it correctly from the outset can save you a significant amount of time and wasted effort. Get it right first time!
Job hunting can be a particularly stressful time for a lot of people, particularly if it has been a long time since the last job change or the job search is unplanned following redundancy. Our guide below should help you to focus your efforts and ensure that you do not waste your time.
You will need to look at a variety of sources to get information about suitable positions in your area, or worldwide.
Vacancies can be found quickly and easily, if you know where to look. You should start by finding job advertisements in your local and national newspapers. It is good practice to find out the day that jobs are advertised and make sure that you get a copy of the paper as soon as you can. Sometimes jobs are snapped up very quickly, so you need to ensure that you contact any potential employers urgently as there can be a lot of competition for the best positions.
Look out for and note down any growing businesses that could potentially suit your career plans. A business that is expanding would be an ideal company to send a speculative enquiry. You should pay particular attention to the news and business sections. It is also important that you keep updating your knowledge on key trends and developments.
Be aware of Industry specific events; find out where and when they are held. You could join an association or networking group, this could help you to access the hidden jobs market. Many jobs are not advertised in every publication and it may be worth speaking to employees or companies directly. Once you know who is responsible for hiring new staff you can look for future trade fairs, exhibitions or opportunities to make contact with them
Word of mouth
Inform everyone in your network that you are seeking a new opportunity, whilst also being sensitive to your current position. Your contacts may be able to find out about new positions or jobs that you might be interested in. Everyone has a wider circle of contacts, such as family members or friends who could help. You could know previous or current employees, for one of your target companies. It is important that you tell as many people as possible what you are looking for, so they can help you find it. You may find unexpected help in the unlikeliest of places!
Gather as much information about prospective employers that you can, from a wide variety of sources.
Many companies have websites where you can download current job applications and job specifications. If you are thinking of applying for a job with a specific company make sure that you have done your research. Having the information will help you to decide if that company is right for you or if you will fit in with the company culture. The more knowledge and information you have, the more prepared you will be for any job interviews that you may land!
Record your findings
Compile a file or spreadsheet so that you know where you have applied and for what position. Keeping your records effectively can help save you time and also helps you to look professional. Make sure that your CV is completely up to date and that it highlights your industry specific and transferable skills. If you need help please call us on 0845 003 9557 for assistance or click here for more information about the range of CV services that we offer.
Your job search will be infinitely more successful if you take some time to plan your CV and your job search approach from the beginning. By becoming a CV Master Careers Client you will have unlimited access to all of the information and articles, as well as regular mailings direct to your inbox, which will give you the edge over the competition.
Tailor your CV
The most important advice that we can give you is to tailor your CV for every position that you apply for. This will ensure that you highlight the correct skills for the job and improve your chances of your CV being read.