Looking for a new job can become a job in itself, however if you plan your search correctly, you could be on your way to a great new career sooner than you think.
Here’s our advice on the key things to need to do to make your job hunt a resounding success:
- Structure – Reflect on what you would like from your next job. Have a think about what type of role you like. Consider your present/previous job or college course. Why are you looking for a new role? What motivates you in a work environment? What is your passion, industry sector, location preference, and your preferred salary. These questions will help provide structure to your Job Search.
- Research Jobs – Research the market and review job descriptions of roles that you are interested in. From these job descriptions, establish what skills employers are looking for and ask yourself if you need to develop these skills to improve your chance of success in the future.
- CV – Create a CV that includes the following: work experience, key achievements, education education/training & key skills. Tailor your CV for each role you apply for bearing in mind the job you are applying for and its key responsibilities and requirements. Always proof read your CV and have at least 1 other person proof read it before your submit it to an employer. You need to ensure there are no spelling or grammar mistakes on your CV and all the information listed on your CV is 100% accurate.
- Agencies – Register with a recruitment agency that you would like to be represented by. Keep in contact with your recruitment consultant throughout the job search. Your recruitment consultant will assist you the job search, provide you with interview advice & also help you with providing guidance regarding your CV.
- LinkedIn – Create a profile on LinkedIn. Consider your LinkedIn as your online CV. Keep your LinkedIn profile up to date. Employers and Recruiters are always on LinkedIn looking for suitable candidates.
- Job Alerts – Sign up to jobs alerts. All the main job sites provide this option. This way you will receive an automatic notifications once a suitable role has been advertised.
- Online CV – Many of the job sites now offer the opportunity for job seekers to upload their CV to their database. This allows employer and agencies to contact candidates directly regarding potentially suitable roles.
- Network – Reach out to your family, friends, acquaintances and former employers. A lot of companies have a referral schemes & are more than happy to accept a CV from an existing employee. Network with others in your profession to keep up to date with any industry changes.
- Local Papers – Remember to also review the job section in local and national newspapers. Some companies choose not to advertise online.
- Job Fairs – Keep up to date regarding upcoming recruitment fairs and events. Recruitment Fairs are a fantastic way to meet companies who are actively recruiting or planning to recruit in the near future.
- Preferred Companies – Target companies you would love to work with, even if there is no role advertised you could e-mail on a speculative application.
- Keep a Record – Keep a record of the companies you are applying to either directly or indirectly, e.g. agencies, referrals and also any other related communications such as interview confirmation, application acknowledgements etc.
- Stay in the loop – Keep up to date about your profession. Read trade publications & journals, use online resources to keep up to date re the latest industry trends.
- Be Patient – Remember to be patient, the recruitment process time span can vary depending on the role, the company etc.
- Stay Positive – Job searching can be very stressful, you may not be called for interview, roles can be put on hold, you could get to final round and another candidate selected for the role but it is important to remember you will find the right role for you so stay positive.