One of the hardest parts of beginning a job search is knowing where and how to get started. Nevertheless if you plan your search properly, you will succeed sooner than you think. Did you know that most jobs are now advertised on line which means you will need to make most job applications on line.
We can help you with the information you need;
- Where to look for jobs
- How to job search
- How to write a CV and cover letter
- Interview tips
- Telephone interviews
- Assessment Tests
- Work Experience
- Seasonal and Part-time Vacancies
You can also find further information in our Getting the Right Advice for You section of our website.
Where to look for Jobs?
There are many ways jobs can be found these include;
Advertised vacancies – on job search websites such as www.indeed.co.uk or www.gov.uk/jobsearch, in the local paper, on company website or in shop windows.
Speculative Applications – this is when you send your CV to employers who HAVEN’T advertised a vacancy. It’s estimated that only a small percentage of all available jobs are ever advertised. That's why getting in touch with an employer, even if they don't have vacancies, might work if you do it in the right way.
Recruitment Agencies – The great thing about recruitment agencies that they really want employers to pick one of their candidates, so they'll work hard on your behalf.
Networking – Another way to tap into the hidden jobs market is networking. If you're making contact with people, they'll remember you the next time an opportunity comes up.It is also worth talking to family and friends as they may know of vacancies.
Careers and jobs fairs - Jobcentre Plus and other organisations arrange regular events which give job seekers the chance to speak directly to employers about opportunities. As well also finding out about vacancies, you'll build useful contacts as well as gain industry and company knowledge.
Remember job searching is difficult, it takes time and setbacks can make you lose your confidence. But don't be put off!
How To Job Search
- Increase your chances of success by increasing the number of vacancies you are applying for. It is important you are proactive when looking for a job, more and more the UK labour market has become competitive for all people who are unemployed, with unemployment particularly high among young people.
- Ensure you understand the job title and that you have the appropriate requirements specified in the job description. You can do this by researching on the internet job roles and then matching these to your interests, experience, skills and qualifications.
- When you are ready to apply for jobs there are a number of ways you can do it;
- sending a Curriculum Vitae (CV) with a covering letter,
- completing application forms
- applying online
- applying in person, turning up for interviews or informal chats
- speculative applications (that means visiting companies in person when they are not actually advertising for staff).
It is essential you know the method of application and the deadline for the vacancy you wish to apply.
- Stay organised by creating a log to keep track of the CV’s you send out and vacancies you apply for. Record each company, position, title, contact name, and the date when you applied. Be sure to research the companies by reading about their mission, history, locations, services and current news items. Keep notes on each company in your job search.
- Get feedback on your performance, whether you were successful or not.
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