How To Find Your Next Job In 5 Easy Steps
Hunting for a job can be a real pain.
There are hundreds of job boards with thousands of recruiters on there advertising their job roles.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
There’s also more to a successful job search than a quick glance on Google or Indeed.
Follow these five easy tips to make sure you supercharge your job search and increase your chances of getting that dream job.
1. Know Where You’re Going To Look & What You Are Looking For
I want a job.
That’s a generic statement that doesn’t actually explain what you are truly wanting.
Are you after a job as an administrator or as a cleaner or as a marketer? Are you after a role at a big corporate company or a smaller firm?
As Abraham Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
Basically, knowing what you want, where you are going to look and getting yourself prepared for your job search will save you time and make you much more effective at finding those golden roles that you really want.
Ask yourself what tools, websites and agencies are you going to use? Do I have a clear idea of the type of role I want?
A great example is: what job boards are you going to be conducting your search on?
Look out for specialist recruitment agencies that have jobs dedicated to your industry. Use them.
Look out for local generalist agencies that have a range of local roles that can be hugely beneficial, cutting down your commute.
2. Don’t rely solely on Indeed & Reed
Job boards and websites are a great way to find all the latest roles that are available and this should definitely be something that you include in your job search.
The only problem with this is that adverts on job boards and any major website get flooded with applications.
Ever seen the “How Many People Have Applied” tab on a job? It can be disheartening to see that in double digits let along (sometimes) triple digits.
Instead of just blindly job hunting have you ever tried online networking?
LinkedIn, as you know, is a social media platform for professionals.
Get on there, create a profile and start networking.
These people are professionals like yourself.
Helping build your personal brand on LinkedIn acts as an extremely powerful digital CV.
Even if you are not actively looking for a role, the possibility of becoming headhunted increases.
You can also apply for jobs and roles with companies across the world with LinkedIn’s system, you don’t even have to upload a CV as you can use your profile.
An estimated 70% of jobs are not advertised. That’s a lot of jobs that you will never see!
The solution? Do your research!
Find out about potential employers and send them a direct email applying for the role.
This is a great way to avoid busy job boards and get your CV in there straight away, talking with the person who will hire you!
3. Sign up to your local recruitment agency
Sign up to your local recruitment agency.
We know that a lot of recruiters get a bad rep, but we promise, finding a local recruiter that certified by the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) will help you.
Once you are on their database they will approach you with any role that is suits your skills and experience.
It really is that easy.
They often have lots of roles on their own job board that may not be advertised on the likes of Indeed, Reed or CV-Library.
I know we said about finding a specialist agency, however, don’t restrict yourself!
Make sure that you give yourself the full opportunity to approach new roles and industries.
Why not register with Morgan Jones today, we are a generalist agency that works alongside various companies with a range of different roles!
4. Update Your CV
We know you’re not always going to keep your CV topped up constantly. Thats OK.
But when you start thinking of applying for a role, give it a really thorough update.
Make sure you have all of the latest and most relevant experience and skills written down, that your format is clear and concise etc.
Modifying your CV for each individual application can sometimes take a bit of time, but by editing your CV to make it more relevant it will more likely stand out the employer.
Never written a CV? Or is it just in need of a complete overhaul? Here is our blog post detailing everything you could need to write an amazing CV!
Writing a CV can be a difficult task, especially if you have never written one before.
So take your time, be patient and keep improving with every draft.
Remember you want to make a great impression when writing a CV, giving yourself a real chance of success.
5. Stay Positive
Finally, the biggest and best thing you can do is to remain positive.
Staying positive throughout your job search can be tough.
Rejection is part and parcel of the process.
Don’t take it personally if you get rejected or don’t get a response, carry on searching and applying for jobs!
There will always be more opportunities for you to further your career.
Be positive and be patient and you will get the role of your dreams.