Ways to Look for a Job to Make Your Search More Successful
Do you get frustrated when you apply for a job but the position has already been filled?
Do you always use the same methods to apply?
Where do you normally look?
Let’s take a look 15 ways to look for a job effectively and apply for roles so that you increase your chances of gaining an interview invitation, whilst not burning yourself out in the process.
Choose a few, not all of them to begin with so that you are not over complicating your job search.
One of the old-school ways to look for a job is newspapers. The job section in newspapers remains a popular choice when looking for work and there are certainly many options to choose from both locally and nationally.
The disadvantage of these publications is that it is very costly to advertise a vacancy so descriptions are quite often limited. This makes it all the more important to research the company and its competitors to give you a greater understanding of the role.
Many local newspapers now have an online version where they have a job section so that may be worth checking out.
Keep up to date with local news stories. Are any new companies coming to your area? (Many companies have relocated out of London for example in recent times) Are there any new building projects happening? What looks like a building site right now could be the venue containing your dream job in the near future. Are there any events coming up that may require temporary staff?
The more information you have, the higher your chances.
2. Trade Publications
Trade publications and magazines provide great ways to look for a job in a niche market, however, like newspapers, these are costly to advertise.
Quite often, vacancies are filled before the publication hits the news-stands due to many only being published monthly.
Use this method positively to search for a job at potential companies that may be hiring and contact them directly.
3. Online Job Boards
Online job sites are becoming increasingly popular for recruiters to add vacancies and right now are prpbably the best ways to look for a job. One of the major benefits is that when a vacancy becomes available, it can be uploaded online the same day, hence speeding up the process.
If you are looking for jobs over £50k, then I can highly recommend CV Trumpet.
There are also many websites that advertise jobs specifically for certain trades and industries but finding them can be a bit of a nightmare. Often the simplest way to find specialist sites for your sector is to type into a search engine the job title you would like to apply for and this should throw up various sites, which of course, some will be general ones but others may be specialist.
If you are not on Linkedin yet, you need to be! Linkedin is a business portal where candidates, employers and recruiters connect. It's easy to upload your CV or create a profile, then connect with recruiters. This is usually the first place they search for candidates, so if you aren't on it, you are missing out. Recruiters can also advertise jobs on the site, so register today.
If you choose just one of the ways to look for a job from this list, you should seriously consider Linkedin.
5. Use a CV bank service
I love technology and Free My CV is genius! You can register your CV once with them and they will distribute your CV free of charge to the major job boards and some that fall into your niche. Searching for job takes time, so why not upload your CV? You may be found by potential employers and recruiters while you are conducting your other searches.
6. Recruitment agencies
Recruitment agencies can be a good way to find work while managing your time effectively however it is important that you find an agency and consultant that can fulfill your requirements.
7. Job Centre & Work Programme Providers
Your local Job Centre can help you in your search for a job and may be able to refer you to local Work Programme Providers or Welfare To Work organisations. Normally, each area will have one or two so ask your local Job Centre who they refer to and how they can support you with different ways to look for a job.
Many companies contact these organisations directly with vacancies so it is definitely worth considering.
Work Programme Providers can also offer you career advice, help you with reworking your CV or resume and some run free courses for the unemployed where you can upgrade your skills and get support with ways to look for a job.
Most of the branches allow their customers to use their computers and internet to apply for jobs online too.
If you don’t have one of these organisations in your area then it may still be worth talking either to your nearest one or your local job centre as they may have subcontractors working locally who can still provide a service albeit on a smaller scale.
8. Go direct
Contacting companies directly even if they don’t have vacancies advertised can prove successful and has several advantages:
- You can find out about vacancies in the pipeline before they are advertised
- Ask advice on what you need to do to be considered for future roles
- It gives you a chance to start building relationships
Think about the industry in which you want to work then look for local companies to contact.
Do they have a website that has a careers zone?
You can also register your CV or resume online with many employers on a speculative basis so they may contact you when a suitable vacancy comes up. It is always worth keeping in touch to let them know you are still available.
9. Getting your foot in the door
Oh, to all have our dream job and career aspirations fulfilled! What a wonderful world it would be!
One thing to consider is how to get your foot in the door. Are you looking for a career change or would like to work for a particular company but unfortunately you aren’t having any success?
Looking for ways in which you can get your foot in the door could help. Are there any vacancies that you don’t actually want to do long term but the company offers career progression? Could a lesser role offer you valuable experience?
Often jobs are advertised internally first so if you are already working for a company then you may find yourself in line for a promotion and on a career path to a vocation you have always dreamed of.
How many times have you heard of a company CEO who started off making tea? What about the millionaire entrepreneur who began a career on a factory production line but used that experience as the foundation for success?
10. It’s Good To Talk
There’s an old saying that goes…
There are three ways to spread the word:
- Tell A Woman!
Well, I did say old! It does ring true though; spread the word that you are looking for work. Word of mouth.
Who in your circle of friends, family, and acquaintances can assist you? They may not be able to directly help you but they might know of someone within their extended circle who can or have heard of an opportunity through the grapevine.
Who do you know that can offer you advice? Ask, ask, ask.
As they say, “If you don’t ask, you don’t get!”
11. Advertise Yourself
Why not advertise yourself locally so prospective Employers know you are available? I don’t mean walk up and down the main shopping street with a sandwich board strapped to you!
Some local newspapers will allow you to take out a “Work Wanted” advert free of charge. Use this to detail your expertise or even your newly created Personal Statement.
Local newsagents and shops often have notice boards where you could advertise on a window card for a small fee per week.
Don’t forget to include details of how to contact you.
12. Job Fairs
Most areas have job or recruitment fairs where you can go along (often free to attend) and meet prospective Employers, local companies and Recruitment Agencies.
These events can allow you to ask advice and apply directly for positions. This can be especially helpful if you are a graduate, have been out of work for a prolonged period of time or are looking for a career change.
Check out your local council website or newspaper what’s on page where these events are often advertised.
13. Social media
Social Media sites give you the opportunity to tell the world how fabulous you are and that you are looking for work.
I have already mentioned Linkedin where you can upload your career history and state that you are looking for work. Employers often search this site for candidates and you can also link in with contacts that can help you. There’s also a whole host of groups and articles on there. Definitely worth it.
Facebook is another way to network and many employers post jobs on there. Join Facebook pages of employers, recruiters, and local networks.
Twitter can also help you find contacts. It’s free to set up and is one of the fastest ways of spreading the word that you are available for work.
14. Networking Meetings
Many towns have regular networking meetings whereby local companies meet to build their contacts and increase business.
Why not look into this? If you have a skill or great experience that can benefit local businesses then you may get an offer of some freelance work or employment.
Some meetings are free to attend and some charge either a membership or attendance fee but most allow you to attend your first meeting free of charge.
15. Don't worry about deadlines
Most job advertisements have a closing date and while it may seem obvious to send your application in before the deadline, it doesn’t mean all hope is lost if you spot the advert after this has passed.
What if the Recruiter hasn’t found anyone suitable?
Maybe the deadline was last week but interviews haven’t taken place yet.
It is worth applying after the deadline in case these situations are real. Why not call the Recruiter first and sell yourself into the role over the phone? Make sure you have a copy of your CV or resume in front of you to refer to and still do your homework on the company and job description first.
You’ve nothing to lose and if the deadline really has passed, you could use the time to talk to the Recruiter about any other vacancies in the pipeline.
Go for it!
There are many ways to look for a job, so choose the ones that are the most relative to you or those that you feel will increase your chances of success.
Whatever ways to look for a job you choose, attack them with gusto.
Whatever you do, do it massively!
Tell me about effective ways to look for a job that you have found. Comment below.
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