Job seekers; are you having a nightmare with your job search? Searching for a new job can become a job in itself, so whether you are an unemployed job seeker or looking to move to pastures new, I have 9 top tips for you to simplify your job search, so that you not only save time, but are more effective.
1. Make a decision
Decide on which career path you wish to follow. If you apply for lots of different roles, you will have to cater your CV to each and everyone of them, which will take up so much of your time, the chances are you will be left feeling frustrated. Look at your previous experience and skills then apply for the jobs that best suit these.
2. Job Seekers Plan
Create a plan for your job seeking. There is an abundance of online job boards out there, but not all will be suitable for you. Use a CV distribution service (click here for a free one), which will enable you to fill in a few details about your career to date, upload your CV once and BINGO! your CV will be sent to the most appropriate job boards based on your skills, experience, location and salary. You'll receive an email telling you which job boards have been selected and individual passwords for each. You can then choose to receive notifications from them (and they won't send you any spam – lovely jubbly) then, sit back and relax while appropriate jobs flow into your inbox. This beats staring at a computer screen for hours every day staring at the same old jobs over and over again.
3. Make Sure Your CV is Searchable Online
It is all very well placing your CV online, but if employers and recruiters can't find you, you are wasting your time. Read my article here on how to make sure your CV is searchable online.
4. Simplify Your Selection
I always recommend that job seekers only work with up to 3 different online job boards at any one time. The reason for this is that most recruitment consultants use a huge selection of job boards to post the same vacancies, so for the candidate, this means that they see the same jobs on different boards. This in itself can make your eyes go squiffy and your brain wobbly! If you are using the CV Distribution Service as detailed above, you don't have to worry about this tip because your CV will already be winging its way to job boards targeted to your requirements. For the other job seekers out there who are perhaps looking for more general job boards, I can recommend the following:
- Over 118,000 live UK jobs. It's quick and easy to register
- They have a salary calculator, so you can see typical salaries for your skills and sector
- Popular with UK employers & recruiters to search their CV database
- They also have jobs over £50k
- CV Trumpet is the UK’s first executive CV forwarding service and has over 8,200 executive recruiters registered to receive CVs
- Connect directly with targeted executive recruiters who cover your job function, sector and location in just minutes
- When you register, your CV is forwarded to multiple targeted recruiters who match your chosen functions, industries and location
- This maximises your interview exposure, saves you time, and enables you to be considered for the 70% of appointments that aren’t advertised or published anywhere
- Jobs from £15k to £50k+
- Unadvertised £50k + jobs
CV Library is a great site and one that I used every day when I was a recruitment consultant.
- Over 100,000 jobs listed at any one time
- Over 6,500 employers & recruiters looking for candidates
- Career advice
- Graduate zone
- Major UK brands
- Simple for new job seekers to search online
- Pulls in jobs listed on other sites
- Great for entry level or low skilled jobs
5. Choose the Most Effective Methods for You
If you are currently unemployed and receiving Job Seekers Allowance, your Job Centre Coach will probably encourage you to use Universal Job Match as your primary method to search for a job. That's fine, but there are a whole host of other options available to you that I would recommend you consider. Choose which method or methods are going to be the most convenient and effective for you, so that you don't over complicate your job search. I have an article over at All UK Jobsites to help job seekers, entitled Different Ways to Search for a Job Effectively, which will help you. Click here to go direct to the article.
6. Register With a Recruitment Agency
You don't have to do all the hard work yourself. Recruitment consultants work with employers to fill vacancies, many of which are not advertised, so if you aren't registered with at least one, you could be missing out on some golden opportunities. Check out my blog on how to choose a recruitment consultant here.
7. Talk to Everyone!
Talk to everyone you meet and ask them what they can do to help you. Many of the people you come into contact with will know of opportunities in your local area or if they don't; they will start to see opportunities they perhaps wouldn't have seen before. You'll be surprised how many people will be willing to help you, but you have to ask them first. Don't be shy! Just think – you have the potential to have lots of additional job seekers out there searching on your behalf!
8. Track Your Progress
It's easy to apply for jobs then hope you will get lots of replies, but sadly this doesn't happen. More often than not, job seekers get frustrated when employers or recruiters don't acknowledge or respond to their applications. Set up a spreadsheet or even just a notebook where you can track each application, the date you sent them, to whom and the impending deadline. You can then use this as a tool to follow up or write off applications. Do follow up. I know of many candidates who were offered an interview on the back of this as the employer saw them as assertive and organised.
9. Step Away From Your Computer
No matter how dedicated or determined you are to find a new job, everyone needs a break. Use your computer in short, concentrated bursts rather than sitting staring into the screen for hours on end. Take at least a couple of days off a week from online searching. The jobs will still be there tomorrow and it will minimise the annoyance of seeing the same jobs advertised over and over again.
Let me know how you get on. Good luck!
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