What areas should you cover in your job search?
When you start job hunting it’s not just a case of looking in the local paper and signing up with recruitment agencies. The majority of jobs can be found and need to be applied for online nowadays, and the key to your job search success is to have a good CV that sells you well, keep active and use a mix of sources:
1. Personal recommendation
This is by far the best way to get a new job, and it’s estimated that between 20 and 40% of new appointments result from this. History also tells us that before there were job ads, agencies or recruitment websites, people found jobs simply through word of mouth. Keep in touch with friends, ex-colleagues, and even ex-bosses via social media, join professional forums, contribute to discussions and blogs, and before you know it you will start attracting employers and head-hunters.
2. Upload your CV to job sites
Most job sites will allow you to upload your CV for free, then it will be searchable by potential employers who can sift through thousands of potential candidates. Some are only for specific professions, regions, or of course, national/international jobs. This is an easy and effective way of getting yourself onto the job market.
Make sure that your CV sells you really well, by emphasising keywords, add your main skills as well as your achievements, and don’t forget to keep it updated.
3. Social media
Although Facebook and Twitter started off as just a fun, now most organisations have their own online presence. Such networking sites have over a billion members, providing a useful hunting ground for recruiters. It’s wise however to bear in mind that potential recruiters can also check you out before you are offered an interview or a job.
When your doing your job search, keep your social media profiles clean, positive, highlight anything job related and you can’t go wrong! If the role you are looking for relates to something you do outside of work, talk about it and don’t be afraid to post appropriate pictures – ideal for Facebook! If you don’t want a potential employer seeing your timeline and photos, change your settings to private.
4. Linked in
Previously a business networking platform, Linkedin is relied upon by around 95% of recruiters, agencies and headhunters to search for candidates, so ignore it at your peril! Sign up, connect with others, join relevant groups, keep active, and it will start to work for you. Your colleagues and potential employers will already be on there. If you’re not familiar with Linkedin ask for professional help.
5. Job fairs
Job fairs seem as popular as ever, and if you do decide to visit one, act and dress as though you’re going to a job interview. Be prepared by taking your CV with you or more than one CV if you are looking for different roles. You might be lucky and meet just the right employer.
6. Smartphone apps
This is evidently where the future of recruitment lies and according to one of the major online recruitment agencies, nearly 30% of its audience came via a mobile device by mid-2012, over a 100% increase on the year before.
Recruitment agency apps are increasingly popular, enabling you to upload your CV, link it to your Linked-in profile, and completely manage your CV and interview appointments.
This route to a new job might be the least sought after (often being a low or unpaid option), however it could be the most rewarding in terms of experience. Securing a good work placement as early as possible will substantially increase your employability. Having proved your suitability, your internship could turn into a full time jobs straight after you graduate or qualify. You will be their favoured candidate if the job becomes full-time or a similar job becomes available.
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