Are you on the hunt for a new job? Are you struggling to get responses from recruiters and employers? The truth is 88% of people are dissatisfied with their job, resulting in thousands of job seekers and applicants… There are on average, a whopping 250 CV’s to every job post and it can take up to 6 months to find yourself a new position so don’t panic! There is never a guarantee in employment but reading these few steps below may make your job search that little bit easier.
From experience and a background in Recruitment the key to a successful job search is to have a plan: What do you want to do? Where do you want to go? How much do you want to be paid? Where do you see yourself in the near future? Having self confidence and aspirations will benefit you greatly in the hunt for a job. Walk in candidates who answer ‘Anything’ when a recruiter asks what they would like to do or what they can do are extremely unimpressive and aren’t memorable in the slightest.
You know the saying… It’s not who you know, it’s what you know. When job hunting you need to use your resources. A few examples of this includes reaching out to friends and family, past colleagues and co-workers, local businesses you are friendly with… If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile creating one will open an abundance of doors on your seek for a job. An absolute necessity in today’s day and age.
When using job boards, for example, Reed, CV Library, Universal Job Match etc it will help to search by occupational category e.g ‘Management’ rather than ‘Advertising Manager’. This will expand your search. It is fundamental to remain PROACTIVE – along with job boards, use agencies and diary management for phone calls & interviews. Applying for lots of jobs can get messy.
If you are really dedicated to what you do and know where you want to be… pick 1-3 positions that you want, identify 10-50 potential employers and work with that. Again, use your resources to find someone who works at the company you are interested in. Expand your network and the opportunities will fly in.
Finally, there are hundreds of online networks, blogs and groups that can help you with improving your CV, interview skills and broadening your mind to new opportunities. Research or simply just keep posted with Rotherwoods blog… we are always happy to help!