Where to Search When You’re Job Hunting


Searching for a job can be a long and frustrating process, with applications, CV re-writes and phone calls taking up much of your time. Indeed, when you first start searching for a new opportunity you may think to yourself “where do I start?”. There are a number of paths that you can go down, each of which will present itself with it’s own little method of initial contact and follow-up.

Before starting your search, ensure that you have the following to hand:

  • An updated CV – include your latest work and education, even list some your hobbies to bring a bit of your personality across!
  • A covering letter – ensure you can tailor this to each specific application
  • A portfolio – if you’ve a talent then use this to show what you can do!
Armed with these documents you can now take a big step into the world of finding your dream job. There are a number of places you can look in to try and find it; here is a quick guide to some of them:

Recruitment websites

There are plenty of online recruitment websites out there, many of which you have to sign up for. This gives you the opportunity to sell yourself as an employee by creating a profile for yourself and showcasing what you can offer, you can then apply for positions at the click of a mouse.

Upload your updated CV to these and create a covering letter template, remembering to tailor this to each position that you apply for.

Recruitment agencies

Using an online recruitment agency gives you access to a great source of available work. Indeed, if you’ve applied for a position through a job board you may find yourself speaking to an recruiter as a follow-up.

Agencies deal with a range of different positions, both full and part-time, and there are some specific to certain industries. Identify which one is best for you and submit your CV for consideration.

Newspapers

Local media is usually the best place to start if you want to work close to where you live, if there’s nothing locally then it’s time to look further afield!

Publications such as the Guardian have job sections both in print and online, and if you’re looking for a job in your industry this can be a good place to start.

Sign up to the recruitment section of these sites and upload your CV, this then creates a template which you can use to bulk send to a number of positions at one time, helping to save you time.

Industry magazines

If you’re looking for a position in a specific field, it is worth finding a copy of the literature of your industry and having a look in the job pages. If there’s nothing there to take your fancy, at least then you can read up on your industry and keep abreast of the latest goings-on, which will help you going forward.

Company websites

If you’ve a desired place of work it can be worth checking out their website to find out if there are any vacancies available. Even if there are no positions at present, try e-mailing their recruitment section with an outline of who you are and what you’re looking for – many will keep your CV on file in case positions do become available.

Social Media

LinkedIn is a good resource for networking with those in your chosen industry and finding positions that suit your skills, while some companies have now taken to tweeting vacancies as they become available. So it pays to keep an eye on the social sphere and to get connected!

By broadening your search across many different avenues, you can increase your chances of landing that dream job. Good luck and happy hunting!

Image credit: Stuart Miles

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