Wednesday 12. 2018
There isn’t a perfectly comprehensive and entirely reliable manual entitled “how to search for a job”. It’s likely that many of your friends and loved ones will be able to offer you numerous nuggets of advice about how to job hunt – and a lot of what they say can be very valuable – but your success in finding a new job relies, for the most part, on you and your approach.
Here are a few tips we’ve put together over our years in the recruitment industry to get you started:
They say that a bad workman always blames his tools, but starting off with a sub-par CV will get you absolutely nowhere. Before you even think about sending anything off to an employer, take a look at our tips on writing a good CV.
You may find that online jobs pages are helpful if you don’t have a specific position or field in mind and your qualifications could be applied to a number of roles. Credible and successful job sites are very popular, though, and can become saturated with applicants – meaning there’s more competition involved. Furthermore, not all companies advertise in these places as their broad reach means there’s a greater likelihood of chancers sending through generic CVs that do not represent the skills or specialisms a job requires.
Another approach is to make a list of companies for whom you’d like to work – remembering to address matters such as how you would commute to and from their headquarters each day – then check if they are hiring for a role that would suit your skills. While this could be considered more of a hit-and-miss technique, you’re far more likely to be hired for the jobs you apply for if you’ve done your research and you know you’re suitable for the position.
Some people take the proactive approach of calling or emailing companies that aren’t even advertising – in order to check whether they are hiring or to offer their services. However, this can often lead to dead ends, as many companies have pretty solid spam filters – meaning that an email from an unrecognised address is likely to go straight to the junk folder. Callers are most likely to simply be directed to the jobs page on the company’s website.
Workers with particular skills and qualifications may find it best to look into agencies and recruitment experts who specialise in their field. These firms regularly communicate with businesses and recommend the jobseekers on their books who match specific criteria set down by each employer.
While many people believe in sending CVs to anyone who may be hiring, we reckon that a targeted approach is far better. Read job descriptions fully and consider whether you truly have the qualifications and abilities they specify. Many jobs will list two types of requirement: “desirable” and “essential”. “Desirable” means they’d rather you had this skill or ability, but it’s not a deal-breaker if you don’t. “Essential” means it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be hired without this requirement being fulfilled. In cases where employers are struggling to choose between two or more candidates after all essential aspects have been met, they’ll probably move on to compare the desirable facets in order to make a decision.
A common mistake is to apply for as many jobs as you can, whatever they involve, and accept the first position you’re offered so you can start making money. Of course, whether or not you do this usually depends on how urgent it is for you to get cash in, but most people want a job that is satisfying and challenging, that suits their abilities and strengths and will lead to a lengthy and lucrative career. “Settling” is likely to land you in a job you dislike and will want to leave after a short period of time.
It’s definitely worth asking yourself a few core questions before you sit down to get on with your job hunt. What would you do for the right job? How long of a commute would you be willing to navigate each day? Are you happy to take on evenings, weekends or antisocial hours? How do you feel about spending extended periods of time away from home? Would you be willing to relocate? Will the salary be suitable? What about the type of contract – would you be willing to work on a casual or zero hours basis, meaning you have no assured hours each week? These are all matters you need to realistically ascertain before you set your heart on a particular position. Always be honest with yourself, and any potential employer, before taking a job. There’s nothing wrong with being picky.
The old saying goes “if it looks too good to be true, it probably is”. Sadly, this is often the case for finding a new job. While some positions are advertised without any bending of the truth, you’re likely to find that the less desirable elements of the job are commonly artfully glossed over. Commission-only door-to-door sales positions are a case in point – the amount you’re likely to make and any opportunities to receive bonuses and promotions are sometimes exaggerated, and are often only achievable by working above and beyond reasonable hours.
The great thing about good agencies and recruitment specialists is that they usually have an existing relationship with the employers that use them and are able to be more discerning regarding the positions they recruit for – meaning you can rely on them to find the best job for you without any nasty surprises.
If you have any questions or wish to find out how TMI Resourcing could help you land your next position, just contact us today on 0161 507 6939.