There comes a point in every single person’s working career when they start to think about looking for a new job. As we all know, the job market as a whole is so big, you could search for hours after hours and end up confused about what career path you want to consider. For some people it can be a daunting task and this could be down to a number of different reasons.
We have outlined 12 things to consider when starting a job search.
1. Understanding the reason ‘why’
Initially, it’s always good to work out what has driven you to look for another job. Why are you leaving? Is it because you had a bad day at work? Chances are, if you have, once you’ve started looking at other jobs, you will start to think about your current job and realise it’s not so bad.
Or it could be a number of different things over time; the actual work itself; your manager and/or colleagues; maybe there’s no progression or the environment you’re in could be a big factor. No matter what the reason the process of looking for work is a big thing and shouldn’t be done half-heartedly. Committing yourself to job hunting should be something you think carefully about and plan out.
2. Was your job terminated or were you made redundant?
Unlike individuals proactively looking for work, the circumstances are very different if you have left your place of work due to termination or redundancy. Another thing is how urgently you need work. You may decide to look at taking something short term like part time or temporary work which gives you time to properly search for the job you want. Remember, your old employer can’t give a non-factual reference about you so be sure check their referencing policy when you leave.
3. Start with a plan
Never go into job hunting without a proper plan and commitment to invest time and effort. As we said before, the process of job searching can be very time consuming. We would suggest putting together a plan of what you plan to do e.g. updating your CV and drafting a covering letter then registering with agencies, spending time searching or uploading your CV to job boards, or signing up for email alerts. If you are currently working, you can plan to do parts of the process each evening after work.
4. Career progression
Everybody wants to be satisfied with their work and feel rewarded. Some people want to progress in their career and have a goal in mind of what they want to achieve; but on the other hand, some people are happy to work a 9-5 and achieve their objectives on a shorter term basis. If structured career progression is something you’re after research a type of role that would provide progression (this would be as simple as researching medium to large companies that have varied levels within the department you wish to explore or small businesses that allow you to take on a variety of different tasks).
5. What direction do you want to go in?
The reason you might want to start looking for work is due to the fact that you have fallen out of love with the type of work you are doing. If this is the case, one option would be to search for a career you are passionate about online via Linkedin’s company search or looking on job boards. LinkedIn ‘company search functionality will give you an indication of the types of roles they have to give you some inspiration. Researching your career path is key. Finding out the types of roles, responsibilities and duties available will give you a clearer understanding of what it is you would like to do.
6, What skills/strengths have you picked up in your current/last role?
Thinking about your current role, write down all the things you have learnt, picked up and improved on in your current role. These are things to add onto your CV which shows how much you have learned, developed and progressed.
7.Sign up for email alerts from different companies/job boards
Instead of searching online for hours upon hours on different job boards and career sites looking for that dream job, why not sign up to their email alerts to make it even easier for you. You can hand pick the types of roles you want and get then straight in your inbox whenever they have been newly added. Another great thing is the jobs search on Linkedin. You can add your preferences to the location and job titles and they get emailed to you and show on your feed.
8. Google is your friend
When looking for work, researching companies is vital. It gives you a good understanding of the types of roles or which they are recruiting. As well as job alerts, searching on Google is just as effective and something not a lot of people do. Not only will it give you a list of companies, you can also search for ‘companies like xxxx’ which gives you hundreds of options. Or you can search for employers within your local area. Larger companies tend to advertise their vacancies on their websites o you can apply direct to them.
9. Never underestimate word of mouth
Speaking to friends or family members is a great way to find out about available work. How can you provoke your own luck? Perhaps send messages to some of your contacts via email/Linkedin? Or how about good old fashioned speaking to people you know?
10. Be Social
Your CV is about selling yourself so why not take that to the next level? Using Linkedin can be used to your advantage for a number of reasons. If you have Linkedin Premium you can search through thousands of people, connect with them and sell your CV to them. Another way is to search for the actual companies you are interested in and find the names of the HR people there. Another way to be more social is to research networking events. Sites like Eventbrite make it very easy to attend networking events up and down the country. Some of them come at a cost but some a free. You may also find some free training on there you want to do.
11.Think about references
Once you find a job you like, you may want to start thinking about the type of references you may need to help strengthen your application. Legally, references only have to confirm that you worked somewhere but you can ask your old manager or a department manager for a character reference as long as they write it from them and not their employer. This can be a great way to provide supporting evidence to your application that endorses your skills.
12. Don’t apply for everything
It’s very easy to sit online and just apply for 10-20 jobs each night. This could throw up a couple of challenges. First of all, you need to keep track of every job you have applied for. If you apply for all these jobs and receive a phone call from one of them, it’s always good to find out a little bit about the company (so if you have applied for 15 jobs, you have a lot of research to do). Cherry picking the jobs you really want means you can take more time about tailoring your CV and cover letter for each company. HR managers can spot a duplicated cover letter a mile off and most recruiters like to see individuals who have taken their time. Attention to detail is everything….
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