Once you’ve decided to look for something new, you may wonder how to maximise the effectiveness of your UK job search. Our tips explain how to manage, and get the most from, your online job hunt.
Step One: Angle your CV/ Cover Letter
Your CV should not be used as a multi-purpose tool. Make sure you tailor your CV and Cover Letter for each job application, and for each company. Instead of simply explaining what you have done, try and angle the information so it explains why you could be right for the role in question. Employers and recruiters have to spend time analysing job applications to find the most relevant candidates, so make it easy for them – spell out how and why you’ve got the experience they’re looking for!
Step Two: Decide on a Plan
At the beginning of your job search, figure out a plan – and then stick to it! First of all, when do you want to have made a shortlist of job opportunities by? How many jobs do you want to apply for, per week? How many recruiters do you want to be speaking with? Is there a certain set of requirements you have for your next “perfect” job, and how much can you compromise on these? By creating a routine and measurables for your job search, not only will you feel like you’re achieving something every day, you will also get the job done a lot quicker – it can be too easy to give yourself the week off when motivation is slipping!
Step Three: Get yourself Out There
You need to make yourself as visible as possible to open yourself up for job opportunities to come to you. Creating and maintaining a great online presence is really important in today’s job hunt. Sign up for job board websites like CV-Library, get yourself on LinkedIn and any other platforms relevant to your industry. Think about the vast number of recruiters working within your sector – and how much time they spend online looking for that perfect candidate. Make your experience and skill set obvious, and you may just find yourself being headhunted before you can even submit your first job application.
Step Four: Keep your Eyes Open
Job opportunities are everywhere. Signing up for job boards and job alerts are a fantastic first step, but you might also like to contact recruiters, check out local newspapers and ask around about local vacancies. Have a think about all of the different avenues for finding a new job, and make sure you’re being as proactive as possible.
Step Five: Make notes
It’s a great idea to have a dedicated notepad, or file on your computer, with details of your job search. Split your notes into sections on jobs to apply for, jobs you have applied for, companies which have been in touch, and interviews you’ve been invited to. It’s hard to remember everything, and making notes will help save you time and stay on track!
Step Six: What’s your limit?
Whether you’re in a full-time or part-time job, or are unemployed, will determine how much time you have to spend on your job search. Don’t overstretch yourself and commit to too many interview processes if you will not be able to fit them into your schedule. Remember, you need time to prepare for each interview, and if you’re in employment you will need to book time off of work to meet with potential new employers. Manage your job search so it fits in with your lifestyle.
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