Whether you are starting your career or looking for a new role, job hunting can be difficult. Here are some tips to help you with your job search:
Focus your job search
Rather than applying for lots of different jobs, consider the type of role you are interested in and the industries you would like to work in so you can focus your time and effort on applications for roles more suited to you. If you are unsure about what job you want, think about your skills, strengths, qualifications, and interests and spend time researching different job titles and industries. The National Careers Service provide resources on their website where you can assess your skills, search job profiles and get personalised career advice and information.
Develop your skills
Look at the skills and experience needed for the job roles you are interested in and consider developing the skills required to help you to stand out to employers. Learning new skills and gaining new knowledge can boost your confidence and shows employers that you have a willingness to develop personally and professionally. We offer a range of training courses to help you learn skills for a range of industries from Get Work Ready courses to online learning.
Tailor your CV to every job
Create a CV which you can adapt for each role you apply for. Review each job description and tailor your CV highlighting the skills, experience, and qualifications you have that are relevant to the role.
Use a variety of job hunting methods
Using a combination of different job hunting strategies can increase your chances of finding a job. Look for jobs using a variety of methods such as checking job websites, following companies on social media, visiting company websites to view current vacancies, networking, attending job fairs and signing up to recruitment agencies. Review the methods you use to see which ones get you the best results and adapt your approach.
Consider your online presence
Many employers research potential candidates online. Make sure your social media accounts give a positive impression of you by ensuring your profiles do not contain any inappropriate posts and content. Create a profile on professional networking sites, such as LinkedIn, to help you connect with employers and showcase your skills and experience.
Prepare and practise for interviews
Think about how to answer common interview questions for the industry and role you are interested in. Prepare and practise answers with examples and stories that demonstrate how you have the skills and experience specified in the job description.