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How to look for work and find the right job for you

1st September 2014

Welcome to September and a peak time for moving jobs. Recruitment figures show that across all industries and job roles, job search activity goes through the roof in September. This is because many people return from a summer break rested, revived and more aware of everything they don't like about their current role. If you are one of these people, then what can you do to make sure that you are looking in the right places in the right way for the job that is right for you?

First of all, to sort the wood from the trees, you need to be clear about what you are looking for and what is wrong for you with your current job. I've written a lot about how to create effective goals for your job search; take a look at my historic blogs on this site and consider buying my book, 'Nail That Job, the complete guide for the less-experienced jobseeker', described by an experienced employment manager as "This is a great book that covers everything .... in a very straightforward and helpful way..." Once you are clear that a specific job, organisation or industry is definitely the right one for you, then how do you find out who has vacancies in that job? 

Many people start, quite rightly, with the target organisation's website. Most businesses save advertising money by posting vacancies on their own website. However, many job seekers give up if their target website simply states; "No vacancies". That might be true, or they might not have got round to updating the website or, particularly in small organisations, everyone might be too busy keeping up with new business to recognise yet that the long term solution to the bustle is to recruit more staff. Until you pick up the phone and try to speak to someone who can make a decision about recruitment, you are never going to know the reason for the lack of vacancies. 99% of jobseekers never take that brave step of phoning to research what opportunities might be available soon. Depending on the industry, possibly 70% or more of all potential vacancies that exist right now in the U.K. work force never get advertised. You won't know where they are until you start asking around.

Asking around is another well-tried route to a new job. I have heard so many success stories from jobseekers who, after I encourage them to tell everyone they meet that they are looking for work in a specific role, have been invited to interview after a chat with someone who knows someone connected with the target organisation. Never under-estimate the power of networking, as some call it, or just having a chat, if you prefer.

Where industries do tend to advertise all vacancies, consider where you might advertise if you were trying to recruit for a specific role. As well as local, regional or national press, your dream job could appear in the trade press, on professional association/trade union websites, with recruitment agencies, head-hunters for senior roles, radio ads for major launches for large employers, large scale online jobs and CV boards, (be careful- some of those advertised jobs don't exist), job centres, local business networks, university and college websites. That was just a brief list of some places where my clients have discovered their dream job advertised. As an experienced recruiter, I try to encourage my job search coachees to think a little wider about what a recruiter is looking for. Where would you choose to advertise your dream job and why choose that route?

Another advantage about having clear goals for what your next job must offer you is that you can keep going if your job search takes time. If you return from holiday fed up and chuck it all in by mid September with no clear idea of what your best next step is, you could find yourself drifting from one fill-in role to another while a decade passes you by. Put some quality thinking into why you want to move on, what really motivates you at work and where is the best place to develop your current skills and when you do find your dream role, you will be throroughly prepared for application and confident that you fit this role pefectly. Confidence shines out to recruiters and you will be able to convince them that you are their dream candidate. If you would like more detailed help on getting to that point, then please just drop me an email or ring 01789 740948 for a free, no-obligation chat about your career intentions and see what Nail That Job can do for your career. 


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