Routes into the Jobs Market | Collins McNicholas

Routes to the jobs market

Recruitment Agencies

Select agencies that best suit your needs, experience and skills set. The next step is to make contact with these agencies either via phone or email or by registering on their website. It is important to build a relationship with the recruiter. The onus lies with you to keep in contact with the agency and to follow up regularly. If it is possible, try and arrange a meeting with the agency and if a meeting is secured treat it as though it were an interview. First impressions are very important and if the recruiter likes you from the offset this will increase your chances of being put forward for interviews. Your CV is your personal property and may not be sent out by the agency without your permission. Continue to review websites for suitable positions and if you locate a position that is of interest to you, it is good practice to discuss this role with your recruiter and seek their advice.

Networking

Networking has become increasingly popular over the last number of years. Examples of networking events include; Open Coffee Mornings, Chamber of Commerce Meetings, College Seminars, Public Networking Events, Marketing Institute of Ireland AGM etc.

It is vital to use these opportunities and to be proactive while attending. By attending networking events you get the opportunity to meet new people. Networking events assist you in developing a rapport with your peers and potential future employers. You may get speaking to someone from a company that is experiencing a problem and you might have helpful suggestions or solutions for them and this ultimately can lead to an employment opportunity.

Networking events give you the opportunity to keep up to date with developments in your profession. They also give you a chance to meet with like-minded individuals and professionals in your area of interest.  It is important to exchange business cards with other individuals and add them as a connection on LinkedIn if they have an account. This will facilitate future contact and correspondence.

Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a social networking website that allows you to build a portfolio about your past experience, achievements and education and provides an opportunity to join groups of interest, and connect with other professionals. It provides the opportunity of receiving recommendations from previous colleagues and enables potential employers to view your details on line. It is important to be truthful in the details provided on your LinkedIn profile as employers may check your profile against the information on your CV and if they are different you will have raised questions in the employers mind.

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Advertising

Ensure that you read national and local newspapers for job advertisements. A useful exercise is to cut out and keep a record of all interesting advertisements. This will assist you in keeping up to date with the trends in your area.

Online Jobs Boards & Websites

There are numerous websites and job boards available on-line. It is important that you select a few sites and job boards to use as you do not want to have your CV posted on every site. Make a list of the relevant sites that match your area of expertise and ensure they are legitimate.  When it comes to on-line advertisements, be aware that there is a lot of duplication across the websites. Therefore you must be selective in the positions that you apply for. Make sure to keep accurate records of every position that you apply for and target niche websites for your particular specialism.

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Direct Applications

Before making any direct applications it is important that you build a list of potential companies in your region that you may decide to approach. For each company it is advisable to have a specific contact before approaching them as this gives you a greater chance at meeting someone within the company. You are then prepared for making a call to the company or to send an email. Again the onus lies on you to follow up with the company in two weeks and to keep accurate records of all correspondence.

Referrals

Referrals can come from a number of different sources. The most common sources would be as follows:

  • Previous college lecturers
  • Trusted friends and neighbours
  • Former employers

Recruitment Fairs

Recruitment Fairs are a great way of meeting a number of potential employers at one venue. Keep an eye out, locally and nationally, for any recruitment fairs that are coming up.  At the recruitment fair approach as many potential employers as possible, and always have a plentiful supply of CV’s. Treat every meeting as an interview.

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Volunteering

You must ask yourself, what can I do to enhance my skills and to improve my chances of being called for interview? Volunteering is a good option as it helps you to remain active but more importantly it allows you to use your skills. Volunteering can give you the opportunity to meet with a new group and network of individuals which may stand to you in the future. It shows a potential employer that you have not been idle while conducting your job hunt and shows great initiative and self-motivation capabilities.