Job searching, where to start?

At one point or another we are all faced with the prospect of searching for a new job. This may come at the beginning of your career when looking for the perfect entry-point into the workforce, or later in life when trying to progress your career to its next stage. Either way, it can be a difficult process. 

There are so many different places to look and methods to use when searching for a new job. In fact, you have so many options now that it can be both a daunting and time-consuming process. It’s not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ situation, but by following the 5 tips below you can make it easier for yourself!

Tip 1 – Have a clear understanding of what you are looking for

Before you start your job search, make sure that you have a clear understanding of the type of position you are looking for. This can include the responsibilities that come with the job, the amount of time you are willing to commute, and the progression opportunities that may be available to you. This will keep your job search focused and lead to greater job satisfaction when you secure your new position.

 

Tip 2 – Take time to perfect your CV

You never get a second chance to make a great first impression, and when applying for a job your CV is the first impression a prospective employer will have of you. Therefore, it’s vitally important that you craft a perfect and impactful CV. Ensuring that it’s tailored to the job you are applying for could make the difference between being called to interview or not.

 

Tip 3 – Talk to your Local Recruiter

Recruitment companies like Collins McNicholas have a clear understanding of the job market in your local area and are best placed to advise and assist you during your job search. They speak with local employers daily and know the type of skills and requirements that they are looking for. Try to organise a meeting with your recruiter, as it provides them with further background into your career when putting you forward for a position.

 

Tip 4 – Don’t Limit your Search

With the prevalence of job websites, it is very easy to focus all of your efforts on them. Try not to limit the scope of your job search. Connect with local employers on LinkedIn, attend job fairs and speak directly to companies – and of course speak to your local recruiter, as already mentioned. The more bases you cover, the better!

 

Tip 5 – Stay Motivated

Anticipate that your job search may take longer than you expected. The process of hiring can be a slow one. Jobs can be put on hold and you may be unsuccessful with some of your applications. It is important to bear this in mind and stay motivated. Focus on your original goal and be patient in your search. It won’t happen overnight!

 

In conclusion, searching for a job can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. There is not one correct way to search, and you must stay motivated and patient. Set clear goals, perfect your CV and try a number of different methods during the job search. Give yourself the best chance possible!

For more jobseeking tips you can check out our jobseekers guide, or if you have an upcoming interview why not check out our top tips.

Eoghan Dalton is a Recruitment Consultant with Collins McNicholas, and you can view all of the roles he is currently working on here

Eoghan Dalton

Recruitment Consultant

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group