Job CampaignJobseekers Guide – Managing Your Job Campaign

What is a job search campaign?
A job search campaign is a structured and consistently employed plan to promote a positive self-image and enhance your career opportunities.

Key Steps in a Job Search Campaign:
• Apply yourself fully to your job search campaign; your job now is to get a new job
• Research the market, evaluate possible options and opportunities.
• Generate a list of companies to target in your region and research how to target these companies.
• Set daily, weekly and monthly targets.
• Organise your job search and establish an efficient record-keeping system.

Succeeding in Today’s Job Market
Over half of vacancies are filled without being advertised, this is what is known as the Hidden Job Market. There are many different routes to market, both advertised and hidden:

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1. Recruitment Agencies
Select agencies that best suit your needs. 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.
Try and arrange a meeting with the agency and treat it as an interview. Continue to review websites for suitable positions, and if you locate a position that is of interest to you discuss this role with your recruiter and seek their advice.

2. Start Networking
Networking events include; Open Coffee Mornings, Chamber of Commerce Meetings, College Seminars, public networking events at local sports/communities/parishes, etc. It is vital to use these opportunities and to
be proactive while attending.
Attending networking events gives you the opportunity to meet new people that may be of assistance to you in finding work in the future. Networking events keep up to date with developments in your profession. Always connect with people on LinkedIn following a networking event.

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• Ensure your LinkedIn profile is up to date.
• Use a professional-looking photo.
• Build your network.
• Contribute to discussions and groups.

4. Online: Job Boards & Websites
Some of the most popular job sites; Irish Jobs, Recruit Ireland, and, but there are many more. Sign up for job alerts on these sites so that you will be notified when jobs that you might want to apply for are first advertised.
Set up Google job alerts. Make sure to keep accurate records of every position that you apply for and target niche websites for your particular specialism.
Be sure to follow up with companies within two weeks after the initial contact.
Download any job apps to your phone, stay connected 24/7 to maximise your chances of finding a job

5. Direct Applications
Before making any direct applications, 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 of meeting someone within the company.
Take your time filling out candidate applications online, save the automatic response they send you.
Personalise the application; use the person’s name and title instead of ‘Dear Sir/Madam.’

6. Referrals
Referrals can come from a number of different sources: previous college lecturers, friends and neighbours, former employers or HR managers, and LinkedIn testimonials.
Let your network know that you are back in the job market and seeking a new opportunity.

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Read local and national newspapers for job advertisements and check their websites regularly.

8. Recruitment Fairs
Recruitment Fairs are a great way to meet a number of potential employers at the one event. Always have lots of CVs with you, approach as many recruiters as possible, and treat every meeting like an interview.

9. Volunteering
Volunteering allows you to update and enhance your skills. Volunteering can give you the opportunity to meet with a new group and network of individuals who may stand to you in the future. It is also a very positive thing to talk about at an interview.

10. Internships
Although often maligned internships can give you an opportunity to gain experience, learn new skills, and get an important first step into an industry.
For more information on how to find work in today’s job market check out our dedicated webpage.

Niamh Cregg

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services Group