In the not-so-distant past, when looking for a new job, it was as simple as picking up the local paper on jobs day, circling job adverts that looked interesting in biro and then sending off, faxing over or, later, emailing your CV and cover letter to the company. Nowadays, job hunting is both more straightforward (technology!) and more confusing (the sheer amount of technology platforms and options!) and it can be difficult to know where to start. This article looks at the most effective ways of finding your ideal next job.
Back in January of this year, Claire Wakelin, Managing Director at Benjamin Edwards Recruitment, conducted a poll on LinkedIn asking “What are the main methods you use for your job search?”. The results were as follows:
- LinkedIn Jobs / Feed – 52%
- Recruitment Agencies – 34%
- Job Boards – 12% (Reed, Indeed, Jobsite, JobServe etc. for example)
- Social Media – 2%
Obviously, we must bear in mind that the poll was conducted on LinkedIn and therefore users of LinkedIn were responding to it, but it certainly emphasises how prevalent both job advertising and job searching have become.
One responder to the poll wrote: “ When searching I’ll check [the] LinkedIn feed several times per day and LinkedIn jobs every few days; JobServe daily, but other boards every few days, and I reach out to agencies (usually specific consultants) who have placed me previously”.
For all job seekers, networking both online and, where possible in person, is a valuable way to make important connections and build your job search. Your online presence is very important as it is visible to potential employers so do ensure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and well-presented.
If you have a specific industry interest or specialism, or perhaps a desire to work for one or two individual companies then a speculative email approach with a well-presented CV and cover letter attached is a pro-active approach which may well reap results. Call 01522 412066 to discuss our FIVE STAR TREATMENT plan for a unique, confidential and speculative approach specifically designed to help you gain your dream job. Also see our blog on how to write a successful CV here.
Make time to create a really professional CV. Create it from scratch if it’s been a while since you last updated it. Don’t forget to proofread it or get someone else to; consider using a professional proofreader yourproofreader.co.uk/– well worth the cost for an impressive and accurate CV as 59% of recruiters reject CVs because of poor grammar and spelling (Glassdoor.com). Tailor your CV for different jobs – tweaking it to emphasise your skills and experience in relation to each role you apply for.
However, you approach your job search, it is vital for both new and experienced job hunters to firstly really think through what exactly you want from your next job. The main factors to consider are:
- The role you are looking for and why are you looking
- The locations you will consider
- The salary and package you require and want to aim for
- Your ideal ‘work type’ – many roles are now hybrid with both office- and home-based working but some employers do want employees in the office full time and some jobs involve travel
- Job content, development and training
- Your preferred hours of work
- Prospects for the role in the future
- The ethos & culture of the business, what are their core values and do they match your own?
Achieving clarity and really knowing what you want in your next role will help you to focus your job search and will also avoid you wasting your own and others’ time and efforts in considering roles you’re not really interested in or suited to.
Ultimately, regardless of the plethora of online job search resources, a good Recruitment Consultant is invaluable. Employers often get swamped with applications and don’t have the time to sift through them all. A professional Recruitment Consultant does way more than post a few job adverts and await the response! They will work closely with you to understand you and your requirements, to understand your wish list and reasons for wanting to leave your current role, and they will get a good feel for your career aspirations now and in the future.
Here at Benjamin Edwards, we offer a unique service to candidates. We write a free and confidential personal blog article about you with your agreement, this then goes onto our website, onto LinkedIn and is also mailed out to clients every week. See here.
We offer extensive interview preparation. We go through the culture and structure of the business, the job description in detail, scenario interview training and we offer full support around interviews including feedback.
Please contact Benjamin Edwards on 01522 412066 or forward your cv to [email protected]
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