You have all the information you need to start applying for jobs, a list of what you have done so far and details of what you plan to do in the coming weeks. Here are the next five steps to ensuring that you have the best possible chance of landing that dream job.
Register with job agencies. There are a broad number of job agencies in the UK that will help you find either a temporary or permanent role. Some specialise in particular industries while others are much broader. Now that you have a clear idea of what you’re looking for, get in touch with relevant agencies that will put you forward for roles in your chosen field. Register and search for opportunities that look suitable. Start applying and keep a record of every role you have applied for.
Check online job sites. Sites like Premier Jobsearch will give you the opportunity to search for suitable roles and apply online. It may also be worth checking out the job centre’s advertised vacancies. Some sites will allow you to set up email alerts so that you receive regular updates about new job roles even when you’re not actively searching yourself. You may need to set up a profile and upload your CV on some sites, but it’s worth doing as it means you could potentially be headhunted by recruiters who are looking for people just like you.
Read the newspapers. Local and national newspapers advertise jobs online and in print form. It may be worth buying the most relevant papers on the days when new job adverts are published, but get in the habit of checking the newspapers’ websites as well. Set time aside to look and apply for jobs. Make sure you fulfil all the application criteria when you apply as incomplete applications will almost always be disregarded. If a CV and cover letter is required, make sure both are tailored to the specific role. If a full application is required, make sure it is completed with no mistakes. You can usually complete forms online so they can easily be edited.
Be proactive. Contact people in your network who might know of relevant opportunities. Send your CV and a cover letter to potential employers who might not even realise they need you until they receive them. If they have no current vacancies, ask them to store your details in case something comes up. Use social media to showcase your skills and experience. Post information that might be interesting for people in your chosen field to read. Make sure you record any action and follow up at relevant times.
Get work experience. Look for opportunities to get ahead. Perhaps you could shadow someone in a different department at your current workplace or volunteer with a relevant agency. This will allow you to learn and develop new skills, get to know a potential employer, work out whether you are suited to the role, get good references and accustom yourself to being in the workplace if you’ve had a career break or it’s your first role. Many people who do work experience or an internship end up being offered a job, so make sure you give it your best shot even if it isn’t paid. Remember to add any work experience, training or further study to your CV.
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Joy Tibbs is a freelance writer and editor who regularly contributes to Premier. Find out more at joyofediting.co.uk and find her on Twitter @joyous25