Finding a job in the current economic climate can be hard work; many employers have already cut down their workforce, have been forced to retrench many of their staff or have reduced hourly rates.
As a result, when a jobseeker finds a suitable vacancy, they are often competing against many other applicants… You need to stay ahead of your competition; this means getting yourself organised and motivated to continue to search for new positions and applying for lots of different jobs as soon as they are advertised.
So where do you start? Below are five common places where you might find a job advertised – check them regularly to ensure you get there before the competition!
Many employers are turning to online job advertisements either through dedicated job boards or through free advertising sites. It’s important that you spend a couple of hours each day going through all the main sites to find new jobs posted. The great thing about these sites is that jobs are continuously updated and as soon as their positions are taken they are removed (so no time wasting!).
Some websites will also allow you to sign up for email alerts or have you upload a CV (lets employers find you) – This speeds up the process for job applications.
Why not add these sites to your ‘favourites’ tab on your internet browser, this will enable you to access the sites immediately without searching for them again; and you’ll be able to start your job search within minutes.
While the majority of employers have turned to more technical methods, there are still some companies that use the national and local newspapers to advertise vacancies.
Jobs will be updated regularly in the daily newspapers, so be sure to check each job section often. The localised newspapers are usually available weekly, and will normally focus on job vacancies in your area.
Word of Mouth
Whether you are currently in work and looking for a change, or you are currently unemployed, don’t be shy to ask your friends in various sectors that suit your qualifications.
Word of mouth is powerful, print out your CV and ask friends to drop it in to their manager or personnel officer.
Many positions are awarded this way, your friends or ex-colleagues will be able to confirm that you can do the work you state you can on paper, they can also give you a personal reference and it saves the company advertising the vacancy.
There are lots of forums online that discuss work and employment related topics so keeping an eye on them. The internet is a fantastic platform for current employment opportunities, don’t be put off at the prospect of spending most of your days on the computer; it will pay off!
Employees will have the inside scoop on whether their company is recruiting or if they are opening up a big new branch somewhere, making it easier for you to identify which companies to target. You can also read threads about the working environment of industries you are searching in, giving you a more up-to-date and current working knowledge.
Social networks can be used for more than just staying in contact with friends and family. LinkedIn is by far the most geared to this, with companies often directly advertising new roles on their profile page. LinkedIn is also widely used by recruitment consultants, a quick search will find the ones in your industry or area.
Checking for regular updates of job postings can be exhausting and at times disheartening. But don’t give up hope, remain motivated and stay on top of it by checking intermittently throughout the day for any new postings.
Tailor your CV for each application, highlighting your skills and qualifications associated with that particular posting and write a great cover letter stating your achievements, accomplishments and why you believe you are right for the position.