Looking for a new job And Job Hunting Advice?
In this blog you’ll find five key bits of advice aimed at helping you prepare for your new job search – helping you to get off on the right footing to achieve your career goals.
It might be the case that you feel unhappy with your current job because you’ve outgrown it, but annoyingly you don’t quite have the skills for the job you want.
Our advice would be brush up on your skills first and then start researching for potential opportunities.
Try not to jump the gun and apply when you don’t necessarily have the skills required. Instead, put a plan of action in place to gather the skills you require according to a timeframe – and keep researching job opportunities too, so you can continue to enhance your application in the meantime.
Upskilling doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive pursuit; research online options and local colleges that work for you and your budget. Many colleges are offering FREE online courses ranging from Level one to four qualifications.
Equally, look out for new job opportunities that have training opportunities as well. These could be a great option for learning on the job and progression within a business.
Whilst you take time to review your skills, make sure you don’t forget about soft skills too. Soft skills can be incredibly important in helping you secure a role – particularly one which is a step up in your career. Soft skills can demonstrate an willingness to learn, develop and your ability to work well in a team, all very important assets in a new job.
Clean up your social media
By now you probably know that potential employers and recruiters can and will search for your profile online. But that doesn’t mean you remember to do regular checks, ensuring posts are private or that your public social accounts isn’t full of information that is going to put you in a dark light.
It is so easy to forget that people that are not your friends can see certain details about you whenever they want – for example, your profile picture and anything else public on your profile.
Don’t forget though, social media can help your job search too, there is a job area on Facebook, Job pages on Twitter and on Linkedin.
Connect with people
Talking with friends and acquaintances is a really good way of finding out about jobs ahead of the job market. As well as potentially helping someone with a referral bonus!
Start speaking more to local recruiters as they will have experience and advice to share. Recruiters will also search CV’s displayed on here so remember to submit your CV.
Keeping the right balance
Finding a job or even getting an interview might not be as forthcoming as you’d like. It is key to keep the momentum going with your search and with your current role.
Never leave a bad impression anywhere, it is a small world after all and not only do you want those good references, but your next boss could be best friends with your old boss!
Keep track of your applications
Be selective in your approach otherwise you could end up looking for a new job again. Be realistic about the roles you’re applying for (for example, be honest with yourself whether the commute will be possible and if you really will be happy with a pay cut) and focus on jobs where your soft skills will be a good fit.
Avoid getting ‘click-happy’ and applying for every role that could be a good fit. If you do have a few job applications on the go, then make sure you stay on top of ‘which job is which’. You want to be on the ball if a recruiter gets in touch about your application – you definitely don’t want to have to ask what role it is they are referring to! Keep track of the jobs you’re applying for and the closing dates, Not all employers will contact if unsuccessful.
Update your CV to stand out of the crowd
On top of all of the above it always remains vital to review and update your CV whenever you start searching for a new role. Take a critical eye to your CV and make updates to ensure you are reflecting your most relevant and important skills and experience.