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Top Tips for finding the right job for you

Category: Tips and Advice

Top Tips for finding the right job for you Previously, our Career Consultants offered some fantastic advice on the best way to tackle a career change. This month, with UK unemployment rates at an extreme high and a new year having just begun, it’s never been more important to approach your job search in the right way.

And so here are 5 tips for finding a job that’s right for you:

  1. Network as much as you can; with colleagues, friends and family – building a network is crucial to finding a job, as those in your network can connect you with other professionals and opportunities. And with face-to-face networking events currently off the table, being active on and knowing how to use online networking platforms like LinkedIn has never been more important.
  2. Approach companies directly; the hidden market is rich with opportunities – if there’s a company or industry you’ve identified as your dream end-goal, don’t wait for them to advertise a vacancy. A prospective application shows initiative, and even if there isn’t anything available right away, there’s a good chance they’ll keep your documents to hand in case a suitable opportunity arises in the future.
  3. Register with a range of recruitment agencies; make it clear to them what kind of opportunities you’re looking for, and let them work their magic – recruiters are great at what they do, and will work hard to find you a suitable role. By registering with multiple agencies, you’re increasing your exposure to more potential employers and improving your chances of finding a role.
  4. Use LinkedIn; for networking, job searching and researching – it’s an unrivalled resource that you simply have to be using. Now, to get the most out of LinkedIn you will have to invest a lot of time into it, but you will reap the rewards if you do. And if you need advice on how best to use LinkedIn, you’ll find 3 insightful videos from industry experts in the Video Library section of MyPlan.
  5. Be proactive and stay positive; arguably the most important piece of advice we can offer - a job search can take some time, and it’s important to try and remain positive throughout your journey. Don’t give up if you don’t land the first role you interview for, as you can use it as experience to learn from and take forward into your next opportunity.
If you’d like advice on how to become more resilient in your job search, head over to MyPlan to access some fascinating, free to watch videos.

Someone once said to me many years ago that job hunting is a full-time job in itself, and it is! If you’re doing it properly then it will take up a large amount of your time, but it will be worth it in the end.
To hear our top tips on applying for a job, keep an eye out for February’s newsletter!