Job Hunting

Careers and Interviews

Finding a new job can be a daunting task - what do I want to do? What am I good at? Where to start looking? The list of career questions is endless. This guide will give you tips on how to start looking for a new job or career and how to make sure you are successful in getting that new job in the UK!

Finding and Making Job Opportunities

This section will look at all of the different places to look to find a new job in the UK. Some job roles will be advertised externally, whilst others will be kept internal to an organisation so you will need to use other means to find out about these.

Jobs in Newspapers

All of the national newspapers carry job sections in their daily papers whihc have a long list of careers. Each day tends to advertise a different type of job and certain papers major in certain industries. For the first week it is a good to buy a range of papers and see which are advertising the types of jobs you would like to apply for. Most of the newspapers now advertise their jobs on line but I find it easier to buy the paper and flick through the advertisements. Online you normally have to limit your search by job category and this could mean that you could end up missing a vital job!

Jobs in the Tradepress

If you know what field you want to go into e.g. marketing. You should consider purchasing you weekly trademagazine as these will be advertising roles specific to the industry you are hoping to work in. It will also be useful to read the magazine to keep up to speed with current events and trends - these could come up as potential interview questions.

Job and Employment Websites

There are now so many different job search websites to look at in order to search for a job. It can be quite overwhelming, the often have very long list of careers. They also they seem to be very similar and show the same jobs. The job websites can be categorised roughly as follows:

There tend to be two functions to on line job websites -

1. You can post your cv online so recruitment consultants can search your skills and then contact you if suitable positions arise. The key to this is to ensure that your cv contains all of the right key words to ensure that it always appears in searches. (See later section)

2. you can search through a list of careers by different criteria including location, salary, industry sector…. This is a useful way to find jobs but it is important to be very specific about what you want otherwise your search will bring up hundreds of jobs and it will be very difficult to narrow this down.

It is also possible to subscribe to email job lists - you will get sent new list of careers on a weekly basis. This is a good way to keep up to date with jobs but be careful not to sign up to too many as they can take a long time to digest and it becomes easy to ignore all of the information.

Jobs on Company Websites

If you know the companies that you would like to work for it is a you can access their website - most have a vacancies website which get updated frequently. It is worth checking these on a regular basis as you never know what vacancies may arise. If they do not show vacancies, they will advise you where they advertise their posts (newspaper, recruitment agencies…).

If there are no jobs listed, there will normally be a HR address that you can send your cv to - it is certainly worth doing this but make sure you send it with an excellent covering letter. (See next section on CVs and covering letters).

Recruitment agencies tend to charge their client a fee for finding and placing a suitable candidate. The job hunter does not get charged for their assistance or role in helping them secure a new position.

There are two types of recruitment consultant:

  1. Executive Search Recruitment
  2. High Street Recruitment

Executive Job Search

These recruiters are normally paid by clients who hire them specifically to fill a position. Headhunters are used to discreetly find possible candidates who will be suitable for the role. They will tend to call you when a position arises and do not concentrate on seeking out roles for you so do not expect them to do this. It is still good to have a good relationship with these people as if they know you and rate you they will always put you forward for the best roles.

The consultant should always ask your permission before they send your cv off to a prospective client. Always make sure that you are committed to the position if they are going to send off your cv. The recruitment consultant will not take kindly to you if you back out later on. It is always much better to be honest about your feelings as it will save time and effort.

High Street Recruitment Agent

High street recruiters tend to cover a range of vacancies across all sectors and tend to be driven by salary (up to £40,000) rather than by industry sector. Some of the recruitment agencies are national chains so you will have access to a wide range of jobs. It is now possible to register on line with a lot of these agencies but I have found it is invaluable to build up a face to face relationship with the recruitment consultants as this will make a huge difference on how hard they will work for you. When you register first time it is best to go into the agency, taking a cv and looking as smart as possible.

By Hazel Culley

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