Some tips to help with Job Hunting
· Be clear on your job search parameter – location, type of work, work you would consider, salary, hours.
· Be organised – write a to-do list of the things that you want to achieve in your job search, set a few hours every week to job search, make sure that you have no distractions, record the jobs that you have applied for and take your time.
· Aim to complete at least 3 job goals each week.
· Take a break – give yourself a day off. Job searching can be intense.
· Don’t limit yourself to just online applications - Use at least three different job search strategies – regularly.
· Always apply for new jobs – jobs that have been posted within the last 24 hours.
· Use at least five different job websites and use their advanced search features. See appendix 1 for different job websites below.
· If you have a specific skill set, look through related trade magazines. Many employers will advertise job opportunities in these.
· Upload your CV to different job websites and make it visible to recruiters.
· Tailor your CV to meet the criteria of different job adverts.
· Make speculative applications – sending your CV and cover letter directly to an employer, where no job has been advertised.
· Regularly check out the recruitment sections on companies that you are interested in.
· Keep in touch with people in your networks – send them an email, text or give them a phone call and ask for their advice.
· Register with different recruitment agencies and find out the job websites they use; as this will give you an indication of the employers, they provide temporary or permanent positions for.
· Join local job hunting groups - charity/church/ community centre groups/ job centres
· Find out about organisations that run job training programmes. Some listed below:
For some more job search strategies – see appendix 2
Prepare for future interviews – going to look at this area in a separate blog.
Two examples for now!
Be on time – at least 10 mins before the interview.
Research the company – what do they do? Who are the key people that work there? What is their best selling products or services?
Social Media – going to look at this area in a separate blog.
Two examples for now!
· Build your presence online by letting people know your skills and expertise, though a blog or group.
· Join and interact with different job hunting groups on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Appendix 1 - Local Websites
Northern Ireland Based
Health and Social care jobs
Education and Library Board for Northern Ireland
Civil Service - https://irecruit-ext.hrconnect.nigov.net
UK Job Websites
Recruitment/Employment agencies can be found on www.yell.com
Interested in volunteering? 100’s of opportunities at: www.volunteernow.co.uk
Appendix 2 - Overview of different job searching strategies
· Transferable skills.
· Tasks that you enjoy taking part in.
· Previous employment that you have experienced/enjoyed.
· What do you have to offer an employer?
· What skills do you want to further develop?
· Upload CV onto job websites.
· Look at Employers’ websites.
· Look at a range of different job-hunting websites.
· Niche sites for particular industries.
· Professional website like Linkedin.
· Social networking: Twitter / Facebook.
· Family, friends, friends or friends etc
· Professional networking – contact of a friend working for a certain organisation.
Colleges / Universities / Training organisations/ Trade School.
· Career Alumni.
· Support with CV, job applications, printing out employer's information.
· Job clubs.
· offer a range of short and long contracts
· they keep your details on a database and contact you when a suitable position come in
· connection with local employers
· support with CV and interview skills
· Different newspapers advertise jobs on different days. The Belfast Telegraph advertises public sector on Tuesdays and general sectors on Friday. The Irish News advertises on Thursdays. Sunday Life - Sunday.
· Various trade and vocation areas.
· Recruitment usually occurs nationwide.
· Can be expensive to buy.
· Some available in local libraries.
· On the trade journal's website check out the job section - if it is freely available. Some do charge.
· Local Jobcentres.
· Local charity /church/community groups may run weekly groups.
· Sending them out to different employers (Speculative).
Target places that interest you
· Ethical or leading organisations in their field.
· Specific trade area
· Skills, training and career growth
The Phone Book
· Lists of different employers by location and type of services they offer.
· Good for updating skill or gaining new skills.
· Good for seeing that type of work is suited to you.
· 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, Co. Antrim BT2 7DB
Work Trial/work placement
· Some employers will allow you to do a week’s trial in a specific job role.
· Good way of proving your skills and abilities to an employer.
Work for yourself
· Developing your interest and turn it into a career – Example; Arts and Craft Trader.
· No work available in your sector, so retrain to an industry that there are jobs in.