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Some helpful job hunting strategies

Updated: Aug 21, 2021

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

Community sector

Civil Service

Local Councils

UK Job Websites


Recruitment/Employment agencies can be found on

Interested in volunteering? 100’s of opportunities at:

Appendix 2 - Overview of different job searching strategies


· Transferable skills.

· Interests.

· 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?

The Internet

· 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.

Recruitment Agencies

· 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.

Job Clubs

· 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

· Location

· Skills, training and career growth

· Technology

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.

Volunteer Now

· 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

· Self-Employment

· 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.



Paula Donnan

Career Coach for families

For assistance with any of the information above, please e-mail me at

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