Some helpful job hunting strategies

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:

https://www.gemsni.org.uk/

https://www.belfastworks.co.uk/

https://www.people-1st.co.uk/

https://www.brysonfutureskills.org/

http://networkpersonnel.org.uk/


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

www.jobcentreonline.com

www.nijobfinder.co.uk

www.nijobs.com

www.recruitni.com

www.indeed.co.uk

www.adzuna.co.uk

www.totaljobs.com/search/northern-ireland-jobs


Health and Social care jobs

www.hscrecruit.com


Education and Library Board for Northern Ireland

www.eani.org.uk


Community sector

www.communityni.org/jobs


Civil Service

https://irecruit-ext.hrconnect.nigov.net


Local Councils

www.belfastcity.gov.uk/jobs

www.lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk

www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

www.ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk

Civil Service - https://irecruit-ext.hrconnect.nigov.net


UK Job Websites

www.indeed.co.uk

www.adzuna.co.uk

www.monster.co.uk/

www.cv-library.co.uk/

www.totaljobs.com/

www.reed.co.uk/

www.jobsite.co.uk/


Other

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

Self-Inventory


· 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.

Networking


· 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.

Jobcentres


· 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


Newspapers


· 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.

Journals


· 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.


CV


· 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.

Volunteering

· 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

· info@volunteernow.co.uk


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.

Retraining


· No work available in your sector, so retrain to an industry that there are jobs in.



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