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:

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.



 

Regards

Paula Donnan

Career Coach for families


For assistance with any of the information above, please e-mail me at info@donnancoachingservices.com


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