How to search for a job: our advice and top tips
When it comes to searching for a job, it can be hard to know where to start. In this blog, we have together a number of top tips to help you get started on job searching.
Do you have your Job Searching Toolkit ready?
Before you start looking for a job, there are a few things you will need. These things will make up your Job Searching Toolkit.
Your Job Searching Toolkit should include -
- Your CV: This is a document containing information on your education, qualifications, previous jobs or work experience, and your personal and professional skills.
- Your Cover Letter: A cover letter is a document you send with your CV and is specifically written with the job you are applying for in mind.
This letter should include: personal details (name, address, phone number, email address), the hiring manager’s name (if available), why you’re suitable for the job, what you can bring to the business and a closing statement, where you thank the recruiter for their time.
You will have to change your cover letter depending on the job but to start with you can create a basic template, which you can then edit when applying for different jobs.
- Your References: In almost every job application or interview, an employer will ask for the names and contact details of people who can confirm what you have stated within your CV. This will most likely be people who you have previously worked for or with.
The Fusion BBO job coaches work closely with all of our participants, ensuring they have each of the above and supporting them to improve their CV.
Once you have your Job Searching Toolkit ready, you can begin searching.
Searching for a job -
There are lots of ways that you can search for a job and it is important you know all of them and give them all a go, to help you get the best results from your job searching.
Search Online -
There are lots of websites specifically designed for job searching, such as Indeed.com or Reed.com. These types of websites will have job listings from companies from all sectors and when searching on these sites you will need to filter your search, based on the type of job you are looking for and geographic location.
Businesses will also often list their vacancies on their own websites. So, if you have a business in mind that you would like to work for, you could search for their website and they may have a ‘Job Openings’ or ‘Career Opportunities’ tab, which will then list the vacancies they have available.
Use Social Media -
Social media sites such as Twitter can make a great tool job searching.
On this platform, you can follow businesses you are interested in, keep track of what they are posting and see any posts advertising jobs.
You can also use Twitter to search popular hashtags relating to job searching (i.e. #Jobs #JobHunt #JobVacancy). This will bring up posts including these hashtags, which will most likely be posts advertising a job.
Top Tip: If you are using social media to job search, we advise that you set your personal profile to private and create a new professional profile that you share with employers.
Make use of your contacts -
Family, friends and other contacts can also be a great resource for your job searching. Get in touch with your contacts, let them know you are searching for a job and ask them if they can let you know if they have heard of any vacancies.
You may find that one of your contacts already knows of a job opportunity that you can apply for. If not, they will have you in mind for when they do hear of anything.
Get out and about -
Job searching isn’t just about sitting and doing research, it also involves getting out and about, getting yourself seen and heard.
Visiting Job Centres:
Visit your local Job Centre and discuss what you are looking for. They should be able to help you find a job or suggest businesses you should contact.
Attend job fairs and careers events:
It is important that you take advantage of these events taking place in your area and attend the ones that are relevant to you.
These events give you the opportunity to speak to businesses or people who may be offering jobs, or who can provide you with advice on how to find/apply for a job.
It is important that you network at these events and talk to as many people as possible, to get the most out of your time there.
Our Fusion team are always attending careers events, providing visitors with advice for job searching and to tell them about our BBO programme and how it can support them. If you see us at any events, come and say hello and we’d love to see what we can do to help you.
Look at attending local charity or business events. Push yourself to talk to people who haven’t met before, introduce yourself and once you are in a conversation, you can then mention that you are looking for a job opportunity and ask if they know of any opportunities that could be right for you.
Be as proactive as you can: reach out yourself
The final job searching method we have for you is reaching out yourself.
Businesses do not always actively advertise their job vacancies, so you need to be reaching out to these businesses yourself.
Create a list of businesses you would like to work for and who might use your skills. Then start working your way through this list, contacting each business directly and asking to speak to the person in charge of hiring. If you are put in touch with this person, you can then discuss that you are interested in working for their business and can communicate your skills and accomplishments. You can then ask if you are able to send them your CV.
After doing this, it important that you follow this up. Contact that person again in a week or two, to confirm that they have received your CV. This also helps to keep you in their mind.
Our Top Tip
Our biggest tip for job searching is to make sure you are making use of everything there is and everyone you know. And most importantly, CONSISTENCY IS KEY. If you don’t find a job straight away, do not give up and just keep on trying.
Try creating a calendar for your job searching, which includes weekly or daily activities you should be doing to help with your searching. Set yourself tasks and goals within your calendar. This could include looking at online postings, working on your resume/cover letter, applying for a certain number of jobs each week or attending a certain number of events each month.
All of this is something that the Fusion BBO job coaches work on with our participants, helping them put a plan in place so that they can get the most out of their job searching.
If you are organised and proactive, you are sure to find the job you are looking for. Good luck!
Published - 09 Jan 2019