We want to ensure you have the best chance of finding your next job and there is so much you can do to make your job search easier, and less stressful. The first step in any successful job search is to decide what you would like to do and what you have to offer to your next employer.
ASK YOURSELF THESE FIVE QUESTIONS:
- What are you good at?
- What skills do you have?
- What do you really like doing?
- What is your current role?
- Do you want to continue in your career path or consider a new one?
MAKE A LIST
Write down all the skills you gained in previous jobs, including 'soft' skills. Soft skills are completely transferrable from one job to the next, such as:
- Ability to effectively communicate with other people
- Excellent customer service sills
- Working well as part of a team
- Having good time management
- Being able to work well under pressure
Try to have a flexible approach towards the type of job you want to target. If you've only identified one particular type of job that you think you're suitable for, then focus on the types of companies you’d like to represent as an employee. List these companies, then search on the career pages of their website to view suitable positions and opportunities that are available.
If you lack the skills you need for a job that you're particularly interested in, think about how you could develop those skills. Consider enrolling for any relevant courses or workshops (search for online courses and training via the National Careers Service website or call 0800 100 900). If you're disabled and unemployed, you can apply for residential training courses.
VOLUNTEERING WHILST LOOKING
If you are in the position to do so, getting some work experience by volunteering is a great way to boost your confidence and expand on your communication skills, whilst looking for your next job opportunity. Plus, it looks great on a CV!
You can find volunteering opportunities at Do-it and Volunteering Matters. Alternatively, visit a Volunteer Centre in person find your local centre online.
Ensure you register for our job alerts to be instantly notified with a new opportunity matching your search criteria is posted.
Social media platforms are useful tools to find and follow potential employers:
Companies use these channels to broadcast their latest company and industry news.
If you do use social media to find work opportunities, ensure your online profile doesn't do your job prospects damage.
- Ensure your LinkedIn profile represents you and what you do in a professional capacity.
- Check your privacy settings on Facebook and Twitter to avoid embarrassing photos and comments being seen by potential employers.
- Think carefully about what you post or tweet.
DON’T GIVE UP
The longer you are looking for a job, it can start to become demoralising and negative. You will get a job! So, try to stay upbeat by keeping focused and sticking to a routine, especially if you're not working.
Put aside a number of hours each day to do your job searching, online or otherwise. Schedule some time to get some exercise, as physical activity can help you keep motivated and can prevent low moods. Also try to eat healthy and get plenty of sleep.
Another effective way of staying positive while looking for a job is to try to surround yourself with people who inspire you and who have a constructive impact on you. Avoid people who are negative, and remember that you have a better chance of securing a job if you stay cheerful and outgoing. If your confidence has taken a blow, make a list of your achievements, both professional and personal - then read it back whenever you feel low.