Looking for a New Job? Here’s How to Go About It!

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Now, more than ever, people are looking for new jobs. We’re in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and there are various reasons why people may be searching for a new position, or planning on securing a new position once the spread of coronavirus has slowed. One reason is that many people have lost their jobs and will need another to keep them going. Another reason is that, having spent some time away from their usual day to day role, some people have realized that they don’t actually like the work they’re doing. Perhaps it’s a dead end role. Maybe the commute is too long. It could be in a field that they’re no longer interested in. They may simply have discovered a passion or vocation for something else. Whatever the reason, there are a fair few steps you’re going to have to take and hoops you’re going to have to jump through in order to secure the right job to tick all of your boxes. Hopefully, the following steps will be able to help you along the way!

Know What Role You Want

Some of us know we want a new job, but simply don’t know what exactly it is that we want to do. It’s important to really focus on this before applying for anything. You want to make sure that the path you pursue is something that you’ll be happy with. Something that interests you. Something that allows for progression. Something that will be a career rather than a chore. There are so many different roles out there that you could go into that only you will be able to tell which could potentially suit you. There are roles in health care administration. There are roles in marketing, roles in the media, roles in science, roles in academia, roles in retail, roles in fashion, roles in the food industry, roles in medicine, roles in costume… the list goes on and on. No matter what your interests are, there’s bound to be something out there that can tick all of your boxes.

Know Where You Want to Be Based

In order to job hunt, you’re going to have to know what physical area you’re looking to work in. Seeking jobs in places far from home nowadays is simple, as most of us use online job boards, where you can set the location according to where you want to work, rather than where you simply are now. This could be a great chance for a big move. Alternatively, you may want to stay closer to home and only look within your local area. Regardless, it’s good to know what you’re looking for before you start looking.

Consider Gaining Qualifications

You may start job hunting, only to find that you don’t have the necessary qualifications for the role you want. Some may be absolutely essential for specific roles. Some may simply be “preferred”. Either way, you’re going to want to have them under your belt to tick as many prospective employers’ boxes as possible and in order to stand out from the competition. Qualifications can vary dramatically. You may want to do a complete undergraduate degree, which could take three years full time or six years part time. You might want to do a short online training course. You might simply want additional qualifications, like first aid or health and safety training. Generally speaking, gaining qualifications is worth the investment of time, effort and money generally involved.

Keep an Eye on Job Boards

Most jobs nowadays are advertised on digital job boards. Popular sites include LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster and many more. Keep a track of these daily. You never know when an ideal position might pop up. Just make sure your resume or CV are up to date and that your profile is completely professional.

Crafting the Perfect Resume

Of course, if you’re going to apply for a job, you’re going to have to submit a resume or CV. This is the first impression that a potential employer will get of you, so you’re going to want to make it a good one. You only get one shot at this part of the process, so your resume needs to be spot on to help you progress through to the interview stages. Here are some steps to help you create the perfect resume for each role you apply for!

Know Your Formatting

Good formatting is essential when it comes to creating a great quality resume. If your resume looks all over the place when someone receives it, they’ll probably just brush it aside. This stage of the process involves a lot of scanning and if your document isn’t easy to skim read, it’s not going to get you anywhere. Most resumes should have your name and contact information at the top (email address, phone number, address). They should then have a section on your education, a section on your experience and any further information you want to include. If you’re unsure of formatting, there are plenty of free resume templates online and within word processing software like Microsoft Word or Google Docs. They’re simple to us. You simply put in all the information that you want to be on your resume and the templates will make sure everything’s in order.

Remember to Highlight Your Skills

While your education and experience are likely to be the main things that a potential recruiter will look at, it’s also important to highlight any other skills you may have that could bring something to the advertised role. A list of individual skills can help to put your resume above that of someone who has a similar education and experience to you. Some ideas of things to include can be types of software you’re able to use, any secondary languages you speak, first aid training or anything else. Driving (or at least having a full licence) is also a good addition, as it shows competence to be able to drive a company car if required.

Spelling and Grammar Check

Before submitting any resume for any role, it’s absolutely essential that you spell check and grammar check. If this isn’t your forte, there’s software out there that will do it for you, such as Grammarly! You can always benefit from getting someone else to read over your resume too. They may spot mistakes that you keep skimming over.

Preparing for Interview

If a prospective employer likes the look of your resume or CV, chances are that they’ll invite you for an interview. This will be for the purposes of meeting you on a face to face basis. It’s easy to sound great on paper – in fact, many people pay others to complete their resumes for them. But you can’t really lie your way through a full interview. But don’t worry about this. As long as your resume is accurate, you’ll simply have to prove yourself and your character. There are a few steps you should follow when preparing for an interview. Here are some to consider.

Look the Part

You want to look the part on the day. First impressions are important, so it’s always best to look smart and well presented. Wear business wear. Make sure everything is clean and ironed or pressed. Make sure your hair is done. If you’re wearing nail varnish, opt for a neutral colour. If you’re wearing makeup, go for natural tones and shades. If you have facial hair, make sure it’s trimmed neatly and well-kempt.

Prepare in Advance

It’s good to know about the company you’re applying to work for. They don’t want to hear that the only reason you’re applying to work for them is because you need a job and they have a vacancy. They want to see some sort of enthusiasm or passion for their brand. So, read up their history, check out their website, take a look at their social media feeds and get a general feel for them. Make sure you know what’s on your CV. Prepare answers to commonly asked questions. Some could include:

  • Why do you want to work for us?
  • What can you bring to the role?
  • Why did you leave your last position?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • What’s your greatest strength?
  • What’s your greatest weakness?

These are just a few examples. But they are commonly asked in many interviews. There’s plenty of advice out there on how to answer these questions properly and effectively.

Arrive on Time

Good time keeping is essential. If you can’t even make an interview on time, it will be clear that you’ll probably be regularly late for work, which isn’t something your employer would want. Whether you have a face to face meeting or a video call, make sure you’re ready and waiting in advance.

Sure, this doesn’t cover every single step involved in the job hunting and recruitment process. But hopefully, we’ve been able to manage some really key points and can point you in the right direction when it comes to securing the job you really want!

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