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Job Search

As a candidate looking to make your next career move, there’s a lot for you to consider. We know how stressful the process of looking for work can be – at times, it’s nothing short of overwhelming. At Headway Recruitment, we’ve made it our aim to help you find the perfect role for you and your future.

Job Search Advice

There’s so much advice we could give you on executing the perfect job search, and we’re going to do just that. First things first though, having a plan is essential. Looking for your perfect job without first having a plan is not a good idea. On the one hand, there’s so much to choose from; a variety of opportunities just waiting for you to take advantage. On the other hand, there’s only so much that you as a candidate will be qualified, or ideally placed to do.

In terms of what your job search plan should look like, below we’ve listed the things that should most definitely be included.

Your ideal job/position.

What industry do you want to work in? What salary are you looking for? In terms of location, where do you want to be based? Considering all of this prior to making an application will help you to target the right jobs,\ and the right employers.

Have your cover letter templates ready to go and your CV up to date.

If you put the time in to get this sorted from the beginning, the process of finding work will be so much easier and far less stressful. Once this is done, all you’ll need to do is tailor your CV and covering letters to the individual job applications you intend to make.

Set your timescales.

Think about your employment timescales. If you’re currently out of work, how long before your savings run out? If you’re already in work, are you desperate to leave? Or do you have the time to really find the right job for you? If you consider all of this beforehand, you’ll be able to time your applications and interviews accordingly. Set yourself some job search goals and targets – these can really help to spur you on and keep you motivated.

Know where you’re going to look for employment.

There are a number of ways and means to look for work. Linked In, online job sites, even newspapers. We’d always recommend using a professional recruiter, because this way, you’ll have the guarantee of knowing that there’s always someone sourcing appropriate work on your behalf. Contact us here at Headway to see how we can help.

Once you’ve got your plan in place, there’s now nothing stopping you from starting the search for your perfect job. To help you along, you’ll find a few more tips from us below.

  1. Work with a recruitment company. Here at Headway, we value each and every candidate we have the pleasure of working with. We get to know you, and take the time to understand exactly what it is you’re looking for in terms of your employment. Working with a recruitment company can save you valuable time, and filter out those jobs that ultimately aren’t right for you.
  2. Treat your CV and Linked In to some regular TLC. It goes without saying that both should be word perfect as standard. However, don’t shy away from tailoring them to a particular role or company. If you find that you’re re-writing every word, you might want to question whether you should be applying for the role on offer. In general however, a light edit here and there won’t do any harm.
  3. Don’t stop at the application. Once you’ve found a job you’d like to do and a company you’d like to work for, the next logical step is to make your application. Don’t stop there though. Research the company, try and meet with existing employees, and generally make sure that you’re on the radar of the right people. Again, this is where a professional recruiter really comes into their own. Importantly, follow up on the application you’ve made. If you haven’t heard anything a few days after the application deadline, it’s acceptable to give your prospective employer a quick call.
  4. Get on Linked In. We hope that this is stating the obvious, but if it’s not, make sure you create your Linked in profile now. As recruiters, we’ve seen Linked in emerge as not only the world’s most successful online networking platform, but also as a go-to place for employers looking to fill a vacancy. If you’re not on Linked In, you’re going to miss the boat in term of the best employment opportunities. You can find out more about the importance of Linked In in our blog .

Finding The Right Role For You

It’s one thing finding a job, it’s quite another finding the right job for you. One that matches your talents and that will help you thrive and succeed in your future career. Why would you go through the recruitment process for anything less? It’s important to get the search right from the outset. If you apply for the wrong job, you risk wasting time and effort on something that will only lower your morale and knock your confidence.

There are many reasons why you might be looking for work, but the most important thing for you on your job search is to understand what is you want to do. Whether your looking for your first job, or seeking a change, here’s some things you’ll need to consider:

What skills and experience do you have?

We’d like to point out that skills and experience aren’t the be all and end all when it comes to employment, in fact we’re big believers in the concept of hiring for attitude and training for skill. However, looking at what you’ve previously studied and what you’re good may well help narrow your job search.

Pick the experiences you’ve enjoyed the most and the skills you find the most rewarding. That should point you in the right direction when it comes to applying for work.

What industries would I like to work in?

Whilst it’s possible that you might wake up one day and decide you want to be a neurosurgeon after ten years on the sales team, it’s unlikely. However, that’s not to say that you won’t, or can’t, consider a change of direction.

If you’re thinking of a change, pinpoint the industries that are of interest to you. Then ask people within those industries what it’s like to work in them. There’s a lot to be said for this kind of research.

Quiz yourself about what it is you want.

Here at Headway, we use psychometric profiling to ensure that the roles we put you forward for, are perfect for you. In addition, there are lots of quizzes and job search tools out there to help you understand what career path is right for you.

Does the job offer what you want and need?

The job might sound amazing, you might have the exact skills and experience required, but if it’s not the right fit for you in terms of company culture, and the way they expect you to work, then it’s not for you.

There’s no point applying for a job that doesn’t offer flexible working, if what you need is to work around childcare and school runs. Similarly, just because the hours look good doesn’t mean that the salary is pitched right for you.

Is this really for me?

Finding a role that fits with your personality is really important. Think about the type of person you are. Are you idealistic and creative? Are you a born organiser? Are you a whizz with numbers? Or do you have a flair for business development? This will tell you a lot about your employment personality and help you to find the roles that are right for you.

This is one of the reasons why we use psychometric testing with each and every candidate. The resulting DISC profiles will tell you a lot about yourself and the type of roles which would be a an ideal match. Why not contact Headway recruitment to find out more about finding the job that’s right for you?

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