Looking for a new job isn’t always easy or straight-forward. Sometimes we’re lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and other times it can take months to find the right role. Because of this, it’s generally recommended that you stay in your current role until you find something else.
Unfortunately this isn’t always possible however – redundancies are made, contracts expire and sometimes, something gets the better of us and we end up leaving on a whim. If you have found yourself in this position, below is some great advice to help you get through this difficult time and help you focus on finding your perfect job.
As difficult as it may be, it’s vital to remain positive throughout your job search. Regardless of how many rejection letters or second interviews you haven’t been called back for, try not to let it get to you. If you start to become down about the process, it will come across to employers and they could mistakenly think this lack of enthusiasm is about the role or their company.
If you have been unsuccessful in your applications or interviews, remember that it’s nothing personal. The best way to learn from the experience is to try and get as much feedback from the recruiter as you can because this will help you perform better in future interviews.
The good news is that the UK’s job market is going from strength to strength and there are now plenty more jobs around compared to just a few years ago. Companies are still being bombarded with CVs however and the competition is fierce so be prepared to dedicate the time needed for your job search.
Look on job boards, contact companies directly, use LinkedIn to network and search for companies, sign up with recruitment agencies and try to utilise your existing contacts because they might just know of a role that’s perfect for you.
Many people feel embarrassed about the fact that they’re unemployed and try to keep it quiet. This is one of the biggest mistakes that job seekers make however because by limiting the people who know you’re available, you’re hugely reducing the chances of finding a job.
Spend some to updating your LinkedIn profile so that it says you’re open to new opportunities, talk to friends and family and even mention it to old acquaintances you bump into at the supermarket. A lot of people find their dream job by simply being in the right place at the right time or knowing the right people so don’t be afraid to spread the word.
It takes the average job hunter 10 weeks to find a new role so don’t get disheartened if you’re not getting anywhere after a couple weeks. To keep yourself motivated and upbeat during your search why not sign up to do some charity work, take up a new hobby, attend industry conferences or even sign up to a course or training programme that could help to further your career in the long-run?
If you would like help or more information about finding a new job, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to help.