Eight ways to look for work

8_ways_to_look_for_work_300Ideas on where to look for vacancies and how to go about your job search.

1. Newspapers

Newspaper job sections are still a good place to find current vacancies, but you may need to check out their online editions to see the full range of advertised jobs.

Local and regional papers, including free ones, are a good place to start. And don’t just look at the jobs pages – you can find out about companies in your area from the news section too.

Papers such as The Guardian and The Independent feature vacancies across the country.

With daily titles, jobs sections or job sectors may be featured only on certain days so find out which is most relevant for you.

2. Recruitment sites

Try recruitment sites such as Monster or Reed to see what vacancies are available. You can try searching under terms that describe your situation such as ‘school leaver’ or by job sector e.g. ‘marketing.’ You can usually upload your details and register for email alerts to receive notice of suitable vacancies.

Not Going to Uni lists job vacancies, including trainee positions, as well as details of apprenticeships.

3. Recruitment consultants and agencies

Some employers use recruitment agencies to help find applicants, for both permanent and temporary positions. The agency will try and match your skills with any vacancies on their books, and will put you forward for appropriate roles. Many agencies such as Manpower, Adecco and Office Angels, have a high-street presence. Check agency websites or call your local branch to find out how to register.

4. Specialist agencies and trade publications

If you want to work in a particular sector, then try contacting specialist recruitment agencies – search online or ask people in your chosen industry for recommendations. Check out trade publications – magazines, newspapers or websites devoted to covering news and issues relating to a given industry. Trade publications usually carry advertising from relevant recruitment agencies, as well as for companies or organisations in that field. They are also a good way to learn about current industry issues.

Find the trade publication for your chosen sector, by searching online, contacting a relevant professional association, asking at your local library, or speaking to people in your chosen industry. Many trade titles now have digital-only versions, but some still produce printed copies so a visit to a large newsagents may also prove useful.

5. Company websites and speculative applications

If you would like to work for a particular company, then keeping an eye on their website is usually the best place to find out about any vacancies. Larger companies often have email alerts you can sign up for which will let you know about any new jobs.

If no appropriate opportunities are advertised, you can always consider a speculative application – contacting a company with your details on the off-chance they may have a suitable role.

Rather than fire off hundreds of CVs, it’s more effective to concentrate on a handful of quality speculative applications. Send a cover letter briefly outlining what you have to offer and why you are interested in the company, together with your CV.

6. Use social media

Don’t just rely on traditional routes to find a job – social media is now a valuable tool for every job seeker.

See How technology can boost your CV, covering letter and job search and Using social networks to job hunt for more details.

7. Get local

Keep an eye out for any vacancies advertised locally – in shop windows, community publications or noticeboards and don’t forget your local job centre.

8. Word of mouth

Finally, remember the importance of word of mouth. Many jobs are not advertised so keeping your ears open and developing contacts can alert you to opportunities.

Start by telling your friends and family about your search and ask them if they have any ideas or to let you know if they hear of anything suitable. See Networking for jobs for more ideas and suggestions.

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A quick guide to successful job hunting