With the dawning of a new year many are looking for a change: some are joining gyms, some are looking for a new home, and many are trying to find the ideal job.
A change of work can have big benefits on your life: it allows you to readjust your work life balance to a more favorable setting, with clearer boundaries, it could bring you a new challenge, and keep you engaged in your work more enthusiastically, and if you find one with good opportunities for progression become the backbone of a whole career.
Before you can find this new, horizon widening job, you need to make a success of the job hunting process. It can be demoralising, dispiriting and depressing if you’re not getting some positive feedback: sending CV out into a void, and not receiving an form of acknowledgement can be so stressful that it can feel like a relief to receive a rejection!
Today we’re looking at a few tips that can help you find a job in the challenging market of 2018.
Finding the Right Recruiter
Recruiters can be tricky to deal with, but there are a few helpful hints that streamline the process. Firstly, it’s worth making sure you find the right recruiter for your niche. It’s no good going to a generic firm if you need to be looking for London executive search firms who have access to the high-level jobs you’re really interested in.
Make Yourself Visible
Of course, if a recruiter doesn’t happen to have a suitable job on their books when you contact them, their interest in you will be limited.
The key to success is to make sure you’re visible to recruiters so when they’re looking for candidates, you come to the top of their lists. Maintaining an active presence on LinkedIn is useful place to start. You can ensure your CV is up to date, make sure you’re reaching out to people you’ve met to firm up that connection online, and using they’re blogging facilities to publish articles highlighting your expertise.
You can also seek interviews in the media as an expert in your field, and if you’re particularly senior and qualified, look to get involved with a local college or university as a visiting lecturer.
It’s doubly important to make yourself visible and productive when you’re searching for job while unemployed. However unfair it may be, unemployment may make a recruiter or employer question if there is a ‘reason’ you’re out of work other than misfortune, so demonstrating you are filling your time productively is a great way to combat this!
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