Finding a Job
If you’re looking for a job, it’s likely you’ll either have been searching for a while, or you have a long wait ahead of you. The average job hunter will receive 15 rejections before landing a position, so it’s easy to see why people become disheartened during this process; receiving frequent rejections from employers can impact your self-esteem and mental health. However, it is important that you don’t give up on securing your dream job and stay positive about the future.
Set Realistic Goals
Saying that you’re going to apply for 10 jobs a day is very ambitious, but unfortunately, you’re not setting yourself up for success. Applying for jobs is about quality, not quantity; applying for three jobs that are relevant to your skill set and goals is a lot more valuable than applying for twenty jobs that aren’t related to what you really want to do.
Before submitting your CV for a job vacancy, ask yourself whether this is a job you actually want, or whether you’re applying for it because you just need a job. Picture yourself in that position, are you happy? Do you feel fulfilled? If the answer is no, save your CV for something that makes you say yes.
Re-evaluate your CV
Is everything you’ve written on your CV relevant? Does it tell your employer everything you want it to? If not, it’s time to edit. You can find a guide on how to update your CV here. Your CV is the first impression an employer gets of you, so make sure it’s perfect!
Add to your CV
So, you’ve re-evaluated your CV, is there anything missing? Any experience you don’t have? Whilst you’re waiting for responses from employers, you can look into voluntary positions that will help pad out your CV and add more relevant experience. Online courses can also be a good idea; discount sites like Groupon or Wowcher often have very reduced rates and offer some online courses for as little as £10. This is good idea if you’re applying for entry-level positions.
Upload your CV to a job board
If you haven’t done this already, uploading your CV to a job searching site is a great way for employers to find you. Employers can search for potential candidates by their experience and qualifications and find candidates that suit them.
If online job searches aren’t turning up good results, networking and approaching employers in person can help you access jobs that aren’t visible online. Networking is a difficult task and the word itself can be very daunting if you’ve never done it before. However, networking is just about making valuable connections with other people. For example, do you have a friend working in an industry or company you’d like to work with? That’s a start! Ask if you can attend an upcoming work event with them and try to speak to as many people as possible. Alternatively, you can appeal to companies themselves, even if they have not advertised any available vacancies. Get in touch and tell them about yourself and your skills. Even if they don’t offer you a job immediately, they have your CV and contact details and can reach out to you in the future.
Enquire with a Recruitment Agency
As a recruitment agency, JB Contract Services help people to find jobs they deserve. Give us a call on 0191 337 1567 and we can help match you with a position! If we don’t have a vacancy available immediately that suits your skills, we keep our candidates details on record so if a position does open up, we can contact you.
Take time for Yourself
Don’t neglect yourself or your interests in this time. Self-care is really important, but when we’re stressed or under pressure this can fall to the wayside. In the same way you’ve allocated time to job hunt, allocate time for yourself. Do something you enjoy doing, like spending time with others or reading.