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How to find a job

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Different ways of applying for a job

Over the past decade the number of ways to search for and find a job has increased tenfold. Finding the right job is something that most of us will have to do several times throughout our lives and, as a result, it is worth keeping up the latest job-searching methods. So whether you are a recent graduate or established in your career, we have gathered some of the most effective tried and tested ways to search for and find a job in this article to help you with your search:

Online Jobsearch

These days most employers advertise their vacancies online either directly or through a recruitment agency. A quick Google search of jobs in your local area will quickly highlight several job-board aggregator websites such as ours that have collected and organised a large portion of all relevant jobs currently being advertised online. The main issue with online search, however, is that sometimes there can be too many results to go through. So it is worth practising this technique, and being selective with your keywords rather than performing a general online search.

Upload Your CV to online CV databases and register for job email alerts

One way to help manage an online job search is to let employers and recruiters come to you. By uploading an electronic copy of your CV to online CV databases and recruitment websites, you will maximize your chances of being approached by companies based on your skills and experience, you can also be headhunted by competitive employers. This is a helpful technique for all job searchers, it is all about matching the right person to the right job. Uploading a CV can be particularly helpful to people already in employment who don’t have as much free time to job search, but are looking to advance their career.

Self-Promote

Whether you’re looking for a permanent position with a company or for freelance and part-time work, promoting yourself in a crowded employer’s market is an absolute must for job searchers. If you have a trade or work-related portfolio, then using the web and social media can be an extremely effective way to encourage employers to approach you, and to create businesses for yourself. Sites like LinkedIn, facebook, pintrest, twitter are an increasingly popular self-promotion and networking tools, which employers actively promote on and also use to ‘check-out’ potential candidates. Spending a little time ensuring that you have an up-to-date and attractive online presence can undoubtedly pay off in the long-run when it comes to getting an interview or securing a job.

Newspapers & Classifieds

With so much technology available to aid job searching, many people overlook some of the most basic and effective tools out there. In nearly every area of the country, local newspapers regularly advertise local and national jobs at all levels. If you are actively job searching, try to get into the routine of checking newspapers and magazines at least once a week, or when the job sections are published.

In Person – Drop your CV off to employers

One thing that many people don’t do as much anymore is to walk around an area on foot with a hard-copy of their CV to hand. This can be a highly successful method of job searching as you might come across employers who are looking for staff but haven’t advertised yet, and by making yourself immediately available you save them the hassle of searching further. Handing out your CV personally can also help present your case as a prospective employee, as you get the chance to make an impression in person which you can’t do over the phone or online. This technique is particularly helpful for job searchers seeking public-facing roles, such as retail outlets or hospitality establishments.

Word of Mouth – Friends and Family

Letting people know that you are actively job searching can be a highly effective way to find and secure a job. If you are just starting out in your career, friends and family might be able to recommend you to perspective employers, or keep their eyes and ears open for potential opportunities on your behalf. Needless to say, if you are already employed and looking to move, you might want to restrict who you tell about your job search, unless you have already fully disclosed your intention to leave to your current employer.

Should Graduates Register with Recruitment Agencies

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Why Graduates Should Register with Recruitment Agencies

For many graduates leaving university and entering the job market is a daunting time. Due to the rising university fees and academic prowess of modern graduates, many students have to rely on part-time casual work while studying, and as such don’t have the time or opportunity to build up significant work related experience while at university.

This is just one reason why registering with a recruitment agency can be key to the successful job search of many graduates across the UK today. Recruitment agencies have in-depth knowledge about a range of different employment areas, often with dedicated personnel and teams to each area. They also have an understanding of each of their employer client’s needs and, therefore, are able to identify which employers have opportunities best suited to new and recent graduates.

While at university, most students are required to focus on academic achievement and assessment. This means that, unfortunately, graduates haven’t invested a great deal of time networking with companies and employers, or developing job search techniques. This is where a recruitment agency can act as a very efficient tool for more inexperienced graduates by utilising employer databases and specialist recruiters.

Whether a graduate is currently working or not can also be a significant reason to use a recruitment agency. Searching and securing your first professional level job can be very time consuming, if a graduate is unemployed then they might be able to commit to several hours of job search a day, however if they are working they might not have enough time. A recruitment agency will carry out the time intensive job search on behalf of the graduate, meaning that they are freed up to work or develop their career in another way.

When searching for their first post-university job, many graduates can get discouraged. If a graduate applies for jobs on their own, they will most likely experience having to apply for a large number of positions directly. This means that they are also quite likely to experience a number of rejections, or even being ignored by employers altogether. This experience can be quite demoralising and make people feel like giving up, and although a recruitment agency can’t guarantee an employer’s interest, they can act as an important filter between the employer and graduate and are often able to give more time and feedback to the applicant.

Finally, there is nothing to lose and much to gain. Registering with a recruitment agency only takes a few minutes and can usually be done over the phone. It is also free to register with almost all recruitment agencies, and they will keep clients on their databases until they are no longer job searching. This means that even if a graduate does not intend to use recruitment agencies as a primary access route to employment, being registered with one or more can significantly enhance their chances of finding and securing a job.

You can search Jobsball recruitment agencies directory to find an agency to register with.

New Year – New Job

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New Years resolution – I’m getting a Job

So Christmas is over, you’ve been to the sales, bagged a bargain and are now looking ahead to the New Year. Wishing a fresh start or a change of career. You’re mulling over your new year resolutions and they include

I’m going to get a job in the New Year

Or

Simple, I need a job, I don’t care what job it is, I’ll take it, I’m working in 2015.

To help you keep the resolution and help in your preparation to bag a job in the new year, we’ve put together some ideas.

Smart Targets

Get clever by setting S.M.A.R.T targets. Think S.M.A.R.T

Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound

Specific

You are more likely to find a job by achieving specific goals which you set for yourself. Focus on what you are trying to achieve and how you will accomplish it. What jobs you are actually willing to do and how you apply for them?

Ask yourself

What will the outcome be? What’s suitable?

  • Full time (P/T)
  • Part time (F/T)
  • Flexible hours
  • Type of occupation e.g Retail assistant or warehouse operative

Write down a list of possible job goals

Why am I doing this? Your reasons to work

  • To earn a wage
  • A better life
  • Support my family
  • Go on a holiday abroad

Who should be involved? Its all about networking

  • Recruitment agencies and employers
  • Career advisers and coaches
  • Family and friends

Where will it be? Location, can you and are you willing to relocate?

  • Local
  • National
  • International

Which? Solutions you can employ

Identify the restrictions and limitations, thus enabling you to find solutions to overcome any barriers preventing you from finding work.

Measurable

Each step taken towards finding employment should be measured by establishing some criteria. This is essential to keep you on track.

Ask yourself

  • What is it you intend to achieve? Employment
  • By when? 1st April 2015
  • How will it happen? Creating a CV

So the criteria is:

Create a current CV and buy appropriate clothing for job interviews by 2nd Feb 2015.

By writing a CV to apply for vacancies and having clothing for an interview will you be on course to be hired.

Achievable

How does the dream come true? Is it possible?

Identify the attitudes, skills, abilities, training and finances required to get the job or run a business.

e.g

  • Where can I find the funding for my self employment idea ?
  • Do I need to up-skill and retrain to secure employment?

Realistic

How often in our day to day conversations do we say to someone or think “be realistic”.

Are you applying for the right jobs?

Take advice and feedback from family, friends, businesses and professionals within the recruitment industry.

By thoroughly delving into your skills and experience you can discover the jobs you are capable of doing. Transferable skills are the key to what you can do.

Also remember:

You only get what you put into it, the greater the effort you exert the more likely you are to succeed. Everybody has potential and the sky is the limit. You can retrain and up-skill yourself which will open new avenues into the world of work.

Time-bound

The idea is to stay on track until you succeed. Think of bite size, small steps which lead to the main objective. Create a plan with timely goals

Time-bound goals can be:

  • Short term goal – Create industry specific Cover letters and CV
  • Medium term goals – Complete Digital IT course
  • Long term goals – Get a job

Create an action plan, this can be in the form of a calendar diary system. You can set reminders on your mobile phone using apps, internet diary system such as outlook calendar, a hard back diary purchased from a pound shop or notes stuck on your fridge.

By breaking up big chunks into bite size tasks which then can be completed over set periods will make it easier to find work.

More Ideas

So you’re S.M.A.R.T. Here are some additional ideas which can be part of your SMART goals

Transferable skills

What else can I do?

You may think you’re only capable of doing one or two job roles because all of your past jobs were the same or you have only worked in one industry. The reality is that everybody has a range of skills which can be transferred into a various sectors and many job roles.

When you start searching for a job, read the job specification and you will quickly realise that you already match the criteria. A job title can be misleading.

Subway advertise vacancies for Sandwich Artists, the role involves front of house sandwich preparation and face to face customer services, another employer may word it differently. A call centre operative’s transferable communication skills can be used in face to face advocacy work, sales and retail positions.

Tip: Use spider-grams to unearth your hidden skills. They help you visualise your abilities on paper.

Update and Freshen up your CV and Cover Letter

How old is your CV and Cover letter?

  • Is it months or years?
  • Are they targeted?

You should have multiple versions of your CV and Cover letter which can be quickly edited to target any job role specification. A generic document won’t match the criteria set by the employer. It’s essential you get the recruiter’s attention.

Professional Presence and  Digital footprint

Professional presence is becoming an increasingly important factor in recruitment. HR  professionals are increasingly researching candidates online as part of the sifting process.

Have appropriate email addresses and voicemails. Think about your digital footprint, you’re only on facebook and twitter, what about linkedin? make public what you want them to find and where.

Buy an new outfit, something nice and presentable

Remember: First impressions count.

Mock interview practice

Employers can ask you anything but you should prepare yourself to answer the most commonly asked questions

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What will you bring to our business?
  • Why do you want this job?

Research the companies you apply to.

  • What are their core values?
  • Any company announcements?
  • What’s the latest industry news?
  • What questions are they most likely to ask?

Practice mock interviews will increase your confidence by preparing you for the interview stage

Happy New Year to all our readers

I have too many jobs on my CV

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Group similar jobs together on your CV

When writing a CV, it’s important to remember to try and keep it concise and too the point. A situation arises when you have had multiple jobs and your CV starts to become more of an essay.

The solution is to group similar jobs and work experience together. This is achieved by clearly defining the sections and sub sections within your document. It allows you to display your skills, duties and responsibilities once rather than repeating or copy and pasting under each job. The presentation of your CV layout is the key to illustrate your message to the employer.

Section, sub-section, grouping example below:

Work Experience

Sales Assistant

Aug 2011 – Nov 2011 jobsball.co.uk
June 2009 – Nov 2010 jobsball.com

Duties

  • Eg. Ability to communicate information to staff; video conference, email, web-blogs and presentations.
  • 2nd description e.g Dealing with customer complaints
  • 3rd description e.g Liaising with suppliers

Call centre operative

Aug 2008 – Nov 2007
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June 2007 – Nov 2010 jobsball.co.uk

Duties

  • Description of duties and responsibilities as a call centre operative
  • 2nd description relating to this job
  • 3rd description and so on

Conclusion

As you can see from the example, by grouping sections and sub-sections you can create a simple yet concise and informative CV for your job application. The variation of this method is used in a Functional CV and Skills CV where the main section is the Skills and the sub section or a separate section for  your previous employers.

Good Luck

Cover Letter Advice

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What is a Cover Letter

A cover letter is your personal introduction to a potential employer. It allows you to explain to the recruiter why you are the perfect person for the job. This is your opportunity to impress and illustrate how you match the criteria they have set out.

A cover letter should be viewed as your personal advertisement to market you. It is the first thing an employer sees, first impressions count, what you include in it really matters, get their attention and you’ll progress with the job application.

Cover Letter Tips

  • Shouldn’t be longer than one page
  • Should be clear, concise and to the point, don’t blab on
  • Make sure the spelling is correct, run a spell check twice
  • Personal to you and tailored to the job applied for
  • Keep it neat and tidy with consistent formatting of font and text size
  • Don’t include your date of birth (D.O.B)
  • Don’t include your National Insurance Number (NINO)
  • Don’t include your marital status or sexual orientation, it doesn’t matter if you’re single, married, partnered, widowed or divorced

Jobsball Top Tip for Cover Letter and CV

Use MS word or any other document software that can save your cover letter or cv in .doc or .docx format
Why Microsoft word?
It’s simple, MSword is the most widely used document creation software application across the world. Employers will always be able to open your MSword .doc or .docx cover letter or cv document. OpenOffice free software will open MSword created documents. If it can’t be opened, it can’t be read, if it can’t be read, you won’t be employed. Increase your chances of a successful application by using Microsoft word or any word compatible software application.

Cover Letter Made Easy – Simple 3 parts cover letter solution

A cover letter should be viewed as consisting of 3 parts:

Part 1 – Introduction

  • Why you are writing the letter
  • Doesn’t need to be long
  • 2 to 3 lines are enough

Part 2 – Explanation 

  • Why you are suitable for the job.
  • How do you meet the the job spec and criteria
  • Can be more than one paragraph, two or three paragraphs is fine
  • Can use bullet points, easier to read
  • An explanation of how previous work and life experience, transferable skills and relevant qualifications make you the perfect candidate to fill the vacancy.

Part 3 – Closing statement

  • Thank the employer for the opportunity to apply
  • Availability of interview
  • 2 to 3 lines are enough

Jobsball Simple Cover Letter Example

Mr Employer
38 Employer St
Employer Town
Post Code
Your address
Tel No:
Email
Date

Dear Sir/Madam

Part 1 – Introduction

I am writing to apply for the job of admin assistant which was advertised on www.jobsball.co.uk

Part 2 – Explanation

I have 9 year admin work experience. I have covered the following duties and gained skills and experience in:

  • Receptionist
  • Call handling
  • Switchboard
  • Face to face customer services
  • Tax affairs
  • PA to CEO

I have completed an apprenticeship and a NVQ L3 in Business Studies.

3rd part: Closing statement

I am available for interview at any time. I have enclosed a copy of my CV for more information. I would like to thank you for taking the time to view my application.

Yours faithfully (If you don’t know the name of the person and started letter with Dear Sir/Madam)
Yours sincerely (If you  know the name of the person and started letter with e.g. Dear Mr Adams)

Your signature
Your name

Cover Letter Templates and Cover Letter Builder

To make it easy and get you started with your cover letter,
Jobsball have created a Cover Letter Builder Tool
Using our tool, all you need to do is edit your cover letter online and download it as a Word, PDF or HTML document.
We have also created Word cover letter editable templates which you can download and save to your desktop for further editing.

Good luck with your job applications and career.