site contains all of the
resources you need to help answer the question "where can I find a
job?" It covers every step of the process from preparing to
search, where and how to search, getting through an interview and then
finally some hints and tips for once you've got a job.
Following these steps will help you to find a job.
I've personally been out of work a couple of times now and I know how
scary that can be when there is a mortgage and bills to pay.
Today I work for a large company and am part of the hiring
process. Hopefully my view from both sides of the fence, both looking for work and now as an active member of the
hiring team, will help you to find a job. Good luck and don't give
up; persistence, hard work and a great attitude are key to finding a job.
Preparing to Find a Job
The first thing to do is to get your CV in order. Employers
have to sort through potentially 100s of CVs just to select a handful
of candidates that will be invited on-site for an interview. You
can help your potential employer (and hence improve the chances of
getting your CV picked) by following some simple advice.
- Keep it short. No more than 2 sides of A4. Remember that employers have to read 100s of these things.
- Get the most relevant information on the first page,
preferably as close to the start as possible. You want to make an
impression as fast as possible so get the dynamite information up
front, that includes your most recent experience.
- Make it easy to find key skills that are required for the
job by highlighting them in bold. Employers will tend to scan
your CV looking for keywords. Don't go too mad with this.
- Examples are good. Employers want to see you've
actually delivered something useful. Back up your examples with
facts and figures if you can.
your CV a clear and uncluttered structure. Don't just make it a
wall of tiny text. Don't go mad with the formatting, one simple
font with titles and keywords in bold will suffice.
- Spell check! Spelling mistakes are unforgivable and just scream that you are a sloppy careless worker.
- Don't lie. A good interviewer will likely find out
and if they do then you'll of blown your chances. Nobody wants
- Speak to your audience. Place yourself in your employers shoes, what information do they need to hire you?
Take the time to turn yourself into a CV writing expert. Research
the topic on the internet, read books about it. There are plenty
of templates out there for you to download and use as a starting point
for your own CV; just type "cv template" into Google and you will find
plenty of examples.
Having a good CV is essential for getting that interview. If your
CV isn't any good then nothing else happens, it's that simple. So take
the time to craft a CV that really sells you. A lot of employment
agencies offer "CV clinics" where you can take your CV along and get
helpful advice on how to improve it, they can be good if you want an
expert to cast their eye over it.
Where to Find a Job
OK, so you have your CV prepared, next up
you need to get it out there. Here are some ideas on where to find a job.
Upload you CV to all of the job search websites. Once you've done
this they will then start searching for you which obviously increases
your chances. Type "job search" into Google and that will list
them all e.g. monster.co.uk, jobsite.co.uk etc. The more sites
you sign up with and upload your CV to the better.
Get yourself to the Jobcentre (or Jobcentre Plus as
it's now called). Here you can browse the job listings and apply
for any you find. You'll also want to register with them as it
will then allow you to claim financial support in the form of Job
Seekers Allowance whilst you are trying to find a job.
Visit all of the
physical job agencies in your local area and register with them as well as the online ones mentioned earlier
(make sure you take plenty of copies of your CV to hand out). Get
the Yellow Pages (or visit yell.co.uk) and get a list of them.
Work your way through the list and go sign up either over the phone or in person.
Reach out to the
people you already know. Let friends, family, ex-colleagues,
ex-school friends (everyone you can think of) know you are looking for
a job. Ask them to notify you if they hear of anything.
Check the phone book/internet and find companies in your local area
you'd like to work for. Make your self look smart grab a copy of
your CV and then go visit them in person. Ask at reception to
talk with a member of HR or whoever is responsible for hiring. Be
polite, explain that you don't have a meeting setup already (although
you'd be happy to come back again later if that's what they'd like)
explain your position and enquire about any jobs available. Even
if there are non-available now, ask to leave a copy of your CV with
them and request they contact you if anything does become
available. Showing this kind of initiative by turning up in
person can really win you some brownie points. Make sure you
research the company ahead of time however and make it clear what
positions you are interested in and why. If you don't want
to/can't visit in person then the next best thing to do is write and
apply via mail/email. It takes guts to turn up unannounced, but
prepare carefully, have confidence in yourself and this approach can
Check the job section in the local newspapers. Also keep an eye
out for job fairs as they can be a great opportunity to talk with
number of employers at the same time.
Consider different ways of working. Perhaps you could apply for
an apprenticeship as a way to get into a new job (search the
papers/internet/local colleges for opportunities) even if that involves
a career change maybe it will be good in the long run. Could you
offer to work for free/charity/reduced rate in order to gain experience
or prove your ability to a prospective employer? Could you start
your own business and become self employed (go door to door and offer to wash cars/windows maybe)? There is help out
there in the form of advice and grants if you are considering becoming
your own boss. Being self-employed has it's pros and cons so make
sure you do your research first before committing time and money.
Could you go back to school/study online to gain new skills? If
you find there are jobs out there that require skills you don't have right
now then maybe investing the time to acquire them will be good in the
Be flexible. It's easier to find a job once you are already in
one. So if something comes up, but it's not perfect, don't turn
it down too quickly. Give it a try, you might even enjoy it, if
it's really not for you then you can always look to move later whilst
having the security of a job.
During Your Search
time during your search can be mentally tough. Friends and family
may not be about for company as they are out at work and without
structure to your day the time can become a depressing drag (the
evenings and weekends matter less as it all blends into one).
Don't give up though, stay positive, this time is brimming with
opportunity! Here are some ideas.
One of the first things you should do is get yourself to the Jobcentre
and apply for Job Seekers Allowance. It's not a lot, but it all
counts when you are out of work. Ask about any other benefits you
may be entitled to depending on your age/family/disability/location
status etc, you might be entitled to more than Job Seekers
Allowance. Also check whether you have insurance against being
out of work, you need to start that claim as soon as possible.
This insurance might be associated with your mortgage or you may have
taken it out long ago an forgotten about it. Check your mortgage
if you are worried about money. Ring the bank and see if you can
agree a payment holiday for some period of time, that will help to ease
financial burden. Review your finances, can you cut back on
anything whilst you are out of work?
Make finding a job a job in it's own right. Start your search at
9AM everyday just like going for work. Build a routine, a
checklist you should work through daily, take coffee and lunch
breaks. You do need to try hard when searching for a job, but you
don't need to feel guilty about your downtime when you do take it (work
9-5, Monday to Friday just like a real job).
Everyday you should scan the job search websites/newspapers and apply
for jobs you find. Review the 'Where to Find a Job' section above
and add other tasks to your daily todo list as well.
Weekly you should ring around the agencies and enquire about
work. Building up that personal rapport with the agencies will
keep you fresh in their mind when new jobs do become available.
Better still, go in a see them to really build that relationship.
Make sure to follow up on any leads you have, contact anyone that may
have even hinted there could be a job available. The squeaky
wheel gets the oil when it comes to finding a job, so make sure you are
Once you've handled your regular job search commitments as outlined
above everyday then the rest of the time is your own. Don't feel
guilty about enjoying it, there is literally nothing else you can do
now. Take up a hobby e.g. Set yourself the goal of getting fit
(go running) or learn to cook. The associated sense of
achievement is all part of the mental battle when being out of
work. Improve your skills, read books, articles on the internet,
go to the library and study, take free courses online, sign up for a
college course. Improving your skills can pay for itself many
times over in the long term. Seize this opportunity, it's not
often you have this kind of time available.
Focus on your daily routine, build a structure, Monday-Friday, 9-5 as
above and rest/try not to worry during the evenings and weekends.
That's the key to staying mentally fit during this often trying and stressful
period of your life.
Interviews are all about preparation.
Most interviews will cover variations on a common set of
questions. Search for 'top 100 interview questions' on Google and
prepare answers ahead of time for them. Rehearse them a couple of
times before going for an interview.
Make sure you research the company and the position you are applying
for as much as possible ahead of time. You need to convince an
interviewer that it's *this* job and *this* company you want to work
for and not just any job to pay the bills.
Dress appropriately. Talk to Recruitment/HR ahead of time and
enquire about the dress format. If in doubt, go smart - trousers,
shirt and a tie at least. Whilst you are talking to HR you can
also enquire about the interview format - how long will it be, how many
people, how many other candidates, any areas you should revise for
ahead of time, who will the interviewers be (their job titles).
It all helps to prepare.
During the interview stay positive, polite and professional.
Never swear or use bad language and don't complain about past
employment. Take an active role in the interview, take notes and
ask questions as you go, it shows you are switched on an engaged with
Try to relax and stay calm. If you don't know the answer to a
question then just say so, don't lie. Ask for additional
information if you don't understand a question.
When you do finally land
a job (you will, have faith) your search needn't stop there. The
task may now have less urgency and move to the background, but it never
hurts to keep an eye out for a better job by applying the following.
Keep your CV up to date. It's easy to forget experience and
skills gained if you only update your CV once every few years.
Make a point of updating your CV every few months.
Continue to improve your skills and education. Now you've got a
job, perhaps you can afford evening classes as stepping stone to
something better. Skills and education are the foundation of your
career! Never stop investing.
Put some money aside in case you get made redundant again in
future. It doesn't hurt putting a little bit aside for a rainy
day. Consider taking out insurance against redundancy for real
peace of mind. That way should it come to the worst then
hopefully you can continue to pay the mortgage etc.
Think about generating other revenue streams. Don't just be
reliant on one job. Can you turn a hobby into something that
makes a little extra money on the side? Sell things on Ebay or at
car boot sales for example.
Know how much you are worth. Check the job listings from time to
time to make sure you aren't missing out on opportunities and you know
how much you should be getting paid. If your salary starts to
slip out of line with the market then it might be time to consider
negotiations with your current employer (tread carefully and research
how to do this ahead of time - there is a right way and a wrong way) or
looking for employment elsewhere. If you do end up leaving your
current job then don't jump ship until you have something to move
to. Also, when leaving, resist the urge to be rude or disruptive
if something has annoyed you. It's a small world and you never
know when you might run into the same people or need to return to the
same job again. Be careful which bridges you burn.
Build your network via e.g. linkedin.com and other networking
sites. Those contacts come in handy when you are looking for work
again in future.
hope the information above helps you to find a job. I know
personally that it can be a stressful and scary time. Have faith,
keep looking, be flexible and positive, eventually you'll be rewarded
with a job.
All the best,