In this section we will give you an Introduction to job searching and how to create a Universal Job Match Account.

Planning Your Job Search

Planning your Job Search 

The first important step to searching for jobs is to get into the right mind-set and plan a job searching strategy.Tell yourself that whilst you can have a lucky break, you are more likely to get results by being patient, determined and focused. Making plans in the same way that you write a list before going to the supermarket, you should note down some of the key things you want to get out of your job search before you embark upon it.If you want your job search to be successful you should treat it as a project. The key elements of successful projects are:

  • Setting goals - The end goal of your job search will be to get a job, but your goal should be more detailed than that. Detail the job, the company, the location, the salary, the working hours or anything else that might be important to you.
  • Determining deliverables - You'll only get one job at the end of your search, but along the way there are certain measures you can make to check things are going to plan. Number of applications made, number of responses, number of interviews attended, meetings with recruitment agencies and networking events attended, are just a few things you can track.
  • Setting schedules - It's impossible to know exactly how long your job search is going to take, but you certainly don't want it to last forever. Set a few milestones, such as having your CV completed within one week, having contacted ten recruitment agents within two weeks and having been to five job interviews within a month.
  • Gathering resources - You're not going to need many resources to conduct a job search, but you will need some. Regular access to the internet to check responses to applications is one.
  • Acting quickly - If you see a vacancy you want, don't sit twiddling your thumbs, get your application over to them. Obviously don't skip the important step of tailoring and your CV.
  • Adjusting often - If your job search isn't going to plan, don't just keep knocking on the same old doors. Be prepared to switch strategies and try different avenues towards employment.

Those who set out by just wanting a new job are unlikely to be successful. Get the answers to these four questions clear in your mind:

  • Why do I want a job?
  • What type of company do I want to work for?
  • Where will the jobs I want be advertised?
  • Do I have the skills I need to do the job I want?

Explore the avenues

As well as uploading your CV and conducting and online job search, be prepared to widen the net to attract the widest audience possible.Attending career fares is an efficient investment of time and effort during your job search because you can directly approach a great number of employers in one day, handing out your CV to company representatives .If the companies you're targeting aren't at the Fairs, don't worry, get in touch with them directly to make a prospective application. Find out the name of the hiring manager and get in touch with them directly, explaining why you think you're worth a chance at their company.Keep networking with ex-tutors, colleagues, relatives and anyone who is in a position to help. Being told of an opportunity, or being referred is an accepted strategy but you need to be clear about what you need.Whilst the internet can help you discover the vast majority of jobs that are currently available, job openings are still advertised in trade magazines.

Patience with persistence

It's easy to get discouraged if you don't get interviews right away but it's important to remain positive The hiring process can be long and drawn out so even if you don't hear back within a few weeks of making an application, it doesn't necessarily mean your application has been rejected.Keep track of all your applications, all your contacts and all your communications so you know at the drop of a hat exactly where you are with each.Often in life, opportunities, like buses, all come along at the same time. You may find that two or even three openings will come your way after a period of getting no responses at all. 

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Job Search Tips

Job Search Tips

Knowing how to get a job is not always easy if you have limited experience in the job market, but there are some things everyone can do to increase their chances.

  • Get networking. Many people find jobs from people they know rather than traditional means such as job adverts. Talk to family, friends and other people you know to find out where work might be on offer (see also 'Job searching with social media').

  • Attract employers. Rather than hunting down jobs, consider getting potential employers to come to you. Post your CV online and you could save yourself a lot of time and effort job hunting.

  • Target companies. Look at the organisations which might make a good employer and hone in on them. This may mean you only look at the big employers in your area or it might mean that you look into one sector only but on a nationwide basis.

  • Remain positive. We all get a few knock backs when looking for work. Don't take it personally if you are rejected or don't even get a response because it is probably not because of anything you have done wrong.

  • Find hidden vacancies. Many jobs can be landed before they are advertised if you can get in quickly. Look into internal recruitment and seek out word-of-mouth advice as good ways of getting your foot in the door early.

Knowing how to find a job is a skill in itself. Once you have been successful in landing a job, you will find that the process becomes easier if you ever find yourself looking for employment again.

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Universal Job Match Account - Find A Job

Universal Jobmatch 

What is a Find A Job account?

Created by the UK Government your Find a Job account will: - Help you find full or part-time jobs in England, Scotland and Wales. Use the ‘Find a job’ service to search and apply for jobs.

This service has replaced Universal Jobmatch.

When you register with Find A Job, you will be able to:

  • Create a ‘Profile’. This will help match you to job opportunities and help if you use the ‘CV Builder’ to create a CV

  • Build or upload up to five CVs which you can use to apply for jobs within Find A Job

  • Create a searchable (“public”) CV that can allow employers to match your skill-set against their jobs and invite you to apply. This process does not reveal your identity or personal details to the employer

  • Create and save job searches. You can request daily or weekly email updates to alert you to new jobs that match your saved job searches

  • Create and save up to five cover letters which you can use when applying for jobs within Find A Job

  • Keep a record of your job search and application activity in one place. If you are claiming Jobseekers Allowance, this will make it easier to discuss your job search activity with your adviser

To create a Find a Job account click here

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Staying Motivated When Job Searching

Staying Motivated when job searching

Take a look at this short video to help you stay motivated when job searching.


Job Searching With Social Media

Job Searching with Social Media 

Despite being called 'social-media', raising your profile online and making sure you network properly is essential for finding work and improving your career prospects.

You can use social media professionally to make lasting connections with other people in your industry or field, find new opportunities – and you can even make a name for yourself as a 'bit of a guru' or voice of authority.

1. Keep your profiles updated

Just like having an up to date CV, your online profiles all need to be brought into line and up to date. It's no good if they all say different things and look uncoordinated - it'll just make you look a bit random and disorganised.

A profile picture will help to let people put a face to a name and also help people remember you.

Don't forget, potential employers like to check out candidates online so make sure your picture sends out the right signals about you. There's no excuse for having an online profile that puts off employers – or even possible new contacts.

2. Show your skills

Make sure you highlight your skills and achievements – just like a CV, in fact. If you're using social media as your career media, you need to make sure what you have online is relevant and engaging. No clichés, old stories and padding.

3. Blog your way in

If you feel you want to say something more, you can always post some fresh content in the form of a blog from a personal website. This needs to be relevant to what you do and what your reader might be interested in.

Once again, a good blog may act as an advert to employers that you know what you're talking about – you may even get asked in for a position that isn't even advertised.

If you make contact with employers or other people you'd like to stay in touch with, you can always direct them to your website and your other social media accounts. This looks professional and business-like.

Naturally having your own website, like say designers, architects or famous people, allows you to showcase your work. If your work is showcased on your website, then make sure you provide links to it on all your social media profiles to speed things up.

Social media offers an easy way to meet new people and build relationships with them, so don't be surprised if others want to ask for your advice and opinions too. It's a two-way thing.

4. Build connections

LinkedIn is one of the most obvious social media channels where you can create a profile and post up to date information along with links to your other social media profiles and websites or blogs. Link your blogs to your LinkedIn profile and you can begin to attract like-minded readers – and generate interest from those all important potential employers.

If there’s an area of industry you like to get involved with, seek out the profile of people that work there and try to connect with them via active groups that are relevant to your field. You can also select to get a daily digest by email for each of the groups so you don’t miss anything.

5. Get Twittering

Twitter is a great way of connecting with people and you can easily instigate conversations with other users. You can start by following all the companies that you would like to work for and then engage with them. Asking about opportunities is one way, but you can always keep an eye out for any Tweets about any jobs coming up and respond to them.

Do a keyword search to see if anyone is looking to hire as businesses often advertise their job offers on Twitter. With Facebook and Google+ try joining groups and communities to network with others and, as with Twitter, stay on the lookout for any offers.


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