GAP Guide to … A Productive Job Search
Keep a Journal
If you are in the midst of a serious job finding mission, which could include multiple online applications, CV emailing and cover letter writing, it’s important to keep yourself organised and aware of where your application is. Keep a journal of every vacancy you apply for, the date you applied and the status of the application. This way, you won’t find yourself applying for the same vacancy twice and keep track of any outstanding ‘to-dos’.
Maximise Your Searching Potential
Whilst it’s important to refine your job search to find suitable vacancies, don’t limit yourself by using one job role to search with. If you are looking for a ‘Receptionist’ role for example, don’t simply search for the word ‘Receptionist’ because you may be missing out on many very similar vacancies! For this example, you might Include ‘Customer Service’, ‘Front of House’ and ‘Front Desk’ in your search.
Don’t be scared to apply above your abilities
If you possess the experience requirements for a role, but not the qualifications, or vice-versa, don’t be intimidated into not applying! Employers advertise for a role and create a job description and person specification based on the most ideal candidate for the role. However, that candidate may not exist. Employers might decide that your experience makes up for a shortfall in qualifications, or that your training in one area would allow you to be successful in a role despite lacking the experience. You never know who else is, or isn’t applying!
Share your details with online jobs boards
Normally you’re advised to never share your contact information for fear of spam and advertising junk mail. However, on this occasion it IS useful to sign up to jobs board e-bulletins! Once you fill out a profile of your desired job role type, industry and general location, jobs boards such as Indeed, Monster, Total Jobs, CV Library and Reed will use your information to send you regular updates with job roles fitting your descriptions; so it practically does half the work for you at no cost!
Keep an eye out for local employment events
More often these days, organisations arrange employment events that bring potential candidates to the employers. Local colleges, councils and community organisations organise ‘fair’ type events in which you can speak to a variety of employers about different vacancies and opportunities. Keep an eye out for adverts in newspapers, online and on social media channels for these events!