If you have looked for a job before or are currently looking for one, you’ll know that it is a time-consuming task and can lead to frustration if not done correctly. Hence, a streamlined and systematic approach is critical to finding a great new career and making sure you check in all the right places. There are various ways to look for a job in UK. Apart from online resources, it is important to check a variety of sources as different recruiters advertise their jobs in different places.
The majority of employers who are recruiting will place jobs in…
- Newspapers – Companies place adverts in local as well as national newspapers all the time. ‘The Times’ and ‘The Guardian’ are the most popular newspapers with adverts of job vacancies of different industries on different days of the week. You can also go to their websites to view and apply for jobs directly.
- The Internet – The ease with which the Internet can be accessed today also indicates the speed at which online jobs are filling up. You need to update your profile and be consistent and regular in your online job search. Many websites have a direct jobs feed which is constantly updated with new jobs coming on and off all the time. Be vigilant and be the first to apply for them.
If you don’t have Internet access, there are UK online centres and libraries where you can look for and apply for a job online.
- Jobcentre Plus – You can find job opportunities in your local area through Jobcentre Plus, where companies post job openings. This is a government effort and is part of the Department for Work and Pensions. The advertisers in Jobcentre Plus can also help you in applying for a suitable job opening, filling out the application form and at times, they even arrange for interviews.
Register with An Employment or a Recruitment Agency
There are many employment and recruitment agencies, so it is important to register with one that advertises jobs from the industry that you are looking for work in. Be sure to find out which agents specialise in which industry so you don’t waste anyone’s time.
An agency may require you to give an interview as you register with them. Consider that as seriously as a job interview as that will help create a positive impression on the personnel there, who will work harder towards finding a job for you. They can also assist you in making your CV look more professional and oriented towards your choice of career.
Approaching Employers Directly
While you apply for suitable jobs through newspapers and websites, you can also contact relevant companies directly and inquire for suitable openings. Most companies maintain their database and visit it when they have a job opening as that saves them money spent on advertising online and various publications.
Some companies, allow you to submit your CV directly through their website. They may also advertise job posts on their too so be sure to look out for these first before calling their HR Department.
Sometimes, it’s all about being in the right place at the right time and knowing the right people. Join clubs, online forums, websites where you can meet well-connected and resourceful people, who can help you in your job search. Keeping your Linkedin profile up-to-date and perhaps starting a group talking about industry specific topics might get you noticed.
Career and Job Fairs – Job fairs have companies from numerous industries participating and therefore, they are a good place for those looking for a job. Usually, companies also conduct on-the-spot interviews for some roles. Moreover, this is one of the best ways to contact a company directly and know about job openings.
While you search for a job, it is advisable to keep a tab on your progress too. You can keep a record of the companies you have applied in, information about various newspapers and journals that advertise jobs, etc. This will help make your job hunting efforts more directed and focused.