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Seven Ways to improve your Job Search

Posted on 12/04/2016 by Joe Henry

Blog tags: job hunt, public relations, governement relations, improving your job search, Public Affairs, Career advice, candidates.
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There is an old saying that job hunting is a full time job in its self. In today’s globally connected, digital infused world it seems that there are always new jobs to apply for and new websites to visit. This can make job hunting a very time consuming process that fills up a lot of time, making it hard to work effectively. So to ensure that you are able to we have put together seven great ideas to help improve you job search.

Schedule job hunting tasks

This is the first and easiest thing to do that will have massive impact on your job search. Set aside certain times each week to do various tasks.

An example of how this might work could be:

6 – 6:30pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday: Search job boards and save results

9am -1pm Sunday: Make job applications to all saved roles.

Scheduling needs discipline, however this way your job hunt does not become an all-consuming process and also gives you dedicated focus and improves the applications that you make

Sign up with all the recruitment agencies in your niche (including Westminster Search)

Signing up with recruitment agencies in your niche will help improve your job search in a number of ways. Firstly, recruiters will have a wide range of roles that will not have made it to jobs boards/advertising channels so it opens up the marketplace. Secondly, recruiters have it in their interest to turn applications around quickly so jobs that you are put forward for by agencies have a short timescale for a decision. Thirdly, if you are currently unemployed(?) most agencies will also do interim work that could prove a good way to increase you skills and keep employed.

Sign up to the mailing list of aggregators

Aggregators are you secret weapon in finding that next job. They are clever websites that scrape the net for as many job vacancies as possible and place them all in one place. This is a god send. Indeed and Simply Hired are the best. You are able to set up weekly or daily job alerts based on a wide range of criteria. Firstly it will allow you to receive updates about vacancies that have been uploaded or scrapped from the web. This will reduce the amount of manual searching that you will have to do. Additionally it will also always bring up some interesting role that you had just….???? Secondly it does a really good job of finding jobs that you would never have come across.

Know what you want

Being sure of the type of job that you are looking for is important. This will save a lot of wasted time and effort when you are looking for your next job. Even if it takes a lot of time to figure this out be clear and then it will speed up your job hunt and also allow you to focus your effort solely on roles that really matter. Defining what you are looking for could be as follows:

A public affairs manager role paying above £40,000 within the Thames Valley with a pharmaceutical company that has an international focus.

Only accept interviews to jobs you really want

This also applies to making applications as well. Do not go to interviews unless it fits into what you really want as a next career step. Going is a waste of time for you and the hiring organisation. Also many people have ended up in roles that they are not suited to because they have applied and got caught up the in the whirlwind of the interview process.

Track all applications and interviews

As we live in the age of big data and analytics why not bring some of this into your own job search. It sounds a lot harder than it actually is. Create a spreadsheet that tracks all of the roles you have applied for including date applied, job title company, agency (if needed) and result (if known). From this information you will be able to a) ensure you do not apply multiple times and b) see what types of jobs you are getting interviews for. To go even further you could also track the reason for failing (if given) and types of application process. All of this information if used correctly will help ensure you focus you efforts efficiently.

Read, Read and Read some more

Reading is important in any job hunting process. The first thing you need to do is keep up daily with all of the latest industry news in your sector. Secondly, read our blog for hints and tips on the job hunting process (you can even join our mailing list, see below). Thirdly, read books on interviews, assessment techniques and on interpersonal skills. All of this reading will help you become better at interviews and better informed about the industry.

If you have any questions about job hunting within public policy, public affairs and issue communications please email me at joseph.henry@westminstersearch.com