How to find your dream job

Many jobseekers do not know where to start when looking for a new job because it is not something we do particularly often.

There are specific areas of thought to clarify, and subsequent logical steps to follow, in order to make your job search as quick and painless as possible.

Treat your job search as a project in itself – it needs your time and effort to work properly.

Primarily, ensure you are clear on what, where and when you are looking for a new role. Get your facts and information right about all these factors. You will waste a huge amount of time looking for a job that doesn’t exist if you pitch your salary too high, or look in the wrong sector for the type of role you require.

This is the type of information that a knowledgeable recruitment/ career consultancy should be able to provide easily and free of charge.

Think about:

  • Why are you looking for a new job?
  • What duties do you want to be doing in your next job?
  • What do these jobs pay?
  • Do I have the relevant skills to command the salary I want?
  • Where am I willing to work?
  • What type of company/ sector/ industry do I want to work in?
  • Do I have any specific requirements? e.g. part time, flexible working, close to home etc.

Once you have this in order and have your CV written fit for purpose, there are steps to follow to ensure you cover the whole job market most relevant to you. Of course these steps are all optional but opening up as many avenues as possible will result in your dream job appearing quicker than it otherwise might.

1.     Approach a recruitment/ career consultancy with your CV.

a.    If they are not willing to meet you and understand your requirements, don’t send them your CV. Use a consultancy that wants to get to know you, your personality and your skills. The more they understand these, the more effective they will be in selling you to potential employers.

b.    Do not register with more than 2 or 3. This amount will provide you with good market coverage. Registering with a few can easily result in your CV landing on a desk twice in the same organisation making you look desperate. You need to control where your CV is being sent and a small number of consultancies are easier to keep in touch with.

Make this your first step, as a good consultancy, once they have met with you, should be the most proactive method of you finding a new job. They should be speaking to their relevant client base on your behalf as you are sitting doing your day job unable to search for anything new.

2.     Set up job alerts on relevant job boards

a.    Use as many job boards as you wish although you will soon find that 2-3 will provide better quality jobs for you. Ensure you find out what the specialist job boards are for your type/ level of job – these are probably the best place to start.

b.    Beware of recruitment consultancies ‘throwing’ jobs onto these boards though – call them if you see a job that may be of interest – as opposed to just sending your CV over email. If you see something advertised directly from a company, apply quickly before they get too many CVs and pull the advert.

c.     Be careful uploading your CV to a job board where anyone can see it – your current employer may be browsing that site! Potential employers may also look at this as you being a lazy jobseeker – waiting for the job to come to you rather than going out and trying to make it happen.

3.     Networking

a.    This is still one of the best methods to obtaining a new role. Send the word around everyone you know that you are looking for a new job (although be careful with anyone that knows your current employer). You may be surprised how a job materialises through a friend of a friend.

b.    This can also open up a ‘hidden’ job market where companies have vacancies but have not yet put them into the open market – perhaps because they are looking internally first etc.

c.     Ensure you have a LinkedIn profile as many proactive companies and recruitment consultancies use this site to ‘headhunt’ people with specific skills.

4.     Direct Marketing

a.    Pull together a list of companies that fit the criteria you are using in your job search – location, industry, size etc.

b.    You can do this through the internet or local ‘drive rounds’ or company directories. You can work with your recruitment consultancies to work on a list as well.

c.     Send your CV with a covering letter to these companies explaining your job requirements. They will soon be in touch if they have anything relevant.

Even using all these methods, be patient. You may be fortunate to find yourself with your dream job immediately, however be prepared for it to take some time.

Whatever happens, remain positive!

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