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How to conduct a job search

Conducting your job search can be a daunting and time consuming task. That’s why it’s important to take a strategic approach and take time to assess your options and plan ahead, treating your job search as you would any other work related project.

To help you tackle your job search head on we’ve provided some handy tips to get you on the right path:

Set your personal career goals and preferences

  • Before you begin think about your long-term career goals and how you plan to achieve those goals;
  • Make your search as targeted as possible and consider your job preferences (working environment and culture, industry, salary and benefits, location, company size etc.);
  • The key is to be specific - but also realistic - when setting your preferences for your next job.

Register with Candidate

  • Register with us and upload an up-to-date CV to let us help make your job search easier and stay updated on jobs matching your criteria;
  • Once you’ve registered with us one of our expert consultants will be in touch to discuss your preferences and current situation and offer advice and guidance;
  • If you are attending a face-to-face meeting with one of our consultants please ensure you bring all the necessary documentation with you.

Ensure that your CV is regularly updated

  • Register your CV on job boards relevant to your search and set up regular job alerts, ensuring that you are specific about your search criteria;
  • If you are openly job seeking ensure that your CV is publicly visible.

Manage your online profile

  • Effectively managing your online profile and maximising your online brand should be an integral part of your job search;
  • Ensure that you maintain a professional appearance via all of your public facing social media profiles and let your Linkedin profile work as hard as possible to sell your skills and competencies;
  • Consider writing a professional blog or consultative articles that will enhance your online brand.

Only apply for jobs you are qualified for

Be realistic about where you are in your career and assess whether or not your skills and experience actually match with the essential requirements of the post before applying.

Tailor your CV and cover letter

  • When it comes to job applications a 'one size fits all' approach is definitely not the right strategy;
  • Make sure you tailor your CV and covering letter to the job you are applying for and the industry in which the company operates and do your research on the hiring company.

Get connected

Speak with your Candidate consultant about the specific organisations you’re interested in working for. They can then approach these organisations on your behalf on a speculative basis.

Ask for feedback

If you don’t ask you don’t get! If you have applied for a particular job or interviewed for a role but were unsuccessful speak to the recruiter or employer to ask for feedback on why you weren’t considered.

Review your job search strategy

  • If you're putting in the hours and are seeing little or no results it's time to stop, take stock and re-evaluate your current job search strategy;
  • You should be reviewing your job search strategy at least every few months. Do your research and invest time and effort into your job search if you want results.

Determination and perseverance is key

The current economic climate has put pressure on an already competitive jobs market but keep up your enthusiasm and positivity and keep building your networks and you’ll eventually land that dream job.

Here at Candidate we are one of the most experienced recruitment agencies in the UK, so if you'd like to find out more about maximising your job search contact us.

How to succeed in a new job

Embarking on the first stage of a new career or taking the next step in your chosen field can provide many challenges that need to be overcome if you are to succeed in a new role.

At Candidate we have years of experience in matching the ideal Candidate with the right position, but once you have your foot in the door, how do you make the move a success?

First impressions count

When you first start out in your new role, making a great first impression is vital. Your initial few weeks with a company will define how your colleagues and managers view you, so strive to be approachable, helpful and enthusiastic.

You should also work towards forging strong working relationships from the get-go. Take time out to meet with the key people across the business to get to know names and faces and introduce yourself. It is especially beneficial to identify the top performers at your level so you can learn from them.

Do your research

A key factor in how strong a first impression you make will be in how well you have done your research into the company. It is likely that you did a fair amount in preparation for your interview, however it is well worth expanding on this company knowledge once you have been offered the position.

Get to know the company culture, core values and working practices so that you can adapt to your new working environment and adopt the principles of your new employer.

Display hard work and dedication

Above all, when entering a new company you need to be willing to put in the hours to show that you are dedicated to the cause and willing to work hard.

You can also take advantage of your position as someone who has a fresh perspective on the company's established systems and processes and put forward recommendations for potential improvements. Be cautious however - your recommendations should be reasonable and justified and you should avoid trying to change things simply to make an impact. Take the time to absorb the working environment and culture before putting forward your ideas.

To find out more about how our specialist recruitment teams can help you take the next step in your career contact us.

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