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Getting started with your job hunt

by Jennie Kitchin

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Getting started with your job hunt

It’s the New Year, and you’ve decided it’s time for a change. Whether you are looking to take the next step in your career, make a sideways move or change industry completely - the dreaded job hunt is inevitable! 

Understanding where and how to go about your job hunt can be daunting, as there are so many different ways to search out and apply for your next role. To make it easier, we’ve put together a few suggestions to get you started:


Your Network

This should always be the first place you think about when looking for a new role. Chances are you have lots of connections who can help you. If possible, make it clear on Linkedin and any other networking sites you use that you are job hunting. When reaching out to your connections, be specific about what you are looking for. This should include information like:

  • What type of role you are looking for
  • An example of the job position title
  • What sectors you would like to work in or examples of employers
  • What you can offer
  • Other important factors

For example

I am looking for a new perm Graphic Designer role, ideally in a small integrated design agency, around central London. I have 5 years experience in online and offline advertising campaigns.

Make sure you are networking at every available opportunity, whether at conferences or just with friends and family. You never who you might end up talking to!


Applying Directly

If there are particular companies you are keen to work for then try sending a letter directly, even if they have no vacancies advertised. Remember to research the company first and talk about why you have chosen to apply to them specifically.


Job Boards

Job boards and aggregator sites are a good place to see a lot of different opportunities all together. Roles are posted by both employers directly and recruiters. You can register for alerts for certain job titles and locations.


Recruiters

A good recruiter will do a lot of the work for you. They will have a lot of roles available and will be able to match you up with suitable vacancies.


Need some more advice on getting your dream job? We’ve created a ‘how to’ guide on all you could ever want to know when searching for your next role. From making sure you’re earning the right salary, to getting your CV in order, to smashing your interview - and everything in between. And if that’s not amazing enough, it’s also free! Download it here.

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