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Knowing how to search and apply for jobs
There are many ways to search for jobs – you might find out about an opportunity through a friend, a job ad online, social media, a recruitment agency or directly from the company’s website.
Searching for jobs can be time consuming, it’s important to put some time aside and really do your research on the type of role you want to look for. Measure up your skills and experience against the job description and make sure you’re a good match for it.
It’s always good to tweak your CV and covering letter to the role you’re applying for – highlighting the most relevant skills and experience each time. Employers appreciate this and know you are taking your application seriously… they can often tell a unique application from a ‘copy and paste’ job.
For more help on searching and applying for jobs, check out the advice from the National Careers Service:
Talk to a family member, friend or a teacher if you are worried about knowing how to search and apply for jobs. The National Careers Service can also offer support by phone, email, web chat and text between 8am – 10pm daily. Visit their website for more details:
How to search for jobs
As previously mentioned, you can search for jobs in many different ways. Using a recruiter gives you exposure to multiple jobs in one go; you usually supply your CV, interview with a recruitment consultant and then find out about any roles you’re suitable for. If you prefer to apply direct, check out the careers pages on the websites of companies you’re interested in working for.
You can also conduct an online job search using a search engine – make sure you get the type of role and location you want in your search terms. This will pull up jobs on job boards, recruitment websites, adverts and careers pages on companies’ websites.
Use your personal network too; do any of your friends’ parents work in a role you would like to go into? Not only can they give you advice, they also might know of work going with their own company or wider network.
If you want to take your search offline too, check out industry publications for vacancies as well as job ads in local newspapers.
Finding the right job for you
The people who are happiest in their careers are the ones who enjoy more than just the tasks they perform on a daily basis. To evaluate a job offer, you should look at the whole package, including: the values and brand message of the organisation, benefits such as flexible working vs. salary, opportunities for career progression and where you could add value.
This isn’t always easy to do and can be a learning curve. But, it’s always worth keeping the above in mind for potential questions at the interview.
Finding a job through a recruitment agency could help you find a role that suits you – they have an established relationship with the employer and should be able to give you insight into what it’s like working there. They will also help negotiate your salary and benefits, so if you’re not sure where you stand, make the most of their guidance.
Tailoring your CV for different roles
Make your CV stand out as much as possible by tweaking your personal statement and highlighting the most relevant skills and experience for each role you apply for. Chances are it won’t differ much, but if you’re directly applying for a role, you should always tailor your CV to appeal as much as possible to the hiring manager.
Take note of the desired skills and experience section – use these as your pointers for what you should include on your CV and what you should eliminate. Never invent a skill to try and get a job; you’ll be caught out at your interview.
Your personal statement is the best place for targeting your CV – always think how you can add value and what could set you apart from others applying.