A Guide to Job Searching

February 24, 2017 | Help & Advice

A Guide to Job Searching

A Guide to Job Searching

So you’re looking for work; maybe you’re looking for career progression or a complete change of career all together! Either way, beginning your job search can be a pretty daunting task! With so much choice out there with the current abundance of online job boards and such, it’s sometimes difficult to know where is the best place to look for your next role, and more importantly, how to go about it. So where do you begin?

A good place to start when thinking about your job search is to figure out what it is you want to do. Take a look at your CV as a little reminder of all of your key skills, experience and interests and maybe even do some research on careers which incorporate your strongest skills. It is also worth thinking about what type of work you’re looking for: temporary, permanent, full time, part time, everyone has different requirements. Once you’ve decided on what kind of roles you’re going to apply for, it’s time to begin your search.

Recruitment Agencies

Using a recruitment agency to aid with your job search is a good starting point when beginning your job search as they do a lot of the hard work for you! Once you’re registered with an agency, a lot of the time they will come to you with positions they believe may be of interest to you based on the information you provide them with. With this in mind, it is worth noting that most agencies will cater to a variety of roles including temporary and part time positions, so it is always worth making it clear when contacting agencies what it is you’re looking for (and what you’re not looking for!).

Now I know you may be thinking “but how do I know which agency to contact?!”. Well there are plenty of recruitment agencies out there across the country recruiting for an array of different sectors from commercial to industrial to the all-out specialist agencies that recruit for the unusual to the downright bizarre (such as recruiting for staff to work on yachts!). Given the time taken at the start of your job-search process, you should already have a pretty good idea of what it is you’re looking for; from there you can work out what kind of agency would most benefit you. If you’re looking for a job in Accounts, contacting an industrial agency who specialise only in factory positions would not be the best choice of agency to contact, whereas a commercial agency would be better suited to your needs as they work with more appropriate Clients and have more relevant knowledge and experience. A quick internet search of recruitment agencies in your local area should bring up all of the information you need to make an informed decision; and if they’re recruiting for a role that interests you, then let them know!

Job Boards

Online job sites are pretty similar to one another in that they advertise for a variety of roles across the country for all kinds of companies and industry sectors; but don’t let this scare you!! The key to using job sites to aid your job search is to tailor them to your needs.

Job sites will allow you to enter all kinds of information in order to filter the results to make sure you’re only shown roles that apply to what you’re looking for, rather than having to sort through pages of jobs that won’t be of much interest to you! You will be able to input what kind of roles you’re looking for by using keywords, such as job titles, setting the location (and the distance you’re willing to travel to!) and your desired salary amongst other options. You can even browse through job categories if this is works better for you or if you’re just looking for a little more inspiration! Once you’ve personalised your search, you can save these pre-sets and have alerts for any suitable roles sent directly to you via email so you never miss out on an opportunity!

The key to making the most out of job sites is to have a play around with the personalised filtering options and really make the job site work for you; if you’re finding that the results are too broad, then try narrowing down your search, if the results are too narrow, then try altering some of the filters.

But again, if you’re looking for the expert advice and guidance then we recommend getting in touch with your local recruitment agencies as they can help you in ways which job boards can’t; they have excellent relationships with their Clients, exclusive roles that won’t show up on job boards, and they’re the friendly voice on the other end of the phone who are happy to help!

Call us on 01623 656303 or send us an email to recruit@turnerfox.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!


By Holly Brailsford