Searching for a job can be a daunting task, but it’s something we all need to do at one point or another, regardless of the stage we’ve reaching in our career. Whether you’re a graduate looking for your first job, an individual seeking a career change or somebody pursuing different professional development opportunities, you have to search in order to find.
While job hunting, many jobseekers take the same obvious approach of looking through job advertisements, which is the reason why most of them are unsuccessful. An effective job hunt involves tracking down the jobs that not everybody knows about: the unadvertised roles. Statistics show that unadvertised jobs are higher in proportion than advertised roles, and this is an important fact that jobseekers need to consider.
To be successful, you need to use as many methods of job hunting as possible, allowing you to be one step ahead and increase your chances of finding the job that you want.
First of all, you need to research the roles you are interested in and find out as much as you can from career service references, libraries, specialised recruitment websites, academic materials, and so on.
Once this is done, you should consider networking as your next step. This involves talking to people who work in the industry and gathering useful information about the roles you are pursuing. At the same time, you will build up a list of contacts that may be able to provide you with job opportunities. Start with your friends and relatives, acquaintances, tutors, colleagues, and go from there.
Join LinkedIn if you haven’t done so already. It can help you expand your network, and you’ll be able to find job opportunities and industry information provided by employers. Make use of other social media channels as well. Follow companies on Twitter, where you might find information about available positions. Facebook is also used by companies to promote themselves and their career opportunities.
Don’t forget to make an effort to network in person. Take the opportunity to attend any events you can, from networking events and trade fairs, to seminars and workshops, and always take along some copies of your CV.
All in all, just make the most of the opportunities that are out there, and don’t forget the value of making speculative applications. You never know where it could take you.
For careers advice, students can contact the LCCA Careers Service at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can call +44 (0)20 3435 4496 and ask to speak to a member of the careers team.