You've decided its time to move on and find a new job. How should you start your job search? What are the options available to you?
Consider what you've learnt from your current job, weigh up your strengths and determine which areas you need to develop. Once you’ve decided which type of role you are looking for, exploring these 5 avenues will help you with your job search.
Information is the true secret of a successful job-search. Think about the type of role that interests you and what type of organisation will be actively looking for your skill set. Talk to recruitment consultancies about the current market, which sectors are recruiting and how long the recruitment process is currently taking. Find out how much someone with similar skills and experience is worth by using one of the many job market resources available today such as our Global Salary Survey.
Effective networking with your peers can be the key to achieving your career goals by finding contacts who can introduce you to new opportunities. By being well-networked, you are not only enabling yourself to tap into the 'hidden' job market, but giving yourself a real advantage over other candidates. Your network should include anyone who can assist you with a job search or career move. It can include past and present co-workers, bosses, colleagues from business associations and friends. Use tools like Linked In to expand your network.
3. Job boards
Find online job boards that cater specifically to your target industry, as well as more generic platforms. If you want to avoid checking through hundreds of vacancies, it is important to make your search as targeted as possible. Use their search engines to filter roles by title, salary and location.
4. Recruitment agencies
Look for an established, specialist consultancy that has a good reputation in the marketplace. Although it is often worthwhile registering with more than one agency it is important not to register with more than two to three agencies to prevent your CV from being sent to the same organisation.
Check how a recruitment agency works and be selective. If an agency works on an individual commission basis you may be limited to only hearing about the opportunities your individual consultant is working on
5. Trade press
Whatever sector you work in, it's critical to understand the issues affecting your profession or industry sector and in-depth insight will put you ahead of your fellow job seekers. You can also gain key information on who is moving roles to help you target your job search.
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