It’s a tough job to find employment

It’s a tough job to find employment

Whether you are fresh out of University, simply finding yourself in need of a new job or looking for a full-on career change, the techniques and attitude required for this daunting task are always the same. It is a time to be organised, pro-active and unshakably positive and first off, you will need a plan. This means making a few important decisions so you can focus your energy on searching in the right area, based on your own interests, ambitions, skills, experience and personality. Once you have assessed these key aspects you will be able to refine your search criteria, put your best efforts into applying for the jobs you really want and start to ease the pressure you may be feeling from your family, your friends and undoubtedly from yourself.

Once you have decided the employment sector you wish to pitch yourself to, it is time to compile a winning CV, confidently displaying your academic achievements, your work experience and other skills and interests of relevance to the target jobs. There are loads of guidance tools online for CV building so put a little extra time into a professional design and layout.

Next you can get started on the actual job hunt, either by directly targeting employers or searching via recruitment agencies for all jobs in your field of interest. The former method is great when you have strong ambitions to work for a particular company as you can promote yourself with genuine enthusiasm for that position, and you may be willing to start at an entry-level position to get your foot in the door. The latter approach is fantastic for broadening your horizons, perhaps discovering jobs you never knew existed through general searches and widening the net by submitting your CV across a range of agencies.

So what does the recruitment agency do to help? Employment agencies are basically intermediaries between the organisations with staffing needs, and the individual in need of work. They are sent job descriptions from companies which they tap into their recruitment system and publish on their website for job seekers to peruse. After receiving numerous CV’s they make a shortlist of the most suitable applicants which is then submitted back to the company, who selects those candidates they wish to interview. This is all made possible by the use of specialised recruitment software which can store the vast quantity of data from countless CV’s and sort through it rapidly to make matches.

When you find a vacancy which excites you, get started on researching the company and the role you would take within it. You can then tweak your CV to highlight your skills and work experience relevant to the job description and accompany this with a well-structured covering letter which expresses your interest in the company and backs up your CV with real-life examples of when you demonstrated the skills required.

So what are you waiting for? Get to work on your future.

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This article was written by Emily Banham on behalf of ITEC Systems who are developers of the ITRIS recruitment software system.