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4 ways to improve your job search

4 ways to improve your job search

We understand at The Recruitment Group that starting a job search can feel overwhelming, but with a clear plan, it becomes more manageable. There can be times where you explore countless opportunities, but there is no spark within to truly know if it is the right role. Will I fit in? Am I capable of completing the daily tasks? Is this the right environment for me? All of these questions may spring to mind, however you can put all of these aside. 

Those questions and uncertain moments that come to your mind during the job search can be answered as we debunk your doubts. We have addressed a simple guide to help you improve your job search methods, find new job opportunities, and make valuable connections. 

Question: How do I even know what I want from a role? 

Before you start looking for jobs, take some time to figure out what you're looking for. To refine your search, consider your career goals, preferred industries, job roles, and location preferences. Reflect on your skills, strengths, and values to identify the type of work environment and company culture that aligns with your aspirations. Also, map out the steps you need to take to develop your career. This will provide a firm platform to help build the foundations of not only your career goals but a good benchmark of the type of environment you’d want to be around. 

Question: I keep on searching for jobs, but don’t have much luck. How can I improve my job search?

Look beyond job boards such as Indeed and Total Jobs to find opportunities. Use networking platforms like LinkedIn to connect with professionals in your field and join industry-focused groups to stay updated on job openings and industry trends. This is crucial, as you can be a part of the community who all share the same interests as you - perfect opportunities to strike up a conversation about future events, the latest news, or any tips. Also, it is key to make sure you have your ‘Open to Work’ badge showing on your LinkedIn profile. This will open doors to potential opportunities in your desired line of work. 

Attend career fairs, industry conferences, and networking events to meet potential employers and learn about job opportunities that may not be advertised online. Adjust your surroundings, because the world won’t be waiting for you. Find ways to seek opportunities outside of your conventional methods. Career fairs and conferences are fundamental in developing valuable connections from face-to-face conversations. 

Don't be afraid to reach out to contacts in your network for referrals or informational interviews, as personal connections can often lead to hidden job opportunities.

Question: How can I build my networking skills and contacts? 

Networking is key to finding job opportunities and advancing your career. Take the time to build and nurture professional relationships with colleagues, mentors, industry experts, and recruiters. Engage with your network by attending networking events, participating in online discussions, and offering help and support to others in your industry. Networking is not just about asking for job leads; it's about building genuine connections and establishing your reputation as a valuable member of your professional community.

Question: I apply for jobs, but recently have not been able to land any interviews yet. What steps would you recommend that can result in more interviews? 

When applying for jobs, tailor your resume and cover letter to each position to highlight your relevant skills, experiences, and accomplishments. Research the company and job role to understand their needs and customise your application accordingly.

Use keywords from the job description to optimise your resume for Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) and increase your chances of getting noticed by recruiters. Featuring these specific keywords can improve your chances of interviews, as recruiters are actively looking to see how

After submitting your application, follow up with a thank-you email or message to express your appreciation for the opportunity and reiterate your interest in the role.

By following these simple steps, you can streamline your job search process, uncover new opportunities, and make meaningful connections in your industry. Stay focused, keep an open mind, and don't hesitate to reach out for help along the way. Remember that finding the right job takes time and effort, but with persistence and perseverance, you can achieve your career goals.

At The Recruitment Group, we can support you in finding the right role. Discover and read more on our latest job tips and career development blogs here. Or give us a call and our team of professionals and provide you with the best advice on 01332 318 711. 

Want to find a role for you? Check our Jobs page and see how we can spark your interest today.

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