One of the hardest things to do when searching for a job is to do it effectively whilst juggling your current job. Giving your job search the time and care it deserves is key to ensure success, but we fully appreciate that it can’t get in the way of your current role.
In this article we offer some helpful tips and advice on how to maximise your job search, to ensure you give yourself the best chance of success and it doesn’t get in the way of your current role.
Carve out some quality time
Sounds obvious, but what we mean by this is actually set a specific time, usually in the evening, to actually focus on getting your CV up to date, searching for roles, researching companies and applying. The most effective way to apply for roles is to make sure you have tailored your CV to the role you are applying for, so it’s really important that you give yourself the time to maximise this activity and give yourself the best chance of success.
Use a Recruitment agency…. but stick to one!
It would be wrong if we didn’t discuss using a recruitment, given we are a recruitment agency… but honestly we are here to help not hinder and here to make your job search more effective. We can offer advice on the market and offer opportunities that may not be visible on job boards.
The key to working with a recruitment agency is to make sure you trust them. Visit their LinkedIn page and their website, just as you would do if you were researching a company you were going to interview with. Have a conversation and if it feels right then work closely with them, if it doesn’t then look for another agency that specialises in the roles and sectors that are relevant to you. If time is an issue for you then there is more reason to find one recruitment agency that you trust and stick with them. The more agencies you work with the more conversations you will have to have.
Another benefits is that although we advertise all roles we are currently recruiting for, there will be clients that we work closely with that may not be actively hiring. However, if they are presented with a great candidate with good experience and skills, they will always take the time to have a conversation. This offers possible opportunities that you wouldn’t have access to.
Lastly, working with a recruitment agency will save you the time and hassle, as they will be proactively working to find a role that meets your needs and requirements.
Be considered when applying for jobs
If time is an issue for you then we suggest you don’t use the ‘apply for lots of jobs and hope one sticks’ approach. If you are using job boards then only apply for roles that you feel are completely right for you and what you want to achieve in your career. Applying for lots of jobs could result in an unmanageable amount of calls to answer and can often lead to confusion, as you may forget what you have applied for, which isn’t a good look.
Time to talk
Finding time to speak to people off the back of your application or a Recruitment Consultant is obviously something that you need to consider throughout your job search. Obviously you can’t just stop everything and have a long conversation, so it is completely acceptable to ask for a call back at a specific time that suits you. This could be before work, during your lunch or after work.
If you work from home this activity could be slightly easier. However, if you are on site or in the office then you obviously want to make sure you’re in an environment that you can have a detailed and open conversation, with the ability to discuss you current situation and what you are looking for without being overheard or disrupted.
Time to interview
Booking interviews can often be a stress for candidates, as there can be a concern that their current employer will find out… this really doesn’t need to be an issue. There are ways in which you can arrange interviews that doesn’t encroach on your current role.
You could consider taking annual leave. Depending on how quickly the company want to interview, you could book a day or even a morning/afternoon of annual leave to attend the interview. Most employers will wait if they really want to meet you and will be understanding of your current situation.
You could also book an interview before or after your working day. Again, employers will be happy to do this if they want to meet you and feel as though you could be a great fit for the business.
The most important thing when looking for a new job is to make sure you give it the time and attention it deserves, which will in turn help you to find a role that is going to be the right fit for you.
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Get in touch
If you are keen to discuss your current situation and want to find out how we can help you make your next career step then get in touch with our team of recruitment experts. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you and your career progress.