Where to look for jobs
One of the most common New Year resolutions is to get a new job, with this in mind, this January the team here at Meee will be sharing their tips to help you stay on track and land that dream job.
In this article we will talk you through some of the key places to look for a job and how to get the best from them.
Universal Jobmatch is a government run service and is open for everyone to use, it’s not just for those registered at the job centre. Anyone can register with the website to access features such as email alerts, application tracking and CV upload.
If you have an idea of the kind of company, or a specific company, that you want to work for then it is worth visiting their websites directly and looking for the careers, jobs or vacancies section, some companies advertise exclusively on their websites so it is always worth checking.
Companies often announce new jobs on social media before they are advertised anywhere else. Most companies have their own social media profiles, follow any that are in the sector you are interested in, they might just share your dream job. Meee also regularly posts job and volunteering opportunities on our Facebook page, so make sure to keep checking back to see if we’ve posted anything new.
Recruitment agencies exist to find you a job. You register with them, tell them your interests, qualifications and experience and then they find a job that would suit you. Their services should always be free for you, make sure you never pay. There’s no limit on how many agencies you can be registered with at one time so it’s worth registering with as many as possible!
With all of these online platforms there is usually a lot of emails, daily updates of new jobs that can quickly overwhelm your inbox, it might be worth setting up an email account specifically for job hunting. Make your new email look professional too, stick to just your name, for example, firstname.lastname@example.org as an employer might see it and first impressions matter!
Now this might sound a little old school but it is still a great place to look; local newspapers usually have one day a week dedicated to advertising jobs so it’s worth asking when that is and buying a newspaper.
Some smaller independent shops might only advertise jobs instore. It’s worth popping into local businesses and asking if they have any jobs available, the worst they will say is no, if they haven’t they might offer to take your CV to consider for when they do.