This week we have a guest blog from Debbie Gingell, Career Coach at Leg Up Careers who offers advice on creative job searching techniques:
The best way to search for a job is to be as creative as possible.
Statistics indicate that if you only apply for advertised jobs, you should anticipate a 96% failure rate. This sounds harsh, but it is due to the competition that adverts attract. A much more positive statistic is that approximately 45% of jobs are not advertised. So, what can you do to increase your chances of securing a job that you want?
Some top tips…
Try speculative job search – this involves writing to organisations where you would like to work. Send a targeted covering letter, your CV and a reference from your last employer (if you have one). This works best if you research the name of the Manager or Head of Department that you would like to work for.
Post your letter. Nowadays, email is the most popular form of communication, so you will get more of an impact if you send a letter.
Consider Agencies. There are Agents that are sector specific, i.e: catering, teaching, building etc;. Find out which ones might be able to help you and register with at least 2 or 3.
Research individual company websites. Often you will find a list of their vacancies. You can bookmark the links and check the organisations each week.
Some large organisations for example, Hospitals or Universities, will have their own employment agencies that you can register with.
Let people know you are looking for work, friends will often have links with people you might not know about.
Networking is very powerful. If you know there is an Education Fair taking place in your region and you are looking for a job in Education, go and talk to people, get cards and email addresses so that you can follow up with letters of request later.
Use local or regional job websites but beware of the big ones. Some of these are after your details for marketing purposes and will sell their databases. However, some of the local or regional organisations can be excellent.
The national government site ‘directgov’, initially developed by the Job Centre is extremely good and often has immediate vacancies.
About Debbie Gingell:
Throughout my career, I have worked with people from a variety of backgrounds including: students, senior business executives, refugees, mums returning to work, ex-offenders and long term unemployed. I have worked hard to support people who need to secure their first/next job or University place and genuinely love what I do!
We are all unique individuals and I believe that it is important for us to secure the right job because it can lead to a sense of worth and personal satisfaction. My freelance work involves professional CV writing and career coaching for the Times Education Careers Department in London. Providing local and on line career advice and support via Leg up careers, and working with students at an Independent School in Cambridge, supporting students with their University applications and career decisions.
I am extremely committed to helping people to overcome barriers to employment so that they can move forwards and become more successful!
Feel free to email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.legupcareers.co.uk