Why Can’t I Get a Job?
How to Get a Job
THINK ABOUT IT
Before you put your CV online and line yourself up with 10 job interviews, make sure you are truly ready to change job. It’s also incredibly important to know what you’re looking for. You don’t want to waste time interviewing just to turn down job offers in the end. Having a secure idea of what you want from a job will set you up for a successful job search.
UPDATE YOUR CV
Make sure you have the best chance in securing a new position by giving your CV a makeover. Get ready for recruiters by updating your CV. Include your most recent employment, dates and education. make sure you don't include any of the Biggest Job Application Mistakes!
A social media platform that allows you to connect with other professionals. Your profile is your public, job seeker persona. Start today and build your network. LinkedIn is a great way to connect with people you wouldn’t usually get to meet. It’s also a great tool for looking at a potential employer/company. Learn more about how to Create a LinkedIn Profile.
Although LinkedIn is a great tool for virtual networking, sometimes it’s good to step away from the computer screen and get yourself out there. The power of networking is great for an offline job search.
REGISTER WITH RECRUITERS
We’re here to help! We are always taking on new roles and are keen to find great candidates to fill our vacancies for our brilliant clients. View our current vacancies page to get you started. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, register your details and we’re more than happy to keep you in mind for future opportunities.
APPLY FOR JOBS
Don’t waste your time applying for jobs which are night right for you. Set aside some time to find jobs which suit your skill set. It’s easy to apply for jobs online but don’t prioritise quantity over quality. Remember, you’re looking to change your job for a reason. Whether it’s the job itself, company or industry you don’t enjoy, make sure you look to avoid these things in future applications.
Social Media Positively Effects Employment
As we mentioned before, LinkedIn is a professional networking site which is great to help you get a job. But other social media is also important in the recruitment industry. It is a new way for both candidates to look for jobs and businesses to look for candidates.
Having a social media profile allows employers to see who you are outside a CV, cover letter, or interview.
Social Media Negatively Effects Employment
But did you know that over half of employers have rejected an applicant due to their social media posts? Research conducted by Career Builder found that 55% of employers have seen something on social media that affected their decision to hire a candidate.
The research also found that 48% of recruiters use social networks to find out more information on potential job candidates. Of those who currently don’t use social media to vet candidates, 12% say they are planning on doing so soon.
LinkedIn is the social media platform where candidates turn to look for jobs. There is a job board where you can search for vacancies in a specific location. It also offers a range of other filtering options. LinkedIn gives job seekers the opportunity to research into companies to learn more. It also provides the ability to create a job alert to hear about job openings instantly. On this social media, businesses must pay for the privilege of posting a job.
Facebook also has its own job board which functions in the same way. Whereas LinkedIn charges to post jobs, on Facebook any business can advertise vacancies. The free service is great for recruitment with small budgets. But it also means there are a lot of adverts for lower paying jobs.
Have you recently left education or graduated? Or are you between jobs? Whatever your circumstances, temporary work is an excellent way to gain experience. You can learn new skills in a different company or industry. The further knowledge will be great to add to your CV and the short-term job is perfect to fill in employment gaps.
For those who leave education and want to dip their toe into a certain job role or industry, you should consider a temporary position. For those who are between jobs, having a short-term position should not be a last resort. You can gain skills and further your experience!
Benefits of Temporary Work
Most temporary positions offer excellent rate of pay. Having the short-term employment will take the pressure off you finding a new job asap. The wage is paid on a weekly basis into your bank account. You will have a timesheet which you fill in with your hours worked. From these hours, you will accrue holiday pay which can be paid whenever you need.
A lot of people find that having a temporary job gives them a better work-life balance. Don’t tie yourself down to a full-time, permanent position. Choose when you want to work and enjoy the freedom that a temporary position gives. Also, most temporary positions are paid hourly, so any extra hours you work means extra money in the bank.
CLOSE GAPS ON YOUR CV
What have you been doing since you left your last job?
A temporary position can help you to close gaps on your CV if you are between jobs. Employers are wary of hiring those who have had long periods of unemployment. Adding a temporary role to your CV could make you more employable. Looking for a temporary position is usually a quicker than finding permanent employment. There is often urgency when hiring for a temporary position as the employers need to fill it quickly. A lot of these jobs will state they want someone who can start immediately. Therefore, there will be no waiting time from finishing your last role to starting your new job.
Enrich your CV with new skills, knowledge and insight. Go the extra mile and learn about the different systems that the company uses to operate. Learn about the technologies, systems, applications or programmes.
If you want to go in a new direction and change your career, then consider a temporary position. Look for temporary positions in an industry that you want to progress into. Maybe you want to experience a shorter commute or test the ability to work from home, a temporary position is perfect for this.
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.
Having a temporary role gives you a perfect opportunity to expand and strengthen your network. These contacts could come in handy for your future roles.
TEMP TO PERM
Try before you buy.
Some businesses use temporary positions to vet potential workers. Therefore, although you may be applying for a temporary position, it could lead to a permanent role. The short-term benefits could lead to long term prospects of a permanent offer. Get your foot in the door to a specific company or industry you are interested in. Prove you are valuable to the business. It also gives you the opportunity to test out whether you fit with the corporate culture or get along with your co-workers.
Not having the guarantee of a permanent role may seem stressful. But you are still entitled to benefits that a full-time position offers. You should receive sick pay, holiday allowance, and regular pay. You may not receive the other benefits that a full-time job comes with (e.g. health insurance) but you will never be out of pocket.