People’s lives are busier than ever. If you’re juggling a million things at work and home whilst attempting to maintain some sort of social life, it can be hard to dedicate time to finding a new job.
To help expedite the process (and hopefully make you feel a bit more proactive) we’ve shared six quick things you can do to kickstart your new job search.
- Let people know you’re looking for a new job
Let your friends and previous colleagues know that you’re looking for a new job so they can keep an ear to the ground for any suitable opportunities. According to some research, up to 85% of jobs go unadvertised and are filled solely by networking, so it’s definitely worth leveraging your existing networks.
- Register with a specialised recruitment agency
Specialist recruiters normally have extensive networks and at the very least can offer you plenty of advice. Contact a handful of recruitment agencies and send them your CV.
It’s worth contacting boutique, local agencies that focus on the area you’d like to work in as they tend to offer a more personalised service. If you’re looking for a new job in accounting or finance, we’d love to hear from you.
- Set up your voicemail
Recruiters and prospective employers are going to start contacting you, and if you miss their call they need to be able to leave a message. It’s surprising how often we try to contact candidates who haven’t set up their voicemail account.
Make sure you record a personalised message so that people know they’ve dialed the right number.
- Check your social accounts…
…and lock them down if necessary. Unfortunately, it’s not unheard of for prospective employers to make snap assumptions about people based on their social media presence.
We’re sure you have nothing to hide, but to be on the safe side make your photos private if you’re applying for a role in the corporate world.
- Check your notice period
Once recruiters start calling you, they’re going to need to know this. Take two seconds to double check!
- Update your LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a great network for connecting with recruiters and employers. Make sure your profile is up to date and add a profile picture if you don’t have one. Many companies advertise jobs on LinkedIn, and you can also edit your settings so that recruiters know you’re open to new opportunities. All of this will help with your job search.