You’re at the beginning of your career path and at times it can feeling a little daunting on how to get started with your job search. How do you start to write a CV? What do you do with your CV once you’ve written it? Who do you give it too or get in contact with? Where do you start?
We’ve all been here and hopefully these 6 simple steps will get you on your way. The first I’d recommend is writing your CV. Click the link for CV writing tips & hints here.
1) Put your CV on the Job Boards
Once you’ve written your CV, upload it to Job Boards. These are websites where recruiters (agency and direct companies) will search for people in the area who are actively seeking a new role. You will be able to add your CV, contact details, the types of roles your looking for and the locations your willing to work in.
There are many job boards out there, so we would recommend these 3 to get started:
The job boards are also excellent places to search for the latest roles and vacancies in your area.
2) What type of job would you like to do?
As you’re loading up your CV to the Job Boards, they will ask you what type of role you are looking for. You may not know at this stage but it’s good to give an idea to the recruiters who will call you. Check out icould, which has a number of career videos and find out that might interest you.
3) Who do you know who?
Now start thinking about who you could talk to about finding a job. Who do you know who works in your chosen type of career path or organisation? Can they give you more information or put you in touch with someone they know to speak too?
This is called networking and it’s a vital life skill to learn early on.
4) Register with recruitment agencies
Once you’ve decided the type of role, search google for recruitment agencies in your area that specialise in this type of recruitment. If you’re looking for an office based, administrative role try searching:
“administrative recruitment agencies in Bristol”
Send the agencies your CV and arrange a date/time with the Recruitment Consultant to meet with them. When you meet with an agency, treat this the same as any other interview. Arrive prepared, in time and prepared to discuss your job search. Read our Interview Tips & Hints by clicking this link. You may want to think about the following beforehand:
- What type of jobs would be of interest?
- How far are you willing to travel?
- What are your salary expectations?
- Make sure you have any academic or relevant certificates to hand.
5) Always call as a follow up
Once you’ve submitted you CV to a company or recruitment agency, remember to follow up with a call. This will give you the opportunity to ensure the recruitment team or hiring manager has received your CV and introduce yourself. Be prepared, having called they may want to ask you some questions. You can also find out what the timeline and interview process is.
You may not be asked for your references to hand when going to interview as you may be asked. If a recruitment agency places you in a role, then they will need to contact your referees before you start.
To find more helpful job hunting tips, read our further articles on Element Blog by clicking the link or call us today on 0117 369 9000 to get your job search started.