The UK employment market is tough. Sure, government figures suggest unemployment is at the lowest it’s been in years, but it’s not easy to find a job overnight. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the ways that job seekers can find positions that are relevant, rewarding and right for them.
Use LinkedIn to network
Networking online – and offline, for that matter – is a great way to build your confidence, meet new people and find new opportunities. An incredible 85% of jobs are filled through networking rather than the traditional approach, so it pays to put yourself out there and find opportunities.
Build up your CV with work experience
If your CV is lacking, then you should think about applying for work experience opportunities to build up your skills. Employers want to hire people who know what they’re talking about – if you have never worked, then you’re a greater risk. Charity shops and media companies are perhaps the easiest to get work experience in, but ask around and see what you can do.
Go freelance to make money online
If you’re struggling with money while you’re waiting to find your next job, then consider offering your services on a freelance basis. That way, you’ll still be bringing in an income, and you can work whenever you want, leaving free time to look for jobs and other opportunities.
Work with a recruitment agency
Recruitment agencies might sound scary, but they’re a great way to open yourself up to new opportunities and land more job interviews. The best part is that agencies are hyperlocal, so if you live in Reading, for example, there are companies that offer recruitment in Reading exclusively. Shop around and find the right agency for your needs – many are specialised.
Smarten up your act
First impressions count, so don’t skimp on your wardrobe when meeting potential employers. Guys can find quality suits in supermarkets and high street chains for as little as £50, and for girls, a smart dress or suit is the best option. Think about your hair, covering up piercings and tattoos, and remember to make eye contact. Practice with friends if you’re struggling.
Apply for free government training
Government training schemes, like further education, apprenticeships and free ‘back into work’ training courses can be accessed from your local jobcentre or civic centre. Speak with an expert in your area to see what sort of training you would be eligible for; young people and those who have taken an extended break from work are those most likely to be helped by the programme.
Ask friends and family for help
Your friends and family can help you find a job by keeping their eyes open for openings at their work, spreading the good word about your skills, or helping drop off CVs at local businesses.
Speak with a career coach
If you’re still struggling to find work and you don’t know what you want to do, then ask to speak with a career coach at your local jobcentre. Not only are these coaches free to access, but they give you advice on the right career paths – and recommend appropriate skills and qualifications you’ll need. Alternatively, taking an online career test might give you food for thought.
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