Finding a good job is usually a ‘numbers game' - the more effort you put into it and the more people you contact, the more good quality opportunities you will uncover. The more opportunities you uncover, the more you have the power to choose the best of them.
Plan the job hunt
Like any major effort, planning is essential for a good job hunt. If you are organized and use your time efficiently, then you will contact more people and find more opportunities.
Plan the time you need to find a job into your schedule and set yourself targets. Treat finding a good new job as a job or project in its own right - putting as much effort into it as you would expect to put into your job.
Think about it this way - a job of your sector might take you where you want to be- For example, search through different medium, the more you apply for the job the more you get a chance to work, but don’t go with the things you don’t know.
See through recruiters' perspective
If you think that the best way for you to find a job is to post CVs on the internet, use job sites or browse advertisements in publications, then think again - these are among the last methods that recruiters use.
When employers recognize the need for a new employee, the first thing they do is look around internally or look at people they already know outside the company. By filling a role with someone they already know, they get someone whose performance and reputation is established. They can be confident that, that person will succeed in the role. They can also avoid advertising costs or agency/recruiter fees, which can be beneficial for the employers.
Many of the best positions are filled before they are ever advertised externally.
Next, recruiters will look at people who have sent their CVs directly to the organization these people have shown an interest in the company and cost nothing to recruit.
Only when this approach fails, recruiters advertise positions or put requirements out to agencies. If the role is good, they will expect many applications for it - competition can therefore be intense.
To get the best jobs, your goal should be contact as early as possible - ideally before the role is advertised or put out to agencies. This is why the strategies of networking and targeting are so important.
Networking: Networking is one the main ways that you can uncover jobs that have not yet been advertised - up to a third of jobs are found this way.
Targeting Organizations: Targeting involves researching companies in particular industries and applying for the job directly either applying for jobs advertised on the company’s web site or applying speculatively for jobs that may not yet be advertised.
Using Agencies: Many jobs with the best firms will never reach agencies and will never be advertised-they will already have been filled by candidates who have targeted the organization or who have networked in their way in. Agencies, however, have established their own networks within industries- this makes them useful for you and for recruiters.
Searching Online: Searching online is the most interesting job- it promises to help you to find a wide range of jobs with minimal efforts. Bear in mind, however, that the best jobs may not be advertise online and that dreams jobs are as easy for other people to apply as for you.
The job market is very a fragmented and imperfect market. Job openings may be advertised in a vast range of different ways. Many jobs will be filled before you find out about them. Others will be advertised using only one channel. Some will be so widely advertised that they attracts thousands of job seekers to apply.
Your best approach will be to use some or all the different job hunting strategies together. Whatever you do, do not worry about covering the whole job market- there are so many people, agencies, advertisers, web sites and job boards out there that it would be impossible to speak to, visit or look at them all, just do as much good quality job hunting as you can fit into the time available.
Manage your hunting well
Be professional in the way you manage your job hunt, recruiters will be watching your approach and judging your professionalism as they deal with you.
Keep a good track of the people and companies you talk to. It can be hugely embarrassing to forget that you have already spoken to someone.
If you make commitments to people, make sure you deliver on them. When you talk to people, send them a letter of thanks – this will help to fix you in their minds as someone theywant to help, and will keep your name in front of them that little bit longer.