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Looking for a job
Member Name: oryx
Looking for a job
Date: 24/07/03, updated on 24/07/03 (197 review reads)
Advantages: Opportunities For Change, Meet New People, Time To Take Stock of Life
Disadvantages: Hard Work, Can Be Disheartening, Financial Insecurity
I’ve come across few people who can honestly say that they enjoy looking for a job. Being unemployed can lead one to feel useless, financially insecure and without hope. Speaking from personal experience, I can vouch for the sense of desperation that being unable to find work leaves one with. Although I have not yet aimed to find a long-term permanent position (as I am still training for my planned academic career), I am sure that those who have - and do - can relate to my experience. Whilst there are many different approaches that one can adopt towards seeking employment, I have come to realise that there is one universal strategy that is helpful – that of remaining enthusiastic, hopeful and generally maintaining a positive attitude. Of course, it’s easier said than done, and believe me I’ve had days when I’ve thought that I was never going to find work. It’s easy to take rejections and non-replies to applications personally, but it is so important to put these disappointments behind you and instead focus on the next application.
So where should I start?
Well, if you’re reading this then it’s most likely that you have access to the Internet – which is an immensely useful tool in itself. As a starting point, I suggest making a visit to the government’s Jobcentre Plus website:
Here you will be able to do many things such as gaining access to help and advice on finding a job, claiming benefits and locate information about organisations which work alongside the Jobcentre Plus in order to get people back into work. I’ve found the most useful component of this site is the ability to search job vacancies anywhere in the UK. Once you find a job which interests you, you simply note down the reference number and then telephone Jobseeker Direct on 0845 6060 234. At the end of the line will be someone who will not
only be able to provide you with further details about the position, but will also be able to offer information about how to apply.
Besides the government’s own organisation, there are also a growing number of recruitment agencies – branches of which can easily be located in most major city centres. For example, I know that both Sheffield in the North and Birmingham in the Midlands have a vast array of agencies which often advertise some of their vacancies on boards which they place on the pavement outside their offices. I find www.reed.co.uk to be an easy-to-navigate and efficient website, although admittedly I have not found any employment through their services.
Perhaps one of the most simple and low-tech ways of identifying new job opportunities is by obtaining a copy of a local newspaper, for example, the Birmingham Evening Mail has hundreds of jobs advertised on a Thursday.
Word of Mouth
It might seem obvious to some, but asking friends, family and people around you if they know of any positions vacant can be an extremely effective way of finding work.
Putting Yourself Forward
There’s probably some specific recruitment term for this strategy, and if anyone knows it I’d appreciate some feedback – but for now I’ll stick with my own terms. Basically this approach involves using your initiative and contacting a company/organisation/individual and telling them about your skills and experience (usually compromising of a CV and covering letter) where there is no particular advertised position. Although you might think that there is no point in applying for a job that does not effectively exist, it is actually quite a popular method and I have personally found success by using this technique.
are sick of being indoors and spending hours on the Internet, get yourself into town and look out for posters in windows. After scouring the net and the local paper, I was amazed to see how many jobs are advertised solely through a shop/office window. Don’t be blind to these opportunities!