How To. ... Get a Job; While It May Seem More Difficult Than Ever in These Tough Times, Bruce Hydes, Managing Director of New Professional Recruitment Business Edgar Stewart, Has Some Tips on How to Seek out and Then Land Your Perfect Job

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How To. ... Get a Job; While It May Seem More Difficult Than Ever in These Tough Times, Bruce Hydes, Managing Director of New Professional Recruitment Business Edgar Stewart, Has Some Tips on How to Seek out and Then Land Your Perfect Job


THE days of throwing your CV up on an internet job board, registering with a few agencies and waiting for the leads to come to you are over.

Jobs are scarce, with recent figures suggesting that a determined 70 applicants are going for every vacancy.

You need to become much more pro-active and strategic in your job search, using a multi-channel approach simultaneously to hunt out leads.

use your social network Find out where old colleagues and contacts are through sites like LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook and get in touch. You never know where this can lead.

On LinkedIn, change your preferences to Career Opportunities and/or Job Enquiries, and get former colleagues, friends and customers to recommend you and provide character references. Join industry groups and engage in discussions to showcase your knowledge in certain areas.

Use the same tactics on Twitter, following your top contacts, looking at what they are tweeting about, and engaging with them in appropriate debate.

Be conscious of the type of image that you're portraying on these sites. So stop any tweets about how you can't wait for the weekend and keep it professional.

get creative The world and his wife will be scouring the recruitment section of the local paper. You're missing a trick if you're not looking at the business pages of the local press too. If a company has just been given a grant to expand, or has relocated to a new area, the chances are they will be looking for staff. Get in touch with them before they start the process of recruitment. Not only will you look on the ball, it will also give you that all-important head start.

Other good places to find leads are business networking events. They may not have a job immediately but you will be front of mind when they do.

Finally, remember the graduate who advertised his availability with a sandwich board on the streets of London? He was offered a job thanks to his can-do attitude. You need to get creative, be proactive and think of ways to make you stand out from the crowd. be strategic If you fire off hundreds of CVs and letters, it is easy to get confused as to which job you are going for and what the requirements are. …

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