I am currently in the process of looking for a new job after returning home from my year-long Australian adventure, and let me tell you, it is exhausting. But in the middle of my mental break downs (and believe me I have had a few), I’ve tried my best to stay proactive in order to not get lazy and ruin my chances of employment.
Contact Recruitment Agencies.
This one is important because they will have access to work opportunities you don’t know about and before they hit the job market. Not only that but when they want to get you a job, you have a much better chance of getting one – they want their commission after all.
Do a little research and find out which agencies in your area are best for your line of work and send them an email/set up a profile on their site and be sure to follow up with them if you don’t here anything after a week or so. Treat the interview with them as a normal interview in the sense that you want to impress and showcase all of the skills you have, but not to the point where you get too nervous.
Stay up to date with your industry.
Make sure to keep reading some blogs and news stories about the industry you want to get employed in. This is particularly important if you are looking for your first job because it shows that you are doing everything you can to stay clued up. Plus it will give you new stuff to talk about when you go for interviews that other candidates might not think to.
Keep practising your skills and producing work.
For example, for me this means trying to get a PR internship that allows me to gain some more experience while I look for the right role. This could just be one day a week but it definitely makes a difference to your application as it shows you’re not just lounging around all day waiting for the phone to ring (although sometimes you might need to do that, you know for your mental health, this can be a pretty emotionally draining experience).
Additionally, if you’re a writer (guilty) and/or focusing on social media and digital marketing, be sure to keep updating your blog and profiles. If nothing else this provides you with more material for your portfolio. And of course it goes without saying that you should keep trying to get published wherever you can. The more bylines you can gather, the better.
Don’t limit yourself to just sitting at home applying for jobs.
The main reason for this is that of course, sooner or later you’re going to run out of jobs to apply for. While you should still keep your eye on online job vacancies, there are different things you can be doing to come across job opportunities and networking during the process. For example, today I went to digital job fair in Leeds and got to come face-to-face with some potential companies while getting some worthwhile industry advice. I definitely recommend doing things like this so keep an eye out on social media for these kind of opportunities.
Happy job hunting guys, let me know how it goes and keep your fingers crossed for me!