5. Trawl specialist jobs boards, forums and professional online communities
It might sound a bit 1997 to say it, but online job boards and forums still have their part to play when it comes to helping you get a new job – especially when it comes to professional careers.
As the labour market has got more competitive and searching for jobs online has become the norm, applying for roles on the usual job sites has become an awful lot more competitive than it once was. Whereas in the past, you might have been one of the only relevant candidates applying for a role, the chances are that now there are hundreds.
Jobs boards and forums are a useful antidote to this. Usually focused on particular sectors, industries or roles, these places will feature niche roles that usually are:
- Highly matched to your professional interests and career objectives
- Less likely to attract the huge numbers of applications that mainstream job sites do
The trick is to find the relevant online communities for your own professional interests. This will take a bit of desktop research and will be informed, in a large part, by your own personal career interests and goals.
They’re particularly useful when it comes to finding specialist roles that serve a specific niche or area. Usually wherever people from a profession congregate online, you’ll find discussions about industry issues and networking opportunities, and find job opportunities being posted.
No matter how niche your field, you’re likely to find a jobs board or forum that’s relevant to your needs. If we know one thing about the internet though, it’s that if you can think of it, there’s probably an online community for it.
6. Develop your LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn is the secret weapon in your arsenal when it comes to 21st century job-seeking, letting you find decent job opportunities both actively and passively.
As a social network focused on professional connections and careers, LinkedIn provides a platform for recruiters and companies to share opportunities and to contact people they think may be relevant for a role. In other words, you can use LinkedIn actively: ie. you directly apply for roles, or you can use it passively: ie. you create an excellent profile and wait for recruiters to contact you (and believe us, they probably will).
The success of both of these approaches to using LinkedIn depends on the quality of your profile, so it makes sense to take some time getting it right.
This article by Caroline Ceniza-Levine offers some great advice about how to develop your professional profile on the platform, with some practical tips to start getting noticed.
7. Enhance your skills through study
This tip isn't specifically related to the mechanics of how to find a job. This one is focused more on how you can make yourself an appealing candidate for the jobs that you do find. And there's a simple answer - study!
Investing in your skills through studying a professional qualification can really improve your chances of securing your dream job. Qualifications will equip you with the relevant skills and expertise that you'll need to be able to do a job at a particular level.
Most employers will have specific qualifications that they look for in candidates when it comes to hiring for roles. They are usually industry-specific and particular qualifications are seen as being a good gauge of a candidate's level of skills and knowledge. For example,
Human Resources and Learning & Development: CIPD qualifications
Accountancy and Bookkeeping: AAT qualifications
Leadership & Management: CMI qualifications or ILM qualifications
Marketing: CIM qualifications
Procurement & Supply: CIPS qualifications
Corporate Governance: CGI qualifications
Banking and Finance: LIBF qualifications
Find your new job in 2023
As you can see, there are a lot of potential tactics and strategies that you can use when it comes to trying to find a new job this year. We hope you've found this guide useful. Best of luck with your job hunt!
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