A Guide to Job Hunting | Career Guidance | Kelly Services United Kingdom

A Guide to Job Hunting

Developing your career and finding a new job can take over your life if you're not careful. That’s why recruitment experts Kelly Services have come up with a great list of shortcuts and top tips that will help you manage your time and achieve your goals.

Prioritise your needs 
Work out your priorities. What’s important to you, what sort of company do you want to work for and what type of job you are after? How ambitious are you, would you be prepared to relocate, how far are you willing to commute and how important is job satisfaction? This initial homework will help you to recognise your own key requirements and could save a huge amount of time that could be wasted chasing after the wrong type of job.

Executive CV tips
Selling yourself and your skills successfully in your CV can make all difference to securing an interview.  Remember to focus on your achievements, to give examples of tasks you have successfully completed which demonstrate your strengths and competencies and to include activities that reflect your attitude and personality. Your CV should be tailored to a specific job opportunitie and you should have an electronic version as well as a paper based one. Click here for more advice on how to write a compelling CV.

Jobs online
The Internet has revolutionised the search for work and the web is a great place to look for jobs. There are hundreds of different jobs advertised on our website– and because it’s available 24-7 you can check up on your job opportunities whenever it suits you. You can also search jobs and apply directly on our Facebook page and share with friends and family.

Get connected
The web, which gives you access to millions of companies in every part of the world, is the place to research your potential employers. Search online for the latest news on companies you would like to work for, and keep up to date on industry news. This knowledge will become helpful when you get to interview stage with prospective employers.

Effective time management  
Using your time effectively is crucial, particularly if you are working whilst looking for your new job, and it’s here that your strategy and plan of action will come into their own. Make sure that your plan has targets, realistic deadlines, and that you set certain periods of time aside to focus on your search. Create a spreadsheet to keep track of the jobs you have applied for, and keep up to date with your progress with applications.

Career counselling  
Sometimes you just need someone to talk to, to get your thoughts mobilised, and Kelly’s career counselling service is the perfect option. In absolute privacy you can discuss your employability and financial expectations in the knowledge that Kelly has all the latest market data on salaries and trends to hand. Being able to pinpoint where you want your career to go and map out a realistic pathway is a great confidence booster. The Career Hub also has lots of helpful guides and information on managing your career.

Being prepared  
Make sure that your skills are up to date and that you understand the different processes employers are now using to recruit staff. You may be required to take a psychometric evaluation, which will either test your aptitude, ability or personality. If you know what to expect then you will be much more successful on the day.

Be prepared for the unexpected  
Nowadays employers often ask questions designed to discover more about you as a person and the way you react to different situations. Be prepared to describe an actual experience which shows how you dealt with an issue and achieved a successful outcome. For instance:

  • Give me an example of when you have had to deal with a particularly difficult customer?
  • How did you feel in this situation?
  • How have you ensured that you have been able to deliver everything that has been expected of you in your previous roles?
  • Think about the most effective team environment that you have worked in.
  • What role did you play?
  • Can you think of a time when you have had to deal with conflict within a team?

What did you like about your previous job?
Sounds innocuous enough but if your aren’t careful you could fall into the trap of focusing on the best bits of your job. What the interviewer really wants to know is whether you are prepared to take the rough with the smooth and approach the job with a positive attitude even if it’s a very mundane task.

What did you think about your boss?
This is less about whether you actually liked him or her but more about finding out whether you would fit into a team, so avoid being critical. Even if your boss was dreadful try and answer in a positive way such as saying that he or she taught you to assess your strengths and weaknesses etc.

It’s all about success
When that new job offer arrives you know you have been successful - but what does it take to be a winner in today’s world of work? Commitment, enthusiasm and a determination to make things happen, a willingness to accept responsibility, plus motivation, skills and competencies. Not only that but you need the right attitude and as much help as you can get from the experts who can help you avoid the pitfalls and use their business connections and experience to help you make the very best of yourself.