Being more efficient in your job search

When you're looking for a job, the best outcome will be that you find something ideal fast.

We all want to get a job we're excited about as soon as we hand in our first application. While things are often less smooth than this, there are steps you can take to ensure you're being a bit more efficient in your search. In turn, this might speed up the process of tracking down the right position.

Remember that this is just general advice. If you're claiming Job Seeker's Allowance while unemployed, you'll have a Claimant Commitment to stick to to protect your benefit.

What are you after?

You can be more efficient about finding the ideal job if you actually know what it is you want to work as.

Yes, it's possible that applying for anything and everything that comes up could get you interviews quickly.

However, it's potentially better overall to have a clearer idea of what you're looking for, so you can prioritise things and boost your chances of getting a job you'll really enjoy.

Also, you probably don't want to end up being asked to an interview for a job that you applied for in haste, then realised you really don't want. 

If you simply head to our site and read through every job ad, you'll be wasting time as not every job will be right for you.

But if you want waiting work and use the search facility to narrow things down to jobs with the keyword 'waiting' that fit your needs, you'll see much more quickly what's out there for you.

So how do you decide which sorts of job you want? This, of course, can be easier said than done.

But even if you begin with some very general browsing of the sorts of job that are out there, we'd then recommend you decide on some types of work that particularly appeal, so that you can use things like search and specialist boards to narrow things down to jobs that are most likely to suit you – at least for part of your hunt.

Set deadlines

Without a deadline, one application could take an entire week. Yes, it's important to get everything just right, but that also has to be balanced with the fact that applying for more of the right kind of job may be more likely to get you a position. So set sensible deadlines for each application.

Get a routine

Going through the same steps every day, such as spending an hour looking at jobs sites and bookmarking interesting looking jobs, four hours on two applications and half an hour checking and answering emails from prospective employees, will help keep you on track. Mix this with trying new things, like handing out CVs to employers in your town centre, for example.

Always be on the look-out

Don't 'switch off' from your job hunter status once you've done your applications for the day. Keep it in mind when you talk to friends (have they seen something good advertised that you've missed?) or head to the shops (are there any exciting job ads in shop windows?) for example.

Use recruitment organisations

Recruitment organisations who can put job suggestions your way are a great efficiency booster for job hunters! 

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