How to beat the competition in your job search


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In this worksheet we are going to take a good look at where the jobs are to be found:
1. The Visible job market – containing 30% of all jobs
2. The Hidden job market – containing 70% of all jobs, with less competition!
It’s a no-brainer – where would you spend most of your time looking?

Read on, and you’ll find out how!

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How to beat the competition in your job search

  1. 1. Want2get on? is a unique career coaching service that offers 1:1 support for those whowant to draw upon their Christian faith and apply it in a practical way to their job Tel: 07503 177126 to beat the competit on in your job search! competitionIn this worksheet we are going to take a good look at where the jobs are to befound: 1. The Visible job market – containing 30% of all jobs 2. The Hidden job market – containing 70% of all jobs, with less competition!It’s a no-brainer – where would you spend most of your time looking? ereRead on, and you’ll find out how! llWhat is the best way to find a job?For a start, you have to develop an effective strategy that will enable you to find a suitablejob as quickly as possible and with the least amount of trouble and effort. If your strategy is snot working, you need to review the way you’re looking for a particular jobIt is said that only 30% of job vacancies are openly advertised to the public. This l leaves anamazing 70% of jobs that are left to be found in the ‘hidden job market’! The question thatarises is: with the limited time you have got, where do you look for a job? Is there a bestmethod or strategy when conducting a jobjob-search?Experts say that one in every three job hunters become unsuccessful because they ay© Copyright Want2geton? Christian Career Coaching UK 2013
  2. 2. abandoned their job hunt prematurely. When asked why, many would say: ‘I never thoughtthat this would take so long and I ran out of energy.’ As a result, it’s wise to invest whatenergy you do have into a job-hunting strategy where the odds are more favourable!Which strategy should you adopt for job hunting? The answer is: a varied approach.The 30% Visible Job Market1) The InternetThis is now an essential method when making job searches and applications. Applicationforms and CVs can be submitted via www. and e-mail. However, it is worth rememberingthat no standards exist to guarantee information content or levels of service on www. Youmay need to satisfy yourself that the company is bona fide before sending your personaldetails through to a website.Many employers are now advertising their vacancies online, and ask applicants to applyonline, and they will often tell you whether or not you have been successful by e-mail. Insome cases, this is now the only way that some employers fill their vacancies.• Over 90% of recruitment companies advertise job vacancies online.• There are currently over 1000 online Job Boards in the UK.• To make sure you keep up with the latest vacancies, you will need to: 1. Find ways of having access to the internet. 2. Have your own e-mail address. 3. Know how to find vacancies and fill in applications online.Using the internet to find Job BoardsJobs are usually advertised on Job Boards, which are like electronic newspapers.Generally, there are three types of Job Boards:• Niche Job Boards are dedicated to particular professions or industries.• General Job Boards advertise all types of vacancies.• Local Job Boards advertise all types of jobs in the area they cover.You can search for the right job boards by using a search engine (for example Google orYahoo), which can be saved in your favourites list of websites.Finding internet accessIf you have access to the internet at home, then it’s easy. If not, here are a fewsuggestions:• You can use UK online centres, which are based in the community, such as in internet cafés, a public library, a college, a community centre or a village hall. Some even move around from place to place to give more people the chance to go online. You can find your nearest UK online centre in England by phoning 0800 77 1234• Your local library may have computers that are connected to the internet.• You may have friends or relatives who are happy to let you use their computer to go online.© Copyright Want2geton? Christian Career Coaching UK 2013
  3. 3. A list of online career and recruitment Jobcentre PlusThey advertise job vacancies on public display boards. If you identify a job that you areinterested in, a Jobcentre Plus adviser can provide more details and make appointmentsfor interview. Visit for more details. To make a new claim forbenefit call 0800 0 55 66 883) Local and National NewspapersThey are a good source of vacancies. It’s a good idea to find out what day your local papercomes out and for larger newspapers find out which days they advertise certain jobs. Forexample The Guardian advertises IT jobs on Mondays. Newspapers also keep you up-to-date on which companies are moving into your area and creating new jobs.4) Professional and Trade JournalsThey relate to particular sectors of work, and can be an excellent source of vacancies, e.g.for jobs in the advertising sector look in the journal Campaign and for nursing look in TheNursing Times. Popular trade journals and magazines can be available either in your locallibrary or newsagents.5) Recruitment AgenciesThey have the advantage of working closely with employers. Anyone can register with arecruitment agency to look for work but they will only match you to a job if you have whatan employer is looking for. Agencies offer both full-time, part-time work and temporarywork. Some agencies deal with specific vacancies such as catering, whilst other agenciescover a variety of different occupations, from unskilled to managerial.© Copyright Want2geton? Christian Career Coaching UK 2013
  4. 4. Agencies will require information from you relating to your past experience, qualifications,skills and possibly references, and this is where a good CV will come in useful. Detailsabout different agencies can be found in the Yellow Pages or other local directories, whichcan be found in libraries. If you are looking for senior management and executive levelvacancies, there are fee-paying agencies which provide advice and counselling as well aspossible job vacancies, which are often advertised in the national newspapers.How do I get the most out of a recruitment agency?To get the most out of a recruitment agency, it is important to remember to sell yourself tothem so that they understand what skills and attributes you have to offer the employers ontheir database.To make the most out of your recruitment agency, make sure you:• Keep in regular contact with them.• Give them all the information they need (including all your contact details and references).• Are honest in the details that you give them about yourself.• Keep your CV accurate and up-to-date.• Tell them if there is a particular type of job you don’t want (be up-front and save time).• Listen to any advice from your consultant about improving your CV (remember they are professionals and they want to help you get a job).• Talk to your agency if they are not finding you work. It may be because there is not enough of the type of work you want and you might want to think about other types of work you are willing to do. Or, you could register with another agency that offers the type of work you are looking for.6) Job and Careers FairsThese can provide information about recruiting trends, career options and currentopenings in specific organisations. They will also give you the opportunity to develop yournetwork of career contacts. Remember to take copies of your CV, dress as you would foran interview and collect as many business cards as you can so that you can follow themup at a later date.The 70% Hidden Job Market1) Networking/Using your contactsMany vacancies are never actually advertised but rely on staff already working in theorganisation to spread the word. Ask your friends and relatives to keep a lookout for youin their companies. Networking is one of the most successful ways of finding employmentand does not necessarily involve asking your friends for a job. It could form part of your jobresearch – who works where, who knows who, who can tell you what it is like to work for aparticular company, who can give you advice about your career path etc. You will besurprised at how many people you really know!© Copyright Want2geton? Christian Career Coaching UK 2013
  5. 5. Extending your own networkThink about all the people you know or who you have met, who could help you find outmore. Who do you know & where? Email address Tel. No. Current business colleague ……………. ……………. Ex business colleague ……………. ……………. ……………. Ex bosses/employers ……………. ……………. Suppliers/reps you have dealt with ……………. ……………. Fellow members of trade ……………. associations ……………. ……………. Your old clients/customers ……………. ……………. Solicitor/bank manager/accountant ……………. ……………. ……………. Contacts in your church ……………. ……………. Family friends ……………. ……………. Social friends/neighbours ……………. ……………. School, College or University friends ……………. ……………. Your partner’s contacts ……………. ……………. ……………. Others….. …………….Using the internet to networkThe internet gives us unprecedented access to large numbers of people in our owncountry and across the world. There are many different internet sites that can give you anexcellent chance to network and discover who is out there working in an organisation thatyou would like to get into. It can be a big help if you can create a link with someone whocould act as an introduction for you into their organisation. They could also give youvaluable information about the organisation, which you could use to your benefit during ajob interview.LinkedIn – is a business-oriented social networking and is mainly used for professionalnetworking. At the start of 2013, LinkedIn had more than 90 million registered users in over200 countries worldwide. This networking site offers professionals exceptional potential fornetworking and career development through new and existing contacts.© Copyright Want2geton? Christian Career Coaching UK 2013
  6. 6. Some other useful sites to develop your presence:•••• Whichever social media network you use2) Speculative Approaches (See resources sheet on this subject)This is an excellent way of approaching companies of particular interest to you. You couldsend them your CV together with a well thought-out covering letter to ask if they have anyvacancies at present or expect to have any in the near future.It may be worth finding out where they advertise and how often vacancies for which youare suited occur. A Google search, Yellow Pages Directory, will identify potential employers.Your local chambers of commerce will also be able supply you with a list of localbusinesses, which could indicate likely companies for you to target.3) Voluntary WorkMake a contribution to the local community by working free of charge during the day,evenings or weekends, e.g. by working in a caring environment or manning a telephonenightline or a hospital radio station. Voluntary work is good for your self-esteem, it willimpress any potential employer and, of course and it will help other people.Voluntary offers an excellent way to gain work experience, and is also viewed byemployers as being potentially as valuable as paid employment. It can offer a muchneeded break to get you into a particular job sector.How to find voluntary work?• Contact local Volunteer Centre or visit:• Contact organisations directly• Do a Google search for voluntary opportunities4) Self EmploymentStarting up your own business could be a solution to your hunt for employment. Use yourinitiative to sell your skills, a product or service e.g. IT consultancy or childminding. Yourlocal Business Link will also advise on all aspects of starting up a business i.e. grants,business planning, finding premises etc. They may also run training programmes to assistyou. For further information, visit: can also get information and advice from the small business adviser at most highstreet banks. If you need legal advice on how to set up a business, the Law Societyprovides an initiative ‘Lawyers in Business’. Telephone 020 7405 9075 for a list of lawyersoperating the scheme in your area who will give you a half-hour free consultation.© Copyright Want2geton? Christian Career Coaching UK 2013
  7. 7. Business Start Agencies• (Also includes business start-up advice for disabled people)••• (Business start-up advice for disabled people. Covers most of Southern England)• (The Association of disabled Professionals)• (Federation of Small Businesses)• Start up business advice from EntrepreneursThe trick with developing an effective job search strategy is do some of each of the above.Don’t spend too much time and effort with those job search strategies where the odds areless favourable!Want2get on? is a unique career coaching service that offers 1:1 support for those whowant to draw upon their Christian faith and apply it in a practical way to their job Tel: 07503 177126© Copyright Want2geton? Christian Career Coaching UK 2013