If you are searching for employment, there are a number of places you can look.
There are a number of routes available to help you actively search for the job you want. These include:
These offer opportunities to meet a variety of employers face-to-face and learn more about them. Job fairs also offer opportunities to make contacts, gain interview experience and advice on your CV.
Recruitment agencies are independent companies that specialise in matching the right candidate to the right job. The main categories of agencies are;
An effective way to find an agency is to look in newspapers and trade publications to see which roles they are advertising.
There are two types of job website:
It is free to register with these websites and you can browse vacancies by sector, location, salary banding and so forth. You can sign up to receive alerts that will inform you of current job vacancies specific to your requirements. However, if you use job websites, you should remember that you may potentially have no control over who has access to your CV.
Job sections in newspapers and trade publications are a great source of information. They can give you a strong feel for what the market is like and offer the chance to compare what different companies have to offer. Newspapers also provide good research material to get up-to-date with what is happening in the economy or industry sector you are interested in.
Many companies use job centres as their first port of call before going to agencies or advertising. In addition to advertising jobs, centres also provide a lot of useful information to those who are currently unemployed.
More jobs are filled through networking than any other route. Tell everyone you know that you are on the job market, forward them a copy of your CV and ask them to distribute it if an opportunity arises. If you let them have an electronic copy, this is often easier to do. Ask them to let you know if they hear of anything or pass your details on to someone who might.
If you want to apply direct to a company, try the business section in your local library. You can often get the names and addresses of companies in the areas that interest you.