The job market is getting busier and busier. It’s sometimes said that this stiff competition makes it an ‘employer’s market’, but at the Green Career Institute, we believe exactly the opposite – the market belongs to the employee.
As a job candidate in the present climate, you are fortunate enough to be presented with an abundance of roles. See it as an opportunity to select the positions which adhere most closely to your preferences and skillset, and enjoy the thriving job market by picking and choosing from the cream of the crop. Employers are beginning to recognise that the best candidates are going to have choices, and that they have to do more in order to attract them. A good candidate is therefore in a strong position to negotiate contracts and salaries, ensuring that a role will live up to their expectations.
Here are some top tips for getting a top job:
- Look for what’s right for you. There are plenty of jobs out there, so something which suits you will come along soon.
- That being said, it is easier to find a job when you are in a job. Even if your current job is frustrating you, bear in mind that it is a means to an end. It offers you the security to take your time to find a position that’s right for you.
- Work out what it is that you want to do. Having something to aim for will be a great motivator, and you can research how to get into your chosen sector. If you need more experience or qualifications, look into how you can gain them. You can complete voluntary work during your free time that can be added onto your CV, which will make you stand out from the crowd.
- Look for vacancies in lots of different places. Sign up to multiple recruitment websites, and upload your CV so that recruiters can search for you. Subscribe to receive emails when new jobs become available in your area that match your criteria. If you’re interested in specific companies, keep a lookout on their websites. You could send them over a speculative CV so that you’re on their radar.
- Make sure that you have a strong CV, and are ready for interviews. If you need a portfolio, make sure this is up-to-date too. Remember that a recruiter could contact you with your dream job at any moment, so be prepared.
- Be persistent. Whilst you don’t want to make a nuisance of yourself, a quick phone call to your recruiter could be a good move if you haven’t heard anything for a while. It will show that you’re keen, and will make you more memorable.
- Remember that it’s never too late for a career change. People change jobs all the time, so it won’t be held against you by employers. If you don’t enjoy your current job, find a new one that you do.
Take a look through our articles for more information – best of luck with your search!