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2. Finding a job

 

Job searching can sometimes be long and frustrating, but it is helpful to make sure you know where to look and how to look.

There are plenty of job searching websites that employers post their jobs onto;

On these sites, you can upload your CV and start to search for jobs.  CV's are often read and screened by a computer programme, which is looking for specific words or phases and only CV's that say these things will be considered.  Some job sites allow employers to contact you about a job if they find your CV and think you would be interested and suitable for the job.  There are some do's and dont's to follow when looking for a job which may help:

 

Finding a job if you have a disability

By law, all employers must treat all job applicants equally regardless of any conditions they may have. There are a number of different charities that can support you into employment if you have a disability, and many different services that will represent and advise you.

More information about finding a job if you have a disability 

 

What can help me find a job?

 

Do:

  1. Use the filters (where possible) to help tailor your search.  By narrowing your search to your requirements, it may help speed up the search process but also remove any jobs that are not suitable for you;
  2. Set up daily alerts for new jobs.  These mean you do not miss out on any possible job opportunities;
  3. Try different wording within your search.  Most people will only search for the job title.  Try re-wording, using different phrases when searching as this may help.  Make sure you search for keywords such as specific skill, qualification or responsibilities as this will give you much more suitable results;
  4. Be specific in what job you want.  If you are searching and getting jobs you are not interested in, narrow your search to find the ones you like.  This could be change of location or adding extra keywords.

Don’t:

  1. Make sure you don't apply for every job you find.  Applying for every job could mean you miss the criteria which means you may not be suitable for the position, wasting your time and the employer's time;
  2. Make sure you don't leave your profile unfinished as this will turn employers off, and is likely to give the impression you have not given it much effort and are underselling yourself.  You need to complete your profile correctly to give employers a good impression, meaning they are more likely to look at your application;
  3. Be careful not to tell everyone about your job search on social media as potential employers could be looking at this.  Check that your privacy settings are correct;
  4. Recruitment process can take time so don’t expect an instant reply.  Traditional applications with a closing date can take up to six weeks (sometimes longer).  If you have applied before the closing date, employers will not look at applicants until after the closing date.  If you have uploaded your CV to a general recruitment site such as Monster or Indeed, you may get an instant response and you will need to react quickly;
  5. Sometimes your CV or profile can be hidden on job sites without you knowing.  Make sure this doesn't happen to you, unless you have a good reason, so it is always a good idea to leave this box unticked on your profile's privacy settings to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities.


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