Career Dev Prompt #5: Sign up with a Recruiter

Often the New Year brings with it thoughts of new starts, new challenges and new jobs. If you are looking for a new job (or simply want to see what is out there) why not sign up with your local or industry specific recruiters.

Contrary to popular opinion – a Recruiter works for the employers (not the job seekers). They are looking for the right individual to fill a specific role. They are not there to find you a job (unfortunately). That’s right – you still have to do the hard work.

However, all is not lost. Signing up with a recruiter and keeping in regular contact with them does have its advantages:

  • It gets your C.V. in front of them. Ideally you should approach them with a role in mind, or at least give a clear indication of what you are looking for. If they have nothing currently on their books, they will have your C.V. on file for when an opportunity arises.
  • You may get sent details of vacancies before they are officially advertised (or as soon as they are advertised). Particularly if your recruiter thinks you are a good match for the job.
  • Your C.V. is on file so you can apply easily and quickly.
  • A recruiter can advise on the job market and trends and give you an indication of when jobs will become available.
  • Some recruiters offer C.V. advice and Interview preparation while others may help you with insider knowledge regarding format of interviews or contract and salary negotiation.

Finally, where possible nab a face to face meeting with your recruiter. A face to face meeting provides more of an opportunity to get to know each other, learn more about how you can help each other and they are more likely to remember you when a job materialise.

Weekly Prompt: Sign up with a Recruiter.

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How to find time to find a new job when you already have a full time job

Looking for a new a job is a full-time job in itself and it can be hard finding the time (and the energy) to carry on a successful job hunt when you have full-time job already. In an ideal world your career development routine should work seamlessly with your job hunting routine, the difficult part is fitting it in around your regular full-time job. Your first decisions should be how many hours a week you want to dedicate to the finding a new job and what you want to achieve in this time.

1. Work out how much time to can dedicate to finding a job and set yourself a target.

How you manage your time is important. You should be dedicating a set number of hours to your career development each week. If finding a new job is a priority for you then it follows that finding the time to look for the job should also be a priority.

Flash Freebie: Your Time Analysis Worksheet

2. Work out you want to achieve in the time you have set aside.

It is assumed that you will only have a limited amount of time to dedicate to career development and job hunting therefore it is vital that you are clear about WHAT you want to achieve in the time you have set aside. Have measurable goals like a “job application a week” which is then broken down into action points. Write a to do list of the steps you will need to achieve your goal and then schedule these into the time you have allocated.

Flash Freebie: Scheduling your Goals How to and Worksheet.

3. Integrate your Job Hunting into your regular Career Development Routine

Once these decisions are made you can then integrate your job hunting into your regular routine (and if you don’t have a regular Career Development Routine now is the time to start). Make it easier by:

  • breaking up your allocated time into specific tasks.e.g. 30 minutes on a monday evening to review job websites/search engines.
  • include your career development and job hunting goals in your end of the week review – review and adjust your goals – don’t just postpone.
  • take control of your task list – make it manageable.
  • use career development worksheets and inserts to help manage your time.
  • read this blog.

Flash Freebie: End of Week Review

DIY Action Point: Complete the Worksheets

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