It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and after such a terrible year with Covid, and the impact it has had on our lives and on the economy, for most of us this can’t come soon enough!
The Christmas break also gives people a chance to sit back and take stock of life, the universe and everything – including their job. You might be among those who are thinking of a change of career, or, sadly, have lost your job due to Covid and are looking for new opportunities.
Whatever your reason, why not use the Christmas break to take stock and put a few steps in place so that in the New Year you maximise your chances of finding new, fulfilling employment.
If you are an employer, the festive break also offers an opportunity to plan for 2021. You could review your staffing levels, assess where you need to strengthen your team, and devise a strategy for filling any vacancies and, if necessary, increasing your headcount.
At 24-7 Staffing, we particularly focus on the driving, commercial, healthcare and industrial sectors and we know many of our clients and candidates across the South West region will take time at Christmas to do some forward planning for 2021.
Job-hunting? Here are our seven tips
1, What job would you like and what skills so you have? This may sound like going back to basics, but it is an important first step in your job-hunting campaign. If you enjoy working with people and helping them, then you may well suit a role in care. If you enjoy working in a team and have skills in, for example, Microsoft, you may suit an office-based role better. By narrowing down your criteria, you will be able to hone your search.
2, Be methodical when you look for a job and be consistent. If you spend hours poring over job sites one day, then do nothing for the next three, you will miss opportunities. So set time aside each day and dedicate this to your job search. In fact, treat job-hunting as a job in itself!
3, Be quick with your application. As soon as you see a new posting for a job that interests you, get your application ready and submit it, without delay. With so many people currently looking for roles, employers are seeing an unprecedented number of applications, and so are sometimes only scanning the first few to land in the inbox.
4, Check you have the right skills for the role. If a job spec asks for certain qualifications as a necessity, then you will be wasting your time applying if you don’t meet those criteria.
5, Tailor your application to the job. Don’t be generic, be specific, giving examples to show you have the skills and aptitude for the role. Being bespoke with each application is more time-consuming than firing off a general application, but it will pay off in the long-run, because you are more likely to grab the attention of the employer or recruiter at the first screening stage.
6, Research the companies and organisations you are applying to. Social media – LinkedIn especially – is really useful here. You may get some nuggets of information which help at the application stage, and will certainly come in useful if you get as far as interview.
While we are talking about social media, do bear in mind that potential employers may check out your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, so either make them private or ensure they contain nothing that would compromise your chances of getting a job. We’ve written a blog post on recruitment and social media – you can check it out here.
7, Follow up. If you hear nothing, there is no harm in picking up the phone and asking the company or the recruiter if they received your application. It shows initiative. Similarly, if you are turned down, ask for feedback. You may get some helpful suggestions on how to tweak your CV or applications, which will stand you in good stead for the next time.
We hope this advice will be useful if you are looking for a new role for 2021. We have lots of job vacancies – check out our jobs board here – and would be happy to chat to you about roles you might be interested in.
If you are an employer looking for new recruits for 2021, we would love to hear from you. 24-7 Staffing, based in Chippenham, are recruitment partners for companies across Wiltshire, Bristol and the South West.