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Jobs - Where to Look

Sep 15, 2008
The right job will not come and bit you in the bum, you need to be looking in the right places and conducting yourself appropriately. Here are some tips on where to look for that ideal job.

Use Recruitment Agencies
When joining a recruitment agency, consider carefully the reputation and professionalism of the agency. Look for established and highly regarded agencies for your chosen industry, as these will get you the best positions.

Normally the types of jobs on offer are a good indication of the standard of agency. Most will get you to sit various tests upon your application, relevant to the kinds of jobs they are recruiting for. Some agencies need to be chased to find you work, while others are proactive and will contact you on a regular basis to check your availability. Some will just send you to workplaces with little idea of your duties, while others will fully brief and prepare you beforehand.

Newspapers and Publications
Get familiar with the appropriate newspapers for your chosen industry. There is also a range of specialised subscription only titles which may contain the relevant vacancies for your chosen career.
Local newspapers can be a good place to look for beginners while more senior positions tend to be advertised at a national level or in industry journals rather than local newspapers.

Get Online
Some newspapers and magazines may have websites which contain the same job vacancies, and there are also dedicated job board websites which can be searched and filtered by discipline, job title, location, pay & conditions etc. Some also provide job vacancy updates via email and notify you when particular jobs become available.

Approach Companies
If done right, approaching companies directly can yield results. Be sure to contact the recruitment or HR person at the company with your enquiries, but don't follow up with too subsequent calls or emails. Make sure your CV and covering letter are appropriate for the vacancies available.
Alternatively, you could approach friends and relatives, many firms offer incentives to employees recruiting contacts and associates.

Job Centres
Many jobs aren't advertised anywhere other than the job centre, so it is well worth a look. They may be less helpful for professionals but if you're looking to get started in a career the job centre can be the best bet.

Improve
Continue your education! Update old skills, take up new qualifications and constantly increase your skillset. The job market is constantly changing and you need to too.
About the Author
John McE writes on behalf of Commercial Finance People, a financial recruitment consultancy, which was established in 1998 to place candidates in asset finance jobs, invoice finance jobs and banking jobs
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