Job hunting

Your new job is out there – you just need to know where to look. We’ve got some tips to help you on the hunt.

Start your job hunt now

First, set aside some time each week to find vacancies or fill in applications.

Give yourself some tasks to complete each week.

These could be:

  • Contacting an employer
  • Updating your CV
  • Looking on a job vacancy website

Make sure you note down closing dates for vacancies, and keep track of what you’ve applied for and when. 

 

Job search

Use our search to find the latest job vacancies across Scotland.

Where to look

Online

Our job search is one of the many available – hundreds of new jobs appear online every day.

Look for job sites about your specific industries or types of work. Check the sites of employers you're interested in working for, and take a look at their social media accounts. (Check out our guide to job hunting with social media).

Plenty of sites offer an email alert function too, which lets you know when new jobs are added under the category you’re interested in.

Newspapers and magazines

Check the vacancies section in your local paper. The business and news sections can also be useful for spotting stories about growing companies and industries.

Magazines and trade journals related to the kind of job you want are also useful sources of information. 

 

Jobs fairs

An opportunity to meet employers face-to-face, a job fair is the perfect location to find out about upcoming vacancies. Make the most of your visit with our tutorial.

Using social media in your job hunt

Find jobs, network and showcase your skills with your social media accounts. 

 

 

1
LinkedIn

Essentially, your LinkedIn account is an online CV that'll show employers what you can offer. We've got tips for using LinkedIn for your job hunt.

2
Twitter

Use your account to follow companies you’d like to work for, job sites, and recruiters. Read our guide to getting noticed on Twitter.

3
Find 'your' network

Got a flair for Pinterest? Interested in Instagram? Whatever your talent, think about a social media space you can use to showcase your skills.

 

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Think about your bio

Whatever channel you're using, your bio will be one of the first things people see. Highlight your skills and link to your website, portfolio or CV.

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Searching on social

Keep an eye open for job vacancies. Search on topics you’re interested in or career-related hashtags, like #ITjobs.

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Use your contacts

Join your school, college or university alumni groups on LinkedIn and Facebook - you never know which connection could help you land a job.

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Be social

Join online groups connected to the industries you want to enter, @ people on Twitter or Instagram and participate in conversations. 

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Share interesting things

Write and share posts, articles and videos that'll catch the attention of people you want to impress. 

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Stay professional

Create personal and professional accounts, or set yourself some strict guidelines. 

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Job-proof your personal accounts

Even if your Facebook is personal, an employer could find it. Think about what to do to make your accounts less open. 

The hidden job market

Many jobs will never be advertised.

Before they even post a vacancy, employers may look at who they can promote internally, or ask colleagues who might fit in the job well. To uncover these hidden jobs, you need to make the first move. 

The speculative approach

If there’s a company you really want to work for, try approaching them. Research the employer, and find someone you can contact directly. 

Send a cover letter and CV highlighting your strengths and explaining why you want to work for them.

But don’t leave it at that. Follow it up with a phone call. Be polite, but determined. If there’s nothing coming up, at least you’ve made a new contact, and they may keep you in mind in the future.

Recruitment agencies

Find jobs you might not see otherwise with the support of a recruitment agency. Specialist agencies can also help you seek out jobs in the industry you want. 

They know exactly what employers are looking for – it's their job! 

So they're well-placed to find you a job to suit your skills, as well as being a great source of advice and feedback. 

Where to look

The best place? Online.

After you contact an agency, they may ask you to submit your CV and arrange a meeting. Give as much detail as you can about your skills, experience and education. Be honest about the salary you're looking for and the types of work you want to do. The more they know, the more likely they'll be to find a job to suit you.

Agencies are keen to fill the vacancies they have, so read over each advert with care and don't agree to apply for jobs you’re not interested in.

Plus, most agencies won’t charge for helping you to find work - though some do charge for extra services, like CV reviews or interview prep.