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.
Where to look
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.
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.