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Where to Shop for Jobs?

Amid a global pandemic, the job market hasn't had its dose of opportunity. Over the past year, the largest falls in pay-rolled employment have been in the hospitality sector, among those aged under 25 years, and those residing in London. Even if you're not on that list, shopping for any form of work has been difficult. 

 

But the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics prove a decrease in employment in April 2021, so where do we begin? As bread, milk and butter might form grocery essentials, think of this list as such, but for jobs. Whether you're still studying, have recently graduated, temporarily out of work or fancy a career change keep reading for some guidance. 

 

Make LinkedIn your best friend

As you might use Instagram or Facebook to artistically showcase your entire life, LinkedIn is the more mundane, but needed version of that in regard to your talents. I've spent many many hours on there, but job hunting is proactive right? Not only does LinkedIn act as an exhibition of you, but you can apply for positions and network with potential employers. Anyone wanting to go down the aisle of professionalism it's the place to go. With a page dedicated to job searching, and easily apply options (just uploading your CV) for some positions, LinkedIn makes this tiresome process a little more positive. If you've found a few jobs that spike your interest and not feeling that seventeenth cover letter, LinkedIn allows users to save jobs and apply another time. Just be careful some employers may take adverts down if they find a candidate they're impressed with, so my advice is to be that early applicant. As a bonus, the site even offers skills tests to impress recruiters and online webinars with leading professionals. 

 

Click here to get started: LinkedIn 

 

Read some online newspapers

You can of course read recreationally - we all need to stay informed - but many newspapers offer a job search page on their websites. In the thousands, these sites have many to sift through. Each of the news sites below have a similar layout; users can browse by sector, location, trending, graduate, and other options simply and stylishly. The Guardian in particular allows users to sign up to organise their applications, quicken the process and shortlist roles - how handy - and the site even lets you upload your CV and let employers match you to available jobs instead. In general, these sites have lists of recruiters advertising jobs, so if you have a company in mind this option is useful too. Below are some newspaper sites where you can begin your search.

The Government

By government, I don't mean to get a job as the next Prime Minister or Lord Chancellor, unless you want to of course, but the government website has more than just Covid-19 updates. Whether you're shopping for full or part-time jobs in England, Scotland and Wales. the gov.uk has everything. All users have to do is click the ‘Find a job’ service to search and apply for jobs. Pretty easy right? You can even view national job shortages in specific fields to see where the demand is too. Tailoring your CV to match the different requirements of each position and hopefully, you'll bag one that suits you. 



Social Media

Nowadays, social media is your toolbox. The different platforms allow you to globally connect so stop staring at self-deprecating photographs or funny tweets (for now) and use them to network with potential recruiters. From Facebook to Twitter to Instagram and others, companies will use these sites to advertise vacancies. Some such as Penguin Books and HarperCollins, in particular, use social media to discover their new employee. Liking pages or accounts on these platforms are a great gateway to interacting with companies that you are interested in working for. Maybe not commenting on every post, begging for a position, but engaging with the company's content and making them notice you is certainly positive. This option could take longer depending on whether your ideal workplace has any vacancies, but the process could lead you to build relationships with recruiters or find something better than anticipated. 

 

Indeed

On Indeed I have found many jobs where employers actually reply. As much as I love LinkedIn sometimes the no contact can be a little lonesome and with Indeed companies tend to be more responsive - well with me anyway. Created as a job listing board, this site helps you shop around for different position and easily apply. Indeed has over 250 million unique visitors each month and lists jobs in over 60 countries and 28 languages. So quite an impressive site you could not not visit. With a metasearch engine, Indeed discovers job postings from millions of websites and firms meaning you're guaranteed to have access to as many available job openings as possible. These can be searched for by keyword, job title, industry, or level of experience. As a bonus, Indeed has resume storage, salary comparisons, chat functions, emailed vacancy updates, and employment-related news.

 

Virtual Job Fairs

Yes, people could not live without job fairs, so they have been made virtual. As an online networking event, these fairs offer you the opportunity to meet myriads of employers through the computer screen. Maybe make sure that the PJs are only on the bottom half if your camera manages to function. There are different types of virtual recruitment fairs, from ones where organisers post vacancies online for you to look at, interactive ones where employers discuss their company and their vacancies, and some that replicate ‘traditional’ face to face recruitment fairs. These even have virtual stalls so you can visit employers that interest you and may also have workshops such as CV writing and interview prep. Below are some virtual job fairs taking place this year.

Shopping through the back door

Choose work experience, an apprenticeship, a placement or an internship. If you're not entirely sure on your career path or maybe you fancy a switch, then taking on any of these options could be for you. From whatever educational background you come from you can apply. Most companies focus on your skills and experiences, rather than any academic accolades so don't worry no PhD needed. Although be wary as there are placements and internship that don't pay - yes no pay - but if you are fortunate to live off a student loan or have money saved then these options could lead to a position within the company or give your CV some shine. Even if you don't get a position afterwards, just being known gives you an immediate advantage over other candidates in the future. When searching for any of these options on company websites, along with LinkedIn which has lots of opportunities too. 

 

Go Wales: ACHIEVE THROUGH WORK EXPERIENCE PROGRAMME

The Achieve Through Work Experience Programme is a European Social Fund initiative to give students on higher education courses in Wales the opportunity for work experience. A little niche, but if you're under 25 years old, in full-time education in Wales, and face one or more of the following barriers to gaining experience, this one is for you. Do these apply?

  • I have a disability or work-limiting health condition
  • I'm from a Black and Minority Ethnic background
  • I have caring or child-care responsibilities
  • I am in care or a care leaver
  • I'm from a low higher education participation neighbourhood.

To find out more about the Programme and eligibility criteria you can either visit www.gowales.co.uk or email gowales@swansea.ac.uk.

 

GO Wales networks with different employers in Wales to craft a customised and flexible work experience opportunity that meets the needs of students. The Programme includes:

  • Work shadowing:  Up to three days of unpaid work experience where the student observes someone in their role to understand how they do their job.
  • Work tasters:  Up to four weeks of unpaid work experience where the student has the opportunity to learn about work and the working environment by observing and undertaking some tasks.
  • Work placements:  Four to six weeks of paid work experience getting hands-on experience or working on a project.

 

Recruitment agencies

Recruitment agencies help organisations find the right people to fill their vacancies, so why go to the supermarket when you can go straight to the producer? Agencies can help you get basket a full-time, part-time or temporary position. Even better recruitment consultants can match you to job roles. Shopping for a job can be easy right? Some agencies belong to specific aisles and specialise in certain industries or fields, for example, marketing or dentistry. So check first to see whether you've found the best agency that reflects your career goals. My advice, register with more than one agency as this will increase your chances of securing a job. Below are some example of recruitment agencies.

Referrals from People You Know

Depending on how old you are, let's travel back a few decades or years to a time when your mum, dad or guardian had that friend who knew about a vacancy. We may be older, but this can still apply to our adult lives. Think about anyone that you know, and yes you must know at least one person. If you're struggling make a good old-fashioned list. Family, friends, neighbours, former colleagues, current colleagues, teachers, and anyone else who may have connections to help you find a job. Because there might just be a position with your name written on it that no one knows about, not even you. 

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23 Apr 2021

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