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A guide for new job seekers

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<ul><li> 1. <ul><li>A guide for job seekers </li></ul></li></ul> <ul><li>By Rob Barklamb </li></ul> <ul><li>Langdale Search &amp; Selection </li></ul> <p> 2. </p> <ul><li>No Stigma </li></ul> <ul><li>Your Options </li></ul> <ul><li>Be Decisive </li></ul> <ul><li>Getting the Most from your Employer </li></ul> <ul><li>Facing Facts </li></ul> <ul><li>The CV </li></ul> <ul><li>Get Online 1 job boards </li></ul> <p> 3. </p> <ul><li>Get Online 2 Networking </li></ul> <ul><li>Online 3 Scour and Search </li></ul> <ul><li>Using Recruitment Consultancies </li></ul> <ul><li>Using Your Network </li></ul> <ul><li>Keeping Your Hand In </li></ul> <ul><li>Work at It </li></ul> <ul><li>Interviewing </li></ul> <ul><li>Closing the Deal </li></ul> <p> 4. </p> <ul><li>Many good people are being made redundant do not feel any stigma if you have been made redundant </li></ul> <ul><li>Accept that it has happened and move on </li></ul> <ul><li>Try to stay positive </li></ul> <ul><li>Think about who may be able to support you make the most of that </li></ul> <p> 5. </p> <ul><li>You do have some: </li></ul> <ul><li>Look for a similar job</li></ul> <ul><li>Look for a career change </li></ul> <ul><li>Start up your own business/go freelance </li></ul> <ul><li>Travel </li></ul> <ul><li>Modify lifestyle and take the benefits to which you are entitled </li></ul> <p> 6. </p> <ul><li>Pros: </li></ul> <ul><li>You are qualified to do this </li></ul> <ul><li>You are marketable </li></ul> <ul><li>You may have contacts </li></ul> <ul><li>May have transferrable skills </li></ul> <ul><li>Cons </li></ul> <ul><li>Whole sector may be depressed </li></ul> <ul><li>You might yearn for a change </li></ul> <p> 7. </p> <ul><li>Pros </li></ul> <ul><li>Other sectors may have more opportunities </li></ul> <ul><li>Other roles may hold more interest </li></ul> <ul><li>Cons </li></ul> <ul><li>May be a bit fanciful you have few transferrable skills/experience </li></ul> <ul><li>There are better candidates than you </li></ul> <ul><li>Rec Cons may struggle to help you </li></ul> <p> 8. </p> <ul><li>Pros </li></ul> <ul><li>Autonomy, wealth, chance to put redundancy money to use </li></ul> <ul><li>Freelancing/temping etc may open earnings opportunities </li></ul> <ul><li>Cons </li></ul> <ul><li>Is your business idea viable in this economy? </li></ul> <ul><li>Funding may be hard to find </li></ul> <p> 9. </p> <ul><li>Pros </li></ul> <ul><li>If you can afford it, great opportunity </li></ul> <ul><li>May give you time you may never get again </li></ul> <ul><li>An expensive luxury </li></ul> <p> 10. </p> <ul><li>Often people find jobs VERY quickly or very slowly </li></ul> <ul><li>The longer you are out of work... </li></ul> <ul><li>So crack on! </li></ul> <p> 11. </p> <ul><li>Out placement </li></ul> <ul><li>Access to information </li></ul> <ul><li>CV advice, interview advice </li></ul> <ul><li>Their contacts facilitating a move </li></ul> <ul><li>Get a great reference </li></ul> <ul><li>Get great online references </li></ul> <p> 12. </p> <ul><li>Supply and Demand has changed </li></ul> <ul><li>Swallow your pride be flexible </li></ul> <ul><li>Will Need to sell yourself its competitive </li></ul> <ul><li>Finding a job will be a full time job </li></ul> <ul><li>You need to get organised </li></ul> <ul><li>Bottom line a much more competitive job market than when you last looked </li></ul> <p> 13. </p> <ul><li>The first task is to write a new CV or upgrade/revise your old CV </li></ul> <ul><li>Remember CVs are to get you interviews aim it accordingly </li></ul> <ul><li>Have different versions </li></ul> <p> 14. </p> <ul><li>Is honest </li></ul> <ul><li>Is concise and well and consistently laid out </li></ul> <ul><li>Is objective and factual </li></ul> <ul><li>Is up to date and explains gaps </li></ul> <ul><li>Contains key words </li></ul> <ul><li>Has accurate spelling and punctuation </li></ul> <ul><li>Sells you whilst retaining objectivity </li></ul> <ul><li>FACTS! FACTS! FACTS! </li></ul> <p> 15. </p> <ul><li>Which ones? </li></ul> <ul><li>How many? </li></ul> <ul><li>But only apply for relevant jobs </li></ul> <ul><li>Sign up for jobs alerts, etc </li></ul> <p> 16. </p> <ul><li>Linkedin </li></ul> <ul><li>Plaxo </li></ul> <ul><li>Namyz </li></ul> <ul><li>Ecademy </li></ul> <ul><li>Xing </li></ul> <ul><li>NB facebook, etc </li></ul> <p> 17. </p> <ul><li>Profile as per CV keywords very important </li></ul> <ul><li>Get your contact details up there </li></ul> <ul><li>Get connections! </li></ul> <ul><li>Get recommendations </li></ul> <ul><li>Join groups </li></ul> <ul><li>Ask and answer questions, say what you are up to raise profile </li></ul> <ul><li>Get a presentation on there selling yourself</li></ul> <p> 18. </p> <ul><li>Competitors sites </li></ul> <ul><li>Job boards </li></ul> <ul><li>Recruitment consultancies </li></ul> <ul><li>The press </li></ul> <ul><li>Linkedin, etc </li></ul> <ul><li>Get feeds and alerts but dont rely on them </li></ul> <p> 19. </p> <ul><li>How Many? </li></ul> <ul><li>Which ones? </li></ul> <ul><li>Round pegs and square holes </li></ul> <ul><li>Good ones will KIT and inform you when things pick up </li></ul> <ul><li>Chase, but avoid nuisance calls </li></ul> <p> 20. </p> <ul><li>No stigma/swallow your pride </li></ul> <ul><li>Who/what do they know? </li></ul> <ul><li>Consider temp/contract options </li></ul> <ul><li>Keep in with network seminars, training, conferences </li></ul> <ul><li>Apply/contact directly </li></ul> <p> 21. </p> <ul><li>It can help to keep your hand in.Consider </li></ul> <ul><li>Voluntary work</li></ul> <ul><li>Lecturing/teaching </li></ul> <ul><li>Training </li></ul> <ul><li>Writing </li></ul> <p> 22. </p> <ul><li>Chase and follow up </li></ul> <ul><li>Have a system </li></ul> <ul><li>Learn from your mistakes </li></ul> <ul><li>Seek feedback if unsuccessful </li></ul> <ul><li>Keep at it! </li></ul> <p> 23. </p> <ul><li>Be prepared </li></ul> <ul><li>Their website </li></ul> <ul><li>Their people </li></ul> <ul><li>Their competition </li></ul> <ul><li>The role position yourself </li></ul> <ul><li>Trade press </li></ul> <ul><li>Key industry trends </li></ul> <ul><li>Competency scenarios </li></ul> <ul><li>Have your questions </li></ul> <p> 24. </p> <ul><li>Be on time </li></ul> <ul><li>Dress suitably </li></ul> <ul><li>Be yourself... </li></ul> <ul><li>Answer the question and then shut up! </li></ul> <ul><li>Dont fidget </li></ul> <ul><li>Maintain eye contact with everyone </li></ul> <ul><li>Good posture </li></ul> <ul><li>Dont interrupt </li></ul> <ul><li>Tell them you are interested and close them</li></ul> <p> 25. </p> <ul><li>Follow up but dont go too far </li></ul> <ul><li>Keep looking whilst you wait </li></ul> <ul><li>Be sensible and flexible </li></ul> <ul><li>Dont muck people around </li></ul>