Cordant Focus

Category: Employment Landscape

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National Job Hunting Day Wednesday 7th January 2015

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According to our statistics January is the busiest job hunting month of the year with two out of five people seeking new jobs, the following points should be considered:

Allocating Time to Find a Job
As life becomes more demanding and hectic it is evidently more difficult to find a new job, but it is important to put practice to work and say to yourself; I am going to send a certain amount of letters with accompanying CVs to a list of companies each week.  President Obama responds to ten written letters every work day, it is simply a case of allocating sufficient time and having the presence of mind to create a scheduled daily plan.

Networking
The majority of job hunters under-estimate how useful their network of contacts can be, but as with anything in life whether you are an athlete in training or a student looking for your first job the more you put in, the more you will get out, ‘no pain no gain’.  

As recruiters we understand completely that networking is a learned skill, some people are better than others but it is simply a case of mastering it.  We are attentive to the power and influence of ‘effective talking’ and it is crucial in order to build networking activities to achieve current and future targets.

A company’s most important asset is its network; business life is all about connections and maintaining contact.  Business contacts are valued relationships with genuine people and it is important to keep any network current.  It is absolutely necessary to keep in touch with your network as this creates a level of trust which equals success and opportunities!

Assessment test – evaluate talent
Regardless of whether you are a pupil, student, graduate or if indeed you have spent many years in the one job and want to change direction, take an assessment test, because you may not recognise your likes and dislikes until presented with certain questions.  It is relevant to bear in mind that not all tests are the same and you may want to take several analyses before finding out what area of employment you will be best suited.

The advantage of taking an assessment is to find out a person’s strengths and weaknesses these are common interview questions; however, a computer printout will not present a clear career path.

Cover letter
In a nutshell it is the covering letter which puts flesh on the bare bones of your CV, because it is presenting a personal touch which your CV will lack; thus compare a covering letter to a glass of brandy, it should be of a distinctive elegant quality, short by measure but neat and rich in taste!

(This year job growth is expected across all parts of the UK: +50% in Scotland; +49% in the North West; +45% in Wales; +44% in the West Midlands; +44% in the North East; +44% in the South East; +43% in London; 43% in the East Midlands; +42% in Yorkshire and Humber; +41% in the East of England;  +37% in the South West and +36% in Northern Ireland.)



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