In tough economic circumstances the national view, often mentioned in the daily news, is that trying to find a new job is very difficult. No one would challenge that, but it does not help you actually get a job and if you are a college leaver and you want a job you have to take the initiative for yourself.
A good starting point is to remember that all national views are generalisations (designed to make the news more watchable) and within the overall picture there will be positive trends. Just like using Sat Nav. to get somewhere by the quickest route, and even avoid queues, you need your own Job Search Sat Nav. to help you track down the best places to look for a job.
Using the Job Search Sat Nav. approach here are five steps you can take for yourself to improve your chances of getting a job:
1. Who is hiring?
Look for organisations that are actually hiring people, even in organisations that are reducing staff numbers in some departments they continue to hire more people in other departments or people with different skills. This is question of what skills and experience are in demand.
2. Where are the growth sectors?
Look for new and developing areas of the jobs market. For example these could be connected with the “green” economy or with high technology. The growth in smart phones and applications for them is generating new businesses all the time. Companies that are exporting to foreign markets can also be good potential for jobs. Do not overlook that some more traditional trades such as plumbing and electrical engineers are also in demand.
3. Who is winning business?
Search the news online and offline for organisations that announce expansion and success in adding new locations or winning new customer contracts. More jobs very often follow such success. Some online news sites publish lists of the most profitable and growing companies others list the most admired companies to work for. All these are good potential employers.
4. What skills are in demand?
Identify skills needed in the new economy and get yourself onto a training course for those skills. These could range from customer service, design to manufacturing, engineering or plumbing and electrical specialists.
5. Make a job out of getting a job
Getting a job takes time, effort, dedication, research, preparation and planning combined with a “never-give-up” persistence. Do not hesitate to ask for help, use every contact you have.
Finally keep updating your Job Search Sat Nav, look for new information online and offline to track down the places that are hiring people. Using this approach you will increase your chances of getting a job. SABUNG AYAM