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FOCUS :

JOB
HOUSING
HUNTING

3

USE
AGENCIES

Things have changed over the past
20 years. Whereas once you might
have developed a good relationship
with your recruitment consultant,
following the rise of internet-based
recruiting, most agencies have
thousands of candidates on their
books and lack that personal touch.
Find three or four agencies that
specialise in your area, rather than
registering with a general agency,
and build a relationship with them.
Remember: agencies are geared
towards finding candidates for
their clients - they are not working
for you. This means you need to be
on the ball and call them to remind
them of your situation and see
whether anything suitable has
come in, without being annoying.
Ask them how often you should
call for updates.
Timing is crucial, too, so return
any phone calls from the agency
that you might have missed - if you
don't, you could find you miss out
on a potential interview.

4

MAKE USE OF YOUR
TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

If you have been working for a number
of years, you'll no doubt have built up
a range of great skills that could be
put to use in another industry - but
you may not even realise it.
These are skills your potential new
employer can see you've learned from
previous jobs and experience, such as
time management, IT and leadership.
When you're applying for a job,
highlight transferable skills that

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match with the job description,
together with a practical example.
For instance, your research and
analytical skills would work well if you
were applying for a management role
in the car industry.
Give examples of how and when
you have used these skills effectively.
Employers like nothing more than
evidence you can actually do what
you say you can do.

DEVELOP YOUR
LINKEDIN PROFILE

The world and its mother uses LinkedIn
to keep track of who's recruiting and
who's moving. If you're just starting out,
you might think you don't have much to
put on LinkedIn, but start by creating a
profile using any experience you have. It's
the top online tool for people looking for
work - in the third quarter of 2016,
LinkedIn had 467 million members in
200 countries, up from 450 million
members in the previous quarter.
Start by adding your skills and
anything that could be relevant. Once
you've got a job, you can connect with
colleagues, clients or friends - you never

know who might be of help in your next
career move. Build up a network on
LinkedIn, join groups and take part in
discussions - be proactive. Pay attention
to connections who may be able to
link you to that perfect job, and use
endorsements when you can - it's
the kind of site that encourages others
to do the same for you.
FIND OUT MORE
* There are some good tips on preparing
for a job interview at reed.co.uk and
monster.co.uk, while for a guide on
discovering the best job for you, go to
careershifters.org

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