Tips for finding jobs before anyone else!

If you want to find jobs before anyone else, you have to be organised. It will probably come as no surprise to you to learn that there are more applications per vacancy now than at any time in the last twenty five years. It's therefore important to find and apply for vacancies at an early stage.

Firstly, don’t underestimate how important it is to apply early. Ignore the closing date – as soon as you see a vacancy, apply for it. Many employers are keen to fill positions and will interview applicants as they receive their applications.

In fact, 40% of the time the positions are filled before the closing date. Even if the company waits until after the closing date to assess all applicants, applying early will have three main advantages:

  1. The employer will probably view the first five CVs that they receive – just to get a feel for the quality of applicants. Later applications will be filed for viewing at another stage. If your CV is read twice, it will stand out and make you more memorable.
  2. You’re more likely to be at the top of the pile, where statistically the employer will spend more time viewing your CV.
  3. Subconsciously, the employer will think that you care more about the job if you apply immediately.

Search online – almost all employers will advertise here first.

Dedicate at least 20 minutes every day for job hunting. If you’re not currently working, you’ll probably want to spend more. It’s important that you search daily to stay on top of the latest vacancies.

The best time to search is between 5 and 6pm. Most jobs are uploaded during working hours, but most applicants are surfing the web between 7pm and 10pm. If you want to stay ahead of the competition, get in there early.

Spend more time searching on Monday and Wednesday evenings – these are the most popular days for jobs to be uploaded.

Make a list of a few companies that you’d love to work for. Check the Vacancies sections of their website daily – there might be jobs advertised here that aren’t on large job search websites.

But do use job search sites as the basis of your search. Check new vacancies in your sector daily. Also have a look in a related sector - for example, if you’re looking for publishing jobs, check marketing as well. You could find a publishing role here and because it’s advertised in a different sector, there will be less competition from other publishing professionals.

Be proactive in your search. Send email enquiries to companies to ask if they anticipate any vacancies.

Consider registering with a recruitment agency. They have great contacts and are often the first people to hear about a job opening.

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