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Tips for Job Seekers

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09 Feb 2015

A release from the Office of National Statistics earlier this year showed that the North East had the highest rate of employment (76.6%), which is a fantastic turnaround over recent years. The North East is often the last to reap benefits from factors affecting business and employment in London. However the unemployment level in the North East was also the highest in the UK at 8.5%. 

With this in mind, job seekers should be positive that employment is on the rise. January has seen a busy start to the year within transactional accounting functions in particular. There are several large employers who require additional staff now due to year end, so this is partly responsible for the positions we have assisted with.

I am delighted that Sellick Partnership have been able to place talented candidates who were on Job Seekers Allowance into a position to enable some security at least until Summer. 

What can people do to ensure their efforts in job seeking are effective?

1.  Ensure your CV it up to date.
It may seem obvious, but on a daily basis I see CVs on job boards which are not up to date or ambiguous, this may put employers off. If you have been out of work since 2013 to study full time or on maternity leave, make it obvious on your CV that this is the case. Some clients will be able to consider people who have had career breaks, while others will need people who have worked in a position for several years if there are timing or training restraints.

The clearer your CV is to read, the more likely you are to find a suitable role. Employers and recruitment consultants information gather before assessing if you are suitable, so provide them with as much information as you can, it should lead to a more structured recruitment process. As soon as you get a role, update your online CV, or remove it to avoid unnecessary calls. Having an updated CV may also mean precious time is saved in the long run if you cannot send an update until you are home, you may miss out from the competition.

2.  Ensure there are several ways people can contact you
If you are working a short term temporary role which means you cannot answer your phone during work hours, ensure you provide an e-mail address so people can send you an e-mail about the role instead. Also, make sure you listen to your voicemail on a daily basis so you know if you have missed an urgent call. If you have more than one mobile, detail which hours you can talk on each one.

3.  Only apply for suitable roles
It can be tempting to apply for any position advertised, but resist the temptation. The likelihood of being selected for a role for which you have not got the experience or qualifications for is slim. This is not a good use of your time as you could spend the time it takes to apply to be searching for a role which you have more chance of being selected for.

4.  Volunteer
If you have been out of work for a while or have not used your skills in finance recently, local businesses may be able to give you voluntary work. This will make your skills more relevant and will show to future employers that you are proactive .

5.  Write a covering letter
If the role you have applied for is specific on systems usage, write a covering letter to cover parts of the job specification which are not on your CV.  Again giving extra detail will save time and make it easier for an employers to assess if you are a good fit for the role.

Ultimately remain positive. While it is hard to face rejection each day, a positive attitude can make all the difference between getting a job and remaining unemployed. Think of the end goal and stay focused. When you are in an interview if you seem distracted or negative this may put an employer off and if you aren't positive you won't feel the motivation to apply for roles.

What are your thoughts on these tips for job seekers? How have you remained positive when looking for a new role?  We would love to hear your ideas below.

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