As a result of the past few months, many will have lost their jobs or facing job uncertainty. Having worked in the mental health and employment industries for many years now, I would like to offer some thoughts to consider.
Should you treat your job search like a job?
I must be honest, having worked in the employment industry for over 20 years, I cringe when I hear people say this. I understand they are trying to be helpful, but it always sounds patronising. There are aspects of job search that take a lot of hours, there are other parts where there is a lot of initial work and then it is a case of ticking over.
Your email address should only reflect your name, not the team you support or your life view. Do not add your date of birth for security. Create another email for job search only if necessary. It does not take that long.
LinkedIn is useful to register and promote yourself if you are a professional. There are also lots of jobs on there. However, an employer will search for you on social media websites to see what type of person you are like in real life, so be careful of what you upload; don’t slag off your former employer.
Takes a lot of initial effort and is what one might call a living document; it should be tailored to every job one applies for. If an employer is not hooked within five seconds of reading, it will be discarded:
Large institutions use application forms because they have to demonstrate to shareholders or tax payers they adhere to certain corporate values. Application forms take a lot of time and effort; eg, an application form for a junior manager in the civil service should take 10 – 20 hours plus, over four to five days:
A wonderful resource for job interview techniques etc. It is very "American" at times but you will learn to sell yourself properly, which can be difficult for us Scots.
A fabulous resource for job interview techniques, creating your first ever CV etc. May feel a bit patronising because it is designed for 15 year olds, but I recommend it very much.
Not for everyone, but like YouTube offers speeches in confidence and lifestyle.
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