How to find a job - top tips from the experts
Date posted: 24th Mar 2014
Searching for a new role can be a really challenging task, tiresome and disheartening some might add. So what can you do when you find yourself strewn with unacknowledged applications and vaguely explained rejections? Prepare for the worst and wish for the best? Not the case. We are here to help you digital folk reach the silver lining in a few simple steps. With first hand advice from our recruitment consultants, you’ll quickly submit a stellar application and land your dream job. Here are the first 2 steps in our list.
Step 1: Learn how to search efficiently
Looking for jobs online feels (ironically!) like a full-time job. You browse through dozens of websites and follow the Twitter #jobsearching / #hiring feed which updates every other minute. And to make it all even more time-consuming, you often come across your wanted role under a myriad of different names.
Yes, now you finally get the meaning of that famous “what’s in a name?” quote. Overrated? Not when it comes to choosing between job titles like Front End Developer/ Interface Developer/ UI Developer or Junior Digital Designer/ Assistant Creative which in fact refer to the same role.
But don’t worry, Tristram Revill, one of our Media and Emerging Tech recruiters, says the process can be simplified with use of Boolean search strings. Recruiters employ this technique when searching for candidates, allowing them to define the exact terms in one easy phrase. It saves them making several searches and works just as effectively when looking for jobs. By using certain words - predominantly AND, OR or NOT - and quote marks, it’s possible to state all the things you seek in one go. For example: (“Junior Digital Designer” OR “Assistant Designer” OR “Assistant Creative”) NOT (senior OR London OR “Graduate Trainee”) This will return jobs that include the first three elements and exclude the last. Using Boolean search strings on a popular job board will increase the chances of finding the perfect position. Most advanced search options will read a Boolean string, as will many job alert functions, making the task even more efficient. Step 2: Be open to new ideas and roles
Opening up your search criteria will present you with more opportunities, so be receptive to some different roles and companies. In an industry as fast-moving as digital, an increasingly diverse range of businesses are seeking tech-minded people, meaning that there could be amazing roles available in companies and industries that you might initially disregard. Being open to a company, proposition or product could present more options than you originally ever thought possible.
Watch this space for more tips from our experts.