Job hunting


This is the nitty-gritty. Once you understand all the ways in which you can job-search, then you can put together a job searching plan. Once the plan is in place, you will find that, if you had been feeling a bit panicky about getting back into work quickly, those feelings may well subside. There’s something very calming about getting things under control, and knowing you are doing all you can in a logical, organised way.

The first thing to know is that you cannot possibly use all of these methods all at once. In fact, although instinct might tell you to sign up with every agency, post your CV on every site and knock on every door, there are some very good reasons why that is not a good idea.

The second thing to know is that there may not be the jobs to find. You can be a truly talented and experienced person doing all the right things, but there may not be anything realistic to apply for. We are in the middle of a recession, and most companies are cutting back, or at least reining in their recruitment until they see how things pan out.

The purpose of this section is to help you run the best job search you possibly can. If you’re doing that, and you’ve got a stellar CV and you are fully prepared for interviews, then you will have the best chance with any juicy opportunity that does come up. (If you haven’t got your CV sorted out yet, go to our CV page first, and then come back to this section.)