Seven Places to Find a Job!
Guest Blogger: Jane Hatton
In her second career development blog for Making Lemonade Jane shares her top seven places to find a job. Jane founded and runs Evenbreak, which is a specialist job board for disabled job seekers. Check it out at www.evenbreak.co.uk.
Sometimes we get in the habit of looking for work in the same places all the time and in doing so we might be missing an opportunity elsewhere. Here Jane reminds us of some of the various ways to pursue employment opportunities.
Seven Places to Find a Job!
Trying to find work in this economic climate is a challenge for anyone, and even more so for disabled job seekers, as we also have to overcome the (misinformed) prejudices of some employers as well. I often get asked for tips on job searching by disabled candidates I meet through my role in running Evenbreak. I’d like to share some of those tips with you – I hope you find them useful.
With so few jobs around, it’s important to look in as many places as possible to make sure you don’t miss out on the job that might be the best for you. Here are a few places you might consider (some obvious, some less so):
Jobcentre Plus – these have Disability Equality Advisers who should be able to point you in the direction of any suitable jobs. You can search online, telephone them or visit in person. They can also advise you of any schemes you might be eligible for (e.g. the government’s Work Choice programme).
Newspapers/journals – most local papers have a job section for local jobs, and national newspapers will often advertise jobs as well. Trade journals will often have a jobs section for jobs in that particular sector. Many libraries will hold copies of local and national newspapers, or they will be available at the Jobcentre, or they may be available online.
Job boards – there are a lot to choose from, so have a look round and see which ones advertise the kind of jobs you are interested in. Some are very broad (Monster, Reed etc.) and some specialise in particular sectors (e.g. sales or IT) and others in particular groups (e.g. the job board I run).
Recruitment agencies – again, there are plenty to choose from, but it’s better to just pick three or four you like and register with them rather than with too many. The better ones are registered with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). If you can meet with the consultants face-to-face it helps to build a rapport and for them to remember you.
Networking – The more people who know what specific opportunity you are looking for, the greater the chance of someone helping you. Tell everyone you know (family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues, people you know through hobbies etc.) and also look at meeting new people. This can be done through “offline networking” (going to seminars or exhibitions or networking meetings in your area) or “online networking” (using networking sites such as LinkedIn or Facebook or Twitter).
Job fairs – many employers hold job fairs where they display the jobs they have available. These are usually advertised in your local paper, and your Jobcentre Plus should definitely know about them.
Being pro-active – rather than waiting for a vacancy to come up, try looking at the employers you would like to work for, doing some research and contacting their HR department. Even if there are no current vacancies you might be able to send in a speculative CV for any forthcoming vacancies.
Try all seven methods, and good luck in finding that dream job!
If you would like more tips on finding a job, have a look at this e-book http://www.evenbreak.co.uk/blog/disabled-looking-for-work/ it’s packed full of advice for disabled jobseekers and is only a fiver!