Looking for a new job?

5 top tips to help you search through the minefield of information at your disposal.

It’s that time of year when traditionally people start thinking about changing career.

But there are no jobs! How many times have you heard that recently?

At m2r we make a living out of finding and filling vacancies, however for numerous reasons we will never, ever have every vacancy on our books so here are five tips that will help you find that dream job.

  1. Search news sites, not just vacancy boards

There is a wealth of information that can be found by simply reading the press. Most people will read the news on line, look closely for articles about companies expanding, moving into the region, those that have secured a new lucrative contract etc. These organisations are more than likely going to be needing staff, so get in there first, write a professional cover letter and include a comprehensive, well written CV and send it off. Take a look in this magazine for a start, you will be amazed at the information you will find.

  1. Use Google Alerts

This is an excellent way of getting relevant news into your inbox. Like RSS feeds, you can specify the information you want to receive but with Google Alerts you choose the keywords, eg. Bahrain Jobs. Whenever this appears in an article, you will be sent a link. The more alerts you set up, the more information you will find. As with point 1, depending on the keywords you chose, you will find out which companies are expanding, moving, hiring etc.

  1. Keep your eyes and ears open

It is amazing how much information we miss on a day to day basis. Are you in a hotel where there is a conference or business exhibition? If so, take a look. See who is there and make contact.  Some companies will have vacancy signs in the window. Go in and discuss the role and see if anything else is coming up. Who do you know? Who do your friends know? Ask the question. Referrals and networking are fantastic ways of finding out who is hiring. Get your name out there, you will be surprised what you find out.

  1. Be proactive

However you apply for a role, you must follow up your application. Was it received? Is it being considered? When will you hear? Do not wait for a call or email, it may never come. After all, it is you looking for the job, not them. Keep a list of all the applications you make and ensure each and every one is chased up. This goes for direct applications and agencies. It is competitive so you MUST take the initiative.

  1. Use the social networks.

Twitter, Linked In and Facebook are goldmines when it comes to looking for work. We pick up business all the time using these three sites. Linked In is great for professional contacts and if you are looking for a job, it is a must. Contact the hirer directly, introduce yourself professionally and invariably you will get a response. Do not, under any circumstances, post a message on a potential employers recruitment post asking them to ‘look at your profile’. This is lazy and says that you are not really interested. Remember point 4. Twitter and Facebook are great for watching what companies are doing, follow the appropriate employers on Twitter and ‘like’ the Facebook pages of organisations you are interested in. If you post intelligent messages they will be picked up and this is the start of a dialogue that could lead to a job. Remember, the more people you engage with on a professional level, the more chance you have of finding that dream job.

If you really want a new job then you have to be positive and take charge of your own destiny. No one will stop you in the street and offer you a great new career, you have to search for it. Do not apply for everything, be selective and follow up every application. Use the tools that are available to you and make the most out of every opportunity.

There ARE jobs out there, but you have to look.

By Munir Manujee

Munir Mamujee is Managing Director of Wakefield based, multi award-winning international recruitment firm, m2r Ltd. Contact m2r on 0845 388 4145 or email info@m2r.co.uk