What to do and what not to do when you’re looking for work

You know what you want to do, your heart’s set on building a career in a sector that you’re passionate about, working in a role that will inspire you and offer lifelong development opportunities.

Once you know what you want, and what you don’t want, it’s time to start the job search…but where to start?

Luckily, BB Training has some tips to make this process quick, easy and enjoyable. Here are a few:

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We’ve spent the last 8 months developing our website, combining it with our vast database of employers actively seeking talented candidates, to bring you the latest job opportunities in childcare, catering and health and social care.

Harness social media to your advantage

A prospective employer can tell a lot about candidates from their social media profiles. Have a think about the type of content you post online and whether you’d like a future employer to see it.

Use platforms such as Facebook and Linked In to engage with relevant organisations and industry bodies. This will help you get a better feel for the company and help you decide if it’s the sort of place you can see yourself working, as well as familiarising yourself with industry issues that could prove useful during the interview process.

If you’re keen to keep your virtual and professional lives separate, consider changing your security settings to limit what non-friends or followers can see.

Make your CV work for you

Once you have a brilliant CV that captures your strengths and suitability for the role, don’t wait for someone to ask for it. Instead, be pro-active. Call recruitment consultants to register your details, email or post your CV speculatively to relevant companies. Even if they don’t have vacancies immediately, it’s likely they’ll keep your details on file and get in touch when they do.

Consider work experience opportunities

It’s sometimes difficult to get your foot in the door of the world of work. If you’re struggling to find that perfect job, consider a work experience placement. Even if it’s just for a day, if it’s in a sector you’re hoping to work in one day, it’s valuable time spent that looks great on your CV and will demonstrate to employers that you’re dedicated to your chosen profession.

Research your options

There are loads of jobs boards and apps, each bursting with opportunities. Scan these regularly and set up push notifications so you can be among the first to apply, if you like what you see. Combine this with pro-actively researching appropriate prospective employers and you’ll be on to a winner.

For more guidance on trying to find work, go to our interview tips.

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