by Helen Power, Business Development Officer
In this new financial year are you ready for a new challenge?
If you are about to embark on the journey to finding a new career we have some top tips to make your job hunting easier and more efficient.
1. What are you looking for?
The first thing to be sure of is what you want from a new role. Are you looking for a new challenge? Are you looking to step up your career or develop new skills? Before beginning a search decide what is the most important thing for you in a new role. Consider where you would like to work – whether in an office, on location or from home – and how many hours you would like to do – are you looking for more free time or to enter into full time work. It’s time to find your passion and aim for your career goals.
2. What do you want from a new employer?
A new start in a new organisation is a chance to find somewhere that has the same values as you. Read around about a company and research their values and culture. If you are looking for flexibility make it a priority in your search, equally if you are looking to progress and develop find a company that can help you achieve these goals. If you have a company in mind, check their career pages as not all organisations use job sites. If you are looking for a new role in your local council make sure you sign up for job alerts from the SEjobs site and have great job opportunities sent straight to your inbox.
3. Where do you want to work?
Is this your chance to move to a new city, or are you looking for something close to home? Maybe you are looking for a role that will allow you to travel and see new places or maybe travel throughout the community. There are lots of hybrid and working from home opportunities if you are looking for flexibility. This is your opportunity to find a role that fits you. Why not try contacting a local agency as not all companies advertise on the popular recruiting sites.
4. Have a search on social media
Social media can be a great tool to help you find a new career. Lots of organisations share job opportunities on their social pages – have a look and see if there is a popular hashtag for jobs in your area or profession. The SEE social media pages share jobs from Councils throughout the South East so be sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn. Keep your LinkedIn page up to date and explore the companies in your area that are recruiting now, social media can help you get a feel for a company outside their website.
5. Be curious
If you are considering a position but are worried or curious about an element of the role or company, ask. Call the company and make sure this is the role for you. This could save you time applying for a job you won’t thrive in, or could let you – and your potential employer on the phone know – that you are the person for this role and make you stand out from the crowd.
The best public sector jobs are just around the corner…
Don’t forget to check out SE jobs – the go-to site for public sector jobs in the South East. Set up job alerts and get excellent opportunities sent right to your inbox.