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Having worked within recruitment for 13 years across many sectors and specialisms my career has ensured that I have helped people choose employers and careers that suit their needs and ambitions.  From running recruitment teams in large telecommunications and financial services businesses, to smaller professional services and hospitality companies; I’m able to advise on the variety of challenges that arise in job searching and interviewing from a variety of different angles.  Ask me a question if you need some career advice from an ‘insider’, interview tips or overall job seeking help and advice.

  1. Hello Julia,

    I think one of the toughest challenges during a job search is dealing with multiple rejections. Do you have any tips on how to stay motivated and perhaps some different approaches to try when job hunting begins to feel like an impossible task?

    Many Thanks,

    Chloe

    • Hi Chloe,

      Absolutely – the process of job hunting can be make it quite difficult to maintain motivation, even for the most positive of individuals! Motivation is a very personal driver and overcoming disappointment and setbacks can be hard. Remaining positive and reminding yourself that you will find that perfect job will always help, seeking support from friends and family will help as well.

      Aside from sustaining motivation in the face of rejection, I would also suggest that many rejections can be avoided if candidates take time and care over deciding which jobs they apply for, ensuring that they apply only for roles they fulfil the specification for, therefore minimising the likelihood of being rejected. Try using the below steps in your application decisions:

      • Firstly, I would highly recommend scrutinising the job adverts and specifications for the roles for which you plan to apply, pay particular attention to what experience the role requires you to have. Often adverts and specifications will talk about “essential” experience as well as “advantageous” or “desirable” skills, as a minimum do ensure that you meet the essential criteria as closely as possible as it is against these that applications will be screened (and ultimately rejected or progressed).

      • Secondly, ensure that your CV reflects the skills that you have! It sounds simple but you’d be amazed by how many candidates expect hiring managers to be mind-readers! For example if a job requires strong IT skills in MS Excel, make sure that your CV reflects the experience you have in this area.

      • And finally, a well worded covering letter will really help you. It really doesn’t need to be War and Peace, just make sure that it is focused on the role for which you’re applying and use it as an opportunity to showcase how you meet the essential (and desirable) skills and experience the employer is looking for. Make sure you also mention any other areas of strength you feel would be appropriate for the role.

      There are many methods available for job searching, most of which I’m sure you’re aware of – for example local press, internet job boards, the job centre, recruitment agencies etc. As well as the traditional approaches to job hunting there are a variety of other means of finding a job that’s right for you. Have you thought of the following?
      • Direct speculative approaches – Researching companies that you really would like to work for and making contact with them directly. The professional networking site LinkedIn (basically a Facebook for the professional world) is a great source for speculative approaches, you will normally be able make direct contact with key managers within specific companies. Also just putting a call into the switchboard and asking to speak to someone within the Recruitment or HR team should give you the opportunity to ask if they have vacancies or how you might go about applying.
      • Ask your friends!! – Most large organisations will operate internal “Refer a Friend” schemes which will reward current employees if they refer a friend for a job that they go on to successful secure. If you know of friends that enjoy their jobs or work in organisations you’d like to join then don’t be scared to ask them to look for vacancies on your behalf and refer your CV for them… Often a personal recommendation will assist you in avoiding the generic auto-rejection emails!
      • Explore temporary opportunities – even if it’s a permanent position you’re looking for, do consider temporary work as well. Temporary assignments are a great opportunity to get your foot in the door with a company and really show what you can do. Often temporary work will bring about longer term opportunities. And of course you also get to experience the work environment before you commit to a permanent role! The easiest way to secure temporary work is to register with recruitment agencies who specialise in temporary assignments (Hays, Reed, Adecco, Pertemps for example).
      • Upload your CV – Many of the large job boards provide the opportunity for you to upload your CV to their CV database (Reed, Monster, Totaljobs, Indeed etc). Large employers and agencies will frequently use these databases to search for candidates for their roles and make direct approaches, so make sure you’re on the databases otherwise you won’t get approached!!!

      Chloe I hope this helps, and do stay positive! I wish you all the best in your search for work.

      Julia

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