How to Find a Job in Half the Time That Other People Take

There are numerous ways to find a job, but here we show you the four main methods (most other methods are just variations of these four methods).

You should plan to use a number of these methods to find a job, don't just rely on one specific method, unless it's producing lots of interviews for minimal effort on your part!

Try each of the different methods and see which one works for you.

1. Finding a Job Through Advertised Job Vacancies

Job vacancies can be advertised by either employers themselves or by recruitment agencies advertising on behalf of an employer. If it's a recruitment agency that is advertising, then you'll need to convince both the agency and employer that you are a good fit for the job.

The are numerous sources of advertised job vacancies - here are just a few:

  • Big national job sites, regional job sites, specialist job sites that focus on a specific profession / sector.
  • National, regional and local newspapers, plus jobs newspapers, plus trade / professional publications / magazines that advertise jobs.
  • Employers' websites often list their own job vacancies.

Jobs that are advertised on large Internet job sites and in national newspapers can often attract 100s (sometimes 1000's) of applications. So you'll need a pretty special CV and cover letter to win an interview.

If you need to improve your CV and get a job more quickly, then you should consider professional CV writing services, as they have the expertise to produce a persuasive CV that will entice employers to want to interview you.

When you're applying for an advertised vacancy, you'll need to write a cover letter. If you don't know how to write a cover letter or you'd like to improve it, then see our professional cover letter, plus see how to start and end a cover letter and you can also take a look at our example cover letter.

2. Finding Jobs By Registering With Recruitment Agencies

In some sectors recruitment agencies are very active, whilst in others they are virtually absent. The same is true with countries - some countries have lots of different agencies covering each sector, whilst in other countries agencies are nearly non-existent or very heavily regulated.

If you work in a specific sector where there are numerous recruitment agencies, then you will miss out on lots of jobs if you don't register with a single agency.

It should be free to register, with the exception of modelling agencies who make a charge to put together a professional portfolio.

To find out how to get the best out agencies see our recruitment agencies article and please take a look at our UK recruitment agency finder, where you can find a recruitment agency for your particular profession / sector.

3. How to Find a Job by Approaching Employers Directly

You may already have a list of employers that you would like to work for, in which case you can go straight to their websites to see if they have any job vacancies. Even if they don't have any current vacancies listed, you can still get in contact with them, as not every employer lists all their jobs on their own website.

If you don't have a list of employers, then it's very easy to research employers that you'd like to work for using the Internet.

If you don't know whether an employer has a suitable job vacancy then you can write a speculative cover letter, which asks the employer if they have any job vacancies and you must state in your letter why you are the ideal candidate.

Remember to include your CV - we have tips for you in our how to write a CV section.

4. Networking to Find a Job

Networking involves using your own personal contacts and making new contacts to build a network that helps you find a job.

To network you can use the telephone or email to contact the people you know and make new contacts by going to suitable conferences, events and exhibitions, and you can also use networking sites on the Internet.

Building up a network of contacts can take time, but if you become proficient at networking it can prove to be an excellent source of job openings, plus you may even find out about a job before it is even advertised, which means you'll face much less competition.

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