Finding the right job is a challenge that all of us tend to face at some point in our lifetime. After all, it is only natural at times to consider whether the grass may well and truly be greener elsewhere.
Earlier in 2018, research by recruiting site Glassdoor found that salary is often the top reason for employees to change jobs, but there also are a number of other factors that can also play into such decisions. For example, you may need to relocate for personal reasons or you may simply not have as strong a relationship with management as you did in the past.
Whatever your reason for starting the search for a new PAT testing job, there are a few key steps you can take to boost your chances of landing the perfect role.
1. Look online
Recruitment sites and the likes of business-focused social media such as LinkedIn now offer a range of tools to put you in the right direction from the off. You should also specifically look out for any site offering a demo or a free trial period of their full range of job search support services.
Such concepts are common in a range of sectors, with Netflix offering a free trial period and Amazon providing a sample of its Prime service. A free month’s trial with the right job site could give you the advice and support you need to get the perfect role. The concept has even spread to the world of forex trading, with Saxo offering a demo trading account too. If you plan to stick around and spend some money on a paid account, make sure you look at all the options carefully and read the T&Cs. For instance, Saxo provides three types of accounts: classic, platinum and VIP, each created to cover needs of different types of users. Similarly, LinkedIn has a recruiter-specific paid account as well as other subscription options.
2. Go social
Don’t rule out more general-purpose social media either. Many recruiters and companies choose to advertise their roles using the likes of Twitter and Facebook, so don’t be afraid to have a quick search now and then.
On the flipside, it is also worth bearing in mind research that revealed 92 per cent of recruiters look at such profiles during their hiring process. As such, it is worth having a quick glance at your profiles to ensure they are up to scratch and provide a positive reflection of you, avoiding anything that would put off prospective employers – at least when it comes to the part of the information that’s open to the public and search engines to see.
3. Don’t forget offline
It is important to remember that while the online world dominates so much of our life, looking offline can still reap major rewards.
Listings in local newspapers and trade-specific publications could create opportunities. Furthermore, why not talk to former colleagues or friends in the industry and pick their brains on any new roles they may have heard about recently? Word of mouth is still a powerful tool.
4. Preparation goes a long way
Take time to do some research into a prospective new employer and see if ultimately you would be a good fit there. Looking into a company is also useful when it comes to the interview stage, as you will be able to impress by highlighting that you’ve done your homework.
Finally, don’t forget to give your CV a little bit of polish. Little touches such as tweaking it slightly depending on the company or position you are applying for can be hugely effective.
The search for a new job can be very challenging but the benefits of finding the right role can of course be massive. The tips above will hopefully go some way to ensuring you can find and secure the perfect position.