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Looking for a New Job

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 6 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Whether you are unhappy in your current job, are looking for some career development, or want to change careers completely, you will need to go job hunting. Looking for a new job can be exciting as you think about the future, but also frustrating and demoralising. Improve your chances by doing your research and approaching recruitment agencies or asking a career advisor for guidance. Make sure Your CV is up to scratch but try to keep your search secret from colleagues.

Do Your Research

When you are looking for a new job you need to know what your options are. Pay attention to what is Going On In The Industry and whether people are leaving. Subscribe to industry magazines and scour websites and newspapers to keep up with the latest vacancies. If you know who you would like to work for, contact them to keep updated about any opportunities and try to get to know someone on the inside (see our article How To Make A Speculative Approach).

Ask The Professionals

If you want a new job, try to find as much support as possible. Get your friends and family on the job hunting case but also don’t forget the professionals. There are a lot of Recruitment Agencies out there who can do a lot of the job hunting for you and will learn about new jobs when they come up. Also, talk to a career advisor who can help you find a new job by clarifying what you want and helping you with your CV and application.

Work On Your CV

Whatever new job you are going for, there will be plenty of other applicants trying to get it, too. Your CV is your tool to make you stand out from the crowd and show why you are the best person for the job. Keep the layout simple and focus on the skills that you have gained in each role. Turn any negatives into positives but be careful not to lie about your background. Tailor your CV for each job that you apply for and explain why you want it – and don't forget about the importance of Your Covering Letter.

Keep Quiet

When you are looking for a new job it is natural to want to share the search with everyone. However, telling your colleagues is not a good idea. If your boss finds out, they may hold it against you. Top prevent this, try not to tell anyone that you work with. Confide in your friends and family about your job search instead, and wait until you have a firm job offer before telling work.

Further Reading

Read our guide to Keeping Your Career Plans Private to find out why it's advisable not to tell anyone in your workplace about your career change plans.

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