I need to find a job – where do I start?

Written by sally

12th November 2020

where to find a new job

At a time when there are ever more people looking for work and many sectors not hiring at the moment due to the impact of the pandemic, here’s our quick guide as to where to start looking for your next job.


1. Work out your ideal job

We recommend writing out a list of Essential Factors – must haves – and Desirable Factors – nice to haves – to help you put together your ideal job.  These could include the type of things you’ll be expected to do in the role, the skills you’ll be using and who you’ll be working with as well as practical considerations such as salary level, hours and location of work.

What we consider to be ideal differs from person to person so it’s useful to know your personal non-negotiable factors and which ones are open to compromise or flexibility before you waste your time pursuing roles that don’t meet your needs.


2. Know the jobs market

There are likely to be various routes to finding your ideal next job, such as through recruitment consultants and online boards.  We recommend selecting at least 3 different routes to increase your chances of success.

For a rundown of the different routes, click here for our free Jobs Market download.

If you are looking to get paid work as quickly as possible then Temporary Recruitment Agencies should be your first choice. Search for suitable agencies by location, sector or profession.

If part-time or flexible working opportunities are on your Essential Factors list, check out these recruitment consultants specialising in flexible opportunities.


3. Be clear about your transferable skills

Due to the pandemic, there are certain sectors in the economy that have significantly contracted and will have minimal or no job vacancies at the moment.  These include travel and tourism, non-essential retailers, hospitality, events management and venue-based entertainment.  If your experience is in these sectors, think about what skills you have that are transferable to other sectors such as customer relations, problem resolution and management. Which other sectors are you interested in working in?  How can you position yourself as an ideal candidate for employers in these sectors?


4. Invest time in updating your C.V.

Your C.V. is likely to be the first impression an employer will get about you.  It’s your opportunity to show how your experience and education matches what the employer is looking for, so we strongly recommend tailoring it carefully to each role you apply for.

Check through the job advert or job description – what are the key things they are looking for – whilst you don’t need to show you match everything on their wish list, do pick out the key factors and show how you demonstrate these within your experience and the executive summary.

Some roles will require you to complete an application form. Use your C.V. as a source of information. Where longer text-based answers are required to specific questions, we recommend saving these in a Word document (or similar) for easy access for completing more than one application.


5. Set yourself up for a successful job search

Job search can be a challenging time especially due to the uncertainty of how long it may take to find a suitable role. Not knowing what you’re going to be doing or when you’re going to start earning can take its toll on motivation and confidence – both of which are likely traits that a future employer will want to see.

Creating a positive mindset is just one part of setting yourself up for a successful job search.  And to help, we’ve created an easy-to-use Job Search Essentials kit to get you off to a flying start.  This kit guides you through various activities to get yourself set up in 8 different ways for a successful job search.

Job Search Essentials


Wishing you all the best for landing that next job.

The Career-Mums team have been supporting working parents in their careers for over 5 years.  If you’d like more personalised support to help you land your next role, book your Spotlight on your Career Coaching programme.



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