In an uncertain jobs market, how can you beat the terror of unemployment?
In April, it was announced that unemployment in the UK had increased for the first time in seven months. From December 2015 to February 2016, the number of people out of work grew by 21,000 to a staggering 1.7 million. Unfortunately, the Brexit referendum is likely to depress the employment market in the short term. If you’re looking for a job, this sounds like bad news. How can you expect to find work if there are no jobs available? Despite worrying figures on a national level, the employment rates on a local level are a little more revealing. In Ipswich, unemployment rates fell to 1,550 (1.8% of the total unemployed). In Suffolk, it’s a slightly worse picture, with unemployment rates up to 358 in Mid Suffolk and up to 302 in Suffolk Coastal. So if you are unemployed, is there anything you can do to beat the terror and improve your chance of finding work?
Fortunately, there is. No matter what state of the jobs market, there are always jobs available. The main reason why people find themselves unemployable is because their application can’t compete with others’. Also, most people don’t know where to find jobs, or they’re looking in the wrong places. This guide will give you a run down of the tips and tricks you can use to make yourself more employable and help change those sad statistics.
Identify What Jobs are in Demand in Suffolk
Your best chance of securing work is identifying what skills are in demand. Our last blog post on the booming industries in Suffolk discovered that the care, NHS and healthcare workers are in high demand due to skills shortages. Also, consider what industries are always employing. Vacancies in sectors such as construction, agriculture, police, teaching and logistics are popular and always available, as there’s a constant need for these services.
Use a Suffolk Local Jobs Board
Job boards are a great resource as they collect every vacancy and make them available in one place. Chances are you’re looking for a job where you live, and national job boards don’t always have a large variety of positions relevant to you. This can mean there are plenty of job vacancies in London, but not a lot of jobs listed in Suffolk. The benefit of using a local jobs board is that they cater specifically to one locality, so if you’re looking for jobs in Suffolk, you’re much more likely to find a suitable vacancy on a local jobs board. Top Suffolk Jobs is a great example of this, where you can get the latest Suffolk jobs direct to your inbox!
Use an Up to Date CV
It’s crucial to have an up to date CV whenever you apply for a job. Any voluntary work or courses that you attend while unemployed are great additions to your CV and can make you stand out from the crowd; they also show that you weren’t just sitting around idle, waiting for a job to come along.
You should also be tailoring your CV to every job you apply for. If you’re applying for jobs in multiple industries, you’ll want a separate CV for each position. A CV for an administration job will allow you to emphasise your organisational skills and Microsoft Office proficiency, whereas a retail position will require you to focus on your ability to communicate with others and provide a quality customer service.
We’ll be covering how important tailoring your CV is in a future post. We’ll show you how you can alter you CVs design to make an impact and secure a job, so stay tuned.
Tailor Your Cover Letter
This is one of the most important steps to take when applying for a job. Companies might receive hundreds of CVs from applicants, so a tailored cover letter can really make a difference. This is your opportunity to show that you know the company and demonstrate what you can offer them as an employee. It’s wise to visit the employer’s website and gauge what skills and personality traits they ask of their employees. This is important, as it not only shows that you’ve done your research, but you can also see if you’d be a good fit for the company. There’s little point in working with a company whose values don’t align with your own. If you’re not as productive because you don’t fit with the culture of the workplace, it’s neither good for you nor your employer.
Reach Out on Social Media
Reaching out on social media is one of the best tactics you can use. Simply making yourself visible, by liking a post or commenting on a potential employer’s update for example, can help you stand out from the dozens of other applicants. This also allows the employer to put a face to your name and could convince them that you’re the perfect person for the job. Just make sure you keep it professional. You don’t want to make yourself look unprofessional by having photos on your profile you wouldn’t want employers to see (no drunken Photo’s)!
Finding work can be difficult no matter the state of the job market, but the principle is always the same: you need to keep trying and differentiate yourself from the pack. By following these tips, you’ll give yourself a much better chance of securing a job.