What job can I do? WEDNESDAY, 29 JULY 2015

Whether you are just starting out on your first job search or looking for a new challenge, the theory behind deciding on what type of job to apply for is the same.

Determining the type of work you’re looking for before you begin will give you structure to your job search and ensure you target the right jobs for your skills, experience and interest.

Deciding on the type of job that suits you is the first step in your job search:

If you are just starting out then it may be that you are looking for something that will provide you with a stepping stone to a long term career. Internships are great for Graduates who know what field they want to work in, they are usually short term and allow an employer to evaluate someone’s skills before offering a permanent role. So there is the potential of a job offer after an internship has ended although this is not guaranteed.

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to learn a new skill, usually in a trade, and earn a salary at the same time. You will be working towards an NVQ or Foundation Degree at the highest level and will also be learning from hands on experience at the same time.

If you’re looking for a stop gap or just getting back into work, then temping can be a good way to learn new skills. Registering with a specialist temp agency would also be advisable as part of your search.

Contract positions usually demand a higher salary and are more flexible than permanent roles with long term contracts running from 3 months to a year. Companies recruit for contract positions where there is a fixed time scale for a role including maternity cover, funding or special projects. Although contracts have a set time period they can be extended and some role on annually.

If job security is what you are looking for then a permanent position is probably the most appropriate. You will also receive benefits that are only awarded to permanent staff like a pension or healthcare cover.

Part Time / Flexible Working
Decide on your preferred hours from the start, if you want flexible working or to work from home, always factor this into your job search. It is much better to find a job that suits you from the start. Make any requirements clear at interview, do not request this after offer it could lose you the opportunity.

Once you know where to target your job search, you don’t have to pigeon hole yourself to one profession and don’t rely on one source of vacancies as you’ll limit the opportunities that are available to you.

Transferable Skills
You may already know your field of expertise and sectors you want to work in, but if you are looking for a change of career, listing all your skills you have built up throughout your career will give you a good starting point. You might be surprised at how many skills are transferable. IT, numeracy, communication, problem solving and presentation skills are all common abilities that employers are looking for.

Let Employers and Recruiters find you
Be visible to Recruiters and potential Employers, register your CV on the major job boards like and recruiter websites like also make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date containing as much information about your work experience and skills as possible to enable Employers to find you. Once you have decided on the criteria for your job search, use job boards like, or to run a search of all the current vacancies.

Be Proactive
You don’t have to wait for a job to be advertised, if there are companies that you would love to work for then it’s quite acceptable to approach them direct. Target the person responsible for hiring, commonly the HR Manager. You can usually find this information on a Company website or LinkedIn, using a name rather than simply the ‘HR Manager’ will make a much better impression.

Having a clear idea of the type of job you are looking for from the outset will save time and steer you towards the right career path for your skills and experience and will result in a job that suits you perfectly!

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