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Should you Apply for Jobs Directly or via Recruitment Agency?

Applying for jobs directly or via recruitment agency- which way is more effective?

Agency or applying direct -what is more effective in this job market?

Your CV is updated and ready to go.  What do you do next? Where do you start? Traditionally there are two routes you can take to apply for a job;  directly or via a recruitment agency. Here are few things to bear in mind when deciding which route to take.

Applying Directly

You can apply for roles directly via company’s website, LinkedIn or via job search platforms. My favourite job search platforms are Indeed, CV Library and Totaljobs. Once you find a job you are interested in, submit your CV via the link provided or complete an application form for the role you are interested in.

 Some application forms are lengthy and most of them ask for a similar information. Write your answers in a word document and save them to reuse later. This will not only save you time but also a will to live when you are asked for the fifth time to write about your strength and weaknesses.

 Most of the job search platforms will allow you to create a profile and save an up to date CV you can use to apply for jobs on the go. This is a good time saving tip if you are using same CV to apply for all new jobs.  If you need to change your CV when applying for jobs, make sure you check you have attached the most relevant CV to the job you are applying for.

Applying via recruitment Agency

You can sign up with a recruitment agency to help you find a job. If you are not sure which agency to use, you can do an online search to find an agency which covers your line of expertise and upload your CV to their website.

The quickest way is to either call or email the agency and ask to speak to a recruiter who looks after the roles you are interested in. Most agency recruiters focus on a business area, for example technology. There might be a separate recruiter covering contract roles and permanent roles. Recruiters can specialise in particular regions or countries so make sure you speak to the right person.

Once you find the right recruiter,  they will ask you questions about your CV, your salary expectations, your availability, work location and anything else they might need to know to qualify you for the right job. The recruiter will then let you know if they have any suitable vacancies or give you an update on the current job market. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Recruiters are industry experts and can provide you with a useful overview of the industry you’re looking to apply to. Make sure you stay in regular contact with your recruiter.  You want to stay fresh in their minds but remember to avoid being too pushy.

If the recruiter has a role you might be suitable for, they will ask you to sign a disclaimer stating you are willing to be represented by their agency. This is to protect the recruitment agency in case another agency submits your CV to the same client without your consent. Your agency will be able to prove they are representing you and will get the fee if they place you in the role.

The benefit of applying via an agency

You have an agent working on your behalf trying to find you a job. This might give you a better chance to get your CV in front of more companies.

Having a good recruitment agency and agent is a game changer. I would advise you to build a good relationship with your recruiter, once you have found the right one.

Things to watch out for when applying via recruitment agency

The agency might format your original CV to make it consistent with their branding without informing you. If you are offered an interview, make sure you ask to see your CV so you and the hiring manager have the same copy. It can be embarrassing if the hiring manager asks you questions about your CV you are not aware of because your recruitment agency updated it wrongly. It happens more often that you think.

If you are approached for the same role by more than one agency, be upfront and tell then you are already being represented by a different recruiter. You don’t want your CV to get submitted for the same role three times by three different agents. It makes the agency look as if they don’t have a candidate control. It makes you come across as a less credible candidate who doesn’t care what role they are applying for.

The difference between applying for a role via an agency and going directly

The main difference is the cost to the business. If you have been submitted for a role via an agency and you accept the role and start, the company will pay a fee to the agency. The fee is a percentage of your base salary and varies. If you apply directly and accept the role, there is no cost associated with your hire.  Don’t let this put you off applying via an agency. The company using an agency will have the budget approved upfront and it will not affect you as a candidate.


In the current market some companies might try to recruit directly and some will still use agencies to find the right candidates to save time. Some companies will focus on saving cost and direct route will be their preferred option. Some companies will use a mixture of both methods. My advice to you as a candidate is to use both routes. Apply for jobs directly but also use agencies to cover every available role on the market. Build your personal network on LinkedIn. Post about your job search experience, ask your network to share your profile. Be brave and be ready for that call to an interview.

To find out more about job search strategies read more articles here.

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How to Deal with the Fear of Competency Interviews?

Tips on how to tackle competency interview anxiety

Tips on how to tackle competency interview anxiety

I can hear the panic in Tom’s voice. He is my new client and he is asking me for help with preparing for a competency interview. Tom secured an interview with a consulting firm ( very exciting news) but they want to do a competency interview (not so exciting news in his opinion). Tom is a Senior Manager, great at his job, confident, smart and people person but he hates interviews. And he hates competency interviews even more.

I know that Tom is not the only one. There are so many successful people who fall apart during the interview process. It is OK to be nervous, it is completely normal but you don’t want to be so nervous that you mess up the interview and lose the chance to get the job. Here are few tips to help you. If you need more help feel free to reach out and have a chat here.

First thing- Don’t panic! Having to interview can be scary for most of people. Especially if your financial security depends on getting the job, or if this is your dream job and you really want it. Stakes are high and you don’t want to mess it up. 

You might have been in your job for years and have not interviewed for a long time. Going back to interviewing can be daunting. You are out of practice and although you know you are great at your job,  you might not know how to sell yourself.  Alternatively you don’t have much work experience, you are shy, or you don’t feel you have strong communication skills.  Whatever your situation, level of seniority or length of time in your job the only way to overcome the fear is to prepare! Every interview is different and there always will be the unknown so preparation is the key.

Remember an interview is a two way street. Although the company has a choice of choosing the right candidate, you have a choice of choosing the right company. As much as you might need the role, you have the skills to offer so know your worth! Don’t let the stress of an interview intimidate you! Instead get excited to tell them all about you. They called you for an interview because they think you can do the role. From all the applicants, they chose you so focus on that.

If you are still worried, ask yourself;

  • What is making me nervous?
  • Is it the fear of speaking?
  • Is it the formal set up?
  • Is it the fear of not knowing how to answer the questions they ask you, or not knowing what questions to ask at the end?

Whatever it is, pin point the problem and start working on it by practising.

What are competency interviews?

These type of interviews will test your understanding of the role and level you can perform the role at. You will be asked specifically designed questions focusing on a competency required to perform the role.

These interviews can be scary for many people but once you understand how to answer them, you will tackle them easily.

Always talk about your involvement in the situation you’re being asked about. Focus on your role and what YOU did, not your wider team.

Start with the brief description of the scenario or a problem. State your involvement in the situation and what steps you took to resolved it. Highlight the outcome and what you learnt from the situation.

My Tip- Do not over complicate things

Think of your day to day duties. I am sure you experienced challenges, difficult decisions, conflicts or improvements you made in your most recent role.

Remember: choose a scenario that has already happened and you know the outcome. If you are giving an example of project you are currently working on, you won’t be able to talk about the outcome and close of the question.

Remember: choose an example relatable to the role you are applying for. Unless you are new on the career ladder, using examples from your personal or university life is not recommended. You want to demonstrate that you understand the question.

If you want practical examples of competency interviews check out here. I have a full chapter dedicated to interview strategies.

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5 Things to Help You Deal with Post Covid Job Hunting

5 Things you must prepare for in this job market whilst you are job hunting

5 Things you must prepare for in this market whilst you are job hunting

In the last blog we have talked about what you must do to prepare for your job search- here. This week the focus is on what to expect in this job market and how to tackle it.

To help make your job search easier, it helps to understand how the market has changed the last few months. Knowing what to expect or what to prepare for in your job search is key. Not only will this help keep your morale high but ultimately lead to that exciting new job offer.

Waiting for a response regarding your application

Be prepared to wait a few weeks to hear back from the company when you are applying for jobs in this market. It takes a while to hear back from recruiters in a good job market but right now it takes even longer. This is because the volume of applications for any job has drastically increased. A job which would get around 150 applications in a good job market currently gets over 500 applications.

Also bear in mind that a lot of recruiters were let go so recruitment teams are much smaller and can’t work as fast as they did before Covid. Lastly companies are taking time to decide if the new role they are recruiting for is business critical based on how the market will change in the future. Keep track of your applications and if you don’t hear back after a few weeks get in touch with the recruiter.

Getting rejected when your skill set is a ‘perfect match’

Whilst it might have been easy for you to get a job with your expertise previously, now you are getting rejections for the jobs you have the right experience for. This could be down to a few reasons. The high volume of applications and difficult job market normally brings a higher quality of CV for each role. As a result recruiters can be more selective in which candidates they put forward. Make sure your CV reflects the job description as closely as possible. If you still feel you are a perfect match got rejected, reach out to the recruiter and find out the reason why. It doesn’t happen often but sometimes the system or the recruiter could have made a mistake and reject you by accident.

Agencies not calling you

If you have used agencies in the past to get you a job,  it is a natural step for you to contact them when you are back on the market. You might notice that agencies are not contacting you as much as they did before. With the few jobs around it is harder for agencies to get work from their clients and therefore they might only recruit for specialist roles for the time being. Companies currently recruiting  normally advertise their jobs directly on LinkedIn and other platforms to save on agency costs. Make sure you are using your connections and letting them know you are looking for work to get yourself noticed.

No new jobs in your industry

If your industry or job role has been affected by the pandemic it is obvious that there will be no new jobs on the market or at least not in high numbers. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you can’t apply for the same/ similar role in a different industry because you don’t have all the skills listed on the job description. There might be more competition  and companies might be more selective but if you don’t try you will never know. Look at industries that are hiring, read the job descriptions, update your transferable skills and keep applying. Also, consider contracting for the time being. You will earn money and expand your skills even if the role you get is not your ideal one. The trick with the job search these days is to think outside the box. If the old way of looking for a job is not working, change it.

Dealing with ups and downs

It might take you longer to get a job than you planned but to be successful you need to see the light at the end of the tunnel. If you need a job to feed your family you will get it. There is no question about it. You have to work on your strategy, confidence and persistence every day. If you are stuck, get help, join networking groups in your industry, find a support group or get a job coach to help you. Get involved in charity work, build your connections – you never know who you will meet. Just don’t sit in despair. Remember you are not the only one going through this. 

 If you want to know more about job hunting in 2020 please read here.

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2020 UK Job Market Job Hunt Strategy

How to change your job hunting strategy and what you can do as a candidate to stand out in the 2020 UK job market?

2020 UK Job Hunt Strategy

With the growth of technology the concept of the traditional career path has changed. Jobs which were once deemed as secure are now much less so. Job longevity, so sought after by employers is no longer feasible with the average job lasting between two and four years. Partly this is due to millennials and their reluctance to stay with one company indefinitely. Secondly there is no longer the stability in the job market previous generations were once used to.

Companies which would once invest in the development of their employees to retain their knowledge and expertise are now much less reluctant to do so. The changes in the economy and the volatile job market make it impossible for the a company to offer a stability in the role. Therefore the career is now in your hands only and not the hands of your company.

Companies have changed their focus to hiring skilled contractors who can solve problems they have without needing to invest in their career. You are not valuable to an employer if you don’t have the skillset they need anymore. If you find that you are not developing your skillset within your current job, now is the right time to assess your career strategy. You need to be prepared in case you find yourself on the job market. Invest in your training and education and update your skills, both soft and technical. If work doesn’t provide you with learning opportunities search online for free courses, use LinkedIn learning and do your research. Remember your career is in your own hands.

The job new market is becoming more and more project based. The focus is on the skill and not the job title anymore. It doesn’t matter what you did last 10 years but what skills you have to offer to the company now and in the future.  It is a market of uncertainty and you can view it in one of the two ways;  a risk to your career or an opportunity.

6 Tips to help you stand out and succeed in your job hunt strategy in the uncertain UK job market

6 Tips to help you stand out and succeed in your job hunt strategy in the uncertain UK job market
  1. Start with building your network and your connections to help you get your profile in front of the right people. Companies will most likely access their own networks and the networks of their employees via a referral system first. This is to attract new talent without paying any agency fees. Most companies will only advertise roles and go through agencies when they exhaust the referral route.
  2. Set up or review your LinkedIn profile and connect with people who can help you and recommend you if there are suitable opportunities available.  Follow groups and forums you are interested in or which can benefit your career and enhance your skills. Post articles and share posts to increase your online presence. Comment on interesting posts and offer your expertise where relevant. Position yourself as a brand or a business that can solve a need or a problem by giving free advice.
  3. Update your technical skills by doing courses and free learning but don’t forget your soft skills e.g. communication skills. Soft skills are in demand as much as the technical skills so invest in these too.
  4. Make sure your profile and experience are clear so the company knows what you have to offer. Make your CV and profile tailored to the role you are applying for. Highlight your niche or expertise by using the right keywords. Remember to show you are a specialist who can solve a company’s needs.
  5. Join the right recruitment or headhunting agencies. These people are experts, they will send your profile for the roles in their network but bear in mind they are there to serve the client. You as a candidate are secondary and they will only send your CV if you are a perfect match for the role the client is advertising. Again make sure you don’t send a generalist profile but focus on being the specialist in whatever you are doing.
  6. Don’t be afraid to take time to rethink your career, ask for help, find a mentor or a coach. Get some clarity on what is important to you in your job or career and start taking action towards it.

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Why do you need a job coach or career coach in 2020?

Times are hard, the job market is in pieces, unemployment figures are high and the world is full of uncertainty. It is a strange time for most of us. If you are lucky to have kept your job then you at least you have money coming in and your day is filled with purpose. On the other hand you might have lost your income and are stuck in the never ending cycle of applying for jobs and not hearing back from the companies you applied too. You have tried everything you know but nothing is happening and no one is responding. And if they responding, all you are you are getting is rejections. You might want to think about implementing a plan B. Something you have not tried before – job/ career coaching.

Sometimes all you need is to change your mindset and add some structure to your current job search. You might want to consider buying a job search guide book to help you get started. They are inexpensive and you can use them to guide you the same as you would use a guide for anything else in your life. Having a step by step plan might be what you need to put you back on the right track when it comes to job hunting. Check out my blog post on some recommended books to start with.

For those that are looking for a new job, a change of career or are simply planning to grow in their current role, things might not be that straightforward. You might have tried everything from getting your CV written by a CV writing company to reading all the books and blogs under the sun but you’re still lost and not getting any results. This is where a career coach/job coach can help you.

They will work with you on an individual basis. They will help you understand what is stopping you from achieving what you want in your career or job search. They will help you change your mindset and guide you to the tools you need to rebuild your job search and become who you want to be in your career.

Career coaches cost money, some of them are very expensive but there are some reasonably priced ones so do your research.  You want to be sure that investing in one is something that would help you. Most of the coaches offer a free session so use it to get a feel for the coach, ask them questions about what you need help with and see if they resonate with you. It can be a difficult decision to invest in a coach if you have just lost your job and money is tight so look around for the best option.

I myself was at first a little sceptical, this was back in 2010 when I lost my job and my career was not going anywhere. I had no money saved and I knew I needed to find a job as soon as possible but I wanted to make sure I was choosing the right job and career. I qualified as a lawyer but reviewing contracts all day at my desk with little human interaction was not how I imagined my life would end up. The only time I perked up was when I had a client meeting. The career I chose was not easy to give up. I studied hard to get the grades, with English not being my first language it was even harder. It was not easy to get to the top law schools and to qualify and get a pupillage/ training contract. Not to forget it was very expensive but I did not enjoy it anymore. The money I was making was nowhere near to what I was promised to earn and the hours were very long. I was often coming home after midnight just to be in the office for 7am.  I did not see any point in spending years in this career and working my way up to the top but I was scared to make a move. I didn’t have any other experience, or idea what I wanted to do.

Then I lost my job due to cuts in financial services and this was an opportunity to start anew but I was scared. It was a difficult time and no one was hiring. I went down the traditional route of applying for the jobs I didn’t even want and it made me even more unhappy. I was stuck.  

My friend who worked in learning and development recommended a career coach. I didn’t know what these people did. How can someone who doesn’t know me help me decide on what I want to do and help me find the right job?  Especially if it costs money which I did not have But after a month went by and I was not getting anywhere I decided to do my research and book a free session with few career coaches in my area. I thought I had nothing to lose.

It was the best decision I have ever made. I spoke with two coaches and decided to go with the one I felt I had a better connection with. After the free session, I booked a fist paid session and after that a 1 month course. The career coach I worked with not only helped me to understand where I’m going wrong in looking for jobs but also the transferable skills I already have and can use in many different careers. I uncovered my strengths and what is important to me.  I learned how to network better, how to ustilise my current skill set to gain an advantage over the competition but most importantly I learned how to be more confident in interviews, client meetings and how to articulate my needs without getting emotional. It was the first time in a long time where I felt clear about where I was heading and what I wanted.

After some consideration I started to apply for roles outside of law and moved to HR. It was not an easy decision but it was the best decision I made. I love helping people to find jobs and help them understand what they want from their career. Many years and qualifications later I have decided to start career coaching myself. My job in HR and recruitment has become my passion. I feel the most satisfied when I am helping someone to find out what they really want to do, helping them get the promotion they deserve or changing careers like me. Nothing makes me feel better than helping people understand who they are meant to be.

If you are like I was years back and are not sure if this is for you, try the free session and find out for yourself. It might be the best decision you ever make.

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The best books to help you with your job search in 2020

Why do you need a book to help you find a job in 2020 you ask? Finding a job should be pretty straight forward after all. You create your CV and apply for jobs posted online, right?  Unfortunately there is so much more to it these days. With an increasing volume of applications due to rising unemployment and changes in technology, companies are using more sophisticated ways to conduct the candidate selection. The job search itself can be very challenging and finding the right role can be a lengthy and frustrating process.

If you want to succeed in finding a job in this market you have two choices. You can either keep applying and hoping for the best or you can invest a little in yourself and prepare for the job hunt.

To be successful in your job search you need to understand the current job market, how to stay resilient and where to look for jobs. You need to learn how to update your CV to stand out in the key word searches and when being reviewed by recruiters. When you get an interview you need to know how to best prepare for it to get the job.

Below are my favourite books to help you not only with your job search but also with your mindset. These books will  sharpen your skills, show you how and where to search and will keep you motivated and persistent when you hit a block in your job search.

Job Loss Problems and Job Hunt Solutions 2020

Is a short e-book I wrote to help you with the full recruitment process and how to navigate through it in 2020. You will learn how to deal with your mindset, set a job search plan,  master interview techniques all the way to offer negotiations tricks. It will help you understand the current job market and the best way to structure your CV. It’s a short modern guide with examples and templates to help you succeed in your job search.  It will help you look at your career and open your mind to different opportunities you might not have thought of.

The 2 hour Job Search: Using Technology to get the Right Job Faster by Steve Dalton

This book will give you a great insight into how to optimise the job search engines on LinkedIn, Google and other job search platforms. You will learn how much time you should spend on different tasks when searching for a job. You will also get an advice from behaviour experts to help you gain an advantage whilst searching for a job.

Ignite your LinkedIn Profile by Donald J Wittman

It’s a great book to start with when you are trying to nail the LinkedIn game. It will help you with optimising your LinkedIn profile and learn marketing strategies to help you getting noticed. It explains how to discover jobs in the hidden job market and create new opportunities. It is a great book to understand the power of your LinkedIn profile if you get it right.

If you need 1:1 help with your job search or struggling with your career check out my job search and career coaching sessions here.

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6 Practical Job Search Tips in 2020

There is a lot of information online about finding a job but when you are in the middle of the global pandemic you might have to change your tactics. Right now it is all about being persistent and staying motivated. The unemployment figures are getting higher and most industries have stopped recruiting for certain job functions or stopped recruiting completely. It is tough out there but you have to stay positive. Use the time you have wisely, be creative and do your search thoroughly.

Here are some Job Search Tips in 2020 that helped me so far;

Use multiple job search platforms

Fully focus on one platform each day. Do everything you can that day to utilise the platform of your choice before you move to the next one. If you feel you’ve exhausted all job search platforms you normally use, Google is a great source for finding more.

Lets say you start with LinkedIn. (if you don’t have a LinkedIn, set it up). Search for jobs and connect with individuals in your industry who might be able to help you or point you in the right direction. Networking can help you with your job search but also with your career. Once you make contact, message them and send them your CV, you never know who might need your skill set if you don’t put yourself out there. Follow forums and groups related to your job search. Connect with companies you are interested in.

You need to be resourceful and active on as many job search platforms as possible and let the recruiters find you. If you are using platforms such as Indeed, create an account and upload your CV,  but make sure you tailor your CV if needed. If you don’t know where to start use CV Library, Totaljobs, Jobsite, Monster, Guardianjobs, etc.

Don’t forget to apply directly to companies too. Some might use their websites to advertise the role before they post it on job search platforms or go to agencies.

Utilise Agencies

Find agencies specialising in the job market you are looking for and send them your CV. Contact recruiters directly and connect with them on LinkedIn. Send them your CV and a brief overview of what you are looking for, salary expectations and when you are free to start so they can consider you as soon as the right job comes in. Keep in touch with them regularly. If the right job for your skill set comes up you might be the first person they call because you are on the top of their mind.

Use the right Key Words

It is important for your CV to have the right key words so the right recruiters can find it. It is also important to learn how to search the right key words in the search engines when you are looking for jobs. Remember not every company uses the same job titles for the jobs they advertise.

Example: Personal Assistant can be called PA, EA (Executive Assistant) or Team Assistant. They might all be slightly different but if you read the job description you might find the company is looking for the PA skill set.  If you are not sure what key words to use, use Google to find the alternative names for your job title. The more options you try, the more surprised you will be as to how many more jobs you can apply for. Make sure you adjust your CV profile to reflect that you have the correct experience and skill set.

Consider different regions or even countries

The global pandemic made one thing easier in that we are all used to remote working and some companies e.g. Twitter has decided to carry on remote working even after the pandemic is over. This might be the case for other companies so do not restrict your job search to your own city. Look at different regions or even countries if you speak the same language. Ask if they would consider remote working. If you were able to perform the role remotely up till now, chances are that you might be able to carry on after the pandemic is over. 

Consider Contracting

It might be easier to get a short term contract rather than a permanent role in the current job market. The companies might find it easier to find the budget for contract roles as they don’t need to commit to a permanent head count. Even if you think taking a contract might mess up your CV, it is always worth considering. You will learn something new and you get paid. Remember you don’t need to put the role on your CV.

Think about transferable skills you can use

If you are having no luck with your job search,  or the industry you are applying for is particularly affected by the global pandemic, try to think outside the box. What skill set do you have that you could use in the short term to get by? You might think you don’t have any skills, trust me you do. Whatever it is you like doing or are good at try to utilise. If you are technically minded, look for online jobs you could do such as setting up websites, social media or video editing for example. If you have great grammar try proof reading. If you are a PA, look for virtual assistant jobs or offer your services on sites such as Fiverr. If you have expertise in finance or accounting,  look at the ways to help small business or individuals setting up their business.  Take a pen and paper find a quiet space and start thinking about your options.

However hard things are right now,  know that you are doing the best you can to find a job and that you are not the only one going through this. If you are losing motivation read 4 Tips to motivate you when searching for a job in 2020.

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4 Tips to motivate you when searching for a job in 2020

The unemployment figures are worse each day and even the advertised jobs seem to be there just for show because no one is responding. It feels as all applications are going to a black hole.  I am not sure about you but I am not feeling very motivated to search for a job right now. I wish I was one of the few lucky ones who managed to keep their jobs but I am not. I know how hard it is to keep going but if you are in the same position as me you know we have no other choice. We have to find a job.

 I have a few tips to help you stay motivated and not lose your mind in this situation.

Get up, get dressed, get showered and start your day

You have probably stayed up late watching Netflix or stared at the ceiling until early hours worrying and you are tired and demotivated. You might be wondering what’s the point of carrying on with your job search. You feel that nothing will change so you might as well stay in bed and ignore the world around you.

You are right, nothing will change if you don’t change your mindset. You need to start feeling optimistic about life and your job search. To be able to do that, you need to take action in the right direction however hard it is.

We have never been in this situation before. It is hard to tell how long will this uncertainty last but remember, it will not last forever. You just need to hang on there and do everything you can to get a job.  You will get one. Do you know why?  Because you have no other choice.

Get up early, shower, get dressed and you should feel instantly better. Go for a walk and listen to music which makes you feel happy,  listen to a podcast, make your favourite breakfast or a coffee.  Do anything that will motivate you and make you smile. Don’t look at the clock, but focus on trying to create a positive mindset before you open your laptop and start the job search.

Start the job search

Get creative with your job search and focus on a different platform through the day. Start with the easiest first. If Indeed is your prefer way of searching, start there. Apply for all suitable jobs you can find, search for companies you are interested in, create your profile and upload your CV.  It will make you feel as you are achieving something. Then move on to the next platform, lets say LinkedIn and carry on until you reach the most difficult part of your job search, such as lengthy application forms. By the time you get to them you should be fired up by the progress you have made and complete the forms with ease.

Think about other options

This could be the perfect time to start that new business you always wanted. Maybe like me you always wanted to start a blog, write a book, sell a product on Amazon or whatever you dreamed about but didn’t get to do. It does not mean that you have to spend hundreds of pounds. You will have to invest a little but this could be the break you needed. Do your research and look at your options. Check out how I started my blog.

Reward yourself

When the times are tough and we find it hard to stay motivated it is so important to have a little reward to keep us going. It could be something simple such as a nice glass of wine, an episode of your favourite Netflix show or a slice of a chocolate cake. I love having a nice pampering session at the end of the day or a glass of gin and tonic. It is a small pleasure but it is something I can look forward to when I’m stuck in the middle of a job search.

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5 Tips to help you deal with job loss

I have been there myself more times than I care to remember. Even with all my experience and knowledge of the recruitment industry, losing a job never got easier. However losing my job made me much more resilient to unexpected change and I learnt how to approach and manage job loss as indeed you will too.

Like most unpredictable things in life, losing your job suddenly can be frightening.  It does not help that we are navigating through a global pandemic right now too, dealing with uncertainty in every aspect of our lives.  As long as you can maintain your physical and mental strength, you CAN get through this.

If you want some help to nudge you in the right direction, you can get your step by step guide here- Job Loss Problems and Job Hunt Solutions 2020. I put lot of time and effort into creating this guide and  passionately believe it will help make things easier for you. I can’t wait for you read it and start your journey with me.

Treat your job loss as you would the loss of an important relationship in your life.

Give yourself time to acknowledge what has happened. You need to process the emotions associated with losing your job. Take time to mourn and come to terms with it and once you are ready, start preparing a plan to get a new job. You need a clear mind and to be fully focused in this difficult job market. Thinking about your old job will only hold you back. It’s time to let go of the past and look towards a brighter future.

 Prepare a plan

Now that your mind is clear and you’re ready to get back on the market it is time to make a plan. Think about whether you want to go back to the same type of job you had before or if it is time for a new beginning. Consider your current situation, financial situation and career situation before deciding if you need a long term plan, short term plan or both. You might need a short term plan to get you a job which will financially support. It might not be your dream job but it keeps the money rolling in while you consider other options. Alternatively you might need a long term plan in order to achieve what you actually want to do with your life e.g. build a new business or find a new career. Now is the time to do it!

Take Action

For anything to happen in life you need to take action. The same goes when searching for a new job.  Get your step by step guide here- Job Loss Problems and Job Hunt Solutions 2020. I put lot of time and effort into creating this guide to make things easier for you.

If you decide to go it alone, you need to decide what you want; a short term job, new career, your own business or going back to the same type of role you had before. Once you decide, you need to do some research and find the right connections to get your foot in the door. You need a good CV and LinkedIn profile and you need to be prepared for every type of interview to the best of your ability.

Stay Motivated

I know it is easier said than done. Applying for hundreds of jobs, filling out one long application after another with little or no results can be demotivating. I have been there myself. Staring at another rejection email or maybe not even hearing back from a recruiter after an interview is never fun but it is a reality you will have to deal with. That is why you need something to keep you going. Money is definitely a good motivator, especially if you are running out and have bills to pay. But you need something to get you through the tough days. You need to turn your focus to your long term plan and take steps toward building your dream life with your dream job. It will help to refocus you when you want to pack it all in.

Take care of your mind and body

These are stressful times even if you’re lucky enough to not be looking for a job. Staying indoors, not knowing when the global pandemic is going to end and how the world will look after is stressful enough as it is. Looking for a new job and worrying about your income is the last thing you need. To be able to cope with this pressure and stress, you need to stay healthy both mentally and physically.

It won’t help you if you burn yourself out and your body and mind can’t cope anymore. It just makes it that much harder to get back on your feet. Try to take small steps. What really helps me for example is a 30 min walk in the morning when the streets are quiet. It gives me an opportunity to collect my thoughts and listen to meditation music. I meal prep healthy food on Sunday so I don’t have to worry about what to eat. I drink at least two litres of water and have a treat on the weekend. It’s not a crazy lifestyle by any means but I feel good about myself and that what’s important. You too need to find a way to give your body and mind the tools to help get you through these difficult times.

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CV Make Over Tips 2020

There are so many CV templates out there for you to choose from and help make your CV look professional and modern. Canva has great free templates if you are on a budget.  Make sure you don’t get overwhelmed with all the choices and waste time on choosing the perfect template.  The important thing is that your CV is up to date, concise, perfectly formatted and has no spelling mistakes.  If in doubt always keep it simple.  

Recruiters see hundreds of CVs every day so make sure your CV stands out because of your skills,  not because it is pink with pretty pictures!

Focus on two things when updating or creating your CV; CV Content and CV Presentation.

Use the below checklist to help you.

CV Content:CV Presentation:
HeaderGrammar/ spelling
Personal profileFormatting
Technical skills/ core competencies (optional)Keep it concise
Profession experience and work historySave it as a PDF
Hobbies (optional) 
Reference (optional)     

Things NOT to include on your CV in 2020

  • CV title:  CV/Curriculum Vitae
  • Full home address: You can add a city or part of the postcode
  • A picture or a head shot: It is not common practice in the UK
  • Date of birth: Your age doesn’t affect your ability to do the job and it’s illegal for employers to ask about your age under the Equality Act 2010
  • Marital status: Your marital status and dependents, same as your age, don’t affect your ability to do your job. These details are protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 and it’s against the law for employers to ask about them, so don’t include them on your CV