To find yourself a job, you need to decide what it is you want to do. Are you looking for a job that is similar to your previous roles, or do you want to move up a level? Maybe you want to change industries, or perhaps you require that it pays the bills. Either way, you must make a decision, since your perfect job will not just fall into your lap. You need to set your goals before you can achieve them.
Once you have decided on the kind of job you are looking for, you can begin to write a CV around this preference and base all your job applications upon it.
Devise some sort of timetable, detailing the minimum amount of time you should spend on a daily or weekly basis to find a job.
To start with, you should focus on creating an effective and impressive CV. After this you should spend time registering with recruitment agencies, looking at recruitment websites, reading the local and national press for jobs, finding trade journals which may contain job adverts, sending out speculative letters to potential employers, applying for advertised positions, customizing your CV to suit individual job descriptions, chasing up old contacts to find out about job vacancies, checking the local jobcentre, and following up on any correspondence you sent out.
You can send the same CV and cover letter to employers and recruitment agencies alike. Maybe you could even enter their contact details into a database and mail merge your cover letter. This way, you can improve efficiency and apply for more.
You can apply directly to companies, by phoning them up and asking about any vacancies. Also, ask for the correct person to address your CV to.
Sometimes it can be challenging to stay motivated on the job hunt, mainly if you don’t receive responses from your application. It can feel like no matter what you do; you will never find one! But stick with it, you will find something eventually.
Finding a job can feel like a job in itself. As long as you can stay productive daily, and keep your stress levels down, so you’re not slitting your wrists about your unemployment, something will come along eventually.
Keep reading the job descriptions that you are applying for, and tailoring your CV and cover letter to suit the employer and role. Update your expertise, and don’t sell yourself short.