Looking for a job, but don't know where to start? Here are some of the steps to take to be in the best position when you apply for jobs:

1. Clean up your social media, e-mail and voicemail

Often your social media is the first thing an employer will see when they google your name (which they will!) so make sure your profiles are private and don’t have anything you wouldn’t want them to see. The same goes for your e-mail address and voicemail message – these should be professional. You need to make sure your e-mail inbox is not too cluttered with junk and easy to find new e-mails. You could even consider making a new e-mail address specifically for work-related things.

2. Brainstorm ideas

Think about what kind of jobs you are going to apply for. Try to keep your options open with a range of jobs, rather than just one very specific thing. National Careers Service is a great tool for finding out what’s involved in different jobs.

3. Be realistic but ambitious

Think about what kind of jobs you have the experience and qualifications for. However, there is nothing wrong with aiming high and having big goals!

4. Make an organised plan

Decide where you are going to look first, how often you are going to look and how you will keep a record of what you have applied for. Ideally we recommend you to be job searching every day and completing at least 10 applications a week.

5. Manage your expectations

The job market can be competitive, so do not expect that you will get a job instantly. Expect some rejections along the way, and see this as part of the learning process.

You're not alone

Finally, remember that you're not alone. You can always reach out for help and we're here to support you. Come along to one of our job clubs and get personal advice in small groups.

Sign up to our careers support for one to one advice from a job coach.

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