How to Land Your Dream Job – Starting Your Job Search

by / Monday, 24 September 2018 / Published in Uncategorized

Looking for a job can be a daunting prospect, whether you are a recent graduate looking for your first role, someone who has recently been made redundant or you are just looking for something new and it’s hard to know where to start. Jobs can be found anywhere, from social media to recruitment agencies to generic job boards, newspapers, online advertising, or a company’s website.  So where do you begin? The following tips will help you to understand what you want from a new role and guide you through starting your job search.

It’s worth checking out our CV Tips before you start your job search.


It’s all in the planning

Nothing beats a plan. It will make your job search easier.

  • The Job – To help you understand what job you want to do you need to know what you enjoy doing. For example, you enjoy visiting clients and don’t enjoy the office work. Don’t then look at jobs where it is all office based.  It’s a good idea to make a written plan, note down what you do and don’t like doing and work out what you think will be a good match for your personality and interests.
  • The Company – Now you’ve worked out what you want from a job, you need to work out what type of company you want to work for. This includes size of the company, the environment you would be working in, ethics, salary, workload, hours and many more. Try to work out what you think would be your ideal company and you will have a good starting point.
  • The Location – Some people are willing to move anywhere to get their dream job and for some, this just isn’t practical. If you have a family, you need to consider where you want to work and where is viable. You don’t want to find your dream job only to realise that it’s 200 miles from where you need to be living. It’s worth talking to partners before you start applying. If you aren’t sure about a location, do some research first.

Start the search

Time to put your plan into action. There are lots of ways you can search for a job:

  • Job boards – Most people will go here first. Job boards come in all shapes and sizes, from things like Jobsite to Reed. Some deal with specialist industries and some deal with just graduate roles. This is a good starting point but shouldn’t be your only method of finding a new job. Some companies won’t advertise outside of their websites and other companies use recruitment agencies. Make sure you split your time looking at the other areas too.
  • Company websites – As mentioned above, some companies only post jobs on their websites and if you are looking for a job with a specific company or companies then this is a great place to start. It also helps you to understand more about the company whilst you tailor your application.
  • Recruitment agencies – If you sign up for a job board, then you can almost expect to be contacted by a recruitment agency. They work on behalf of both clients and candidates to fill roles. Recruitment agencies are a fantastic way of applying for jobs. They tend to work with similar clients, so if you fit the criteria for a role, chances are they will have other similar roles available. Don’t be afraid to approach agencies directly, especially if you are looking at specialist industries. Recruitment agencies also tend to have their own job board on their website where you can search for roles.

Tailor your applications

By tailoring your application to the role, you ensure that all the necessary information is in front of the recruiter.

  • Keywords – Most job specifications have keywords that assuming you are qualified should appear in your CV. A lot of CV’s are read by computers now so having keywords means that the bots can pick up that you have experience in that area (assuming you do) and not throw your CV out because it can’t find a keyword.
  • Research – Have a look at the company, read their website, read the job specification, whatever you can find about that role or company, the more the better. This will give you the opportunity to write covering letters and tailor your CV to ensure that the most important information gets across to the employer.
  • Make it personal – If there is a name on a job specification or an email to send your application to, then use the name & address it to them directly. Instead of a generic Sir/Madam it shows that you are applying for that role at that company rather than sending out hundreds of the same application.

Maintain Motivation

Don’t lose focus, job hunting is a challenge so ensure that you maintain motivation.

  • Take regular breaks – Finding a job can be a very time-consuming task, some have even said that it’s almost a full-time job. Which if you work full time is just impractical. It’s important to take regular breaks, grab a coffee, go for a walk. Just take some time away from the computer and from your search.
  • Find another hobby to do – The time between submitting an application and hearing back can be a tedious, nail-biting time. Some companies can take weeks to get back to you and others can be so inundated that they simply don’t have the time to decline candidates. During this time, it’s worth finding something to occupy yourself with to minimise stress and allow you to relax.
  • Don’t give up – After 20 rejections, it’s understandable that you might begin to think your dream job isn’t out there or that you aren’t going to get it. But, don’t give up and try not to let this get you down. It’s noticeable if you are a bit ‘blue’ when applying for jobs, networking, making calls and sending emails, it comes across in the way you speak and the way you write. Do whatever it takes to maintain that motivation that got you searching to begin with.


So now we’ve given you some tips to starting your search, you are on your next step to finding your dream job.