Updated: Apr 15, 2021
If you are looking for a new role right now, I understand that it's hard going. You send out applications and hear nothing back. It's utterly soul destroying I know, so here are some tips to help.
Use a variety of job sites. Depending on your sector and desired role you can look at https://www.indeed.co.uk/ https://www.s1jobs.com/ https://www.totaljobs.com/ https://www.cv-library.co.uk/ https://www.monster.co.uk/ https://goodmoves.org.uk/ https://jobs.scot.nhs.uk/ https://www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk/csr/index.cgi https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/ and https://www.gov.uk/find-a-job for general roles as well as sector specific sites like https://www.retailhumanresources.com/, https://www.carehome.co.uk/jobs/ and https://www.caterer.com/ for roles in retail, care and hospitality.
Register with recruitment agencies. Many recruiters are currently furloughed but are coming back to work slowly. Blue Arrow, Reed, Michael Page, Kelly, Adecco, Pertemps, Search, Michael Page, Morgan Phillips, HRC, Allstaff, Manpower, Staff Finders and Office Angels are all worth looking in to to see if they have the kind of roles you are looking for. You can email them with your CV or add it to their portal. I really recommend building relationships with recruiters directly in addition to this. Look at who covers your sector and call them to introduce yourself and discuss your preferences and what roles they are currently working on. This may take some time right now and may feel fruitless but stay with it.
Linkedin, Linkedin, Linkedin! I can't stress enough how important it is to be active on there. Look at your headline and ensure it has the job title you had most recently or are seeking then Open to new opportunities or Seeking New Opportunities so that recruiters can find you. The other option is to use the word 'helping' at the start of your headline so 'Helping corporate companies to stay GDPR compliant' for example.
Linkedin works better when you have more connections so take the time to add your ideal companies and recruiters on there and start to engage with them. Create content about your career and share articles and info. If you are unsure of how to use it I will be running a Linkedin for Jobseekers masterclass soon so keep an eye on my Facebook group and Linkedin for details. Putting a post up stating that you are looking for work involves a bit of pride swallowing but can work really well. The more specific you are the better in this instance.
Ask around. Let your friends, family and previous colleagues know that you are looking and ask if they can keep their eye out. Be specific as again this can be really helpful and avoids you being sent roles that are not suitable.
Look at companies you would like to work for and check if they have vacancies. Find employees on Linkedin and look at what they say and how they say it. Follow them on Social Media and see what is going on. They will post roles there first so it's worth checking.
Try speculatively approaching companies. Maybe not right now but I have a feeling that some companies will get busy sooner than they think and may well need additional support. There's no harm in sending personalised emails and seeing what happens.
Word on the street is that companies are being inundated with applications and may soon just stop advertising in the traditional ways, preferring to use Linkedin and agencies to cherry pick people instead. By being active and building relationships you stand a much better chance of being seen and asked to interview.
I hope this helps. Please let me know if it does.