Narrowing down your job options can help you make better, focused applications with more chance of success! 

Before you dive into searching for job roles, take a step back. What are you hoping to find? If you have no idea at all, it's time to do some initial thinking. Consider the following:

- What has motivated the choices you've already made, and still motivates you?
- When you browse vacancy websites, why are certain kinds of jobs more attractive?
- What are the factors that make up a job you'd love or hate to do?

Thinking about these issues can help you to focus. Knowing what you want to avoid is also a good place to start; try turning negatives into positives to find what you are looking for. 

What jobs suit me? 

Everyone has individual preferences when it comes to the world of work. Perhaps you know the kind of working environment you'd enjoy (peaceful, buzzing), the preferred shape of your working day (focusing on one thing or switching from task to task), the hours, pay and conditions, or a sense of what might make a job feel satisfying. Learning about what you want from a job is a process that will continue as you move through your career, but it is helpful to figure out as much as you can now.

Think about your preferences and more about your personality, strengths and weaknesses. Talk to people too; friends and family know you well and can help point out strengths that you might take for granted. 

What should I do next? 
Focus on a few different jobs or sectors that sound like they might suit you and try to find out a bit more about them. Browse vacancy websites, watch videos and talk to those in the industry to get to know what the jobs are really like. You could use websites, friends, family, and university alumni networks or simply directly contact people to ask questions. It might be that they can offer you the chance to see the job first hand too. 

What types of employers are there? 
Finding an organisation that suits you is as important as choosing the right occupation. There are various options to consider: 

Large employers (250+ employees) include many key graduate recruiters, national and multinational organisations. 

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) (fewer than 250 employees) SMEs may often feel less visible to jobseekers as finding opportunities within them will take more research and suitable positions may not be labelled with traditional job titles. Work may be more varied and working hours are often shorter and/or more flexible. Promotion within the organisation may be less likely and often starting salaries are a little lower, but the opportunity to make a measurable difference within the organisation is greater.

There are a number of areas you can work in:

- Private sector: priority is to deliver profits for investors. Commercial awareness is heavily valued.
- Public sector: priority is to serve the public through government mandates. It includes local and national government, state schools and the NHS.
- Charity sector: priority is to use funds raised to deliver the charity's aims. Paid and voluntary roles exist, and experience is important for entry.
- Social enterprise: priority is to deliver profits for charitable aims but commercial awareness is still important.
- Self-employment: priority is to deliver sustained profits for the individual. It includes independent work, which needs responsibility and self-motivation. Learn more at self-employment.

To be a successful job seeker in this climate, you have to be calm, patient and proactive -- and try any (or all) of these tips. 

Pick and Choose Your Targets 
It’s important to put your time and energy into opportunities that you’re the most interested in and that have the best chance of coming to fruition. Pick a few companies you’re interested in and pursue them, whether they have current openings or not. 

Concentrate on Growth Industries 
It may be an idea to focus on growth industries and areas. Look at energy. With oil costs where they are, the need for cheap fuel and cheap heat is ever-mounting. And any job that alleviates pain is recession-proof. Similarly, the defence industry in general will continue to thrive as the next stage in the war on terror continues.” 

Work Your Network 
Go through your personal network and business social media contacts and let them know you’re looking. They may be able to assist in giving you your next role Sell Yourself Do more than just learning about the company. Learn how to talk about yourself in a meaningful and powerful way. 

Stay Positive 
The most important thing when searching for a job is to retain a positive attitude. Struggling to find a great job in a bad economy can be a drag, but undertaking even a few of these tips will improve your chances of landing a new role.

This information was provided to you in cooperation with NonStop Recruitment

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