Guide To Job Searching In Norfolk

We have selected some of the options available to you, when searching for a new job/career in Norfolk in this four part series. Including tips, ideas and links.

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Job Boards & Local Press - Part 1 of 4

30th September 2019

Online job boards have been experiencing huge growth in the last 10 years and local press has suffered accordingly, with many press pages now online.

The benefits for companies and you are numerous. For you as a candidate, it’s free, you don’t have to wait and buy the newspaper every week and it’s a huge resource of available jobs. At the time of writing, Indeed alone was adverting over 4500 jobs in Norfolk.

However, it’s important to note, an over-reliance on online applications has seen many candidates get into bad habits and sending out poor quality applications. As a candidate you must not be tempted to send out hundreds of generic applications - remember “YOU ONLY GET ONE CHANCE WHEN MAKING A GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION”.

Think about this from a company owners’ point of view. What do you think they are looking for in an application? Maybe a candidate with clear relevant skills? A candidate who wants to work for the company and has research it?

Therefore, you must take time to produce thorough, relevant and individual applications for each role, always being honest, but displaying all the value you can bring to that role. 

The EDP and Evening News newspapers still have job adverts, as do many specialist magazine publications, however the vast majority are online. Here are some of Job boards to try, if you live in the Norfolk area:

 

Indeed - https://www.indeed.co.uk

Total Jobs - https://www.totaljobs.com/

Reed - https://www.reed.co.uk/

CV Library - https://www.cv-library.co.uk/

Just Jobs Norfolk - https://www.justnorfolkjobs.co.uk/

Gumtree - https://www.gumtree.com/jobs

Evening News/EDP24 Jobs24 - https://www.jobs24.co.uk/jobs

Google Jobs - through the search engine https://www.google.com

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/

Jobsite - https://www.jobsite.co.uk/

 

Choosing a Recruitment Company - Part 2 of 4

7th October 2019

 

The recruitment industry is now worth over £30 billion to the UK economy and the number of firms is growing all this time. Companies House has over 8000 recruitment companies registered, but some figures put this number closer to 40,000.

So, does this mean more choice for you?

Many people will speak to recruiters when responding to job adverts. However, its important to be proactive, to contact specialist or recommended recruiters.

Phoning or emailing a recruiter should get the process started and you may be required to attend interview/registration. Registering with a recruiter can have many advantages. You could be one of the first to know when a new role becomes available (many roles are never advertised). Recruiters can also speak to their contacts/company clients about you, with your permission, without a role being immediate available.

Its helpful to understand the two main types of recruitment agencies:

Temporary/Contractor

Dealing mainly with non-permanent roles in which you work for a company but are employed by the recruitment agency. If this is the case, the recruiters usually pays your wages and provides employment benefits. Often, charges to the company are made at set points, i.e. Your day rate of £300 might see the recruiter charging an extra £30 - £60 a day from the company as commission.

Permanent

Generally, permanent recruitment agencies ‘source’ you as a candidate and offer you to their company clients as an employee. Once you start, all wages and employment are usually dealt with by your employer not the recruiter. The commissions to the recruiter are usually one time, i.e. If you get a £30,000 salary, the recruiter may get £3,000 - £6,000 (10% - 20% commission) from the company.

For all types, almost other things, be clear on salary, contract, dedications and if its before or after commissions.

There are some positives to working with recruiters but make sure you are informed, communicated with and are making the right decisions for you, as the recruiters should be working for their company clients and there is as clear business incentive in place.

If you are an expert, you can search for specialist recruiters with more understanding of your specialty and experience. Local recruiters may also have a better handle on local companies. Local and national recruiters can be found online. You can also speak to the Job Centre, Nation Careers Service and other reputable organisations for help.

 

Keep a look out for Part 3 of our Norfolk recruitment guide and follow us on social media for tips, advice and interesting Norfolk news.

Approaching a Company by Email or Phone - Part 3 of 4

14th October 2019

 

Did you know that an estimated 70% of roles are never advertised? Therefore, it’s important to be proactive, network and approach suitable companies, which can give you more of a chance with these positions. You may find that some of the best roles are never advertised, because they are in high demand. Remember, you are competing against other candidates who will approach, build relationships or may even have contacts.

Email/Letter writing

We recommend:

Step 1. First find the correct person within a company to address. This may require a phone call or a bit of detective work on LinkedIn/online.

Step 2. The initial part of the letter can be personal, about you and the company you are writing to, do research and be relevant. Then you can add any relevant skills/experience/value and sign off asking to meet or discuss.


Phone call

We recommend:

You call and ask for the person who deals with recruitment/employment etc, stating you are interested in joining the company. Once connected, you can; discuss the value you will add, relevant experience (you are solving a problem for them), whilst being personal. If you cannot get through, take a number/email of the right person, try this or send an email.


If you don’t do this, somebody else might, we recommend making your own luck!

For more details, please get in touch. 

Keep a look out for Part 4 of our Norfolk recruitment guide and follow us on social media for tips, advice and interesting Norfolk news.