The question: What is the quickest way to
get a new job?
I am going to be made redundant at the end of this month. I have been working in IT for nearly seven years and have wide experience in testing and development.
I have been looking for a new position but have not found anything yet. Please could you advice me on what I should do next to secure employment.
The solution: Use job boards and contact firms directly
There are some general recommendations for anyone looking for a new role. First, get your CV checked by somebody impartial to ensure it says all you need it to say.
Second, you will need to post your CV on as many job boards as you can find. Some suggestions are www.computerweekly.com, www.gisajob.com and www.totaljobs.com. Recruiters trawl these websites looking for candidates and it will raise your profile. Ideally, you should keep a close track of which agency you send your CV to so you are not presented to the same client for the same role by different agencies.
Look in your local reference library for a publication called the Computer Users' Yearbook. This will list all the local companies that use the skills you have. If you apply to the companies directly you are offering them the chance to employ you without an agency fee, which will make you a more attractive candidate for employment.
Has your company offered you any training in relation to you being made redundant? Does it have a strong human resources department that could make recommendations in regard to your interview technique or or even the covering letter you send out with your CV? Take advantage of everything that is on offer.
Solution by Tracey Abbott, divisional director, Zarak Group
The panel: MSB International, Best International, BritishComputer Society, Computer Futures, Computer People, Elan, Reed Technology, Zarak Technology, E-Skills UK
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This was first published in June 2003