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The Workplace & Job Hunting

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by DoggySwami, Jun 17, 2014.

  1. I'm currently living in Spain and looking for a job in the UK (among other places), and I've been using LinkedIn and The Guardian Jobs website and I haven't been as successful as I wished. I work in the film/media field and they do have a good number of job offers, but it gets to a point where you have applied to the ones you are interested in, and they won't post any more for a few days.

    So I was wondering if any one could suggest me a job hunting platform that is popular there and has a good volume of job offers, because it's very tiring to spend an hour signing up on a website, only to find out that it's very limited in either my field or in general. Especially with those that don't allow you to upload your resume from your hard drive.
    I've heard about GumTree, which is basically the UK version of Craig's List, but I didn't find a lot of offers the couple of times I've checked it out.

    Additionally, I've put this thread a generic name, because job hunting is something that concerns a lot of people, so I thought it would be nice to have a place to discuss about it and maybe learn a new thing or two.

    Thank you!
  2. matthew.

    matthew. Staff Member is a fantastic source for job hunting. I used it to find my current positing. It combines all those job sites into one search.
  3. 2014

    2014 Staff Member

    Job hunting is so scary and time consuming: I need to update my CV, finish my LinkedIn profile, then hopefully looking for positions will be easier. I also need to narrow down and decide for definite the field I want to go into.
  4. DoggySwammi, what a brilliant idea to create this thread for everyone! From what I've read in Random Thoughts I feel the majority of people know very little about recruitment as a whole. Our job market is very saturated and competitive at the moment for all industries so (as some of you may already know) it's very difficult to get a job now and employers now have a specific expectation of what they want from their candidates. I've worked for a recruitment agency for a brief period of time so if I can I will try to contribute to the discussion as much as I can to help.

    As for yourself, DoggySwammi, your situation isn't at all uncommon. Lots of people apply for jobs from overseas, however you have to consider the reality, which is that you may not be an ideal candidate to an employer because you are from overseas unless you are applying for a bilingual role. If you have the experience and skills, then sure they'll consider yourself for the position but just bear in mind they'll most likely take someone who is on the same or even below the level as yourself but who lives the UK as they will not have to provide support for you to move and find a place for you to stay. But don't let that dishearten you as not all employers will have this method of selecting their candidates, especially larger firms who have the budget to provide financial support to set yourself up in the UK. Good luck!
  5. I'm not job hunting, but I am looking for work experience. I have no idea what I really want to do when I'm older, but I'd like to apply to magazines about work experience, as I have a bit of experience writing for my old school newspaper. But literally none of the magazine websites have a 'Contact Us' section apart from like complaints. I'm not talking about your big magazines either, I'm talking about the tiny and local magazines. Should I see if there is an address in the magazines themselves and physically post them my CV? Thanks if anyone can help!
  6. Try your best to contact them regardless of whether it's the complaints department or not!
  7. I (re)started the job search today. I'm leaving university in 3 days so I have to get a move on and make dat money.

    Job hunting is so so so awful though. Truly the most tedious thing. Do recruiters for low level positions really think they'll make much difference in selecting the right candidate by making you fill in shitloads of stuff online?

    I'm tired of rephrasing why I'm a competent admin assistant for the 40th time.
  8. As awful as it is, it still needs to be done. The main thing is to write a decent, yet brief cover letter and personal statement. From that first few paragraphs recruiters can tell whether you're bothered or not about this job. Unless otherwise mentioned, most companies aren't looking for someone they can hire for a few months and then will bugger off shortly down the line, as it's more money they need to spend hiring someone else. And with the online stuff, it's all about effort. It's tedious, but it separates the keen from the indifferent.

    As with all applications, cover letters, personal statements; show yourself off - give them a reason to hire you.
  9. Oh, don't worry, I know what to do to get a job, it just bores me to tears.
  10. 2014

    2014 Staff Member

    It's always so disheartening as well when you don't even get a reply...
  11. Ahh, will do. So would I say 'Who do I contact about work experience?', or do I say 'I want work experience!!' in the complaints bit? I think I'll go for both.
  12. Attach/link to your CV in the first email as well. You gotta be a little audacious.
  13. This is the issue, the only way to contact them is a through complaints so there is only a comment box and I can't attach anything.
  14. Link to your LinkedIn profile?
  15. Which magazine company are they? Surely you can find their number in the phone book or something?
  16. God I hate job hunting, though what I hate even more is the interview. I'm quite a chilled, laid back person, but just dissolve into a mass of nervous jelly when I have to go to an interview.
  17. Graduate job hunting is a never-ending nightmare. The position I eventually got had 30,000 applicants for 1,000 places. Graduate jobs especially string you along for months and months on end - simply because they can - and so you have to hedge your bets by having 5 applications on the go at same time as a safety net.

    There is honestly no real uplifting advice I can give, other than suck-it-up, and take any and every bit of experience you can. Unpaid internships are brutal and exploitative, but they are what you need to do in this economy in order to survive.
  18. I remember applying for a graduate scheme which had 10,000 applicants for 6 spaces back in 2011. It was horrific. Being 'congratulated' for being in the final 100 wasn't great when being told the week later you weren't 'strong' enough and no other explanation.
  19. Thank you so much for the replies! It's encouraging to see this many people interested in the matter. I'll start checking out those websites today.

    Yeah, I'm totally being patient about this. And I know it's even harder in my case because I'm looking for a full-time remunerated job. In my experience the best way to set a foot in a company is through an unpaid internship, but I've already gone through two of them, one in Spain and one in New York, so for me it really is the time to get a proper salary.

    I'll just have to keep trying.
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