The 7 Steps Of A Successful Job Search

By Melissa Coutts October 29, 2021 | Posted in Our Blog

By Melissa Coutts October 29, 2021

Nothing is guaranteed in life: sometimes we get what we feel like we deserve; other times, maybe not.

And it’s no different when it comes to finding a job.

Now, there’s no concrete set of rules like the 10 Commandments on how to get the perfect job for you, but there are some tips and tricks you can use to make your job search easier.

Again, there’s no guarantee that these will help you find success straight away, otherwise everyone would be doing it and you wouldn’t be reading this, would you?

But job searching is all about patience, so don’t be disheartened if things don’t happen straight away. The key is to keep going!

And our guide to a good job search will make good things happen quicker!

Use Your Time Wisely

Everyone’s been told to use their time wisely at least once in their life.

But what does it actually mean? How have you not been using time wisely in the past?

In job-seeking terms, it means you’ve got to stop wasting your time on useless activities.

In other words, stop focusing your attention on oversaturated job boards (most of which have misleading and outdated job openings!) and concentrate instead on contacting the people in your network.

Don’t have a network? Well, make one. Reach out to people in your industry and ask questions. After all, you don’t ask, you don’t get.

Understanding Yourself

This one is easier said than done. People go through their whole life not really knowing who they are.

Now, we don’t want you to go on a gap year and ‘find yourself’ in South-East Asia, but instead take the time to understand what characteristics make you an attractive proposition on the job market.

These characteristics could be past experiences, education, training or general skills.
Write them down on a piece of paper or the notes page on your phone, and get to know yourself a bit better… and in turn build up the confidence that, yeah, I got this!

So, before you click on that search bar, figure out your personal brand and how you can attract the kinds of employers you actually want to work for.

Make a Plan

It’s one thing to know yourself and set yourself goals, but without a plan on how to get there, you won’t get anywhere.

Nowadays, when people get lost, they turn to a SATNAV, but when it comes to the job search, think of it as a good old-fashioned pirate map.

Your map should have detailed steps on how you will get where you want to be and how to identify, apply for and get the job you want.

Work on Your Search Daily

After figuring out what you have to offer and what sort of jobs you feel suit you best, it’s time to be productive.

We all have that inner procrastinator that doesn’t want to get anything done, but don’t let it win!

You should look to achieve at least one thing related to your job search every day.

This could be as simple as applying for a job opening, researching prospective employers, or even attending a job fair.

Whatever it is, try to set yourself at least one objective each day.

Targeted CV And Cover Letter

We all know how important CVs and cover letters are in any job search, but if they fail to complement each other, they are basically pointless.

The CV and cover letter combination that will attract the most attention are the ones that are clearly tailored to the job opening you are going for.

So, when you’re amending your CV, try to emphasise the skills you possess that the respective specific employers are seeking.

And when it comes to your cover letter, try to use the keywords the employer uses to describe their ideal candidate.

Obviously don’t copy it word for word, unless the job opening is for a senior plagiariser…

Never Stop Following Up

If you’ve been searching for a job for a while, then you’ll know full well how unpredictable the hiring process can be.

So, keeping in contact with your prospective employer doesn’t only keep you in the loop with the process, it also keeps you firmly in the mind of these companies and organisations.

Many job seekers often feel like they don’t follow up because they don’t want to come across as too pushy or aggressive. But as long as you’re professional and attentive, you should be fine.

So, if you’re still waiting to hear back from a job application, shoot them a line. You never know!

Seek a Recruitment Agency

Now, seeing as though we’re a recruitment agency, it’d be remiss for us not to mention how beneficial seeking expert job search help can be.

Job hunting can be a lonely old business, and we really are here to help you, completely free of charge

We’ll be with you every step of the way, finding employers, showing you suitable and attractive jobs that you don’t know about, polishing your CV, and helping you prepare for your interviews.

Finding a job can sometimes feel like purgatory, so let us help you escape!

Final Thoughts

As we said above, job searching takes time and a serious amount of motivation.

It can often feel like an uphill struggle; so, if you’re genuinely stuck in a rut, take some time to fully understand yourself and what you want to achieve.

What can you offer prospective employers that other people can’t?

Once you know that, it’s time to put in the work. We know that’s easier said than done, but unless you’re living the high life, things aren’t going to be handed to you on a silver platter!

Are you looking for jobs in Darlington, the North East and beyond? 

At Recruitrite, we’re about changing lives for the better by matching the right candidates with the right roles and employers. Just give our friendly team a call on 01325 734860 or email us at and we’ll get you on the right path

In the meantime, why not search our current vacancies and opportunities to see if there’s a job there you’d love to do?