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Top Tips for Finding Your Next Job

Are you interested in starting a career in digital, or perhaps you’re ready to take your next step on the career ladder? Here are some top tips for finding your next role 

I always say that there is no straight path or magic formula to finding your dream job, but there are things you can do to help you along the way. I gave a presentation about this which you can view here or look at the top tips below.
 

1. Think about what you want to do, then get these jobs sent to you

Before you begin to look for work think about what you want to do. Have a clear idea what you are looking for and what you want to get out of your job: what skills do you want to use, what type of organisation do you want to work for. 

If you need some inspiration you can see a breakdown of all the different types of jobs in our sector on our Jobs site.

Once you have decided what you want to do you can sign up to our Job Alerts. There are over 100 jobs posted on our site each month and by signing up to alerts you will be notified of anything which meets your criteria.
 

2. Start now. Be proactive

What’s great about our sector is that with most roles you can start now– you don't need permission. Creating your own content is a great way to show employers that you are proactive and demonstrates your ability.
 

3. Curate Your Online Profile

There is a pretty strong chance that when you apply for a job (or meet a new contact) one of the first things that will happen is that that person will look you up online. So, when applying for work it is important that what they find when they search for you is what you want them to see. 

There are some basic good practices such as creating or updating your LinkedIn account. LinkedIn is a great way to show your skills and experience as well as connecting with other relevant organizations and people in the industry. 

You can also be proactive in finding and sharing news and articles related to your area of work through. This means that if someone views your social profiles they will not only be able to see your experience but they can also see that you are engaged and informed.  
 

4. Get connected

This is so important in our sector. There are very strong and supportive networks which you can become a part of and it is never too early to start building your network. Lots of people get jobs through their contacts rather than applying for advertised jobs and actually, a number of jobs never get to the stage of being advertised – people will go through their contacts first. 

Go to events – there are lots of community events that are advertised on our Events page. Whatever you are interested I’m sure that there will be an event that is relevant to you. If there isn’t already an event, could you start one?

I know that it can be daunting going to these events for the first time but we have put together this blog to help.
 

5. Upload Your CV

A concise, well-curated CV is a great tool to help demonstrate your skills and experience to a potential employer. You can get top tips on creating your CV in this blog.  

Once you have created your CV you can upload it to our CV database.  

If you are using your CV to apply for a specific job its important to tailor your CV to reflect the requirements laid out in the job description. Be as specific as you can to show how your experience aligns with what the company are looking for.

About the author

Rebecca Groves

Hi, I'm Wired Sussex's Skills and Talent Strategy Lead. I oversee our skills and talent strategy for the regional digital sector. This includes the delivery of activity which addresses this strategy, such as our annual Talent festival, and working with members to help them benefit from our initiatives.

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