Well, I think the old saying about it is easier to find a job when you are already employed is certainly true. Because if you are out of work it can be an absolute minefield out there knowing how to start and where to start looking.
The main piece of advice I would give is to sit down, relax and write a list of all the types of work that you are able to do. Then tick off all the types of work that you would like to do.
This will give you a good focus on the type of industry that you will be seeking employ within.
Unfortunately, in this day and age finding your ‘ideal vocation’ is not easy and certainly many of us end up in jobs that we really do not want to be in but for financial reasons take the positions offered as we need gainful employment.
So when you make your list, of course you should prioritise the type of work that you feel able and confident to do and certainly the type of industry that you would be happiest in. However, you should not limit your job hunting too much, as your chances of finding work could be too restricted.
Now, armed with your list and having determined the industries you are going to target first you need to decide where the best place is to start looking for work. This could be industry dependent/area dependent and you will have to consider the proximity of the workplace to your home, possible travel complications and even moving area.
Taking all these factors into account you then need to decide how best to target your search.
Local Newspapers, Job Centres, Online Job agencies, People you know or even cold calling into workplaces.
Whichever you decide on BE PREPARED.
Being prepared involves having done your homework. Ensuring you have at the very least a basic CV that you can present to perspective employers. I would advice on looking into the company that you may approach. Being armed with an understanding of the service/goods they provide and a little history of the company can only be a good thing.
Appearance – Now this will vary on the type of work you are seeking. If you are going to ‘cold call’ a company then your appearance is essential. This does not mean a suit and polished shoes if applying as a garage mechanic and it does not mean your dirty overalls when applying for an office or receptionist position. Although, I would also recommend that whatever position you are seeking you always look presentable and clean.