Jonathan Whitehead, recruitment sales manager, ENDSjobsearch, on how to improve your job search experience
Know where the most opportunities are
At least 940 UK environmental roles have so far been advertised on ENDSjobsearch this year, with most of those opportunities being based in the South East of England, particularly Greater London. A significant number of roles are also based in the North West and South West of England, West Midlands, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire and the Humber. Some of the most prominent job functions in the sector include environmental management, ecology and conservation and engineering. It is worth bearing this in mind when conducting your job search as you may want to consider relocating or expanding your skillset to cover the most in-demand roles.
Allow enough time to apply for a job
Finding your ideal new job can feel like a full-time job in itself sometimes, which is no mean feat if you’re already working all day. It leaves precious time in the evenings or weekends to find your next career opportunity and put together a great application that will have an impact. It is, however, worth investing enough time - at least an hour - to apply for each role.
Tailor your search using the job site filters - it will save you time!
On ENDSjobsearch you can narrow your search down byin three easy steps. Once you have found a job you want to apply for, click ‘apply now’ and normally you will be directed straight to an application form. In some cases you will be directed to the recruiter’s website, which may or may not take you directly to the application page you need. Although this can be frustrating, use it as an opportunity to do some research about the organisation.
Research the sector and employer
Once you have identified a particular job you want to apply for, spend time on the employer’s site to get to know them better. By improving your knowledge of them you’re likely to create a stronger job application. Check out their latest news, case studies and key customers. Try to get an idea of who their key competitors are and visit their websites too as this could inspire future ideas. Also, make sure you keep abreast of the latest environment news and trends to ensure you are knowledgeable about the sector.
Upload your CV and write a strong cover letter
ENDSjobsearch allows you to upload your CV, which makes it much quicker and easier to apply for multiple roles as you only need to upload it once. You can also tick a box to allow recruiters to view your CV and approach you when a suitable role becomes available and you can opt to receive emails when other related job vacancies arise. It is also vital to include a well thought out covering message. You’ve got 4,000 characters to get your message across so be succinct and use it to make the recruiter interested in reading your CV. Check out the latest CV advice here.
What to expect after you have applied
Once you have applied, you will receive an email from ENDSjobsearch confirming that your application has been successfully submitted. Your application goes directly to the employer or recruitment consultancy who can log in and check how many people have applied. If your application doesn’t meet the initial criteria you may receive an automated message advising you of this. Give them a call directly if you have not heard back within a week, though we do urge advertisers to respond one way or another within this timeframe.
Whatever the outcome of your application, always ask for feedback from the hiring manager. It’s the only way you can learn from and adapt throughout your job search.
Good luck everyone!