The job hunt; it’s like booking a holiday!

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Job hunting and booking a holiday; two polar opposites you’d have thought, but actually, they’re really quite similar! There are different providers for each and research to be done before you make your decision, just to name a few similarities.

We’ve put together a checklist to get the best from the resources available…

 

Different types of companies/holidays

As with different types of holidays; party holidays, quiet retreats, all-inclusives, there are different types of employers. When job hunting, it’s important to think about what sort of company you want to work for and what would suit your working style. Are you looking for a large corporate company that is full-force ahead 24/7 (party holiday), or a smaller company with a relaxed, family-like atmosphere (quiet retreat)? Do you want strong management and direction in your role (all-inclusive) or are you happy to work independently in an autonomous role (self-catering)?

Think about which types of situations you work best in and find a company that will support this style and help you grow.

 

You can go directly or use an agency

When booking a holiday, you can get hundreds of different deals from different providers. You can either go directly to the hotel or travel operator or go to a travel agent/online agent, such as onthebeach.com, who will source a complete deal for you. By going through an agent, you can sometimes get better deals; for example, if the agent has a good relationship with the hotel or they might even be able to sort out your travel insurance for you - they’re usually a safer bet if things go wrong.

Similarly, with job hunting, you can either apply directly to a company you’d like to work for, or go through a recruitment agency for more choice. Agencies are great for negotiating packages including salaries, roles and benefits. Chances are, they’ll already have a great relationship with the employer too and be able to match to you a great company that will suit your career goals.

 

Shopping around

You shouldn’t just apply to the first job you see when job hunting, just as with a holiday you wouldn’t book the first one that came up in your search on Travel Republic!

There is a variety of things to consider, such as location, package and benefits. Do some research on the company first, this could be through its website or social media pages such as LinkedIn and Facebook. Also have a look through different job boards, including general ones such as Total Jobs and Indeed, as well as industry specific ones, if you know which industry you want to work in. This will give you a good idea of what’s about and will help you with your expectations.

 

Online reviews

We all know TripAdvisor is the go-to place to check out reviews on your potential hotel. How true some of them are is datable at the best of times, but still gives you a good picture of what people, just like you, thought of the hotel.

Glassdoor is just the same as TripAdvisor, but for companies! It allows people who work for the company to write reviews – general comments, pros, cons and salary information, giving potential employees an idea of what the company is like to work for. You can also see what jobs the company has available. Check out Connect2Staff’s Glassdoor here!

 

So, job hunting doesn’t have to be as complicated or hard work as you think!

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Natasha Gould

Marketing Assistant  
Specialisms: Marketing
Tel: 01622 236702
 
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