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Searching for job vacancies in Basingstoke, or anywhere for that matter, is no mosey around the park. Even that initial trawl through the job boards can be a rollercoaster of emotions…

“Ooh, love the sound of that! Right up my street…”

“Transparency Enhancement Facilitator? What the heck is one of those? A window cleaner?”

“Wow! With that salary I could live like Kim and Kanye!”

“Hmm, do you think they accidentally left a zero off the end of that one?”

Let’s face it, however worthwhile it is when you eventually land that dream role, it’s unlikely that any of us would choose job hunting as a hobby. It takes a lot of effort and can feel exhausting.
So it might surprise you how anyone could go to all the trouble of travelling to an interview for a job they can barely recall applying for, but – believe it or not – we have heard stories of this happening more than once.

And actually, once you stop to think about that desperate afternoon you might have spent quick-firing the ‘apply now’ button on every single job within a 50-mile radius, you might not be so surprised after all.

Quality, not quantity

We’re all familiar with the phase “quality not quantity” and it is definitely one to keep front of mind when you’re job hunting. If you apply for everything under the sun, you’re not only wasting the precious time and energy of the employer filtering through the job applications, you’re wasting your own. And when you’re in a job you don’t enjoy or unemployed, time can feel like a ticking bomb.

Navigating the job market

As a candidate, your CV is your shop window, so to speak, so make it obvious who you are and what you’re ‘selling’; display your skills and experience in a clear and attractive way. You’re a boutique of unique attributes, not a huge warehouse full of everything from cheap washing up liquid to televisions.

Approach your research on job vacancies in Basingstoke in the same way:

  • use a mental ‘shopping list’ as you wander the metaphorical aisles of the job market – so if you’re shopping for a lawnmower, don’t keep putting sausage rolls in your trolley
  • apply for the things that make you feel inspired, where you can see your skills and values truly fitting in
  • ask yourself, will I learn something new here and challenge myself to become an even stronger candidate for the future?

Most of us spend nearly 40 hours a week at work; that’s getting on for a couple of thousand hours a year. It’s vital that you end up in a job that is suited to your skills, your level of experience and in where the company culture matches your own personal philosophy about career and work.

Interviews are your time to shine

Got an interview? That’s really positive news. Increase your chance of securing that post by:

  • looking at the company website
  • talking to people who already work there
  • checking out the latest tweets and press releases
  • behaving in a positive way at the interview – smile and show your potential boss that you really want to be there
  • letting your colours shine through; try to relax, breathe and just be yourself – it’s what sets you apart from the rest of the pack
  • sending a follow-up email or phone call a day or two after the interview to ask how you’ve done – it’s not desperate, it simply shows you’re enthusiastic

If luck wasn’t on your side, ask for constructive feedback on the reasons why you didn’t get the job and use that as fuel to do bigger and better things next time.

How can Wote Street People help you?

As a recruitment agency based locally in Basingstoke, Wote Street people’s service to candidates is based on the key principle of matching the right jobs with the right people, saving everyone time.
We can act as a filter to help you refine your search for job vacancies in Basingstoke so that you’re already part-way there by the interview stage, ready to show up with the confidence that you’re qualified and feeling energised to meet the company that could just be your perfect match.

Just give us a call! 01256 799127 or email maxine@wotestreetpeople.co.uk

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