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Why is job searching and London’s underground system the same?

11 Oct

With news reports of self-driving trains and commuter delays, it’s no wonder the London rail system is daunting to those who aren’t regular users. The same goes with job searching.

Some candidates, (lets liken these to Londoners on the underground) go into their job hunt with a head-on approach, knowing exactly what they’re looking for, allowing them to filter down to produce exact results based on their set criteria.

Other candidates are new to the system, aren’t regular browsers and aren’t confident about how it all works. Maybe it’s been 10 years since you were last on the lookout for work. Maybe you want the next step in your career. Recruitment, and the underground alike, can be an intimidating world.

With the analogies out of the way, we want to guide you into the way of thinking like an active job seeker.

Make a list and check it twice

It might be simple, but knowing exactly what you like, what you don’t and your strengths & weaknesses is the best way to start. Knowing your pros and cons and being able to list what you do and don’t like at work is the best place to start if you’re new to the job hunt game.

Do your research

Knowing where to find jobs and what kind of roles are ‘out there’ will help you to get a gauge of the market. With thousands of results online, it can be confusing knowing where to start. Simple – start at the top of the page and work your way down. Using keywords in your areas of interest will help to tailor the search to you. For example, if you actually work in the rail industry, try adding keywords such as ‘PTS’, ‘trades vacancies’, ‘labour jobs’, etc.

Prepare a draft

Create a CV that you can use as your foundation for applying to jobs. We advise on personalising your CV per job so that you can highlight any key skills you’ve got that aligns to specific job adverts that you’re interested in. For example, when applying to a rail job, make sure to add if you have a Sentinel card!

Creating a basic version will allow you to quickly add the important things and will save you from rewriting your CV every time you apply to a job.  Not sure where to start with your CV? Read our ‘Top 10 tips for writing your CV’ blog here.

Sign up to job boards

For those who are totally out of the digital loop, a job board is an online tool where employers advertise their jobs. The majority of job adverts are online nowadays, so it really is worth doing. Step 2 will mean you’ve done your research and will know where you need to be signing up. Create a few accounts and upload your drafted foundation CV. By registering with job boards, you should also get the option to receive alerts on roles that apply to you.

Get social

In recruitment, it pays to be active on LinkedIn. We recommend any job seeker to create an account with LinkedIn and a profile that reflects you and your work history well. Don’t be shy – add people you know and people you don’t! You can even follow companies you’re interested in to see news alerts and job openings on their pages.

Start the hunt!

Now that you’ve done your research and laid the ground work, it’s time to start looking and applying for jobs! You’ve registered with job boards, have a growing social network and have a CV ready to be adapted as and when you see a job you’d like to apply for on You’ve made it to your stop. What are you waiting for?


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