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How to look for a new finance role when you are too busy

When you’re working a 9-5, searching for a new role can feel like a second job. The last thing you want is more stress on your plate, but if you’re serious about landing a new role in the finance industry, it’s essential your job hunting is as efficient as possible. When you’ve decided you want to move on from your current role, try out these tips to get hired quick.

Allocate specific time in your schedule to review new roles, build your CV, etc.
Job searching can be much more difficult if you don’t have a plan. It’s important to start organising your job search ahead of time. Set aside some time every week to sit down and check out job listings, and companies you’re interested in working for. You can use the time to update your CV and get a list of references ready to use. “Semi-looking” for a new role all the time is an inefficient way of job hunting, yet it’s an easy trap to fall into. You need to designate a specific time and put in maximum effort. It doesn’t have to be a huge chunk of your week, but it needs to be a firm part of your schedule – perhaps three half-hour slots throughout your week. Having a focused plan will lead to a much more productive search.

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Sign up for job alerts
If you want to save time, sign up for alerts for when new jobs that match your criteria become available. Make sure to check if the recruitment agency you have in mind offers job alerts and be sure to find out how they work. The finance industry moves fast, and alerts enable you to apply for the role straight away, which could increase the chances of your application being read. Once again, you’ll need to allocate some time to review your job alerts and decide which one you’re going to apply for first.

Get in touch with a recruiter with a strong track record
Take charge of your situation and contact a recruitment agency that specialises in finance. You’ll be able to chat with a consultant in your field and discuss the sector in-depth. You can ask questions about wages, industry news and how you can stand out from the competition. Also, register your CV to give yourself the broadest exposure possible – agencies can be far more productive, on your behalf, if they have all your relevant documents on file.

Update your professional profile
If you want to succeed in the modern world of work, you must connect with people in your industry. The number of connections you have on LinkedIn can put you in a great position to find new roles. LinkedIn is a massive search engine in which you’ll show up through your connections. If you want to be found on LinkedIn, build up your 1st-degree connections (the number of people directly connected to you), so the platform will place you higher up in the search results. Review the networks of people within your own network to find new valuable professionals to connect with. This will increase the likelihood of a finance recruiter finding your profile. You should also contact people you know in the finance industry. Your contacts might know a business acquaintance or a friend who may be interested in your candidature. Keep digging and keep making connections.

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Job searching requires the right mindset. Before you even think about diving in and starting your search, have a plan of action. You don’t want to fall into the trap of applying for random job roles. When you plan your search, you can save an enormous amount of time because you’ll know where you’re headed and it will enable you to stay focused. Getting a new job takes time and energy, but using these quick methods can help you achieve your aims.

If you’re looking for a role in financial services, please contact Cobalt today.

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