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Recruitment businesses prepare as job-hunters up their search on "Massive Monday"

By CCampbell  |  Posted: January 06, 2014

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An "influx" of job candidates is expected in Gloucestershire as people kick-off the New Year searching for a change of career.

Today has been dubbed "Massive Monday" in the recruitment world, the first Monday since New Year's Day, when many workers take to the internet for a new job.

Hundreds in the county are expected to visit the jobs portal sites of the Gloucestershire Echo, Gloucester Citizen and Stroud Life over the coming days.

The Gloucestershire Echo and Gloucester Citizen will also publish 'Jobs Extra' this Friday (January 10), a special eight page supplement outlining all the latest job vacancies in the county through Jobcentre Plus.

James Marklove is manager at Omega Rifles, a division of Stonehouse-based recruitment firm Omega Resource Group.

He said many workers looked for a change of career after time to reflect over the festive season.

"This is a time for new resolutions and projecting ambitions for the year ahead," he said.

"Many people take stock over the Christmas period and look for new challenges in the job market come January.

"We're expecting an influx of fresh candidates and resource planning meetings with customers in the coming days."

A recent job-hunter, who wished to remain anonymous after starting a new career, said the increased number of people searching for jobs from today should not put others off.

The 28-year-old, who lives in Cheltenham, said: "Massive Monday is nothing I would consider being worried about.

"If you are changing career then don't just throw away your job, prepare for the change, look at the competition in that industry and give yourself the best possible chance.

"I'm not looking at tomorrow. I'm looking at the next few years, what qualifications I need and what experience I need to get there."

Victoria Maddock, director of Expectations! Recruitment Services in Cheltenham, has provided advice for those wanting to stand out above other candidates this year:

Promote yourself - When interviewed by a recruitment agency, remember that you still need to promote yourself fully, so that, in turn, they can "sell" you effectively to the job market. An interview with an agency, no matter how informal, is just as important as any other job interview, be presentable and be on time.

Appearance is really important when looking for work, and first impressions count. Plan and check the details of your appointment, make sure you leave yourself enough time to get there and, if applicable, where you can park your car. These things might sound trivial but they could make all the difference.

Attention to detail - When you get to the stage of making an application, check that you submit exactly what is being asked. It is surprising how many people don't send a covering letter or fill in an application by hand when asked to do so. Neglecting to follow instructions shows a lack of attention to detail and this can be detrimental to your application.

Tailor your CV to the job you are applying for. As an agency we realise that you will probably be applying for more than one job, so make sure you know exactly what the requirements are for each job and show that you have the specific skills needed.

Manage your applications - Keep a spreadsheet of every job you apply for and make a record of the closing dates, contact names and numbers for each job. This way, you can keep track of all the roles you have expressed an interest in and make follow up calls if you have received no response.

Trust in the agency - When approaching an agency, choose one that you can trust and set out to build a relationship with them. "Your perfect job may not be on the market yet", states Victoria, "but if we know what you are looking for and have a good relationship with you, we will think of you when it crops up".

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