Make a simple list

As obvious as it sounds, you should be exactly aware of what your strengths and weaknesses are. Knowing what you like and what you don’t like whilst working is a great starter to ensure you venture down the correct route.


Do your research

Its best to know where to find jobs and what different roles are out there. You will be overwhelmed by the amount of search results online and it can lead to some confusion, especially to start with. To start with, just simply work downwards from the top of the page.

You should have a list of keywords that you are looking for and use these to narrow your search results. E.g. if you are an engineer with experience in control systems you should add some keywords such as “instrumentation” , “controls” or “automation”


Prepare a draft

Due to the high amount of skills an individual can have, it is near impossible to note these all on a CV without making it too long. Therefore, we advise on tailoring your CV to suit individual applications. For example, if you are applying for a position within an oil and gas firm, make sure to name some of the installations you have been on or focus on your safety ethics.

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.


Sign up to job boards

If you are very new to the job searching scene, a job board is an online tool where people can advertise their vacancies. The vast majority of adverts are now online and it makes it really worth doing. After doing your research you will know which job boards you should be registering with. Most job boards will give you the option to receive alerts that are tailored to your profession.

Get social

You should definitely make a LinkedIn profile as it is the largest professional social media site around. You should connect with your peers and also the people you don’t know. Ensure your profile is filled with as much information as possible to ensure potential employers can see your skills and work experience. You can even follow employers to see their news and if any new job openings arise.

Start the hunt!

Now that you’ve done your research and built your foundations, it’s time to start looking and applying for jobs!  By now you will have registered with job boards, have a forever growing social media network and have a draft CV that’s ready to be adapted as and when you see a job you’d like to apply for on . What are you waiting for?