Jonathan Whitehead, recruitment sales manager, Horticulture Jobs, on how to utilise the job site for maximum effect
Finding a new job can sometimes feel like a full-time job in itself, which is challenging when you’re already out working all day. But finding a new role can be life-changing and extremely worth it.
If you don’t have much time, it’s all the more important to make the most of the resources available. Here are some tips to help you make the most of this specialist job site, Horticulture Jobs, to help you find your ideal job. Whether it’s a gardening job, landscaping job, groundskeeping and maintenance job or another area of horticulture you’re looking for, we can help you find the right job.
Know where the horticulture job opportunities lie
Over 2,400 UK horticulture jobs have so far been advertised on Horticulture Jobs this year, with most of those opportunities being based in South East England. Some of the most prominent job functions in the sector, according to our jobs board data, include management, gardening and landscape design. This kind of information is worth bearing in mind when searching for jobs as you may want to consider relocating or expanding your skillset to cover the most in-demand roles.
Use job filters to save time
Whilst you should aim to allocate at least an hour applying for a job, there are ways you can save yourself a bit of time. On Horticulture Jobs, you can refine your search by sector, function and location. When you have found a job you want to apply for, click ‘apply now’ and usually you will be able to upload your CV straight away. You may be directed to the recruiter’s website instead, which may or may not take you directly to the application page you need. Use this as an opportunity to research the organisation you’re applying to.
Craft a strong CV and covering message
Horticulture Jobs allows you to upload your CV, which makes it quicker and easier to apply for multiple roles as you only need to upload it once. You can also opt to allow recruiters to view your CV and approach you when a suitable role becomes available. You can also opt to receive emails when similar job vacancies arise. It is also more important than you might think to include a well written covering message. You’ve only got 4,000 characters to get your message across so be succinct and make sure it makes the reader want to look at your CV. Check out the latest CV advice for horticulture professionals here.
What happens after you have clicked ‘apply’?
Once you have applied for a job, you will receive an email from Horticulture Jobs confirming that your application has been successfully submitted. It then goes directly to the employer or recruitment consultancy who can log in and check how many people have applied. If your application doesn’t meet the initial criteria you may receive an automated message advising you of this. If you have not heard back within a week, it’s worth giving them a call, although we do urge advertisers to respond one way or another within this timeframe. Remember to ask for feedback from the hiring manager if your application was not successful so that you can learn and improve for next time.