If you are following the more … let’s say ‘traditional approach’ to job searching, then you need to rethink your strategy.
“Does your standard job search look like this?”
- Register with a recruitment agency or browse online, complete the online application form or upload your newly created/revamped CV and covering letter, sit back and wait for a response.
This approach simply will not do! Things and times are a-changing on the job search front… or perhaps it was ever thus for those in the know. In this volatile and challenging economy, you will need to shake things up, and add a twist to your job search.
Get up to speed with some of the newer recruitment practices …
- Recruiters are ‘pipe lining’ candidates ( a new take on head hunting) with the right skills and the right fit for the industry and the job, using networking and social media, such as LinkedIn to help them identify candidates for new roles. Do you have a LinkedIn profile? What does it say? Alternatively, internal candidates e.g. Interns who have previously worked for the company are likely to be offered a job opportunity when it arises.
- Referrals is a common way to secure a new job so don’t hold back on letting people know the kind of work you are searching for. What are your network connections like?
- Speed-dating events for jobs targeting a specific industry are making advances in recruitment (probably an extension of the milk round for graduates). So, if you want to work in Hospitality, Marketing, Health and Social Care, for example, you need to find out when businesses in this sector are holding open days, networking events, information sessions, exhibiting at industry shows and so on. Be where they are and connect. Be ready for on-the-spot interviews.
- And… are you ready for this? Hold on to your hat! Speed interviews – just over half an hour after starting your online application you can be invited for an interview. As you complete the application form, the computer software analyses your skills and other job content and determines your fit for the role. You may then be offered an interview!!
So folks, job searching is not the dull chore that many make it out to be. Things are changing … fast. Keep the momentum going for successful job search.
Until next blog… go make those transitions!