So, earlier this week I found myself speaking to a dream candidate for a role I was recruiting for. The candidate in question (let's call him Boris) was highly experienced and had a superb track record in his chosen field. However, Boris had been out of work for 5 months and not even had an interview! I found this completely puzzling, and I couldn't understand how he'd not managed to find a post in all this time! Even a semi-competent recruiter should have at least had him out on interview within a few weeks!
So, still perplexed, I had a chat with Boris to try and understand what he's done so far in his jobs search, and it transpired that he'd been looking in the local paper and popped into the job centre once a week. This led me to realise, that as recruiters, we sometimes forget that people who haven't looked for work for many years don't even know where to begin.
IF EMPLOYERS DON'T KNOW YOU'RE OUT THERE, THEY CAN'T OFFER YOU A JOB!
So here we have it....Our top 5 tips to a successful job search:-
Use Job Search Engines
In the UK, there are literally hundreds of websites advertising jobs on behalf of employers and recruitment businesses. The power of the internet as a recruitment tool has grown massively over the last 15 years, and most employers now site web based job advertising as one of their prefered methods of recruitment.
Gone are the days of having to 'pound the pavement' armed with copies of your CV. These sites allow you to browse jobs and apply for hundreds in a single day without having to leave the comfort of your living room. I've just done a quick search on one of the popular sites, and there's currently 2394 live vancies listed within a 20 mile radius of Doncaster! Below is a list of a few of the more popular sites*:-
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Utilise Social Media
Over 90% of large UK employers are now utilising social media to source potential applicants, and it's estimated that the average UK person is connected to 300 relevant open jobs through their 1st and 2nd degree social media connects.** So, love it or hate it, social media is a powerful tool to connect with potential employers. However, be aware of your privacy settings and understand what potential employers may see, as it's unlikely that pictures of you naked in a night club in Magaluf will help with your application.
Get Employers to come to you
Most recruitment agencies and many large employers will use CV searching to find suitable candidates for roles, so register your CV on the job site's (listed above) and you will be approached with opportunities that match your CV.
Make your application specfic
In todays highly competitve job market, it's never been more important to make your application stand out, but it never ceases to amaze me how few people actually do the basics. A good covering letter, tailored to the position and company you're applying for will go a long way, as very few applicants actually do this. (Check out our CV tips on this blog for more details)
Companies not responding, rejection letters and tricky interviews are just a few of the challenges facing job seekers and it's easy to fall into a negative mindset, but despite what you hear in the media THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES OUT THERE! Demonstrating your abilities at each stage of the process to potential employers is a skill, and like any other skill it requires practise. So treat any rejections as a learning experience, stay positive as the next phone call could lead to the career of your dreams.
**source:- The Start-up Magazine