There are times when, despite your best efforts, the job hunt slows down. They may be seasonal (eg Christmas, Summer holidays) or because the sector you’re looking to work in goes through quieter times. It’s important to keep the momentum going, so watch our 5 tips for making it happen…
Today’s guest post comes from Katrina Collier, who helps job seekers come to grips with the changing recruitment landscape. She encourages them to showcase their expertise and coaches on how engage appropriately on social media networks.
Here she looks at some of things that you shouldn’t be doing whilst you search for a new position…
“Job seekers often tell me that the recruitment process has changed so much in the last few years that they feel a little lost.
It’s true, there has definitely been a shift. More and more companies are switching to hiring directly, via job boards and social media, which is great as you now have an opportunity to try a different approach and stand out from the crowd.
If I was a job seeker today, I’d use the tools available on Jobsite to ensure that I heard about advertised roles immediately and I definitely wouldn’t do these 5 things…
Be proactive! Take advantage of the reach you get from social media and go and look for opportunities. Who would you like to work for? Look for their company pages on Facebook or LinkedIn and get involved. Are their staff active on Twitter? Follow them and start a conversation. The majority of HR professionals I train welcome a direct approach as it shows initiative.
This is one of the biggest mistakes I see because, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got” In other words, how can you open new doors at new companies if you’re only connecting to colleagues at your current company? Have a look at who your connections know and who they can introduce you to. Be bold, get connected. Continue reading “5 Things You Shouldn’t Do in Your Job Search” »
It isn’t easy to keep momentum going when you’re job hunting. There are many reasons, some seasonal (Christmas, summer holidays) and others because the job market is often cyclical and will create more jobs at some times and less at others.
The important thing is not to lose heart, especially if you’re waiting to hear feedback following applications or interviews.
Here are 5 things you can do to ease the frustration and keep momentum going…
Whilst it may be difficult to keep the positivity going at times, freshening things up can often lead to renewed impetus.
Let us know of any methods you’ve tried…
Social media platforms give you a great opportunity to connect, engage, share and learn. And they also provide an opportunity for you to create a ‘buzz’ around your personal brand.
They are becoming increasingly popular with job seekers as a way to keep in touch, grow their networks, spread the word, research companies and opportunities and get noticed by recruiters.
Here are 6 things you can start doing now:
Let us know of any successes you’ve had using social networking platforms as part of a job hunt…
Our most recent Quarterly Recruitment Review showed a rise in job seeker proactivity. We asked Katrina Collier, a consultant who helps job seekers utilise social media in their search, for her advice on how social networks can open up new opportunities…
The creation of social media networks has been a godsend for job seekers!
No longer do you need to sit there waiting to hear the phone ring or hoping a suitable role will appear online, now you can feel in control and proactively network your way to an opportunity, contract or permanent.
Wondering where to start?
Start with professional networking site LinkedIn. There are now 10 million LinkedIn users in the UK, that’s 1 in every 3 workers, and it is full to the brim of In-house and 3rd party recruiters, making it a great place to showcase your skills and expertise.
Ensure your profile is 100% complete and, to avoid embarrassment, that it matches your CV. Take advantage of the new Sections, add your Skills and get Recommended. Extend your network reach and connect to all of your old colleagues, alumni and friends, because you just don’t know who they may know.
Now that you’re set up, here are 2 great things you can do to open doors.
Often an easy way to find a new opportunity is to look where your skills would be most wanted. Who are your current company’s competitors? What companies need your skills?
Once you have your list, change the dropdown menu on LinkedIn, top right, to Companies and search for them.
On their company page you will find:
Your easiest approach would be to find the Recruiter or a member of HR but I also recommend that you look at a few different approaches.
For example, if you’re an IT Project Manager, you could look for the company’s Senior PMs, Programme Manager/Director, or CIO etc., or, if you’re an Administrator, you could try the Office Manager, Admin Manager, Finance Manager, etc.
Now ask them to connect.
It’s perfectly ok to connect to strangers on LinkedIn, and why not? It’s not Facebook! Tell them why you’d like to connect and you’ll be more likely to receive a positive response. Try something like:
“Hi [insert name],
During my research I came across your profile, as I am very interested in work opportunities at your company. Are you the right person to ask or can you possibly point me in the right direction?
If however you’re uncomfortable with this approach, you could send an InMail or ask a connection for an Introduction, you receive 5 introductions per month on a free account. Continue reading “Get Proactive, Embrace Social Media!” »