Today, people move jobs roughly every 2-5 years (younger generations moving more frequently). However, the world of recruitment marketing is constantly on the move and what you did four years ago may well no longer be the best thing to do today. So, where do you start?
There are two main types of job-boards: the generalist ones like S1jobs or Totaljobs, and the specialists ones like NCEor CareersinConstruction. Then there are sites like Glassdoor and LinkedIn, which, while serving other purposes, are also job-boards as well as being vast repositories of potential candidates for recruiters. Finally, if you are set on working with a particular company, you can see what jobs (if any) are available on their site.
Millions of people search job-boards every year, seeking a job that matches their skills and experience. You can also register your CV with job-boards, but be aware that these databases frequently don’t have a great reputation and professional recruiters, whether at an agency like Peace or an in-house recruitment team at a blue-chip employer, start with LinkedIn.
If you really want to put your name in front of recruiters, you need to make sure your profile on LinkedIn really stands out. Have you got recommendations from previous and current colleagues? Do you post, comment and share intelligently? Have you made sure that your profile tells a compelling story that will whet the appetite of a recruiter? Is your photo from your beach holiday or is it showing you as a serious, professional player in your field?
Job alerts do save time and effort as you should be notified of what ought to be the most relevant roles for you. Do sign up for them but be aware that the matching technology that underpins them can be variable (LinkedIn is not very good in this respect).
We all know that who you know can be as important as what you know. If you’re attending events or commenting on LinkedIn (or other social media) you have an opportunity to influence and gain new contacts: you never know who could help you land your next career move! Your network can flag up job openings and refer you to others who could give you a leg-up and/or sound advice. Continually building up your professional network will stand you in good stead in the future.
Use a professional recruiter
Well, we would say this, wouldn’t we, but if recruitment firms didn’t do a good job they would go out of business. And it’s a fact that many employers, of all sizes, simply don’t have the time or resource to do all their own hiring. Recruitment agencies like Peace know the market, they know what hiring managers are looking for – and they frequently know of jobs that are not advertised but which might be a perfect match for your skills. The really good agencies (like Peace) are focused on customer service and will not put you forward for the wrong job in the hope of making a quick buck but will instead work with you to make sure that you and your next employer are a perfect fit.
Review your CV
If you haven’t applied for a job for a few years, you’ll need to update your CV. Bear in mind that most professional recruiters will only take a few seconds to look at it so you must make sure your CV grabs their attention from the off. Don’t just add in your most recent experience(s): take the opportunity to refresh it entirely. Which leads me on to…
Don’t standardise your applications
A succinct cover letter, tailored to the job can make all the difference when applying for a new job. Keep it relevant and make sure it specifically addresses the job/person spec. Don’t just cut and paste, or you’ll end up embarrassing yourself by referring to the wrong job!
Hone your interviewing skills
Our previous blog on this subject is a good place to start. If you’re using a recruitment consultant like Peace Recruitment, speak to your adviser. He or she knows the employer inside out (it’s their job to do so) and will be able to tell you what to concentrate on and what to avoid.
Keep in touch
Once you’ve submitted your application, it can be helpful to follow it up by phone or email. This can move you to the forefront of the hiring manager’s mind and it also shows the ‘can-do/will-do’ attitude and enthusiasm that employers want.
If you want to be a front-runner then make sure you respond promptly to any contact from a recruiter/hiring manager. It may sound obvious but if we call you and you don’t respond then another candidate might get the job first.
John Gillen, Peace Recruitment