11 Tips for Job Seekers in 2018
The world of work is changing; therefore job-seeking has changed too.
You cannot expect to apply for a role today, the same way you would have applied for work a few years ago . . .
The old way:
- Apply online, with a CV and cover letter; then just wait
- If you don’t hear anything, apply for more jobs – using the exact same CV, and cover letter
- Wait, wait and wait – cross your fingers and hope someone calls you
Not that I was ever a fan of the above, but so many job-seekers do this, and only this!
It is 2018, it is time to get serious about how to get noticed in a digital world.
As a professional recruiter, we have had to change our attraction techniques too. Of course, we still use the job boards, but we only get 10% of our candidates that way now.
Instead we target passive candidates through social media, recommendations and referrals, our existing database, and head-hunting.
The job boards are very competitive, as many as 500 candidates can apply per job vacancy posted online; so it can be a lot harder to stand out. Also, many companies are using technology for the initial CV screening, so if you don’t use the exact terminology they are looking for, you are immediately ‘unsuitable’.
Here is our advice for those looking for a new role in 2018:
- Be more human – get online, on social media, as a person, not just a CV. Use LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc to show your skills and your interests
- Have a summary in your CV; talk about your skills in this section, as an overview of your CV. Have a similar summary on LinkedIn too.
- If applying online, follow the steps the employer asks you to follow. If they want a cover letter, write one. If they want you to call, call. If they want you to attend an open day, attend the open day. If you don’t want to follow their requests; don’t apply for that role.
- Use your network to ‘apply’ for roles; change your status on LinkedIn, attend networking events, reach out to a recruiter
- Be Brave! If there is a company you know you want to work for, contact them directly. Do your research online, connect with the hiring manager, and then call them to introduce yourself.
- When you attend an interview; ask questions, good ones! This is your chance to find out more about the company, so ask questions that will help you better understand the role, performance expectations, culture, etc
- Always be looking for opportunities; don’t apply only to job vacancies when you ‘need’ to leave your current role. Listen to ALL opportunities, even when you aren’t looking.
- Don’t expect a higher salary every time you move roles. Be realistic about why you are moving on from where you are. If it is the culture, the manager, workload, or location, but not a more senior position; why should the new employer pay you more? Don’t be greedy.
- Be honest! Don’t have gaps in your CV, don’t try to delete your social media profiles, and don’t over-exaggerate your experience.
- Be wary of your social media profiles; most employers are looking at your online presence as part of their process. So, if it is something you don’t want your future boss to see; don’t post it!
- Don’t be desperate. Applying to EVERY job you see online, or contacting every recruitment company in town will not increase your chance of getting a new role. You need to build good relationships and maintain a good reputation. Respect the time of the company and people you are applying to. If you have applied for more than 50 jobs in 3 days, then we contact you to discuss the role in more detail, it isn’t good if you don’t remember us, or any of the details of the role. It also demonstrates that you may not be as interested as we hope you will be.
In summary, stop relying on the job boards – it is 2018. Build a presence on social media, like and share your interests, follow pages in your field of expertise, interact within your specialty – build relationships with real people who can assist you in getting you next role.
Ask for help – don’t rule out that the reason you are not being contacted could be because your CV isn’t good; or your profiles do not best demonstrate your skills.
For more advice, contact Natasha on Natasha@balance-hr.net
I am a passionate recruitment leader, based in Brisbane. I love to help clients find the right person for their organisation, and help candidates find the ‘best fit’ for them.
I am mum to a threenager; and I understand the battle to find work/life balance. I call a spade a spade, and I’m a huge Rugby League fan.
I believe in Results Orientated Working Environments, equal pay for equal work, and the ‘work hard, play hard’ mentality.