Make Your Job Hunt Successful With A Few Tips
In the digital world we live in today, job hunting has become in many ways easier as candidates have access to a huge variety of online platforms for job offers as well as to any company they may be interested in. Getting in touch with a prospective employer now takes just seconds as does sending out resumes to scores of companies. According to a white paper by the Career Thought Leader Consortium on the latest trends in job search and hiring, companies themselves are focusing more on engaging potentially successful candidates via digital channels, too.
Resumes are changing, turning from just a mass of textual information about a candidate’s accomplishments and education into an aggregation of bite-sized pieces of information including project samples, social media presence, video profiles and infographics. Mobile apps are emerging as a new channel for applying for a job and recruiters are spending much less time on resume reviewing, at an average of six seconds against 20-30 seconds before. What this means for job hunters is that, on the one hand, they should be aware of all these options they have and make the best of them, and, consequently, that they should reconsider traditional approaches to finding a new job.
One of the things to bear in mind is to target job openings that really suit your skills and knowledge rather than sending resumes for any opening that is vaguely similar to what you want to do. In other words, focus on quality over quantity. This will save you time in the end and will help you avoid landing a job that you’re not all that well prepared to do.
Linked to this is directly approaching an employer, even though there might not be an officially advertised job opening. Employers today more than ever are looking for candidates that will be truly dedicated to the work they do, so if your dream job is with a specific company, don’t hesitate to contact them and tell them exactly why you want to work for them and not one of their competitors. This may not sound so new, but the ways to do it are more than before. The ways people are communicating are changing, with video chats, for instance, turning into a standard form of communication, so don’t hesitate to propose a video interview with a prospective employer.
Another thing is starting a blog. The Career Thought Leader Consortium paper revealed that employers are increasingly using writing assignments as part of the recruitment process and although these most commonly take the form of an email presentation or a description of a candidate’s short-term ambitions, there is hardly a company without a blog section, and being a blogger will give employers an additional idea of your skills, interests and style of writing, which could be pertinent to the job.
Last, though by no means least, do some work online. First, make sure your online profile is clean. Google yourself and see if you like what you find. Prospective employers will be able to see your social network profile long before things come to an interview and this will be their first impression of you, so make sure it’s a good one. Then, use smaller online platforms for job searches besides the big ones. Don’t forget to enlist the help of your friend network, that’s the best, and free, PR you can get. And if none of these tactics yield the results you want, hire a headhunter. Sometimes getting professional help is the best thing to do.