A Guide to Job Hunting – Through the Eyes of a Recruiter
Job hunting is a simple process made complicated. Maybe we live in an age where there is so much information flowing that it is hard to know who and what to listen to.
Greenfield wants to present 10 simple stages to maximise your opportunity!
- Decide what you want to do next and what you can offer. Be specific.
- Document what you can offer on a CV that is easy to read and make it clear what you do (make it relevant to your target position). It needs to stand up to the 30 second test (more on that later).
- Make sure your CV can be found and you are accessible
– Register your profile and upload your CV to as many job boards as you can,
– Use the box.net application to make it downloadable in all your social places (The holy trinity of LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter; as a minimum),
– Be accessible. Answer your phone, respond to messages and emails. Recruiters rarely call you twice about a job.
- Get all your profiles, bio’s and on-line places up to date and congruent. Make sure you can be found and make sure you state clearly the type of work you are looking for.
– If you are a secret or passive job searcher then make sure it’s clear what you do currently,
– If not change your LinkedIn professional headline to reflect that you “are looking” and what for.
- Set up alerts for jobs on career sites and job boards.
– Get your resume/CV on all of the job board databases as mentioned above,
– Don’t assume by doing this jobs will come to you, you still have to apply to new job adverts, to stay on top of this you can sign up for jobs by their e-mail service, where the job boards will email you daily with relevant jobs that match your search criteria / key skills.
- Network, network, network and ask everyone you are in contact with, who do they know and if they might be able to help.
- Follow every opportunity to the death. Be proactive, if you hear of a firm looking for someone with your skills; send them your CV directly. LinkedIn makes the process of finding a point of contact relatively easy. (Avoid doing this with companies previously mentioned by a recruiter, duplicate CV’s do not look good on you and this will ruin your rapport with the recruitment consultant).
- Always send a cover letter with every application. If you don’t need one it won’t count you out, but if you need one and don’t send one, you’re counted out!
- Prepare an “Elevator Pitch” and practice delivering it.
– Imagine you are in a lift with the IT Director of an employer you are desperate to work with; you have 60-90 seconds,
– Succinctly describe what you do, what your strengths are and what you could bring to a potential employer, make it compelling,
– Someone is bound to ask you to describe yourself,
– You may never need to use this, but think if you were introduced to someone with influence, imagine you are not prepared for the question and you miss the opportunity.
- Keep track of all the jobs you have applied for on a spreadsheet with a few bullet points on the role, the salary you discussed, why you applied and why you are suitable. There is nothing worse for a recruiter than calling someone back about a position who cannot remember the original details (it smacks of having too many irons in the fire).
30 Second Test
Now for the 30 second test this is free to all readers. Our research shows a recruiter will look at your resume / CV on-screen for about 30 seconds. They scan read for key-words, achievements and compatible experience, before committing to get into the detail. If it doesn’t jump out, then they may pass you by.
A few resume/CV tips:
- Keep it brief and in bullet points,
- Put skill headers and experience headers in bold,
- Make your resume keyword rich. (To find the best keywords for your resume/CV, find profiles of people currently in the job roles you are seeking. Copy and paste their details into wordle.com to produce a word cloud),
- Minimise objectives and summaries. Concentrate on facts, relevant skills and experience.
Can we help you?
Send us a copy or a link to your resume / CV / online profile to firstname.lastname@example.org, with 30 Second Test in the subject line. We will look at it for 30 seconds and let you know what stands out and what we remember. This 30 second review will let you know if your resume projects the 30 second message you need it to, to achieve your goal.