Applying for jobs. Where do you start? Your next role could come from a number of sources. In my experience there are four main routes. You could directly apply to an advertisement, work with a recruiter, network through your contacts or wait to be approached.
4. Applying for jobs. LinkedIn, Job Boards and Networking
Having taken time to review your situation, clarified your four key strengths and the 4 things you want from your next career move, put a career plan in place and written a CV and LinkedIn Profile which captures who you are: it’s time to find the right career move for you.
Looking for a job is time consuming, frustrating and can easily sap your energy, motivation and morale - so, what is the best way to find a new job?
There are four main routes and depending on your level of experience, contacts and network you’ll need to flex all of these. There are positives and negatives around each and over time you’ll get to understand where to invest your time. Thinking about a plan, staying focused and putting in some hard work will be your best approach.
The first is to apply for jobs. This may sound obvious but with 100s of job boards and now even Google in on the act this can be a daunting prospect. You may also want to apply directly to specific companies, which you respect and believe have the roles you are looking for. All major companies now have career pages on their website with their current vacancies. It’s easier than ever to find jobs but much more challenging to find the right job for you.
My advice is to start with Google and search using the job title you are looking for followed by “jobs”. A quick scroll through will reveal dozens of jobs, which job boards to look at, who is recruiting and where. You can then start to focus and narrow your search. Keep in control using your career plan to record your activity.
Be disciplined and only apply for jobs which match your experience and the four key strengths you’ve identified. It’s easy to get carried away and apply for lots and lots of jobs only to receive rejection after rejection or even worse………silence.
Another useful approach is to work with a selection for recruitment consultants. Recruiters do not necessarily have the best reputation. But invest some time to find a few experienced and trusted specialists in your functional area. Remember they want to help and work with you, as they also benefit by you finding a job through them.
Networking is also important. Contact your ex colleagues, managers and friends, most will be happy to help. Have conversations, be yourself and remember to mention your four key strengths and the type of company and role you are looking for. Ask them for recommendations: whether that’s people, recruiters, companies or job boards. This will also be a positive way to strengthen these relationships and who knows, maybe you could help someone else too.
Remember that good candidates are more and more difficult to find so it is likely that you will be approached with job opportunities. If you have followed this step by step advice recruitment consultants and in-house recruiters will be looking for good quality people like you. They spend hours scanning LinkedIn and candidate databases, so make sure you are easy to find. Keep your profile up to date and engage quickly and positively with any approaches which match your requirements.
Who know where your next role will come from but by selectively applying for jobs, working with recruiters, networking and having an up to date LinkedIn profile you are giving yourself the best possible chance.
Next time I’ll share my thoughts and top tips on how you to perform well in interviews and assessments.