3 TOP TIPS TO GETTING NOTICED WHEN SEARCHING FOR A NEW JOB OR A CHANGE OF CAREER

3 TOP TIPS TO GETTING NOTICED WHEN SEARCHING FOR A NEW JOB OR A CHANGE OF CAREER

Have you been made redundant or furloughed?  Are you now in consultation for redundancy?

Perhaps you are simply looking for a new job, or even complete change?

Whatever your position is right now, you may find that you’ve been struggling to get those much-needed invites to attend interviews from recruiters or hiring managers directly.

If you find yourself nodding in agreement to all the above, then it’s time to take a step back and think about what you can do differently to stand out and get noticed.

In this blog post, I want to share my 3 top tips to getting noticed.

  1. CLARITY

Get clear on what it is that you are looking for in your next move – specifically.  Once you have that clarity of mind, you will be able to convey your message to your network: friends, colleagues, contacts and of course, recruiters and hiring managers alike.

Yes, you may be flexible and happy to turn your hand to anything in the current market, however, having that clarity on the job / career you are predominantly focused on is vital.  It can always be tempered with a caveat, such as:

 “I’m an experienced financial director with manufacturing sector experience; working for a small to medium enterprise would be ideal, however, right now I don’t mind undertaking contract work or even helping out with transactional duties on a short-term temporary basis.” 

The statement is clear and concise and offers clarity, and it will attract the correct opportunities as opposed to something along the following lines:

“I don’t know what I want to do.  I just need a job, and any job will do right now.”

 While this might be true and honest, it also suggests desperation, which again (however desperate you are feeling), doesn’t help in the slightest.

A recruiter / hiring manager needs to know what you are looking for and that it matches the opportunities that they have available.

This level of clarity also needs to be transmitted across your CV and LinkedIn profile, if you have one (and if you don’t, then it’s time to create one, as this is where a lot of recruitment takes place) and throughout your job applications.  Which brings me to my second point.

  1. CONSISTENCY

Be consistent in your whole approach – from transmitting verbally what you are looking for amongst your network and across social platforms right through to your CV and job applications.  Make connections on a regular basis.  Keep track of the jobs you are applying for, and only apply for those that are relevant and that you are genuinely interested in.  Multiple applications for jobs that you don’t want will not generate the job you do want – all that you will see is an increasing number of applications and a drop in actual interviews.  And don’t hold an emotional attachment to anything you apply for – try and take the approach that ‘if it is meant to be, it will be’.

Additionally, ensure you have a professional photo on your LinkedIn profile, a selfie you have taken on your mobile is far better than a blank outline.

  1. ENTHUSIASM

Convey enthusiasm and passion for opportunities.  Do your best to remain positive at all times.  And work your enthusiasm for what you do into your CV, your LinkedIn profile and your job applications.  Get involved in online forums, groups and chats – make new connections and see where they take you.

When organisations are recruiting, they want to know and hear that you’re interested in working for them.  Specifically.  Ensure that comes across in any covering documentation.  Why not try a different approach?  If the application process is calling for an online submission maybe add a short video ‘covering letter’ so that they get to know who you are more personally.  Alternatively, use good quality paper and post your application … it all shows that element of extra effort.

Now here’s a thing – you may not get a response from the applications you are making, but if you are upping your game on LinkedIn and changing the way you apply for roles, you may just be surprised and find that jobs are now starting to come to you rather than you having to hunt them out!

COVID-19 is forcing us all to think differently, to think outside of the box, to pivot, to get creative, to collaborate and communicate in ways that we have never done before. It’s challenging us in ways we’ve never been challenged before. I realise that it can be tricky to retain that enthusiasm, but through doing it you will come out stronger, and it WILL shine through.

Clarity | Consistency | Enthusiasm

Change is a constant – be the change you want to bring to your life!

 

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