Ten ways to aid your job search in 2016
Stay ahead of the competition by improving your job search skills with these tips from Nick Deligianni, Managing Director Hays Australia & New Zealand*.
In today’s job market, it takes more than the right qualifications, skills and experience to land a top job. Here are 10 ways to aid your job search:
1. Disrupt your CV
2015 was the year that digital disruption really took hold, as more and more businesses make digital technologies such as cloud computing, mobile technology, big data and social media a key part of how they do business. You can stand out from the crowd by adding a digital element to your CV.
A traditional CV remains the accepted way to show you have the necessary skills and experience for the role. However, you can 'digitally disrupt' your CV by adding a link to websites, videos or blog posts that showcase digital examples of your work or demonstrate your expertise in a particular area. Ensure that any additional information or links that you add to your CV are relevant to the role you have applied for.
2. Align your online and offline CVs
Any hiring manager or recruitment consultant worth their salt will spend time researching you online, so as well as ensuring that your online presence is credible and professional - make sure that the CV you submit matches your online profile on LinkedIn or any other professional career sites.
Any discrepancies will throw up a red flag. If things don't add up, at the very least you’ll be asked some difficult questions in the interview, and at worst you run the risk of having your CV removed from the shortlist of candidates being considered.
3. Be open to freelancing
With employers looking for flexible headcounts and jobseekers looking to expand their industry experience and networks, freelancing is an option worth considering.
4. Target realistic jobs
Employers are becoming increasingly frustrated with candidates who apply for a role that they are not suitable for. It is therefore important to be realistic in the roles you put yourself forward for, and clearly demonstrate your suitability for a role based upon your experience and skills.
5. Promote yourself
You need to go outside your comfort zone and promote yourself on social media to get ahead in 2016. A LinkedIn profile will not be enough if you are not active online – so like, post, share and comment on relevant content. Ask your connections for endorsements, be active in relevant groups and showcase examples of your work and achievements.
6. Study relevant qualifications
It is really important to keep up-to-date with industry developments. If you need to undertake training make sure it’s the right training. In every industry there are certain qualifications that employers value above others. So make sure you do your research and work towards the qualifications that employers actually value.
7. Be a change agent
In our increasingly technologically sophisticated world of work it’s inevitable that significant changes lie ahead. Employers are starting to look for candidates with an appetite for change, so in 2016 make sure you are known for driving innovation, integrating technology and learning best practice from others in order to make informed changes to the way business is done.
8. Size doesn’t matter
If you choose not to hide your LinkedIn connections, be aware that employers can make assumptions about you based on the quality of your online connections. For many employers, the value you can bring to their business is an important consideration in their hiring decision. Your connections should show potential employers that you are associated with people relevant to your field, which can be a powerful endorsement of your reach.
9. Learn to cope with rejection
Highly-skilled professionals are in high demand, but that doesn’t mean employers will leap at the first candidate they find. As well as the required technical skills you need to have the right industry background and cultural fit, which means it could take a few applications before you find the right role for you. Although it can be hard, try not to take rejection personally.
10. Stay on top of a recruiter’s talent list
There are a few simple ways to stay at the top of your recruiter’s talent list. These include keeping your recruiter informed by updating them if your circumstances change, following their advice, and keeping your word. So, if you say you’re only interested in permanent work then decline an interview for a more lucrative contract role your credibility with your recruiter will take a hit. Similarly, trust your recruiter and don’t go over their head to contact an employer direct.
About the author
- Nick Deligiannis began working at Hays in 1993.
- Over the 22 years he has been with the company he has held a variety of consulting and management roles including the role of Director responsible for the operation of Hays in Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory.
- In 2004 he was appointed to the Hays Board of Directors, and was made Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand in 2012.
- Prior to joining Hays, Nick's background is in human resource management and marketing, and he also has formal qualifications in Psychology.
This article was first published on the Hays website.
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