These 12 top tips will help you land your dream job in 2015.
Consider first what you are looking for in a job.
It’s important that you consider what is important for you in a new position and look for an employer that fits these criteria.
While online job boards are still the most important method to find new talent and a new position, the last 2 years have seen nearly one-third (28%) of HR managers stating that they are finding these job boards less effective than 2 years ago.
Instead, the report found that employers are now utilising a multi-faceted strategy to engage top talent and are using recruitment specialists (34%), making use of personal networking (31%), accessing internal recruitment and referral systems (27%) and around 20% are headhunting already engaged talent. For Business Insider’s article click here.
Finding a new job can be extremely time consuming and requires that you plan and focus as much as you would when already engaged in your dream role. By putting in the effort and being totally motivated to achieving your ideal position, you will increase your chances of success. As Roberta Matuson says, “there is no such thing as a vacation when job hunting”.
It is important to have a clear idea of your career path and direction and you must be able to articulate this to your employer.
Here are a few tips to maximise your opportunity in securing that dream job!
- Update your resume. Make sure your resume looks professional, clean and is very up to date. Read this article for more tips on writing a winning resume.
- Nurture your references. Time passes very quickly and, as Randall S Hansen PhD says in his article on "Job References", you need to keep your references informed and up to date on your career. Make sure they have a current copy of your CV and know your most recent achievements. Turn your references into “career allies” by staying in touch and keeping them updated about your recent career moves.
- Create a list of the top 10 – 20 employers that you would like to work with and do some research into what they do and how they hire.
- Find out who you know in the industry or organisation and see if they can assist with providing a referral or recommendation. Request that they send your CV to their hiring manager or they may even be able to give you contact details for the relevant person so that you can contact them personally. A recent article by Time shows that many top positions are only advertised internally or are very limited and not open to the public. Without an inside contact or a connection with a recruiter who knows the company, your chances of getting a foot in the door are much lower.
- Raise your public profile through smart use of social media sites like LinkedIn and be active in professional organisations and forums. What does your online presence say about you? Do a Google search for your name (also name + industry/job) and consider whether you would be impressed if you were an employer.
- Use LinkedIn for Job Hunting: LinkedIn is a great resource for finding new employment. It’s an excellent source for both direct company job ads as well as those from recruiters and can supplement traditional job boards and advertisements.
- Use Twitter hashtags for your city (or the area you want to work) and combine it with keywords that relate to your experience or skills, e.g. #Sydney #ITjobs can result in a list of recent job ads. Follow Twitter accounts of any recruitment agencies that work specifically in your chosen field.
- Consider engaging an experienced specialist recruitment consultant and/or agency to help you with an introduction to the right people in these companies. A specialist recruitment consultant will very often have direct contacts with businesses and are more likely to be able to introduce you directly to the appropriate contacts and managers within your target organisations. It is the recruiter’s job to connect you with appropriate employers.
- Ensure you stay focused when searching for jobs and set search filters so that you remain within your specific skill set. You don’t want a hiring manager to think you don’t have a clear understanding of your capabilities and experience.
- Use job boards: focus your job search on your specific field of expertise. Don’t apply for jobs outside your skillset as you probably won’t receive a reply. With mainstream job boards you are able to search using keywords that are likely to be used in the advertisement. Using keywords in your search will mean you can find more relevant jobs. When looking for a major job board in Australia, check out: SEEK, MyCareer as well as niche job boards for particular industries.
- It is worth considering a temp job, part time or contract positions also. These jobs can be a great way to update your skills, stay in work and can be a stepping stone to a permanent, full time position. This can be particularly useful if you have been out of work for a while or re-entering the workforce.
- A survey by Careerbuilder found that seventy one percent of respondents claimed that EQ is more important than IQ when it comes to recruitment decisions. Anny Gordon says that this means it’s important to start working on and improving your soft skills and EQ. She recommends including these skills on your resume and when being interviewed. The 5 soft skills identified by the NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) study are:
- Skills to Perform in a Team Structure
- Excellent Decision and Problem Solving Skills
- Good Communication Skills for Verbally Interacting with Others Outside and Inside the Business
- Ability to Prioritise, Plan and Organise Work
- Skills to Acquire and Process Information
Finding a new job is challenging but it will be made easier if you follow the 12 tips above. Check out some of our other blog posts for more information to help in your job search efforts.