Have you written a professional CV that tailors your skills, qualifications and experience to the role? Well, if you haven’t you should!
Writing a CV that lists your entire career history is easy, but that isn’t what the employers are looking for. They want to see a tailored approach that covers as many aspects of the role and their company as possible. This will make it much easier for the hiring manager to see that you are a worthy candidate.
But now that you’ve written your CV and it’s ready to send out, where would be the best place to find a job? There are lots of ways to search for a job, but we believe that there are three which are the best. Here’s how to harness the power of 3 techniques to find job opportunities.
1. Job boards
The first and most obvious place to start is through job boards. There are lots of sites that advertise hundreds of job opportunities in your area. By entering just a few details – job title, postcode, and salary – you can be instantly looking at a few fantastic positions available near you. But is it as simple as that?
In short, yes, it is a very easy way to search for a job. But if you really want to harness the power of a job board you need to get down to the specifics. First of all, have a good close look at what the employer is requesting. We’ve already covered how important it is to tailor your CV to the role and the company, and this is where it all begins.
Look at the specific keywords the advert uses to express what they desire in a candidate. Words like ‘dynamic’ and ‘confident’ are a little too cliché, so consider using keywords like ‘sales and lettings process’, ‘manage internal sales staff’, ‘maintain records’, and ‘issue invoices’. These are directly related to the job description, and if you have experience with this in the past then you should match these keywords in your work experience section.
Don’t just search for specific job titles (such as Office Manager), try searching for skills too. This will broaden your search and you may even find something that you’d never considered before.
Finally, make sure your CV has been created using a popular word processing software. The website will usually ask you to upload it to them, so choose the most common file formats like doc or docx.
2. Social media
Let’s face it, the internet is the place to be if you want to find a job opportunity, and with the recent trend in social media sites we can certainly rely on finding something here. LinkedIn is a professional business and social media site that aims to connect like minded individuals and professionals. This is the first place you should start, and if you haven’t already created a profile then get started today.
There is just one catch to using sites like LinkedIn – you need to keep on top of your profile, keep it up to date, and share and connect constantly to get the very best out of it. Like anything in life, the more you put in the more you will get out of it. More people will notice you and opportunities will only manifest themselves if you maintain a comprehensive profile.
You can use sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to spot job opportunities and make enquiries. Every now and again you should see something being shared or posted by an employer, and that’s where you need to pounce. So remember to keep everything completely professional and appropriate on all of your business and even social media profiles, because you never know who might be looking.
Being headhunted sounds like something which is out of your hands – but it isn’t. Headhunting isn’t just a myth or only happens to those that have luck on their side; it happens to professionals who are constantly interacting, sharing and connecting on social media – like LinkedIn.
This is also why it’s so important to keep an up to date and comprehensive profile, because you never know when an employer might be looking for someone like you. Every single word, comment, post, share, and like will create a perception of your professionalism. If you vent constantly, get angry, or post inappropriate comments and pictures, an employer would instantly be put off. Not only that, but any potential links and connections you could have made to other professionals in the industry will be gone.
Your reputation is on the line here, and your personal thoughts on religion, politics and your favourite football team should be kept to yourself if it’s likely to ruffle a few feathers. Keeping everything professional is a must, but you should also spend a lot of time connecting and advertising your credentials. Reach out to people by commenting, sharing and posting relevant articles and publications. Let everyone around you know that you live and breathe your career, and give yourself every opportunity of being headhunted.
An employer can and will only find people who are professional, have a great reputation, and who share and contribute to the community. Sure, you may get lucky and have a friend refer you to an employer. But if you truly want to be headhunted on a more frequent basis, then put the time and effort in that’s required to get your name out there.