The ongoing COVID pandemic restrictions and the potential long-term recruitment ripples shouldn’t keep you…
Posted by Niche Recruitment
28th May 2020
What to do now to aid your job hunt post-lockdown
Looking for a job can be challenging at the best of times and the current climate is making it even harder! Preparing and job hunting now will put you ahead in what is likely to be a market flooded by job hunters, post lockdown.
HERE IS OUR ADVICE FOR WHAT TO DO NOW TO AID YOUR JOB HUNT POST LOCK-DOWN:
UPDATE YOUR CV
This one is obvious! Make sure that your CV is current and a true reflection of who you are as a prospective employee. Ensure that your employment dates are accurate as future employers will reference you. Include all successes you have had in your previous roles. Providing specific details, including figures and the positive impact your actions had on the business. Ask somebody to proofread the final version to ensure that your grammar and spelling are accurate.
Lastly, be succinct. Use bullet points and detail only relevant information – ideally, your CV should fit onto two pages of A4.
SCREEN YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA
Your social media pages are likely to be viewed by recruiters and organisations looking to get an idea of who you are as a person, particularly prior to interviews. It is always ideal to make your accounts private or, at the very least, make sure that they portray you in a positive light.
Be sensible about :-
- The profile pictures that you choose;
- Content that you share;
- Commentary that you make and
- Above all consider how you treat/communicate with others on all social media platforms.
When used sensibly, social media can be an incredibly powerful tool in your job search. A lot of organisations and agencies now also post live vacancies on their Facebook pages so following interesting companies in your area/ industry is also a good plan!
CREATE / IMPROVE YOUR LINKEDIN PROFILE
Potential hirers and recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates and to suss out job applicants prior to making contact. Having a professional LinkedIn profile can make a huge difference to the success of your job search.
Tips to improve your LinkedIn profile LinkedIn profile:-
- Include CV content for your most recent role on your profile.
- Make sure that you choose a professional photograph, ideally in business or smart dress.
- Use a ‘snappy’ headline under your name that succinctly describes your experience.
- Request recommendations from current or previous colleagues and clients to increase your credibility.
In your profile settings, you can also turn on functionality that highlights to recruiters that you are actively job hunting – therefore make sure this is turned on. However, be aware that this is also visible to current employers, so be careful if you are actively employed.
When thinking about how to approach your job hunt consider the companies that you would really like to work for and that you think could benefit from your skills. Then get in touch with them! Job advertisements are currently receiving an exceptionally high volume of applications, so competition is incredibly high. By being proactive and targeting potential hirers directly, you prove yourself to be capable of using your initiative and drive in a challenging market. Make sure you send a full CV and a comprehensive introductory email/ covering letter when you are making that initial contact.
A RECRUITMENT CONSULTANT CAN HELP YOU JOB HUNT
Recruitment agencies are incredibly well linked into the market in terms of who is hiring. Therefore, they can be extremely helpful in your job search. They have a good understanding of businesses that could be interested in the skills that you can offer a potential employer. Do your research and find an agent who is proactive and will work hard on your behalf to approach businesses that would be interested in your skill set. Agencies have long-standing relationships with HR teams and will often be able to contact people that you will not get access to on your own.
If you would like further assistance in terms of CV writing or proactive work out in the market then get in touch with the team at @Niche Recruitment on 01793 230 469 or firstname.lastname@example.org