It’s been an exceedingly grim time for employment in a lot of areas over the past twelve months or so. But it doesn’t mean you can’t turn your longing for a dream job into a reality.
We spoke to two HR specialists and got their job seeking tips on how to set yourself apart from others and amazing advice to soar your career to new heights or whatever your career goals entail.
- Personal Branding
- Resume Building
- Job Search Techniques
What’s your personal branding say about you?
Personal Branding is what you stand for. Your values, abilities, and actions. Below is how to have a clear personal brand:
- Be passionate – If you’re not passionate about what you’re doing it might be time to reconsider what you are doing! In this article we talk about how to spend some time discovering what it is you really want.
- Uncertain of your Personal Values – complete a short exercise to rediscover.
- Be authentic!
- Be yourself because you can’t be anyone else!
- Be fearless.
- It’s that old saying – don’t let fear hold you back. And don’t let other people determine what you are capable of, or you may start putting the same limits on yourself.
Is your resume standing out?
Resume building is an important component of landing that dream job. Below are the top things to consider when building your resume.
- Keep it simple and targeted to the role requirements – don’t send your generic resume to every application.
- Cover letters – rarely (unless specifically requested in the advert) get read. Don’t waste too much time with them. The average time a recruiter spends on a resume is 30 seconds – basically initial perusal is a scan of your overview, past roles, and experience.
- This is your chance to be the best version of yourself – this is the first glimpse at you – make it worthwhile and sell it. This doesn’t mean a photo or lots of colours and shapes (this distracts a recruiter). Really think about what you want to highlight as the most important and put that on the first page.
- Create a digital footprint and show genuine interest in your field – google yourself and remove anything that doesn’t align with the professional reputation you wish to present.
Do you know where to look?
Job searching techniques include knowing where to look for jobs and how and where to network.
- Where to look:
- Internet (find out if the roles you are looking for have their own website i.e. government jobs, ethical jobs etc.)
- Recruitment agencies
- Be Proactive – Mindset is playing a huge part in a jobseeker’s ability to secure a new role right now, think more positively and understand when markets change, you must pitch yourself at the right instant.
- What is networking:
- Meeting and getting to know people – whether you are ordering your coffee or attend a work function.
- Building relationships by reaching out to the relevant employer and follow up on every application. Make a genuine effort to engage the recruiter or hiring manager – keep yourself at the front of their mind!