How to get the attention of recruiters when looking for your next job

Posted on Friday, July 28, 2017 by The MSS teamNo comments

In one the highest selling careers advice books of all time, What Colour is Your Parachute, author Richard Bolles said that the average person today will change jobs around seven times throughout their working lives – more if you continue your way up the career ladder.

But to help you move from one position to the next, you will sometimes need the help of those people whose professional lives are dedicated solely to helping people do just that: recruiters.

With more than half of all available jobs never advertised and competition for positions remaining high, how do you get on the radar of those recruiters who can help take your career to the next level?

Here we take a look at six highly effective ways to help you become the candidate of choice:

  1. ‘Virtualise’ your CV: One of the greatest sources that recruiters turn to when looking for the best candidates for their clients is LinkedIn, yet too many job seekers fail to keep their profiles updated. LinkedIn doubles as a virtual CV, where recruiters can search and find those candidates who best match the criteria that their clients are looing for. In fact, according to LinkedIn’s own research, having an up-to-date profile makes you 18-times more likely to be found online by a potential recruiter or hiring manager. So it really does pay to keep your details updated.
  2. Make a plan: It might seem painfully obvious, but the old adage ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’ is as true today as it ever has been. Our clients look for candidates who know what they want from their careers, so that’s what we look for in the candidates that we talk to. Write down your career goals and objectives and set a deadline by which you want to achieve them. This will keep you focused during the job search process and increase your chances of securing the right role that can take you a step closer to achieving our career ambitions.
  3. Be realistic: Make sure your goals are realistic and attainable and avoid the all-or-nothing approach to career progression. Target one career move at a time, even if that move is a lateral one. Sometimes a slower ascent to the top pays off particularly if there is the prospect of promotion further down the line.
  4. Get yourself ‘out there: Whom you know is just as important as what you know in the promotion stakes. Connect with those people within and outside your current company who could help your career whether through industry networking groups, internal committees or online groups such as those found on LinkedIn, for example. These people may not have a role in the here and now, but they may do so in the near future or they could introduce you to someone in their network who does.
  5. Be relevant: Keep up to date with the latest news and views. Be proactive by subscribing to industry news feeds, attend relevant seminars and conferences and use these as an opportunity to network with people who already working in the role that you want for yourself.
  6. Dip your toe in the promotional waters first: Nobody every dipped both feet into the water, so before you take the leap make sure you understand what you are getting yourself into. Talk to as many people as you can who are actually doing the job that you want and find out everything there is to know about the role.

Setting career objectives is more than simply saying that you ‘want’ to achieve ‘X’ within ‘Y’ timeframe, it’s saying you ‘will’ achieve it and that you have the drive to commit to those goals.

Wherever you are in your career right now, we can help you find the role that is right for you. Call or email one of our Consultants today and we will be more than happy to talk you through the opportunities available to you right now.

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