You’ve decided you want a career move. You’ve made a plan and written a great CV . You’re ready to go so what now?
The recruitment industry has changed dramatically in the past few years largely due to the internet and social media. Recruiters and employers have changed the way they seek candidates – so if you want to be found by them you need to understand this.
NETWORKING / PERSONAL CONTACTS
Use your own network of industry contacts to seek out potential opportunities and useful contacts.
With the exponential growth of LinkedIn over recent years, this is now one of the first places most recruiters & employers look for candidates. Make sure your LinkedIn Profile is live, up-to-date, and full of key words that will help the right recruiters/employers find you. Check your ‘Privacy & Settings’ to make sure your profile is correctly visible. Make sure any LinkedIn messages are directed to an active email address that you regularly check.
Research which recruitment agencies are the best for your industry and skill set. Ask friends/colleagues for recommendations. Select 2 or 3 specialist agencies in your industry sector and build a good relationship with them.
CONTACT POTENTIAL EMPLOYERS
If you have a target list of companies you would like to work for – make direct contact with them.
Source industry appropriate job boards and register with them. Most will then automatically email you when new jobs are posted that meet your criteria. Be very selective about which jobs you apply for and always write a short covering letter explaining why you would be a strong candidate for the role (if you struggle with this – ask yourself if you’re applying for the right role).