To find a good job nowadays is comparable to find a treasure on an isolated island. A lot of heavy lifting and digging, research and, apparently strong faith… It’s hard because of the new tendency of evaluating the employee as if they are from a dating website, from a lot of perspectives. In the past, the employees were more treated as they were a good potential to do the heavy lifting, nowadays as are they good looking, are they a good fit for the company’s culture (never clearly mentioned what the company culture is), do they have any visible and hidden deficiencies and faults and are they able to represent the business in the most valuable way, to get attention, beat the competition, so there is a great accent put on external and physical factors, apart from core heavy lifting …oh yes and would the employee be a fit to the team…
When my contract ended with Vubiquity I had interviews with The 22th Century Fox, Discovery Channel, BBC, ITV in London (still remember where are they based ) I can’t recall them all… and I have done so many researches on how to prepare for an interview, what should I wear, how to greet, how to behave, what questions to ask and what I actually concluded is that I have been mostly invited on them as my CV had the keyword ‘digital’ as I was previously a Digital Coordinator. Most of these interviews were just about the experience as none of the recruiters or HR were inviting me were aware of how long my relevant experience was and was it enough judging by the employers’ criteria. And at these interviews, I have been given questions in regards to the job spec and skills I have never had.
SEO does also has a great deal in ranking your CV and getting traffic (roles). Remember that recruiters and HR nowadays do not read manually all CVs but use Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence. In some cases they work well, in some they do not work at all as the CV is not structured correctly.
Read the job spec thoroughly and decide on your own if you have got at least 70% of the mentioned skills. If you do not think about how transferrable are your current skills to the role could you convince the commission that actually they are? As to be certain that they will ask you exactly this! Most of them haven’t read your CV in prior, they will be seeing it for the first time when they see you and will ask you exactly this – they always look for already gained skills rather than acquiring them now. And that is unfortunate but cannot change the mindset built for years now.
If you need to change your job you definitely need an outstanding Linkedin profile! There’s still quite a lot of people that neglect this factor but having a good LinkedIn is crucial to connect with potential employers and recruiters.
If you do not have a blog or time do a blog just simply get into interactions with people or companies from your area of business and expertise. Make sure you give positive feedback or share your expertise correctly.
I personally hate when professional life is messed with the personal one but unfortunately, this is what the practice is: employers and recruiters check you out. So if you have got a social media presence that is not really common, make sure you switch the posts off from the public. Make sure you also exclude your profiles from search engines such as Google, Yahoo search.
I guess people should finally realize that there should be a border put between professional and personal social media and professional bodies should not be messed with the personal profiles but we are not grown up yet to this consciousness. And they still look at .. you.. on your personal social media.
Volunteering as a good practice in order to show your skills off and to get recommended. or to build a portfolio. It is also a good way on how to disqualify the lack or possession of bad references from a previous employer. We all can get bad references, the reasons could be thousands and not fair at all, not going to elaborate them one by one, never consider and employer as right, just find a way to overcome this situation. Help startups, build a portfolio and improve your reputation.
On your LinkedIn profile find all recruiters in your area of expertise and connect with them, email your CV and ask for help. Someone might happen to desperately need you at this particular moment. I have done this, guys, unfortunately, I found myself in a job in the Croydon area (London) in a well known big recruitment agency where a mad client came to the office with a gun, threatening the manager, the staff was leaving anyways the company as they didn’t like the management as same as the threatening man. 🙂
I know everyone’s teaching you to watch youtube videos, to read articles on how to get prepared for most commonly spread questions. The truth is that just 10% of them are been asked at the interviews as none has time for fluff. But remember that’s not a rule! There might be an exception and make sure that you already covered the basics: watch the videos, learn and understand the answers, do not learn them by heart but adapt to your own situation.
Clean look, clean intentions. I can’t recall where I read this but I remember that there was something about the shoes – to polish the shoes till they become a mirror of the face and something that clean shoes talk about clean consciousness.