What Job Search Resources Should I Use?
With competition for jobs likely to remain at record levels for the remainder of 2012 job seekers are eager to use any resource that will assist then in finding and securing their dream jobs. Headhunters, job boards, professional resume writers, career coaches and a variety of social networks are some of the resources being deployed by today’s job seekers. But which ones should you include in your job search strategy?
There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to job search strategies, what works for one individual doesn’t guarantee it will work for all. So how do you decide which resources to use?
Firstly, regardless of whether you are seeking a new job through choice or unemployment you need to start with an honest assessment of your experience, skill set and the type of job you are looking for. This will help you define your job search criteria and ensure your search is focused as opposed to a scatter gun approach .
Many job seekers find this a challenge and fail before they even begin their job search because they have unrealistic expectations of their abilities and the job market. Applying for jobs but not getting interviews would suggest you might need a sanity check on your CV and search criteria. Seeking independent advice to assist you in your job search can be invaluable, but be prepared for some honest feedback.
A career coach can help you understand what it is you really want from a job and career. They can help you identify your skills, strengths and how to structure a job search. Time and effort invested with a career coach can result in shortening your job search.
Professional CV Writer.
If you’re clear about the type of role you want and confident you have the relevant skills and experience but are still not getting interviews then perhaps your CV needs a professional makeover. After all a CV is the main tool job seekers have in their armory and just like a marksman’s rifle it needs to be in perfect working order if you want to hit the target. Professional CV writers can help you customise your CV to reflect and highlight the skills, key achievements and experience that make you unique and relevant for the roles you will be applying for.
Using a headhunter can add a lot of value to your job search, they are very knowledgeable about the job market and have great insight about their clients and recruitment processes. They know what skills and experience are in demand and see hundreds of CV’s so they know the difference between a good CV and a bad one. They are extremely well networked with decision makers and hiring managers and have trusted relationships with their clients. Including a headhunter in your job search will extend your network and access to exclusive job opportunities.
The type and level of role would determine whether there is any benefit in using a job board. If you are not very well networked or struggling to find job opportunities Job boards can be a useful resource. Job boards are great at generating candidates for the recruiters that place the majority of adverts, however standing out in the crowd is a big challenge and they are notorious for poor feedback once you’ve submitted your CV.
LinkedIn should definitely feature in your Job Search strategy. It’s the best social network site for professionals with over 150 million members. If it isn’t already, make sure your LinkedIn profile is 100% complete and accurate. If you don’t want headhunters, recruiters and potential employers seeing your profile check your security settings. It’s great for research on target companies, checking for any connections you can leverage. Joining Groups is a great way of extending your network and hearing about job opportunities.
Job searching can be very frustrating and in a tough market it can seem impossible to find a role that fits your criteria. Companies might appear risk averse and want the ‘perfect candidate’ to fit their needs.But don’t be discouraged, companies are hiring and confidence is on the increase. Start your job search with an assessment of your needs, skills and experience. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and use the resources above to turn weaknesses into strengths. It’s essential you do your research and target companies where there is a real ‘value add’ to them meeting you.