Looking for a new job can be a frustrating and time consuming journey. Especially on short notice! Don’t get caught in the woes of being unemployed, be determined and put these 5 strategies to play when hunting for a new job in 2014:
1. Audit your job searching practices
Assess your current job searching strategy. Determine where you are going wrong and what you can change to heighten your chances of being discovered. Sometimes this can be tricky so be sure to consult a friend or mentor if you’re finding this difficult. Think about how many jobs you’re applying for on a weekly basis, how many responses you are getting back and finally what actions are generating the greatest replies - for example, are emails to the heads of recruitment at specific companies working better than sending applications through job searching sites such as seek?
2. Fine tune your messaging
Develop a messaging strategy that will deliver impact and set you apart from other candidates. Focus on what makes you different and important attributes that you feel can add value to the company. You also need to ensure this is authentic and honest otherwise you may not make it past the phone interview.
3. Honesty is the best policy
Careers don’t always go as planned. It’s perfectly normal to have career gaps and it’s important to talk your way through less-than-ideal scenarios that lead to these. Say for example you were made redundant, or left your job early due to a terrible boss. Use the question surrounding this gap as an opportunity to discuss your strengths and how they were not being utilised to their greatest extent.
4. Document your wins
Show evidence of your success, to get a job across the line. Recruiters and hiring managers like to see quantifiable data to qualify candidates and measure their fit within their company. These need to be included in your resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile. It can easily be in bullet point form i.e. “I superseded my target which resulted in X revenue over X period”.
5. Practice your personal delivery
In an interview scenario, you may be the perfect fit, but you might not know how to effectively communicate that to recruiters or hiring managers, and this may result in you missing out on the job. Enlist a friend to help you practice mock-interview style. Let them come up with the questions so you are caught off guard and put on the spot. Get them to tape your responses and afterwards review to discover areas to improve upon. This practice will enable you to work on clear segues and talking points that will help your interview run to plan.