The 5 Most Valuable Job Hunting Tools

November 19th, 2014
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When searching for a new job – either actively or just seeing what is out there – some tools are always invaluable.

If you want to be found by head hunters, or you want to keep your ear to the ground for that ‘amazing new opportunity’ we all hear so much about, or you actually just want to move jobs for a variety of reasons; these tools will be the most valuable in your job hunt.

time1.  Time – we are all so busy, there never seems to be enough of it.

Time is integral to the job search. It might sound intuitive but making time is necessary; time for calls, for interviews, for preparation, for assessing and evaluating your options. Too often we hear that clients and candidates alike are ‘too busy’ to fit in all of the important steps in the recruitment/job hunting process. Enter a recruitment agencies; here to take away the time and pain of the process! #shamelessplug

When I first graduated from university everyone kept telling me how fining a job was a full time job in itself. Whilst this (not-so)-motivational phrase got old fast for the 20 something graduate I was, I soon realised the truth to the statement. If you are in a full time job it is different but nevertheless time is thebiggest part of any job hunt.

Use it wisely, use it sparingly, but most of all use it.

Linkedin2.  Linked In – business networking in your pyjamas

As a social networking site, Linked In is the go to place when researching a new company, making new connections, wasting an hour pretending to be productive, or even just seeing what kind of moves people are making.

Naturally you can also utilise job boards like Reed.co.uk or Campaign but these are live roles that people are looking to fill today! What if you want to think about your options without making that move instantly?

Through Linked In you can connect to people in your industry and network (even in your pyjamas whilst playing Fifa!) so that when the time does feel right you can make enquiries about a potential move. Also through these connections you can be discovered and headhunted for your talent and hear about things that you might not have discovered on your own. These connections can help you in understanding more about potential employers and put the word out there about your incredible work that you have (or will shortly have) publicised through adding content to your profile.

Connect, discover, chat, understand, look at memes – Linked In is THE best way to passively look for a new job.

flaeless cv3.  Flawless CV – Errors are not acceptable!

It has been said time and time again but spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, typos, and formatting errors will make you stand out; you will be remembered for the worst reasons.

If I had a penny for every time I read the sentence ‘attention to detail’ in the opening paragraph of someone’s CV which was swiftly followed by mistake, I would probably be sipping mojitos in the Caribbean for Christmas (which I’m not sadly).

Check, double check and triple check. If you editing and adapting your CV for each job make sure you send the right one. If you are sending

off a cover letter, make sure it’s addressed to the right person and mentions the right details.

Attention to detail is a skill valued by all employers; don’t say it, show it!

comms4.  Communication – A little bit of communication goes a long way.

As recruitment consultants we often hear that our candidates and clients alike are too busy to speak with us on the phone or meet with us face to face (refer to point one). Whilst we really do appreciate that an active job seeker could need to find the time to talk to 3 or 4 recruiters a week and this is time consuming. We also strongly believe that recruitment cannot be done by email.

Can you imagine buying a house over email? Or buying a car via text? Most people wouldn’t make an important decision such as these and complete it over email. However, more and more in this demanding market we see this happening.

The most important tool you have is your phone, talk with people, understand, ask questions, and most importantly meet people, the same as you would meet an estate agent as they showed you around a house; meet your recruiters.

Whoever is representing you for your prospective interviews should know you, know your motivations and you should trust them to represent your best interests.

In my first recruitment job it was drilled into me that I should phone first and send email/text/carrier pigeons/smoke signals second. Of course any one reading this who is in a job that deals with clients or people in general will understand – phoning someone is just quicker. It takes probably more time and emotional engagement to write an email, especially if it’s explanatory in any way.

 

prep5.  Preparation – fail to prepare, prepare to fail

Phone calls, interviews, presentations, research and all conversations. If you’re talking to a perspective employer or the recruiter representing you for the role you must be ready to answer questions and at the very least talk about yourself with confidence.

Preparation for interviews can be time consuming but usually a quick google search, a look on campaign/media week/marketing week will tell you the top line of what you need to know.

They aren’t expecting you to know their last year’s accounts and profit or their cat’s mother’s maiden name. They will expect you to have read a bit about them as a company and what they have been in the news for recently.

As we approach Christmas and the New Year many people are starting to decide on the move. Beat the January rush and get in touch today for a strictly confidential conversation about your options. What are the tools you can’t job hunt without?

Join the conversation at #ZBjobs

kate@zulubravomedia.com

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