Don’t forget these basic job seeker tips

As organisations become leaner and agile and an increasing number of professional roles are being outsourced to freelancers via the gig economy. Many are complaining that the number of open jobs seem to be at an all time low. Factor in that the recruitment process itself is imbued with deeply embedded unconscious gender bias, it’s not surprising that more and more women are saying that they are struggling to get full time jobs.  So now could be a good time to [Tweet “revisit some basic job seeker tips to make sure that your strategy is firmly anchored.”]

Many job seekers apply the “spray and pray” method of looking for a job which is doomed to fail.

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Here are 10 basic job seeker tips to revisit

  1. Do your inner work and be thoughtful about you values and vision. [Tweet “Make sure you put a price tag on those ambitions. It will indicate a salary range.”] Download Career Reflections.
  2. Identify your transferable skills with a good balance of hard and soft skills. Note that hard skills are searchable terms.
  3. Create your success stories using the Be FABulous formula. Be sure to include metrics. Read: If you can’t measure it don’t mention it. You should have a success story for every skill you have noted.
  4. Create a powerful CV with a compelling story and strategically embedded key words. Most CVs are retrieved using software before they are even seen by a human eye. Pack the punch at the top. There is much variation of opinion of the best length for a CV. Try and keep it to two pages unless you are a senior scientist with patents and publications. Recruiters don’t read them unless you are very senior or specialised.
  5. Create a strong online professional profile on LinkedIn. Download: LinkedIn in 10 minutes a day
  6. Draw up a list of target companies list for your job search. 
  7. Research your target organisations and identify the HR Manager. Look for network connections who can make introductions or give you insider insights into what is going on for that company. You can try to connect with hiring managers directly but they frequently don’t respond. Find out what their main challenges or pain points for that organisation are in your area of expertise.
  8. Create cover letters addressing the 3 top pain points of your target organisations and send by email and snail mail.  Read: Down but not out the Power of the Past You will not hear from 95% probably, but you only need one offer.
  9. Network, network network. On and off line. Listen to Webcast “ How to take care of your COW”
  10. Find a mentor or job search buddy to support you. If you are on the market for any length of time you could probably use professional support.

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Dorothy Dalton Administrator
Dorothy Dalton is CEO of 3Plus International. A specialist in diversity and bias conscious executive search, she supports organizations to achieve business success via gender balance, diversity and inclusion. She is CIPD qualified, and a certified coach and trainer including digital learning.
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