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Navigating recruitment to your new job

  • May 29, 2018

Finding a new job is tricky. Knowing where to look and assessing the opportunities that are available can be baffling. So how can job seekers navigate the choppy seas of recruitment to success? A clear plan and an experienced recruiter at your side make a lot of difference. Our two-stage guide gives you all you need to know.

Stage 1: Planning

Your job search strategy

The traditional job search has undergone significant change in recent years; across industries, employees are looking to the internet more and more when searching for their dream role. And with around 11 million jobs listed on LinkedIn alone, the trend isn’t likely to decrease any time soon. There’s still a place for more traditional methods of recruitment, however, you’ll need to be online to give yourself the best chance of success. Just make sure your online presence doesn’t detract from your chances; set your privacy controls to private, not public, on the likes of Facebook and there’ll be less chance that a recruiter will see something you’d rather they didn’t.

Don’t forget about the power of your network either! Word of mouth and personal referrals can be a powerful way to get in front of the right person. Alert contacts that you’re looking for a new role, attend events and put yourself out there. It could well be a case of who you know, not what you know.

Understanding the opportunities that are available

Be clear about what’s on offer out there. Assess which skills are in demand in your region or city. Are yours in surplus or high demand? Do you have a coveted specialism in a particular field? Or do you have broader skills such as experience working abroad or in a desirable sector that could be an asset? There are opportunities out there, but it’s having the patience to establish how they could work for you that will give you the greatest advantage when you put yourself in front of a prospective employer.

Consider your personal development and aspirations too, and what a new job means for your goals. Would you be willing to move for a job, commute, or learn something new? Balance your needs and expectations versus the demand and reality of what’s available.

Stage 2: Enlisting help

Recruiting the right recruiter

A recruiter is potentially the job seeker’s best friend – but to put your trust in them to find the right role, you’ll need to feel sure that they understand the requirements of the job. A specialist recruitment agency, or a recruiter that has experience in your industry, can be a real help here. Agencies have contacts stretching far and wide. Couple that with a fine-tuned knowledge of your industry and you can feel sure that your recruiter will boost your chances of getting in front of the right people.

Clarity on skills: a two-way street

Make it really clear to the recruiter just how your skills and experience fit with what the business is looking for. They will then be in a strong position when putting you forward for consideration. Equally, ensure that you’re comfortable with what the company is asking of the candidate. That way, when you reach the interview stage you’ll feel calm, prepared and confident and will make a good impression.

Landing your dream role isn’t easy. And when you’re eager to get stuck into something new the process of job hunting often feels endless. However, if you spend a little time doing your research and enlist the help of an experienced recruitment professional it makes a great difference. And when the recruiter knows your industry and the intricacies of your role the weight of job hunting becomes a lot lighter – and you’ll find yourself in an exciting new role before you know it.

If you found this blog of interest you may like to read our other post on The five toughest interview questions – and how to answer them.
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