So you’re looking for a job, you’ve planned your approach, you know what you’re looking for, so where’s the best place to find the right job?
As the UK’s fastest-growing, privately-owned multisector recruitment agency, we appreciate how daunting it can be to job hunt at any time, let alone following the most extraordinary 18 months we’ll hopefully ever experience in our lifetimes. We’re here to guide you and have compiled some top tips to help you on your way in our 6 parts ‘The Ultimate Job Guide’.
In Part 1 we took a moment to think about true career paths, stop, take time out and reconsider where you are and where you’re going, and review how jobs you apply for might fit your skillset and what type of culture might suit you best.
Part 2 was about planning the Job Hunt, where to start, how to structure your time in preparation for the job hunt ahead.
Now in this Part 3 we take a look at social media and networking and how they can help you in your quest.
Love it or hate it, social media is where it’s at! And when it comes to job hunting. In a recent survey from Glassdoor, they identified that 79% of job applicants use social media in their job search, and, a whopping 70% of hiring managers say that they’ve hired successfully through social media. (betterteam).
Social media is a powerful tool and should be used carefully, select who you connect and engage with on professional social sites. Also, consider the content you are sharing and promoting. You should be doing everything you can to get noticed by the right people for the right reasons.
Lets’ look at a couple of the different platforms that could help you…
LinkedIn is the arena where you need to create a personal brand and show off your skills on the pitch. Network, cultivate relationships, like, comment, and share appropriate content to gain visibility, attract attention and show those LinkedIn algorithms that you’re an active member of the community. You’ll gain prominence in people’s feeds. So, keep your page fresh, updated, relevant, and professional.
Engagement & posting on LinkedIn are the only way to seen and people to know who you are and what you have to offer.
- LIKE your connections recent activity, comment on their post, engage, be interesting.
- Comment on thought Leaders posts in your industry, they then may CONNECT with you!
- Send them a personal message about their post.
- Create an interest post – ask a question. Be interesting not salesy!
- Capability post – demonstrating your capability to your network – what are you key skills you offer, what you know – your capability to solve the problems your sector have.
Jobs on LinkedIn can be found easily and often have an easy APPLY button, so have your CV ready to go.
Twitter – Jobs are often posted on Twitter, use the Hashtag option, try searching for specific organisations you are interested in or #jobs #nowhiring, #jobsearch or #graduatejobs, or more industry-specific such as #marketingjobs or #salesjobs.
Join the Groups – On LinkedIn and Facebook, there are loads of networking groups you can join which will be related to your career/job interest. It will be helpful to know what’s happening in the relevant industry for the future, follow them, and engage where appropriate.
Facebook – Most businesses have a Facebook profile and will post job opportunities and info, so be sure to follow them. Facebook has its own jobs section where you can search based on role, location & salary.
Your own page – Why not create your own online portfolio, this could include blogs, photos, or a simple WordPress site showcasing your skills. They are simple and often very inexpensive to create and give you and easy way to share your information.
Networking – Business insider suggests that up to 80% of jobs are never listed but filled via networking and 1/3 are filled by word of mouth so who you know can never be underestimated. Networking enables you to take advantage of personal and business connections. It’s a big win for businesses too as relying on networks and the networks of their employees can reduce the risk of a bad hire.
Be different. Stand out from the crowd, if you do what everyone else does, you’ll just blend in.
Recruiters – Whether you’re looking for part-time work, a short-term contract or your next big career move, recruitment agencies can help you find the right role.
You spend more time at work than anywhere else, so here at RE we know how important your next career move is – and we also know how tricky and time-consuming it can be to find just the right job. This is why we try harder than other agencies to understand your ambitions and match your skills and personality to the right role.
We’ll look out for you throughout your job search. From helping you prepare a CV to making sure you’re well prepared for your interview. So you can focus on giving things your best shot, safe in the knowledge that an utterly reliable partner has got your back.
Get in touch with us at: Jobs@rerecruitment.com | 01242 896 022