The job-hunting process is very much like the new dating experience. With the majority of the world under lockdown due to the pandemic, interviews are our only interaction with new and exciting people in the world.
Irrelevant of covid and worldwide mass unemployment, less than 1% of job applications ever make it to interview stage…. Why? Well, us humans need to make an emotional connection with the person we’re conversing with.
In a dating situation, you will look for someone who has similar values, morals, background and understanding to you because you feel comfort and ease with that, the same goes for recruitment/job searching.
It’s you job to find an organisation that has synergy with your values.
- Attractive, I don’t mean physical. There should be a “meeting of minds”.
- Same goals.
- Same ethics.
So! What - is - your - mission?
Your mission is to find your “cheerleaders”, people that have similar values to you and you need to get yourself out there on social media, especially LinkedIn.
Rules of engagement to fine a new employer in include:
1st rule – Be clear about who you are and what you bring to an organization. Pick maximum 6 keywords that define your background.
2nd rule – Your CV and LinkedIn should embody the values, skills and expertise outlined in the 1st rule. Don’t over complicate it!
3rd rule – What are the optics? If someone was to analyse your CV and LinkedIn profile, what impression are you giving? LinkedIn especially is an opportunity to impress anyone who stumbles across your profile. Create something that’s unique to you!
4th rule – “Time waits for no man!”, do not sit there and wait for someone to “find you” or ask anyone to do it for you. This is your life, you take control and network, network, network!
What is next?
If your job search isn’t working as well as you hoped, answer these questions to find out why:
Are you applying to jobs with no feedback?
Yes – Rewrite your CV and learn new job search techniques.
No – Go to question 3.
Are companies viewing your LinkedIn profile and not getting in touch?
Yes – Your LinkedIn profile needs work. You are attracting people but you are also putting them off.
No – They are getting in touch. Go to question 3.
Are you getting interviews?
Yes – Go to the next question.
No – Rewrite your CV and LinkedIn as well as work on your job search techniques.
Are you getting job offers?
No – Learn interview techniques and work on your job search too. You need to find your “cheerleaders”, people who have common interests and goals.
Yes – Woohoo!! This is great. Move on to question 5.
Have you accepted the job offers?
No – If you’re not getting what you want work on your negotiation skills and keep plugging away at your job search. Network, network, network!
Yes – Congratulations! 🎉🎊🌈🥂🍾
Keep posting on LinkedIn though, more opportunities will come to you when you put yourself out there.