Are you job hunting?
Does the job market feel like someone has pulled out the bath plug, and your left shivering in the cold?
MZN Consultancy expert coach Moiz Nurbhai shares further hints and tips in part two of Job Hunting during lockdown.
If you missed part one of Job Hunting during lockdown it coved four topics:
- Your Tantalising Talents
- Move to an Exciting New Industry?
- Short Term Planning for Long Term Gain
- Create an Energetic Action Plan.
- Your State of Mind
- Set up an irresistible CV
- Your Superhuman Personal Network
- Social Media and its upsides
- Recruitment Agencies
- Speculative Approach
Your State of Mind
How are you?
Me too, and many other people.
Mind is a fantastic organisation, which gives guidance and practical tips on how to keep your mind healthy. They have set up a specific page for COVID-19 concerns called Coronavirus and your wellbeing, some great tips in there.
Keep perspective. In normal periods, job hunting can be an anxious time, add a pandemic into the cauldron will only heighten the anxiety. In part one I talked about being open to a wide array of job opportunities and consider different industries. These jobs may not be your first pick, however, you can use it as a stepping stone or to bridge a gap until role you want comes up.
Be organised about your day, set time aside for job hunting. Contact your personal network, recruitment agencies, view job website and research companies. Make sure you exercise, get fresh air, and talk to friends and relatives regularly.
From part one, you should now have a healthy understanding of your Strengths, Skills, Knowledge and Education. The types of exciting industries you want to work in. Furthermore, you should have an energising SMART action plan set up. Let’s now further shape that action plan.
Set up an Irresistible CV
There are a vast number of templates on-line, find something that works for you, all of them should have key sections such as:
- Name and contact details, including social media links such as LinkedIn
- Personal Profile
- Qualification – if relevant for the type of jobs you are applying for.
You can add other headings such as additional skills or interest.
Personal Profile – Your one chance to sell who you are. Advertise your strengths and skills set. Tell the recruiter how incredible you are. You are the one solution for their business. Be able to draw them a picture of you when they read it. Be irresistible, so they want to meet you.
Employment – Introduce a short description of your previous job role then add your tantalising strengths and skills and bring these to life. Reflect these talents by writing a short story of a project or task, lastly add the ‘SO WHAT’ principle.
SO WHAT is all about what you achieved at the end of the project or task, what was the outcome? Can you monetise it? Put a percentage on your remarkable achievement? Demonstrate how that impacted the business? Keep the story short only two to three lines for each Strength and Skill.
Keep your CV to two pages, don’t decrease the font size beyond ten or make the margins too wide as it becomes difficult to read. You want the recruiter to look at your CV and keep reading beyond your eye-catching profile. Simple type face is also recommended.
Share your CV with friends and colleagues to get feedback and continue to refine.
When you apply for a job, convert your CV to a PDF format, this will ensure the structure, and style stays consistent no matter how it is viewed.
Your Superhuman Personal Network
Keep in contact with your friends, family and the long-lost cousin of yours, do they know you are job hunting? Ask them what is happening in their world, are they busy? Flat out at work? You might find their employer is looking for a short-term assignment. It could be your network has not thought of you for the job being advertised as it is a different industry to yours. Keep up to date with them regularly.
I recently coached two individuals who have been made redundant. Each produced exciting action plan and understood their skills and strengths better. They made their first venture contacting their superhuman personal network, mentioning they were job hunting. Within a few hours, both their networks had job opportunities shared with them.
I would love to hear more stories and how you are getting on with your superhuman personal network contact me
Social Media and its upsides
Get your social media profile working for you. Let people know you are job hunting. Search and follow businesses (industries) you are interested in. LinkedIn is a superb source of information; you can easily find employees of a business, and you might just find an old contact where you can rekindle your friendship.
Make sure any profile has a wide range of key words, sign up to job searches and start to up your profile by posting relevant content and interesting links to get you noticed.
There are national and local agencies and specialists for certain industries. Some national agencies are:
Recruitment agencies are working tirelessly to look for and fill vacancies. They work closely with employers and are encouraging candidates to apply for roles that are from different industries. Where business’s volume recruits, they will use an agency to find and filter candidate for them. Talk to a recruiter and discuss what you are looking for, and that you are open to short term assignments.
Make sure you have regular alerts set up with job websites and set time aside each day to review what has come in.
As someone once told me, if you shot enough arrows at a dart board, one will hit the bull’s eye. You may find employers are too busy to advertise for a job straight away. Target yourself to an employer. Sell yourself and describe to them how you are the solution for their company. Cover letters will allow you to express yourself further. Don’t regurgitate your CV, as you will duplicate your message.
How can you help their business? Why you? What will they get? Pick relevant strengths and skills tell them a story, what you did, how you did it. A cover letter gives you a bit more space to tell them about you and how you are right for them.