Who Will Be On My Team? Long, long ago, I was an executive who hired people in finance and administration. What did I look for in individuals to join my team? Did I look for the best education or the highest grades or the best experience? Does that even matter? How do you find people who will fit on your team? What did I do or what should you do to get my attention?
Online job search is very common, but do you want to compete with thousands of applicants? If you apply online for the typical position, you will be competing with a lot of unqualified applicants. Companies know this too! What do they do? They set up criteria to screen you out. What does that mean to you? Unless you use just the right words, you will be screened out. Where do you find these words that you should use on your application? It is in the job posting! They tell you what they want.
Online applications are screened by computers! Would you want to read thousands of applications and make a decision which ones you want to interview? It does not sound like fun to me either. Sometime ago, some programmers developed criteria to screen applicant skills and experience to determine who is qualified. The applicants who master the screening game the best will get the interview. How do you get around this problem?
New vs. Old Strategies
You can always send out resumes. You can broadcast your qualifications online using email. Getting the employer’s attention is not easy! Some candidates use various strategies to get an employer’s attention, you can use UTube, a personal website, blog, recruiters, networking, Linkedin or an email campaign. Which one works? The one that works for you! There is no way to know which one works best because employers are all different. Certain industries react more to certain strategies. Entertainment may react more to UTube and Law firms may be use recruiters. What does a candidate to do? You do everything!
Candidates should network, the old fashioned face to face kind. Does that mean you do not need Linkedin? Remember, you do not know which one may work! You should actively use your friends, colleagues, ex employers, industry contacts and competitors to network. Register and set up your Linkedin account and work on building contacts just like your non electronic network. You should build and maintain both networks while you are employed so you can use it to build your reputation and contacts.
The best job offers will happen when you are not looking to change jobs. Employers use networks to find candidates all the time. Do you think executives like the CEO, CFO, or CIO goes into the Human Resources department and completes an application? Their reputation places them on recruiter’s short lists to try to persuade to change companies. Recruiters earn a fee and fill a need. Do they only place high level executives? No, there are recruiters for every level and there are high quality recruiters as well as the other kind.
The Rest of it
Developing a website, making a video for UTube, writing a blog, broadcasting resumes or responding to job postings are optional or required strategies. Should every candidate create a video? Maybe not! It depends on the industry, job or even the individual. What kind of video would you create? If you are an entertainer or film maker, a video makes sense. If creativity is important in your profession, video may make sense. Remember you are marketing yourself and you decide how you want to present yourself. A video may make sense if you use it to portray your expertise in training, skills or knowledge.
What does a candidate to do? Everything! Set priorities and monitor your progress. Adjust your efforts to meet your goals. It is no different than a job or goal setting in general. Treat it seriously and spend as much time looking for work as you used to work. The more you put into finding work, the more success you will have from your effort. It is not fun, it is filled with disappointment and there will be highs and lows. Break everything down to daily and weekly tasks. Do it in such way to make you feel that you are accomplishing something. Success leads to more success.
Networking takes the most time and you should have your network in place. If you do not, start with close friends, colleagues and ex employers. Build your Linkedin account with these contacts and add as you find new ones. Find out about industry meetings, meet with colleagues for lunch and stay connected. Remember never ask for a job, you are looking for contacts and spread the word about your skills and reputation. You will hear about openings because you are connecting with the right people. Who Will Be On My Team?
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