By Nigel Baker, Group Manager, Business Development
Eden Ritchie Recruitment
At this time of year many people are reassessing their current roles and organisations, many of you will make the decision to look for other opportunities. The job market in Brisbane is buoyant so why not? Whilst a lot of commentary in January is around how to assess what you have and what you are looking for, I thought I would try to explain what I see as the two main approaches to securing your next role and some pros and cons.
Traditional Job Ads
You will find these in abundance on LinkedIn, Seek, Facebook and company websites etc. and they are undoubtedly a great source of information and very specific which is great. However, the issue is that everyone else who is looking for a new role also has easy access to the information and this is where the major issues start. It is not unusual for a job ad to attract 100+ applications. In general people are optimistic and positive and if they see a role they like the sound of they will convince themselves that it is the perfect fit. My experience is that people will apply for a role if they meet 60% of the criteria, it is also my experience that you will only be successful in gaining an interview if you meet at least 85% of the criteria. Don’t forget you could be up against 100 other applicants.
Traditional job ads are also a great way to see which organisations are growing or investing in projects. If this is the case and you do not see a role suited to you, reach out to people you may be connected to in the organisation and see if their growth plans include your area of expertise. Which brings me to…..
I know this is a confronting term to a lot of people and to the majority of us, not something that comes naturally. However, some of the less daunting things I would put under this category are; renew connections with ex colleagues, utilise LinkedIn, meet with a few recruiters, speak to friends and family and approach companies directly.
The major advantages to this approach are that you will be in the minority of people prepared to put themselves out there, you will uncover roles that are not yet advertised, you will be speaking to people in person and not relying on your resume, you will be speaking about deliverables and not a wish list from a position description, and most importantly you will not be in a tick box exercise with 100+ other applicants. The main difficulty with this approach is that it is time consuming and more difficult than simply looking through a job board but the rewards far outweigh the effort.
Realistically your search will probably comprise of a mixture of both approaches however, be mindful of what you are spending most of your time on and what is most likely to reap rewards. Maybe analyse your career and write down how you gained each role (I have done this below) and see what has been successful in the past. Good Luck
- 1st Recruitment role out of University – Networking – Friend of a Friend
- CarlsbergTetley Brewing – Networking – Recruitment Consultant
- United Biscuits – Networking – Friend I played Cricket with recommended me
- Sniper Solutions – Networking – Friend I knew from the UK
- Mercuri Urval – Networking – A friend worked there
- Arete – Networking – A professional contact recommended me
- Eden Ritchie – Traditional Job Ad – Seek