By Michele Cameron, Manager, Business Development, Eden Ritchie Recruitment
It’s that time of the year where candidates are looking for a change. Most recently I’ve personally helped three friends too! For whatever reason, you’ll find yourself at a crossroad and think if I’m not going to stay here, then now comes the painful part, you ask “where do I belong next?”
Job hunting should be easy with technology, right? WRONG! Technology allows job opportunities to be advertised through multiple job platforms and social media sites. It’s easy to click “Apply now” button and send your resume through but it has also created higher online competition for roles. Some social sites will show you how many candidates have already applied and you might be already a number 30-50 after only a few hours of the job being posted! I know it’s stressful especially knowing that these days you don’t get a phone call and sometimes not even an email rejection.
What goes wrong in our job hunting search:
- Job hunting is reactive – you don’t actually know what you want.
- Mass applications – you might apply for everything and roles not at the right level.
- Frustration – letting emotions get the best of you
- Impatience – finding the right opportunity takes time than jumping to the first offer
How to make job search less painful:
- Do some self-reflection – what do you want in your next role, what do you like in your previous jobs and target your search on this criteria
- Be proactive and do research – what companies or industries interest you. Apply direct with company websites as they may not externally advertise.
- Network – grow your professional circle of experts and seek advice. Go to industry events. It’s a great way to uncover other opportunities that aren’t advertised, through recommendations.
- Find reputable recruitment agents with experience and contacts to leverage. You’ll have more eyes and ears in the market to think of suitable roles for you.
- Review and edit your resume – take time to think of your achievements/ projects and know the transferrable value/skills you can bring to the next role.
- Social media profile like LinkedIn/ job platforms are current so potential employers/ recruiters can find you and reach out also.
Job searching does take time and it’s full of rejection which no one wants to experience. Do remember everyone has a place in the workforce. It’s an uncomfortable process but you might be pleasantly surprised about the different opportunities which may present themselves and the experience is truly valued by the next employer crying out for those skills.
Quote – “Don’t be afraid to take a risk. You can’t lose whether you succeed or fail. You’ll grow either way, but what you’ll regret is not trying.” By Helene Lemer