Welcome to this fifth module, spending time understanding the main routes to job opportunities and building your market presence, so recruiters and employers find you

Tackle the module in bite size chunks, don’t feel the need to do everything in one go. Allow plenty of time to digest and apply the information covered

The module includes helpful ‘Activities’ for you to complete, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them to get the most out of the content and the key learning points

Allow yourself time to reflect and take on board the advice, key messages and suggested tasks contained in the module to enable you to move your job campaign forward

This module will

  • Provide practical and effective ways to increase your market presence

  • Identify and explain the four main routes to finding opportunities and jobs

  • Build your knowledge and confidence on how to exploit each of them

  • Enable you to optimise the value of your network, social media and LinkedIn

  • Ensure you effectively manage recruitment agencies and the speculative market

A balanced and structured job campaigning is essential

 

 

There are four job campaigning routes, as shown below

Networking and Social Media

Recruitment Agencies

Speculative Approaches

Online and Traditional Adverts

Networking and social media have become increasingly important

 

 

Campaign time should be allocated according to relative value added

Networking

  • Has become the single most important route to finding jobs

  • Works because its the lowest risk and lowest cost way to recruit

  • Only works well if you get comfortable and confident doing it

  • Is an accepted route to a job, without stigma or embarrassment

  • Should be undertaken regularly, not just when looking for a job

  • Needs to be researched and implemented in an organised way

  • Taps into everybody you know and everybody they know

  • Seek to build relationships, gain information and listen to advice

 

 

  • Starts with brainstorming your network as illustrated on the next page

Networking is now an accepted and 

encouraged route to finding work, with no taint or negativity, other than in your own mind

The only barriers to successful networking are in your head!

Networking isn’t just for when you are looking for a job, once you get going, keep it going even when you are happily back in a job

Networking is about both the quality of interaction and the quantity of people you ‘get on the radar’ with

Networking is about developing positive relationships and being valuable to each other

The vast majority of employers see networked candidates as lower risk, especially if they come recommended from a trusted source

It may feel a little daunting and cringe worthy at first if your not used to doing it but, once you get going, networking can be fun and enjoyable

Behind the relaxed deliver and conversations, you need to be organised and track what you have said to who and what the next steps are

Make networking   a learning and growing experience

As illustrated below, your network of contacts has a number of tiers

  • Tier one  the people you personally know and have a direct connection with

  • Tier two  people that your tier one contacts know or have a connection with

  • Tier three  the contacts of your tier two people who may also be helpful to know 

Once you have brainstormed your list you will need to

  • Divide it into your 'A', 'B' and 'C' network contacts i.e.

  • Your 'A' list people = highly likely to have valuable info, opportunities and contacts  

  • Your 'B' list people = likely to have helpful info, opportunities and contacts

  • Your 'C' list people = the rest, they may turn out to be more useful than you thought

You are not contacting people to ask for a job

 

 

Rather, you are

 

 

  • Letting them know you are looking for opportunities

  • Seeking advice, guidance and any helpful information

  • Inviting them to let you tap into their network of contacts

  • Opening the door to being able to keep in touch with them

The key aspects of making contact with any and all of the tiers of your network are that

  • You must take control of doing the networking and not pass on control to other people

  • Ask for people's details and do the proactive contacting yourself, don't delegate it 

  • Take full responsibility for actions needed, so no pressure is put on your contacts 

  •  It's a two way street  be as useful to them as you are hoping they will be to you

Start with the people you feel most comfortable with and know best

From there 'work your way out' to other individuals and target groups

If you are comfortable then the recipient will be as well, so try to be relaxed

Don’t worry about what order you cover the bullet points, go with the flow

Keep in touch and, wherever possible, have a call to action for you or for them

Don’t worry if they don’t get straight back to you, they may be busy themselves

Be a good listener as well, networking is a two way process of mutual benefit and value

In relation to each social media route you are active in remember

  • Recruiters often 'social media screen', so don’t have anything detrimental on show

  • Your seeable values, behaviours and personality must be work congruent

  • Never post rude or negative comments about previous jobs or employers

  • You only get one chance to make an online first impression  manage it well

Google yourself and

  • If needed and possible, repair or hide anything damaging or negative you find

  • Spot ways of adding positive messages and enhancing your online credibility

  • Follow recruiters and organisations that advertise jobs in your target job market(s)

  • Manage your 'personal brand'  how you portray yourself in posts and tweets

LinkedIn key points include

  • Used increasingly by recruiters and head-hunters to identify and approach candidates

  • Tell your story  paint a clear visual picture that makes them want to talk to you

  • Profile must be clear and strong about what you can do for potential employers

  • Use a decent, professional picture of only you in a work appropriate environment

  • Regularly send out invitations, regardless of whether you are job hunting

  • Use the 'Experience' section of LinkedIn profiles to identify target invitees

  • An up to date strong profile and employment history make you more discoverable

  • Make sure your communication settings allow recruiters to make contact

  • Indicate that you are ‘open to opportunities' and actively job hunting

  • Be inventive with your header to make it interesting, punchy and eye catching

  • Don’t make your profile a copy of your CV  stand out from the 'online pack'

  • Use search words and phrases that you know target recruiters are looking for

  • Join relevant groups to expand your networks, participate in relevant conversations

With Facebook

  • Project a professional positive image or keep your private life private

  • Use the 'Jobs on Facebook' feature, where employers list job opportunities

  • Populate the 'Work and Education' section with jobs/achievements/etc

  • Be selective about the organisations you 'like'  they must 'fit' your campaign

  • Join groups that reflect your job ambitions  show passion and engagement

  • Use it to research organisations and people pre-application and pre-interview

Concerning Twitter

  • Use a snappy bio to introduce yourself and share info on target roles

  • Tag your location and link it to your LinkedIn or Facebook profiles

  • Follow people who might be useful, it’s a less formal way of connecting

  • Follow popular job opening hashtags that employers use to find applicants

  • You are what you tweet  make sure you look like the sort of person they want

  • Be bold and tweet organisations of interest speculatively to enquire about jobs

With recruitment consultants, agencies, head-hunters, and search agencies, remember

  • They are intermediaries between you (the 'seller') and the employer (the 'buyer')

  • Their focus is not you – it is to fill their client’s vacancy and earn their fee

  • Their job is to present credible candidates to clients - everything else is your job

  • For them it is a process – don’t take negativity or unresponsiveness personal

  • It isn’t their job to keep in touch with you – it’s your job to keep in touch with them

  • They are either 'transactional' or 'relationship' driven – manage them accordingly

  • Build and maintain positive contact with 'relationship' driven recruiters

 

  • Be proactive (not reactive) by keeping in touch, following up and politely chasing

  • Google key words to find relevant agencies e.g. ‘recruitment agency’ ‘accountancy’

  • Ideally, no more than six recruiters should be proactively chased at the same time 

  • Before contacting recruitment agencies about a specific job opportunity you have seen, you need to be clear on what you have to offer

  • To assist you in preparing your STAR evidence you may find it helpful to use the 'Evidence Log' document by CLICKING HERE 

Some agencies are more friendly and relationship driven than others but, at the end of the day, you are just a product they are selling for a fee

Its very easy for you to drop off of their ‘radar’, they are juggling a lot of assignments and focused on filling them, so don’t take umbrage

Don't take anything they say or do personal, for them it's just a transaction

Don’t get upset if it sometimes feels like you are doing their job for them and doing a lot of running around’, 

its all part of the game

Spot the relationship driven agencies and cultivate them, manage the transactional agencies politely and efficiently, but don’t expect any empathy!

It may not seem fair (particularly as they are the ones being paid to do a job!), but you need to accept it is your job to be chasing them

Increasingly, recruitment agencies and employers are using applicant tracking systems (ATSs) to manage their recruitment process

Where they are doing so, the key learning points and issues for your to be aware of include

  • They are used to sift, filter and short list candidates using pre-set algorithms

  • The algorithms identify and match pre-set key words/phrases/qualifications/acronyms

  • Unless you achieve a pre-set level of matching (e.g. 80%) you will no be short listed  

  • To ensure that you pass the minimum matching requirement you will need to

  • List the key words etc. from the job description and person specification

  • If you don't much to go on, research info about similar jobs being advertised

  • Focus on including the key words etc in short bullet points or bites of info   

  • Don't worry about using complete sentences, just make it understandable 

  • If a 'key skills' section needs completing, keep your evidence punchy and relevant 

  • Use job titles that are in common use or generic, even if not exactly what they were

 

 

  • It is has been a while since you uploaded your CV then tweak and reupload it

There are 100s of online job boards and more are regularly added to the mix

 

 

Googling key words will generate an endless supply of them e.g. ‘job board’ ‘marketing’

 

 

To get you started the following are thirty of the most popular generic job boards

There are lots more!

A more detailed list of recruitment agencies can be accessed by CLICKING HERE

Online job advert key points include

 

  • Select relevant sector/job specific preferred job sites and sources

  • It isn’t the easy options – you are up against the most competition

  • Offers no opportunity to build rapport and personal relationships

  • Don’t allocate too much time at the expense of other campaign routes

  • Don’t be seduced by the absence of human contact and remote access

  • Focus the campaign on target jobs types, don’t fire off in all directions

Traditional job advert key points include

  • Significance has declined substantially, but they are still out there to be found

  • Don’t look for a 100% perfect fit, 80% is good enough if the job interests you

  • Understand and follow any instructions to ensure you are not disqualified

  • Draft your responses before filling in any hard or soft copy application forms

  • Respond with key skills, strengths, achievements evidence and experiences

  • Double check your responses or, better still, get a fresh pair of eyes to do so

Speculative campaigning key points include

  • Identifying and contacting organisations you are interested in working for

  • They may have needs now, or in the future, that they haven’t yet advertised

  • You are endeavouring to be 'on their radar' before they decide to go to market

  • Putting out lots of fishing lines, not knowing when and which ones will ‘bite'

  • Essentially, you are looking for a problem they have that you can solve for them

  • Speculative letter content will vary but will always have three key elements

  • Your reason(s) for writing e.g. 'I am writing to you because ......'

  • Your key hook(s) e.g. 'In particular I would highlight ……'

  • Your call to action e.g. 'If I may, I will ……'

  • Example or template letters that may of use to you can be found by CLICKING HERE

  • Useful links to identify and research companies can be found by CLICKING HERE

This module has enabled you to

  • Understand what the four main routes are to increase your market presence

  • Pursue each of the four routes to the jobs market in a structured way

  • Manage your time and resources across the four routes to best effect

  • Confidently and effectively network and use social media appropriately

  • Approach and manage recruitment agencies to your best advantage

  • Plan and build an efficient and timely speculative campaign

Over the past four modules, you have acquired all of the key knowledge to implement a professional and effective job campaign, so well done!

In terms of full job hunting readiness, you also need to ensure you have the other half of the necessary abilities, namely the key behaviours to actually make it all happen

Over the next four modules, we will look at al of the main behaviours you need to feel comfortable with and apply during your job hunting campaign

In the next module, we will make a start on your behavioural readiness by looking specifically at how to maintain and enhance your motivation to ensure that you feel 'up for it' and ready to make it all happen  

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