Here is the 3rd part in the series from Paul Mullan of Measurability.ie. Measurability offers career coaching to individuals looking to change careers as well as companies looking to train their staff for better things. If you have a question you can either leave it here or send Paul an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first part can be read here “Why most CV’s Fail” and second part “Lying in Interviews“.
Job Hunting – Are you getting the results you want?
You could not fault many jobseekers for effort when job hunting as they devote hours of their time to finding the Holy Grail – that dream job. The problem is that many jobseekers I encounter are not getting the results they want even with all this effort. Investigation often indicates that they have been limiting their prospects by following the same strategy throughout. The reality is that there are many ways to skin a cat and a new job can be secured through a variety of approaches. Remember if you keep doing what you are doing you will keep getting the same results.
The Recruitment Agency approach.
The number of Recruitment Agencies in operation has mushroomed over the last decade and agencies are finding new employment for thousands of people on a daily basis. This is great and agencies are the jobseekers No.1 strategy for many reasons but largely due to the fact that they take the hunting out of job hunting. Send in a CV, meet a recruitment consultant and sit back and wait for the job possibilities to roll in. However there are other jobseekers that wait and wait and keep waiting without any positive progress.
Control your destiny
Having worked in this industry the biggest complaints are from those jobseekers that are not getting the phone calls or job interviews. The frustration is their lack of control and feedback as a 3rd party is deciding if the CV will be sent for a vacancy and manages the whole recruitment process. If you are not getting positive results and you really want to get a job you need to get your hands dirty. Take control of the situation and become your own personal recruitment agency with one jobseeker to manage – you.
One obvious approach is to source job leads directly with companies through the internet, national and local media. This way you will be dealing with companies directly taking back some control. One fact is that only about 50% of jobs are never advertised so recruitment agencies won’t have these on their books or you won’t see them in the papers or internet. You have to hunt for these jobs. Proactive approaches like networking or direct and speculative applications. Very few jobseeker use these method because they involve great effort and people just don’t want it that badly.
The jobs are out there you just have to find them. Many of my clients who question this I often ask them to drive around their nearest industrial estate. The most common responses are – “I did not realise there were as many companies there” or “I have never even heard of most of the companies in the industrial estate”. When you start looking, you will start seeing and you will find.
Tune in next week when Paul will discuss more about interviews.
Article by Paul Mullan of Measurability.ie. Measurability offers Career Coaching to individuals (Career Direction, CV Design & Interview Coaching) and Assessment Solutions for businesses to improve their recruitment decisions.