Your Proactive Job Hunt Checklist
Gone are the days when the experts told us to play it safe by sending out generic resumes and cover letters and anticipate a call. With millions out there searching for a job, there’s no way you could stand a chance if your CV is to be generic. As job seekers are exponentially growing with the prevailing pandemic, Val Olson, a career coach at Korn Ferry, a consulting firm says “It’s time to be really more proactive”, but how? Of course, there is no easy or foolproof way, but here’s how to take a stance to adapt to a post-pandemic situation.
Talk to people
It is important that you make a list of potential contacts that could help you in your job search. You could have had a close affinity with colleagues at university, school, and previous workplaces but if you are no longer in touch, it’s time to bond again.
Although they might not be able to help you, they could know of someone hiring, or probably their recommendation to their employer might help, and even in the most unfortunate scenario, you could at least be satisfied with the fact that you spread the word.
A survey carried out in 2018 by the talent management software firm Silkroad, a human capital management company, where 1000 companies took part, 78% of the more than 320,000 hires were done offline, suggesting that candidates came from somewhere other than the career site.
Update Your Resume Properly
A resume recapping the responsibilities you shouldered was impressive enough for the hiring manager to have at least a glance at your CV but now it is not so. Career experts say that they prefer if the resume had accomplishments using statistics and data that could be quantified. Your resume is not a place where you write the history of your career, says Valerie Hayes a career coach at Korn Ferry.
It is better to add a one-sentence summary if the candidate has been in the industry for a long time and is considering switching careers. Nonetheless, it important to avoid that corporate jargon like, “team player”. That one sentence you write must reflect on the resiliency, adaptability, and technicality as Gabby Lennox a career coach at Korn Ferry said” I would rather see you have no summary than have a bad one”
Update your social media resume too
Make sure your Linkedin page is getting the attention of potential employers or the artificial intelligence software made to hunt candidates.
If you have ended your job,” then, start a new current employment section and call it “Seeking Opportunities,” says Gabby Lennox. He further said to add the job title with the job you would prefer to do and then add the description with the task, roles, and responsibilities you want. Finally, cap your profile off in a way that portrays you are actively on the lookout for an opportunity.
Practice virtual interviews
What is there to practice in a virtual interview? You might think. Isn’t it just another video call? Of course, it is a video call but don’t forget, you need to impress the employer just as you would in a conventional interview but virtually.
Make sure the microphone is near your mouth and not too close as your breath could spoil the tone and make yourself unclear at the other end. Make sure your headphone volume is at a level that you hear what you speak or you might talk too loud to the interviewer. Position the camera in a way that your face is visible clearly, not in a too-bright place or a dark place. Remember to put all the notifications on the device to silent, as it could disturb you when attending the interview.
Try not to look at a screen of the device but look into the camera, since that gives the feeling that you are making eye contact with the interviewer, and makes the discussion more meaningful.
Most importantly dress in full attire, not just above the waist, as you never know when you may have to get a document or a stand-up. Lennox recommends the best way to get used to this is by getting a friend to interview you on video conferencing software like zoom.
Finally, when you are done with everything and ready to face the interview, a matter of weeks without an interview call can get your patience running out. But remember you are not the only applicant and interviewing isn’t the only job apportioned to hiring Managers. Try to get used to this as Olson says” As for the job offer itself, no one should take a role they will hate, but they may have to become more flexible about hours, remote-work options, compensation, and other factors”