Search Aid

  • Let’s Get Focused!

  • You don’t have to do it alone Individuals often go into a job search after a long period of not searching. The reality is that recruiter’s techniques have likely changed since the last time you’ve searched, and the hunt can become incredible overwhelming.
  • Recruiters often use a variety of sources to discover, as well as weed-out potential candidates, with a large effort put into search engines and social media. It could be a great idea, both for search morale and aid, to add external sources into your job hunt. This doesn’t only mean peers or contacts who can help you spruce up a resume, listen to practice interview questions and the like, but also Job Search Support Groups.
  • Job Search Support Groups Such groups can be found on the internet, as a virtual support group; but there are often live groups situated in areas across the world. A good idea would be to check with a college career center or from members at a local community center. If no live groups are around in your area, a virtual support group can be equally beneficial. Such groups provide advice and guidance, but are mainly populated by other job searchers. By participating in such groups, you not only build skills and gain insight, but feel less isolated and diminished when receiving rejection or having a hard time finding the right position.
  • Be Specific and Target Your Search A common misconception is that you should “keep your options open” as much as possible, opening up your search and providing yourself with as many possibilities as you can. The reality is that this rarely works, and often becomes overwhelming for you and apparent to the employer. You should focus on a specific target position, and fine-tune the results from there. In this case, there may be less options available, but you’ll have the time to work up killer pitches and fine-tuned cover letters.
  • Employers love to see that there was effort and motivation coming from the applicant, and it is quickly apparent when an individual is too broad in her perspective. It is a very useful to target a very specific position, and then broaden it slightly – start inward and work your way outwards, always paying particular attention to precise position being offered.
  • Specify Your Resume If using an online profile or public CV, make sure to target your resume around a specific or niche area. Generic or broad CVs/Profiles are often overlooked.
  • Finding Your Focus It may be difficult to specify the exact role or position you are looking for, but take time to really brainstorm and find the best way to distinguish your position. This will greatly benefit your search, as well as an employer’s perception of your interests. If all else fails, consider talking with a career advisor or counsellor who could lend a hand.
  • Consider your online reputation Recruiters are focusing a great deal of energy outside of actual job portals and resume searches. Online searches and social media have become predominant in finding out about a candidate’s skills and social culture. Career networks are one source, but much information is obtained from search engines, blogs, social sharing sites and more. Before diving into the job hunt, spend some time tuning up your social profiles and finding out where you stand in terms of ‘online reputation.’
  • A key note to take away from the previous tips – find a clear path and specify your desired position as much as possible. This will create a more productive job search and create a better perception to employers. Further, utilise the knowledge and support those around you to gain motivation and understanding.