Some Key Factors That Determins Your Job Search Success
1. Your RESUME doesn’t pass the 10 seconds rule: As a HR professional who have personally reviewed hundred thousand of resumes, I can honestly say 90% of them do not pass the 10 secs rule. Recruiters and HR spend on average 10 secs reviewing each resume to determine if they want to progress it to the next stage. What must be carefully written is the comprehensive professional summary that including your expertise, experience and achievements in 2-3 sentences. You also need a resume that will pass the ATS. (Get in touch if you need your resume to be reviewed for ATS).
2. Your LINKEDIN profile is not set up properly: Reviewing over a dozen of profiles daily, I am shocked to see over 70% of them do not have a complete profile. You need a complete profile to boost your brand including a powerful Headline, Background Picture, Career Interests, and Recommendations etc. You also need to be actively engaging and expanding your network on LinkedIn. If you are doing it correctly, it will greatly improve your career opportunities.
3. Not searching for the RIGHT JOB: Trust me, I know when you have been looking for jobs for quite some time, it can be very disheartening. You are likely to apply for anything you see on the jobboard. However, you need to exercise caution with what you are applying. Make sure your skillsets meet the requirements of the job and that the job is in the industry that you feel passionate about. Research the company culture, industry and even your potential boss. Remember, job searching is not job begging, you don’t want to end up in a job that you want to leave after 3 months.
4. Not knowing how to prepare for INTERVIEWS: As a HR manager interviewing hundreds of applicants, I have always started the interview with this question “What attracted you to apply for this position in our organisation?” The answer to this question sets the tone for the rest of the interview. I would immediately know whether the candidate has done any homework and if they are really passionate about this job. When you come to an interview, make sure you research the company, the role, and the interviewers. Familiarise yourself with the job description and prepare relevant examples to demonstrate your experience and skills. (Get in touch if you need interview coaching).
5. Not tapping into the HIDDEN JOB MARKET: Do you know that more than 60% of job vacancies in Australia are not advertised? Therefore, it’s important to know how to network and get jobs before anyone else. You can actively approach potential employers via LinkedIn or target a list of hiring managers and email them strategically.