Out With The Old & In With The New
For us here at CPG Executive Consulting, the idea is especially relevant when searching for employment.
Job-hunting tactics that worked even a few years ago may appear outdated, while using fresh strategies can help professionals stand out among a large applicant pool.
“It’s easy to get stuck in a rut during the job hunt. If certain tactics aren’t working, job seekers need to switch gears and try new ideas”
Alex Turner – Recruitment Manager of CPG Executive Consulting.
We can offer you the following job search dont’s along with advice for what to try instead:
1. Network solely when you’re looking for a job.
2. Wait until a position is advertised to apply.
3. Limit yourself to full-time employment opportunities.
4. Use a standard CV template.
5. Rule out all “old-school” application methods.
6. Assume they’re not interested.
7. Speak only in general terms or give “canned” responses during the interview.
8. Write a hum-drum thank-you message.
Try this instead:
1. Use tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter regularly to keep in touch with professional contacts. Maintain an up-to-date profile on these sites, and be active with industry associations and events.
2. Scour local print and online publications and follow company social media feeds to find out which businesses are growing and may be hiring. When you see organizations that interest you, contact them proactively to learn of potential job openings.
3. Consider temporary work. Interim assignments provide a source of income as well as a chance to network and build new skills. They also can lead to full-time job offers.
4. Create personally “branded” application materials that speak to your particular strengths. A simple but eye-catching format can attract an employer’s attention.
5. Sending your CV and cover letter on high-quality paper via the post office may seem outdated, but people receive so little mail today that your hard-copy materials could pay off.
6. Follow up via email or by phone within two weeks of submitting your CV. Reassert your interest in the position and explain how your skills can benefit the company.
7. Be prepared to share anecdotes that showcase your skills, personality and how your contributions have impacted the bottom line.
8. Recap the qualities that make you a fit for the role and express your enthusiasm for the opportunity. Email is acceptable, but a handwritten note can be more impressive.
We are pleased to see that the government is taking firm steps to get employment in Ireland back on the increase. It was interesting to hear what the Minister had to say and we welcome his initiatives.
Here is a synopsis of the evening from the IIBN network.
Bruton urges IIBN to bring business to Ireland – Minister discusses Jobs Plan with IIBN Dublin
Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton was guest speaker at IIBN Dublin on 14 February.
The event was held at the offices of Beauchamps Solicitors on the South Quays. Over 100 members attended.
Speaking the day after the Government had announced its 270-point action plan to generate 100,000 jobs over the coming years, Minister Bruton spoke about how Irish business groups such as IIBN can play their part.
The Minister highlighted the new ‘keeper’s fee’ (in the region of €4,000 per job) to be paid to individuals who persuade new entrepreneurial start ups from around the world to locate in Ireland. Details will be announced next month.
The Minister said “The key to recovery in Ireland will be encouraging the creation and growth of small firms with a greater proportion of them being export led. Irish business people abroad can help by acting, for example, as mentors or experts in their sectors and markets and working with the Government’s business development agencies.”
Members were invited to pose questions to the Minister to garner a greater understanding of the Action Plan for Jobs which resulted in a lively discussion both with the Minister and at the networking event that followed.