Recruiting company Hays has identified approaches to job searching which may do more harm for candidates than good. A scatter-gun approach, desk bound attitude, poor social media presence or jobseeker burnout could explain why job searches don’t lead to interviews, according to the company.
“Every New Year a significant number of professionals look and apply for a new job, but despite their best efforts many fail to secure an interview,” says Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand. “Job searching can be tiresome, especially when it feels as though you are spending all your time firing off applications with no results. Even the most determined job seekers can find themselves in this situation and often it’s because of a mistake they aren’t even aware of.”
According to Hays, these typically include:
- A scatter-gun approach: If you are applying here, there and everywhere for any role which relates in some small way to your expertise and experience, without stopping to consider what you really want, checking that the position is right for you, and tailoring your application to show why you are right for the job, then you are unlikely to receive an interview.
“Trust me, a hiring manager can spot a generic CV a mile off,” says Nick. “The job search process is about quality over quantity, so take your time to read each job description and only apply for roles that are suited to you. Before you send each application, adapt your CV by removing information that isn’t relevant to the role and elaborating more upon the skills, experience and successes that do deem you suitable.”
- Your social media presence is letting you down: It’s not enough to have a LinkedIn profile that you update whenever you remember to. Savvy jobseekers use social media to its full potential when looking for a new job. According to Nick, this includes following the pages of the companies you would like to work for and keeping an eye out for vacancies, consistently engaging with your network by posting, liking, sharing and commenting on relevant content, connect with a recruiter (once you have updated your privacy settings) and starting a conversation.
“It’s also important to ensure all your profiles are aligned in terms of employment dates, job descriptions and areas of responsibility,” he said. “Add links to provide evidence of your work.”
- You are hiding behind a keyboard: Remember the importance of face-to-face interaction when job searching. “Start with your immediate network, then expand outwards,” says Nick. “Sign up to free networking and industry events and meet with a recruiter. During a face-to-face meeting, people get a better idea of who you are, what you are looking for, and the type of workplace that would suit you.”
You have jobseeker burnout: Job searching can be tiring, especially when your efforts have been fruitless so far. This may spur you on to apply for even more roles, which will only serve to make you feel more drained.
“Try adopting a more organised and balanced approach,” suggests Nick. “Set aside time slots on days where you feel more alert, such as on the weekend or at the beginning of the week. Have breaks, see your friends, take up a hobby or go to the gym – the activity doesn’t matter as much as finding something that helps you unwind so you can resume your search feeling rested and focused.”