Recruiters pride themselves on being able to find the best candidates. But what if they haven’t called ? Here’s how to get their attention.
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We’ve all experienced the flurry of activity involved in researching, selecting and applying for new jobs. The applications are sent out, we move onto the next job and then we sit and wait for the responses and invitations to interview to come in. Over time, it can become very easy to lose track of where we are with each individual application or even which position links to which company and the specific skills and achievements we’ve relayed to each of them about ourselves.
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With this user-friendly job application tracker system in place it becomes easy to set yourself simple goals to maximise your recruitment success. For example, you may decide that you want to apply for four jobs per week, or follow-up on every application two weeks after submission, or send a thank you letter two days after each interview you attend. This virtual tool simplifies the achievement of such goals and is more likely to make your employment dreams become a reality.
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Whether blogging about their area of expertise or tweeting about business best practice, more CIOs are choosing to express their views through collaborative technology.
More senior IT leaders are beginning to dabble in social media and are finding new ways to help the business. So, where will social CIOs go next? Do IT leaders use social media to attract potential employees and do they use collaborative tools to keep new workers engaged?
JJ Van Oosten is an experienced IT leader, and former board member and CIO at Tesco.com, who believes LinkedIn and Facebook are very useful tools for recruiting potential staff. He pays particular attention to LinkedIn, drawing on his experience at large firms which suggests employees across all ranks of the business are connected through LinkedIn.
“The inhouse recruitment team does need to understand and create an excellent LinkedIn presence,” he said, referring to the need for human resources to take a structured approach to sourcing via social media. “The best talent is global, mobile and well connected. LinkedIn should play an essential part of building a good brand as an employer.”
Van Oosten said he has less personal experience of Facebook being used in a recruitment context. However, he can think of ways the tool could help. “If I had to recruit some developers, or other new talent in marketing, I could imagine organising some cool, interactive and rich events,” he said, before also suggesting that social networking can provide a strong hook for acquiring new talent.
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Want a top job? Make sure you’ve ticked off all the items on our to-do list…
(This article is focussed on IT professionals, but most of the points can be applied to other industries)
1. Work on the hot project
To get ahead in the careers race, job seekers need to manoeuvre themselves to end up working on the project that will be the most visible, in as well as out of the company, and bring the most value to the business.
2. Speak to the head hunters
For IT staff that feel opportunities are lacking in their current organisation, contacting a head hunter could be a good move: Russell Reynold’s Cook said that his firm receives CVs all the time and that even if IT employees just want advice, head hunters can be a useful resource.
3. Polish your LinkedIn profile
Looking up potential hires on LinkedIn is now a mainstay of executive recruitment, so individuals looking for a better job should make sure their profile is up to scratch.
4. Think of yourself as a brand
If you’re being considered for a promotion or you have applied for a new job, it’s very likely that your prospective employer will Google you – so individuals looking for a better job should attempt to manage their online persona.
5. Contribute to industry forums
Another way to build up a personal brand is to contribute to relevant industry forums such as silicon.com’s CIO Jury or LinkedIn group to get your name known in the right circles.
6. Go to parties
No really, go to parties. Go to events, launches, tweetups – go to anything that gives you the chance to network.
7. Speak at conferences
For individuals who want to get into the most senior levels of their organisation, consider taking the extra step of actually speaking at a conference rather than just attend one.
8. Get international experience
IT staff who are looking to progress into more of a business role need to make sure they have experience managing international projects.
9. Learn a foreign language
As well as having international experience, being able to speak a foreign language is a skill that is highly valued by organisations looking to hire senior level IT staff.
10. Think different
As IT workers begin to approach the executive levels, technical skills are taken for granted.
“You need your technical skills clearly because without those you aren’t even on the starting track, but what is going to differentiate you, and what is rare and scarce and therefore in demand, is being innovative,” she said.
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