How to Find the Right Job - A Recruiter’s Personal Tips

I was recently asked what I would personally do if I found myself back in the job search market. As a recruiter, I conduct interviews with over 1000 people each year - so I know what leaves a good impression. For those actively looking to take the next step in their career, here are my personal tips on how to find a job.

1. Update your LinkedIn profile

If you’re not on LinkedIn, you almost don’t exist. Forget traditional job listings. More than 95% of direct searches take place on LinkedIn, and because most of the interesting job opportunities are not publicly announced (silent searches’ are when recruiters directly approach candidates with a specific job opportunity), it's the best way to land your dream job. Just like any search engine, LinkedIn can be optimized (hint: it’s all about skills). Tap into the hidden job market by boosting your LinkedIn profile to the top of search results. Read How to Boost your LinkedIn Profile in 6 Steps or contact me personally for advice.

2. Prepare, prepare, prepare!

You would be surprised how many people come to the interview without doing their research. Ask the recruiter for a detailed job description to learn if the company and role match your ambition. Visit the company's website, and social channels and see what you can find on Google. If the company is listed, check out the investor section on its website - it’s a good way to get more detailed information about its business strategy. Once you've done the research, make a list of questions and take them with you to the interview. Sound simple? I interview thousands of people every year - those who have taken these steps always impress.

3. Check your network

Do some initial checks within your network before the first interview - it can be an excellent way to get an internal recommendation. At the very least, ask acquaintances within your network before accepting a job offer. You could ask about the company culture, reputation, job satisfaction and what it's like to work there. Insights found through informal channels are more likely to give an honest account.

4. Request more interviews

Get a better understanding of the hiring manager, discover their way of working and look for a spark. As you’ll be working with this person every day, make sure you can imagine working with them - but don’t rely on the hiring manager alone. Ask to speak with your potential team members and peers to get a feeling for the company culture. The more people you talk with, the better you will understand whether it's the right career choice for you.

5. Pay attention to the recruitment process

Employers must communicate in a timely and transparent manner to leave a good impression - and candidates should do the same. Respecting each other’s time and emotional investment is key to a good relationship. If the recruitment process is less than ideal, it could point to issues within the company.

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