Have a planIt is said that looking for a new job is a job in itself and your job hunting success is in direct proportion to your job-hunting effort. But the recruitment landscape has changed beyond all recognition in recent years and HR job seekers need to become more savvy and learn the new rules of the game...fast.
The old adage fail to plan, plan to fail is as true today as it has ever been. Before you embark on your job hunting journey, determine the job you want and the type of employer you would like to work for and set your course accordingly. After all, if you dont know your destination, how can you map out a route?
Tap into the hidden job marketIt is widely accepted that some 70-80% of all jobs are never advertised and if all you are doing is waiting to respond to job advertisements, you wont get very far. Ask friends, former colleagues or fellow delegates who may have attended the same training course as you if they are aware of any vacancies where they work and could introduce you to the lead recruiter a process greatly facilitated by social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook.
Job boards and recruitersThere are a number of excellent job boards out there youre on one right now. Upload your CV to the ones that advertise the type of vacancies you are looking for. But dont blindly copy and paste your CV on every job board without first considering that your current employer may also be using the same websites to search for new candidates. Also talk to recruitment consultants who know the market, can offer valuable advice and match you with some great positions.
Become social media savvyBeing in the business of HR and recruitment you already know the increasingly influential role that social media is playing in the job seeking process. Identify the key companies you would like to work for and use a combination of search engines and social networking sites such as LinkedIn or Twitter to find the key employees who work there and connect with them.
Social media has broken down barriers, to a point where you can message someone you arent friends with and dont have contact information for, without appearing intrusive. And providing you have done your homework on the company and your new contact, you can tailor a message outlining your position and interest.