Job interviews have a mix of excitement and anxiety within them, and the trick is to maximize the excitement and minimize the anxiety. Now, some of it comes down to personality, but for the most part you have a massive amount of control over this.
The article below is written by Leon van Niekerk for CareerJunctionLtd, our IT talent management company. We thought it’s worth sharing with you job seekers as by now a lot of you are safely in your jobs and we believe knowing what’s going on in the job market helps you to make the best career choices moving forward, and keeps you in the running when you’re ready for a change. The Ted Talk mentioned at the end of the video makes you realise how important it is for you to grow your own personal brand, and what your worth is in your position and future in job search. Remember – even though you may not be seeking employment, to recruiters and hiring managers you are still seen as candidates they could one day place. So keep building your career and add value to your personal brand so you can be ready when the opportunity arises.
Are you Mercury? Those who know me well, know that I am a bit more than just a fan of Mythology- especially Roman, Greek, Norse and Egyptian. You don’t have to believe in their mythical gods to like them, it’s like digging the X-Men. I’m a particular fan of Roman mythology, and one of my favourite “characters” is Mercury – the winged messenger and patron god of wealth and poetry, among other things. Having a voice that people listen to- a voice that can influence life, must be awesome! Read on for tips about how to have your voice heard in the job market.
The level of success that job hunters achieve is determined by the effort they put in, the passion they employ while hunting and the methods they use to find opportunities, but what all job hunters have in common is the fact that they all start off as “a one man team”. Some quickly realize that they need to team up with others in the market, or leverage off their network to find out what’s going on in the market. We at Jobzdojo believe that crowdsourcing is the answer, but not necessarily in the traditional sense. We look at it more from a “Monkeysphere” point of view.
How do you actually go about attracting these people to you and what will make you stand out among your peers? Well, as a head-hunter myself (the recruiter kind), I’m here to tell you what you need to do to catch our eye and make you too attractive to overlook. It all comes down to three main things, social media, industry activity and market reputation.
It’s understandable to not know where to look or how to search online for companies when you don’t know any of them by name. People usually end up asking for suggestions and then work from there, but for me this is also a very short road to travel because before long they end up having to ask for more suggestions. However, there is an easier solution to finding your next company, and that is simply to look for your next boss.
If you’re serious about securing yourself the job you want, you’ll be networking and on the run for most of your time. This is why it’s imperative to have your online brand well positioned and social profiles set up correctly right from the start. This means you can work smart, right from your phone, without spending precious time in front of your computer at home when you could be meeting up for coffee, building those valuable relationships in person and finding opportunities through contacts.
People want to hire people they like and want to work with – so why send them an email that sounds like a boilerplate message with your CV attached? In fact, why would you send your CV out to anyone who you’ve never met or do not know? Would you walk up to a stranger on the street and give them your mobile number to call you on, because they look like someone who may be able to help you with something – or would you first have a conversation with them and then based on the outcome of that, send them your contact details with the understanding that they are happy and able to assist you?