If you are looking for a job, you are 8 steps away from your dream job.
Step 1 – Work on your CV & Cover Letter
Assuming you have a CV in place, you need to rework on the CV. Read the following article to know how to write a CV. Link - https://www.koinage.co.in/blog/how-to-write-a-cv-10-easy-steps
Just like a landing page in digital marketing, your CV and Cover letter are tweaked as per your target audience.
One size does not fit all, I am sure that you would be applying to multiple companies and multiple roles.
Research about the role and modify your CV & Cover Letter accordingly. The best practice is developing 3-4 versions of your CV & Cover Letter as per your market segmentation.
Step 2 – Narrow down your search to top 10 employers and top 10 roles that you would like to apply for.
Once you have your list, research about the companies and job role.
Research what is needed for the job role.
Get your hands on the job description?
Modify your CV based on the job description of the company
Write a strong cover letter
Research and find out how the company hires for these roles.
Are they filled by internal recruiters?
Are the filled through internal references?
Do they outsource the role to external/agency recruiters?
Who are the agency recruiters hiring for the company?
Step 3 – Visit your social media profiles and clean up
Yes! Its true, we recruiters find your social profiles and we dig deep to get an insight into you.
My advice, before you put yourself in the job market, clean up your social presence. Delete the posts that could be embarrassing and jeopardise your job hunt.
Step 4 – Follow your shortlisted companies and follow the Talent Acquisition (TA) personnel
Set alerts for any news on your shortlisted companies. Read about them and thoroughly prepare yourself.
Follow the TA personnel from these companies on LinkedIn. Leave breadcrumbs by commenting on their posts and engaging with them directly through messages and inmails.
Establish your recall in front of the TA even before applying for a role with them.
Step 5 – Engage with an employee from the target company
Identify an employee who works in the same functional role as you, develop a rapport online with the person by leveraging social media.
Gather intel about the role from your new found friend online.
Step 6 – Research agency recruiters working for your TG
Connect with the recruiter and build a rapport. Engage frequently and ask for Intel regarding the company and the role.
Find out who is responsible for hiring for the role you are interested in? Ask for their help in reaching out to the concerned person.
Its a give and take relation, help the recruiter with a mandate they are struggling upon. A small step such as adding the recruiter to a professional job seeker group on WhatsApp or sharing the open mandate with your colleagues or simple and straightforward helping the recruiter with a reference can earn you a lot of brownie points
Step 7- Use the intel to reach out to the right manager
If you have succeeded in step 4, step 5 and step 6, next up is to combine the Intel and reach out to the concerned TA.
Use a reference to connect, it could be their employee who have befriended or it could be the agency recruiter who the TA works with.
Step 8 – Follow up
Once you have connected follow up regularly.
Out of sight is out of mind. Keep your recall up by connecting socially with the TA personnel
Ask your reference to enquire about your application.
Remember you are already knocking on 10 doors, one of them should open up for you.
Once you have the interview call, refer to our article on interviews.
All the best for your next job!