If you are thinking that this is yet another “how to get a job” type of article, you are probably right, it is. And if you think you already know everything there is to know about the art of looking and getting the job you dream of, it is all fine. But did you ever stop to wonder why there still are articles like this one, with job tips and tricks from the experts, making rounds on the Internet? Why are there human resources dedicated journals and why are recruiters and managers wasting their time to repeat over and over again the same common sense and obvious truths, if people are so well prepared?
The answer is simple: no matter how well you did your homework, from last year when you looked for a job the last time until today, the economy changed, the HR world evolved, technology came with a few tricks also, new generations of recruiters made their voices hear and companies started developing new views, policies and approaches. We live in an unpredictable working landscape and everything you knew last year may very well be for naught tomorrow.
Getting job tips and tricks from the experts
Besides the 6 Foul-Proof Job Interview Preparation Tips we discussed here earlier, today we will focus on LinkedIn top influencer and recruiter guru Lou Adler to see some tips and tricks from the experts in his group to increase your performances as a fresh candidate for a potential job. Many specialists, Adler included, advise especially the beginners on how they should get ready for interviews, but honestly, searching for a job and getting it starts way before stepping in into the manager’s office to get acquainted to each other. It actually starts with your personal career plan, but that was the topic of another discussion.
Let’s begin with your CV
CV writing tips and tricks from the experts can be found anywhere on reliable HR websites and journals and the subject has been debated, re-debated and repeated to the point of mind numbness. Captain Obvious would tell you to check the grammar on that document and several other specialists would tell you what to write and not to write there to make the manager call you for the interview.
Lou Adler says to employ the strategy of the “10 seconds meditation”. If you are lucky, this is the average amount of time a skilled manager or head – hunter in a company will spend to read your CV and decide if it is a deal maker or a deal breaker. So you clear your head and look over your own resume for 10 seconds and try to objectively evaluate what are those highlights that will convince the recruiter to call you. If you can’t objectively do it, ask a professional for 10 seconds of their life to guide you.
Networking: the most important among job tips and tricks from the experts
Adler advises the beginners to use the 20/20/60 strategy: 20% looking for a job, 20% polishing your CV and making it visible in social networks and 60% in actual networking. What does networking means? It surely doesn’t mean you roaming around social platforms wasting time and having fun, as this may turn against you at some point. Skilled networking means: optimizing your online profile, getting recommendations, getting professional endorsements from people who can really vouch for your skills and potential and so on. Adler isn’t shy in admitting that many recruiters are looking for people with good recommendations and it is not a secret that a common practice is to expand your professional network so that when a job comes out in a certain company, you have at least one person inside that company who can provide you with information, give you details and help you do that homework everybody is telling you about.
Build your own strategy related to that job
Why do you want a job, anyway? Or change the current one? For money? This is not something recruiters and managers want to hear and big players resent the idea of having zombies and puppets working for them. You don’t want to become a zombie either, so before sending that perfect CV of yours and a perfectly custom – designed letter of intent, think about that job in terms of impact: its impact on your professional development and your impact on that position and, consequently, the company itself. Money is important, of course, benefits are, career trampolines are too, but when you face that manager and he or she asks you why should they hire you, you should better come up with a solid answer, because the politically correct ones they already heard a hundred times before. You can be the rock star at a small firm and grow together with it, or a dead walker who holds on to the job just because the paycheck comes on a regular basis. It’s you who decide where you want to be, but be honest about it with yourself.
Lou Adler and other specialists just like him have a lot of papers on tips and tricks from the experts to help you get the job, but before you get started, maybe the most important step is finding out who you are and what you want to become.