Whether you last looked for a job 10 years or 10 months ago, things will have changed. Making sure you’re up-to-date with the current job market is essential for a successful job search.
Having an idea of what skills are in demand, the salaries on offer and the industries that are hiring will help you focus your time and energy. However, it’s just as important to make sure you’re up-to-date with current recruitment practices.
1. Speak to experts – recruiters often get a bad rap and are clubbed together with estate agents as people we love to hate. But, they do play a vital role in matching people with companies. They are a wealth of information on the types of roles that are currently in demand, the experience and skills that employers are looking for and importantly the salaries that are on offer. This will hep you to hone your job search, highlight gaps in your experience and set expectations on the level of pay you could expect.
2. Research – let’s not beat around the bush, the internet is amazing and houses more information that you could ever need. Use it wisely, research news and updates from your profession or sector, look for any major changes or advancements. Look for potential employers, read their careers sites (if they have one), join relevant groups on LinkedIn. This will all help to give you an idea of the current market. And remember, networking is a great way to do research. Who do you know who can hep you? Who can give you some pointers? Make the most of your contacts, they will be happy to help.
3. How to job hunt – technology progresses at an alarming rate and changes the way we work and recruit on a regular basis. If you’ve been away for a substantial period of time, make sure you’ve got a complete LinkedIn profile with a photo and a detailed career history. Even if you’ve got one already it’s a good idea to pay it some attention and give it a freshen up. Don’t forget your CV though, it is still the most important tool in your jobhunting kit. Job boards are the easiest way to look for work, research the most relevant ones associated with your profession/sector and sign up for alerts to these, join groups on LinkedIn and participate in them. This will all go towards broadening your understanding of the current market and give you access to the latest roles.
4. How to interview Technology – hasn’t just changed how we look for jobs, but also the interview process itself. Take some time to use and practice on newer technology such as Skype. Interviewing via video conference is becoming increasingly common and can be a bit unnerving if you’re not used to them. Online test such as Psychometric and task-based tests are often a part of the process, if you can find example you can practice on in advance so you’re comfortable with the process.
Interviews in general are also becoming more complex and have moved on from simply talking through your CV and answering a few questions. Look into competency-based interviewing and the STAR technique to ensure you’re not thrown by the more detailed method of interviewing and be prepared to present or complete a more job-related task, such as writing a report.
As with any important project, planning, preparation and research are the key to success. By updating your knowledge or the current market and recruitment practices will ensure that you’re not met with any nasty surprises, are realistic and focused in your search and give you the best chance of success.
If you want more detailed information on the points covered here then check out our job seeking advice section that covers everything from dealing with redundancy and interview tips, to what to do when you’re offered a job.
‘How to update your job seeking knowledge……’ was written by Fiona Telford, Career Concierge, Chiumento Ltd. If you like what you’ve read why not follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter and read all our future careers advice and musings on the world of work.