This article is recommended for individuals near the beginning of their careers
Job hunting can be a stressful activity, filled with uncertainty - it's difficult to know where to start and what to do. At 11 Recruitment, we have put together some advice to help guide you to get your dream job.
Where do you even start?
Having spent years in the world of recruitment, I understand the challenge you're facing. The journey towards your dream job might seem overwhelming, but trust me, it's all about taking those crucial first steps.
Begin by delving into your own aspirations. What is it that you truly desire in your dream job? It's time to pinpoint your goals and ambitions.
Although you possess an array of adaptable skills and have your eye on various industries, it's vital to narrow down your focus. Think about the roles that align best with your abilities and values. Reflect on:
Approaching your job hunt with a clear sense of purpose and an understanding of your strengths will steer you towards success.
A different approach to job hunting
While browsing job boards and reaching out to employment agencies are common job-hunting strategies, the reality is that these routes have a lot of competition.
However, allow me to suggest an alternative approach that I believe holds great potential: harness the power of LinkedIn. This platform offers a unique avenue for your job search, one that can set you apart in a sea of applicants.
LinkedIn isn't just a virtual resume repository; it's a dynamic hub where you can make strategic moves to enhance your job search. Here's how:
Sure, LinkedIn's interface might not be tailor-made for job hunting, and the traditional methods of applying for roles are still present. However, simply relying on these methods could leave you lost in the crowd.
So, what can you do to stand out in this dynamic digital realm?
How to use LinkedIn like a salesperson
Mastering LinkedIn requires adopting the mindset of a skilled salesperson. It's a platform brimming with opportunities, and understanding how to leverage it effectively can make all the difference.
Recruiters are accustomed to receiving connection requests from a diverse array of individuals, and we readily accept them. So, once you've sent out those requests, here's a strategy I've found to be effective:
However, it's important to strike a balance. While you can send out a maximum of 3,000 connection requests, I recommend keeping your connections with employment agency personnel to no more than 10% of your overall network.
Now, let's do some calculations. Imagine sending out 1,000 LinkedIn connection requests. On average, a Manager supervises around six employees. This translates to your 1,000 connections overseeing a staggering 6,000 staff members. Considering that employees tend to stay for about three years on average, roughly 2,000 of these employees will leave their positions each year. In simpler terms, there are approximately 167 job opportunities cropping up each month!
But here's the real trick: Focus your efforts on connecting with individuals who are in the business of hiring people with your skill set. Follow these steps, and statistically speaking, you'll find yourself in the right place at the right time.
So, go and harness the power of LinkedIn like a seasoned salesperson – it might just open doors to your dream job that you never knew existed.
What are your thoughts?
I'd love to have a conversation with you about this topic - please leave a comment below if you have any thoughts or opinions 🙂
Managing Director of 11 Recruitment