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Job hunting can be fun. However, for many it can be a stressful activity filled with uncertainty. It is often difficult to know where to start and what to do. We can help! Here are some suggestions that we believe will help you in your search for the perfect job.

First, you need to do some ground work.

Know what you want

Whilst you may have a number of transferable skills and preferred industries that you would like to work in, it is important to narrow your search to the roles that you know are most relevant to you. Make a list of the skills you have and compare them to the;

  • types of positions you believe you would be suited to
  • types of companies and/ or industries you want to work for
  • preferred working hours
  • salary you expect (can live with)
  • location

This is called your “wish list”.

The list will act as a reference point for when you are applying for roles to ensure you are not wasting your time with jobs you know will not be right for you.

Going into the job hunt knowing exactly what you want and what you will bring to the job is key to success.

Job Hunting

It means what it says, “to hunt”. Looking at job boards is one way but your competition is high. Everyone is looking there too.

It would be better to get in front of the employer before they advertise. Advertising and running a full recruitment drive is expensive and time consuming for an employer. Most employers would like to skip it. So if you could be at the right place at the right time – when they have a vacancy but have not advertised yet – then this would be a big competitive advantage.

LinkedIn

This is a platform you can use – and should use.

However, for most people LinkedIn is not easy. The reason is that one has to step out of the comfort zone – connecting and starting a conversation with a stranger. This is what sales people do; most applicants are not sales people, but you are when you are on a job hunt. You are selling yourself and your services for a price, your salary.

Another thing is that the layout of LinkedIn is not especially useful for job search. You can post your profile there for millions of people to see; you can apply for jobs there; some employer might find you, but the odds are against you, just as they are in the wider world.

How to use LinkedIn for job searching

To make good use of LinkedIn you must learn to utilise it in the same way a marketer or sales person does. You need to widen your network. Reach out and ask for people to connect with you. To some this is not easy. But you have to do it.

Here is an example

How to use LinkedIn for job hunting

Then what to do from there is not easy either. But one way is just to do the most simple thing – Thank them for connecting and ask them if they could keep your CV should any vacancies come up that may suit your skills.

3 weeks later ask them if anything has come up and if they could give you 2 names of people who might be able to help you…. You then reach out to them and do the same.

How many should I connect with?

You can initially send out a maximum of 1000 connection requests. Job hunting is full time work. So, go for it.

Let’s do the maths.  You send out 1000 LinkedIn connection requests.  An average manager manages 6 employees directly. That means your 1000 connections supervise 6000 staff. If an employee stays for 3 years in average, that means that 2000 of these employees will resign per year or

167 job opportunities per month….

The trick is to connect with people who employ people with your background. If you do this then statistically

your profile will be in the right place at the right time

If you do have a profile – then feel free to connect with the Managing Director of 11 Recruitment, Christian Madsen

That connection will give you some further job hunting tips.

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