Looking for a job…???
So, it's time to figure out… what type of job I need to look for??
Where to look for this type of job?
What experience will it require?
Does it suit your/my future needs?
Why should you try to get a job that you really don't want or like??
What are your salary expectations?
Where to find my perfect job?
Where to look?
So, where to look…the usual online employment websites?
Seek. CareerOne. Job search. Indeed. Apply now.
Government employment websites?
And many other web sites to visit and look for work…
But, these sites, despite having many great jobs on offer, will only have a few employment opportunities specifically lodged by “private employers”.
It is these type of job advertisements and advertisers that you stand a far better chance of success.
The bigger players
The major employment agencies that place the majority of employment opportunities have far greater, more stringent search and acceptance criteria in place.
Acceptance criteria…how old are you…??!!
It's a well known fact in the “employment trade”, that around 48 years of age is the cut off time for male middle management employment.
Whilst anti-discrimination laws and regulations specifically prohibit discrimination, it is and does exist!
The major employment agencies that obviously have the majority of jobs advertised, will have literally hundreds of applications, submitted in the “old way”…hard copy through the mail… with most being “soft copy” via online submissions from computers.
Because they have so many applications, they (and the employers they represent) can really pick and choose how many applicants they are willing to screen.
You don't have to be a genius to know that it will only be the absolutely exceptional individual resume that will be put aside for perhaps an interview.
Despite being an experienced, trustworthy, loyal, long term employee, if you don't have the “exact” job specs (qualities) they are looking for, you are not going to have any chance at all of receiving a call to set up an interview – be it over the phone or face to face.
It has been my personal experience and many people I have worked with and advised, that the net is just too wide and your application will slip through to the “no thanks” pile.
Go for the smaller, private advertisers
I am convinced, (as are many others), you stand a far better chance of making it to first base if you concentrate your search efforts on smaller, private, boutique employers.
Whilst you may immediately believe this smaller market of potential employers will also affect your choices, your job diversity and your chances, I believe it's this small “boutique”, private employer is where you should be aiming all of your resources and your resume.
Mind you just because they are private advertisers, it doesn't necessarily mean the company they represent is a small one.
Again, I have personally found behind many of the smaller and more personal job advertisements lies a very large, in some cases, public company that simply believes they will attract and appoint/recruit a far better candidate for their job position, advertising and screening themselves, plus save a large amount of money, usually paid to the employment consultancy…
Your resume to these types of more private smaller employers needs to reflect a more personal and somewhat relaxed approach.
Smaller means more personal…
Many of these companies have relatively small HR teams responsible for the placement of their advertisements, the application review process,interviews and the final decision regarding the position you have applied for.
Do your research…
It's because you most likely will be only dealing with one, maybe two people, a resume aimed on a more personal informal level will gain more attention.
It will/should be a different resume, one that is well researched and reflects your knowledge of the company, the place in their market, their company goals and how you will contribute to this through your appointment to the position they are advertising.
I will cover off interview techniques a little later in this book, but suffice to say, you will find a far nicer, easier and more personable individual to deal with in the interview. This can/will certainly make for a far more relaxed environment for all concerned.
I have “experimented” with both types of job advertiser- the large scale major job recruitment consultancy and the smaller private employer and found on every occasion my job finding chances of success have been far greater with the private employer/advertiser.
But, having said that, the particular job opportunities you may be seeking are not being presented into the market by smaller advertisers/companies.
You are anxious and keen to get back into the workforce and the proposition of “waiting for the perfect job” may present some personal and financial challenges.
So, whilst I would much rather see you search for your next job in a niche smaller employer environment, at times necessity simply means you have to go to the general large scale, “in with everybody”, employment market.
It's not what you and I want for you, but you have to do what you have to do!
So…how do you tackle this large scale employment market?
Whilst your resume for niche employers can and will provide more “personal” information on a less formal basis, the “general” market demands a resume that must promote you (and your employment chances), well above the pack.
Again, corporate research is essential, as is discovering the corporate goals and objectives and the responsibilities of the advertised position.
You need to consider every objective/responsibility of the job and then clearly demonstrate how you will meet the objective and provide the old cliched “value added”.
Your resume and its contents needs to be immediately one that is set aside “for interview” and not one for “further consideration”.
It's great that your resume was not rejected at the initial reading, but what you don't know is, your resume was culled at Stage two (in the review process)… as it just didn't stand out enough!
I believe experience, skill and knowledge learned through years of employment counts for almost everything. But as we have learned, in many cases, this counts for very little in the scheme of things. It's all about your age, proximity to retirement, perceived computer skill level, or lack thereof, that pushes your resume close or into the rubbish bin.
Passion, emotion and soft skills…
To make sure your resume survives the initial culling rounds, it must reflect your passion.
Many employers, research has shown, place enormous value on passion toward your work and your job, dedication and soft skills, worker empathy, teamwork and informal direction.
So whilst you may have all the experience you think they need, it may be these other more “emotional” traits that potential employers are seeking.
Every resume that you submit, be it for the larger recruitment consultancy or the smaller, more personal employer, must be individually structured and clearly states your knowledge of the company, the job position and why your skills etc are the exact fit.
Forget “ generic” resumes…
A “generalised/generic” resume will simply not cut it.
It will be immediately recognised as a “throw it out there and see what sticks” resume.
This type of resume will of course reflect badly on you and no amount of experience and long term employment stability will convince them you are a contender for their position.
Your resume will be recognised as one “without character” and no “hey, look at me” features. It will get scant attention, if any. It will get a cursory glance as if they are some sort of speed reading expert and the next place you find your resume will be in the rubbish bin.
Decisions, decisions, decisions…
So there are a lot of decisions to make, long before you send your resume:
The type of job you're looking for.
The industry you want to work in.
The area you want to work in geographically.
Do you want to work full time part time or casual.
What are your salary expectations.
Can you obtain a work life balance arrangement?
Do you, or would you prefer to work for a large multinational company or are you more suited to smaller companies?
What are the skill requirements? Can you match/exceed? If not, what training do you need to undertake to get up to speed?
Do you need to look at a “change of direction”? A completely different industry, with fresh challenges?
Are you prepared to step down into a position lower than what you really want because of economic financial circumstances?
Do you or will you have your families’ support with you regarding your change of direction?
Do you or will you just take what you can get?
Do you only look for and apply for jobs with smaller private companies?
What sort of resume do you need to write and submit for this type and size of employee?
If you take this sort of a small job will it be reflected in your salary?
What are your chances of promotion?
Will you be looking for promotions?
Responsibilities, individual and within a team?
And to better your chances…
Don't rush your job search.
Take time to evaluate your options, be creative.
Don't always take the first job you are offered.
Don't give into fear. Stay true to your course.
Stay positive at all times.
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