I have been conducting a search for a position in a geographical region in Europe that is hard hit by recession. I read in the press that unemployment levels are high, so I anticipated being overwhelmed by job seekers with difficult selection decisions to make.
I was wrong
To my astonishment I have found that even the most basic job search tips are not being implemented. So, as with any activity it’s sometimes necessary to re-visit the fundamental tenets simply to get the basics right. Perhaps they were never there to start with, or perhaps for some they have slipped by the wayside.
8 back to basics tips
Here are 8 of the most basic tips that seem so obvious that you would think that all job seekers would be doing them. I can assure you they are not!
- Be visible – a complete online professional profile is mandatory on one of the main international networks: LinkedIn, Viadeo, Xing – or any of the more local ones. This is especially relevant if you are unemployed.
- Check who has viewed your profile – if it’s a head hunter or recruiter – contact them.
- Be easily contactable – make yourself easily reachable with as a minimum an email address on your professional profile. If you are afraid of spammers – open up a separate account for job search. If you want to post a phone number so much the better.
- Check your mails – if you are looking for a job or unemployed you should be checking your emails multiple times a day even at weekends and holidays. This applies also to your professional profile mail box. I came across a LinkedIn profile that said “looking for new challenge” which is job search speak for unemployed. The individual responded to me after 3 weeks because he had been on vacation and the search was finished.
- Respond promptly to contact requests.
- Have a current CV instantly available to send immediately to any prospective recruiter.
- Be available for interview – different parts of Europe have any number of public holidays and close for periods in July and August. If you can’t forfeit a public holiday, or don’t want to be interrupted on your time away to engage in a job search process now, you may find yourself taking a much longer vacation than intended and one that you can’t afford.
- Pay it forward – if you are not interested personally share with your network. Do someone else a favour.
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