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OOPs you did it again… And that’s why no one wants to hire you!

Job hunting sucks, we all know that. Ok, I am pushing buttons here.  I know that and the next sentence is not written with any disrespect. Read more

selling yyour mother to get a job

8 signs that tell me you would sell your mother just to get a job

It’s a bit like dating.  Looking desperate is not going to get you anywhere in your job search. When hiring professionals see or feel desperation in your eye, they question your motives and you lose credibility in an instant. Read more

online job hunting

What Wikipedia doesn’t tell you about Online Job Hunting

If you are one of the many thousands of job hunters who search for new jobs online, then you’re likely spending 90% of your time sifting through the major jobsites on your computer or your mobile.

But did you know that only approx. 30 – 35% of all the jobs are advertised in those major jobsites, yet approx. 70 % of all job hunters look and apply for those jobs? Scary thought, isn’t it?
Did you also know that a majority of job openings are never advertised in the traditional jobsites? Probably not.

It also wouldn’t surprise me if you aren’t up to speed with today’s new interview processes and length; how many other candidates are competing for the same job; or how much money you could lose if you don’t know how to negotiate your salary. Job searching and everything that comes with it has changed dramatically in the last few years, and there’s a lot you probably don’t know.

Here are 7 things that you won’t find on Wikipedia:

1. There were nearly 390,000 job openings in Australia in 2014. About 70% of those available jobs were never advertised on the major job sites.
2. The average number of people who apply for any given job: 218. Only approximately 15% of those applicants get an interview.
3. Many employers and certainly most recruiters use talent-management software to screen resumes, weeding out up to 75% of applications before anyone ever looks at a resume or cover letter.
4. On average, interviews last less than 40 minutes. After that, it usually takes up to two weeks to hear from the company with their decision or the next step.
5. What general skills do employers look for before making an offer? About 36% look for resourcefulness and the ability to multitask; 31% look for self-initiative; 21% look for creativity and hands-on thinking and acting; and 12% look for something else in the candidate.
6. In Australia approximately 50 % of professionals are uncomfortable negotiating their salary. By not negotiating, an individual could stand to lose more than $300,000 by the time they reach the age of 60.
7. More than half (51%) of all hiring managers reported that a candidate rejected their job offer in 2014.

So, why is this information relevant to your job hunting efforts? … for many reasons.

Knowing that the average interview runs just 40 minutes, for example, is a good reminder that you have very little time to make a memorable impression on the employer. Knowing that software screens out ¾ of resumes before they are even looked at by a real person highlights the importance of knowing how to make it past these software gatekeepers.

The team at the new jobsite FOSSLR have helped us to gather the most important job search preparation tips and reminders, so you can manoeuvre through the online opportunities and snag yourself a job in 2015 without obsessing about the major jobsites and old fashioned ideas.

Are you ready?

Accept and recognise that job hunting has changed!  

“As far as your job search is concerned, it does not matter that you are great at your current or previous job. Period. It has little to zero bearing on your job search success rate,” Ryan Bennett from FOSSLR notes. “You need to seek out new and alternative job search methods, stop obsessing about the major jobsites and invest energy in learning the new processes and techniques.”

Please have a pitch.

“If you can’t introduce yourself in under 3 – 4 sentences, you will very likely lose me. You should be able to explain what you want as your next step and how you can create value by highlighting your DOING skills,” Bennett explains. This Introduction pitch is a MUST HAVE for online profiles, cover letters, networking, and even chatting with family and friends about your job search. If you are clear about your job search goals and what you want and if you come across as motivated and valuable, people will want to help you, recruiters will love to introduce you and employers will not hesitate to interview you.

Do online ‘right’!

Just because it’s online, does not mean that you can be unfocused and un-organised about your submissions. A crappie, half-hearted online profile and application won’t land you a job offer. It’ll eliminate you from the competition. And if you repeatedly do it, it may even get you blacklisted.

Results are all that counts.

”Employers care about results. They want to know what results you can deliver to them. So, your application documents and your online submissions and your interview should focus on tangible results,” Bennett says. “Remember to add numbers to substantiate your achievements and be as real and specific as possible. If you can, develop a story behind each of these accomplishments.” Job searching has a lot to do with selling yourself. If you need help to polish your sales skills, hire a coach.

Get with it!

What’s the latest trend, technology, or lingo in your industry that you need to be aware of? What companies are trending and competing with each other (and may be hiring)? Are there skills that you may need to learn or up-skill in order to be competitive in today’s job market? Are you comfortable with social media?

Use the power of your social network.

Remember that 70% of jobs that aren’t posted on the major jobsites. You’ll gain access to some of these through your network. If you invest the time to map it out, your network will be far bigger than you expect. Use this cool FOSSLR tool to get started and un-earth the power of your network.

Come prepared and follow up.

Seriously guys, this one is so important. Do your homework on the interviewer and the company so that you’re adequately prepared. Come to the interview with your own personal interview story and with questions for the interviewer – or stay away. Don’t waste anyone’s time. This will help you to stand out from other candidates. And – ensure to Follow Up. A week is a good amount of time if you haven’t heard back. The guys at TheJobSearchCoach can coach you how to conduct a successful Follow Up without falling into the usual communication black hole.

“REMEMBER job searching sucks and you are not alone with that experience,” he says. “Yet, that doesn’t reflect what you can do for an employer when you join their team.” Keep in mind the value you have to offer and review and focus on your abilities and previous accomplishments.

It’s important for job hunters to meet the challenges that exist and come prepared with a plan of action. Knowing what to do and how to do it is not enough, you have to DO IT or you will end up in the spam box of the ATS systems. So get cracking and if you need help with anything, contact us, we are happy to assist. In the meantime, remember to hunt wisely!
Uli

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Six signs that your online networking skills suck

Everyday, you and thousands of job hunters and professionals network online, but very few actually observe the basics to secure valuable and lasting connections or opportunities that can bring new business or a new job. Read more

The one Piece You need to get the Job

17 Job Search Tips That Work For Everyone

The conundrum when giving job hunting or career advice is the fact that there is no one size fits all solution. But nearly every client we meet starts with the general “so … what should I do?” question. It could be advice for someone looking for a job, trying to get a promotion, changing careers or for someone who likes their job but who wants to move up. Here’s 17 job search tips that work for everyone Read more

10 reasons why recruiters are useless for start ups

The Top 10 Reasons Why Recruiters are Useless for Start Ups

I recently attended a dinner with friends in Melbourne. Some of the guys at the dinner table were Start Up professionals. We started sharing our most recent experiences in the Start Up world and talked about ‘how to properly hire Start Up employees’, a topic that rekindled our dislike for recruiters and their general uselessness. Read more

5 great solutions to reply to unsolicited contacts from recruiters

You know the drill when job-hunting: you put together a CV, browse job ads and then you apply. With the advent of professional networks like LinkedIn and intrusive, commission-hungry recruiters, dealing with unsolicited contacts from recruiters is a fact of life. Here are 5 tips on the best way to respond… Read more

Start Up Job Hunters

Why do so many Startup’s hire only “B” talent?

Many Australian and New Zealand Startup’s search for “B” talent instead of “A” talent simply because the job market has been very tight for a number of years. The common view among Start Ups is they can’t realistically expect to fill their company with “A” talent, and so many Start Ups all over the world bring on the “B” talent and get to work. Read more

How to deal with rejection after a job interview

How to deal with rejection feedback after job interviews

We all know that job searching sucks, but what really sucks is rejection. No matter when it happens, via the usual communication black hole, or after the first or second interview, rejection sucks. Period! But you know what also really sucks… the ‘feedback’. Read more

The Top 5 Job Hunting Techniques for Millennials

For any millennial, and the Gen Y’s just ahead of them, landing your very first job is a typical right of passage. Cue the casual weekend job down at the local supermarket stacking shelves, ripping tickets at a cinema, or selling jeans to your mates at the local shopping centre. Read more