If you’ve just entered the job market, you might already be panicking about whether you’ll find a place at one of the top companies. Is there even space available?
You’ll stress and panic, filling out your CV, writing multiple cover letters and hunting for interviews. For a great opportunity, you might travel halfway across the country. Even though your odds of getting the job are only about one in a hundred. Does that make sense?
We don’t think so, and that’s why we have some advice on this subject. Don’t spend your time chasing employers. Instead, set up an environment in which they feel they should be chasing you.
1. Set up a Website or a Blog
You can use a blog or a website for two purposes. You may want to set it up as a sort of elongated CV. This can contain all your career history, plus photographs. You can also include past achievements and things that might be of interest to potential employers. For instance, you might post content related to your time working voluntarily in a third world country. That’s one possibility.
The other is to set it up as an insight into who you are and what you can offer. Write about your passions to show that you have initiative and the type of openness that employers are drawn to. Remember, if you set up a blog you need to make sure that you are using SEO and stay away from tactics that could earn you a penalty. To do this, research 2016 Google updates and find out how they could affect site owners.
2. Get on LinkedIn
Next, you’ll want to set up a LinkedIn profile. This shows potential employers the experience you have and where you have worked in the past. If you don’t have much experience, you should still use a Linkedin profile.
It will allow employers to easily find you and offer you temporary positions. You can use this to quickly build up experience and grow your business profile. Remember, you must think of your LinkedIn profile as a marketing platform. It needs to sell who you are and what you can offer.
3. Work With Recruiters
You should sign up with at least one recruitment agency. They won’t just forward any career opportunities that come their way. Instead, they will also recommend you for positions with employers that they think are a good fit. Having an agent can get you through doors that would otherwise be closed. It’s a great idea if you don’t have much experience.
Or, if you didn’t get the best qualifications, needed for top positions. You’ll be using the service of a company who knows how the job market works.
4. Use Social Media Wisely
Finally, you should be using social media, but not just for personal use. Have two accounts and make sure that personal accounts are private. Your business Twitter or Facebook should be what companies find when they search for you online. This will create the right image and ensure that you look professional. It will put you a peg above other people who you might be competing with.