Not only is it highly competitive for job seekers in an overcrowded market nowadays, employers are upping their game and keeping up with the times in order to secure top candidates. Here are some tips on how to get ahead by identifying new methods recruiters are using to seek out the best recruits.
Once recruiters have found their ideal candidate, they want to ensure their investment is solid and that their new employee is going to stay the distance.
With a 2015 ADP survey revealing that nearly half (47%) of British employees intend to change jobs in the next three years and research by Investors in People (IIP) revealing that a whopping 60% of UK workers are not happy in their jobs, employers are very aware of the value of loyal staff.
Because of this, recruiters are using predictive techniques such as:
- In-depth research of references
- Interview questions with hidden meanings
- Data-based analysis of CVs
- Scrutinising LinkedIn profiles and investigating other social media profiles and activity
- Reliance on referrals.
Good connections within the industry you work in are vital. Research has proved that many companies get up to 50% of their new recruits via networking or employee referrals.
For you as a job seeker, expanding your network of industry-based connections can speed up your search. Ensure your connections know about your strengths and skills. Create industry-specific posts on LinkedIn, join an industry-focused networking group and if you’re looking for a new job – tell people so they know why you will be right for a particular future role.
Employers can spot which candidates are high achievers by analysing their CVs, then focusing on traits which have proven successful with previous recruitment drives. Nowadays, they know the attributes high performers have in common and these are key elements in finding future star employees.
For you as a job seeker, it’s worth it to research which traits high-flyers in your industry possess. Talk to current colleagues, ask around and work out what you need to do to become a member of this exclusive club.
As more and more people rely on phones and tablets, recruiters have become more mobile-aware with their communication.
As a job seeker, ensure you have a mobile-ready up-to-date copy of your CV on your phone and be prepared to receive texts instead of emails and calls regarding your applications.
Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)
With employers depending more on technology, the recruitment process has become more focused, however the downside is it takes longer.
To get anywhere in the ATS application process, job seekers need to invest the time to target their skills and experience for individual roles. If you want to be selected for an interview for a specific job, you need to ensure your CV is tailored towards that role and that role only.
Visuals are taking over. Whether it’s to send a candidate a message, to make a job offer, or to promote the company to potential new employees.
Keep an eye out for videos during your job research, many companies use social media to stream promotional films.
Plus, in the ever-changing world of recruitment don’t be too surprised if you’re asked to make a short video application instead of a written one. If a video is required for an application, meticulously practice, test and get feedback from whoever you can before sending it in.
Oh, and do think about the background. However good you are, if you’ve got a week’s worth of washing up as your backdrop, we can guarantee it won’t impress!
Company culture and likeability
The ‘brand’ and work environment is becoming a more important element for employers. It’s not enough for some companies to just have a product or service, they want their staff to fit into how their company is perceived on the outside. Furthermore, they need their staff to get on with each other and possess the ‘likeability factor’. Who wants to form a business relationship or buy from someone they don’t like or don’t trust?
As a job seeker, it’s important you’re aware of how others see you. Test this as much as you can in your everyday life. How do people respond to you? What changes can you make to become more engaging and charismatic? Having said this, you don’t want to come across as being too overpowering or false. Be yourself, but be interested and friendly in your manner. As far as fitting in with the company culture, the key is research, research, research…
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