Climbing the rungs of the corporate ladder won’t necessarily guarantee you a place at the top. Getting your next position in the current market isn’t merely about qualifications, networks and career experience - you need more to stand out from the competition.
Gary Elden, CEO of recruitment firm SThree Plc, gives some tips on how to get spotted by a recruiter.
1. Get ready
You need to have a clear idea of what you want in your next role. Is it more money, or are you just looking for a career change? Whatever your reason, you must decipher your key reasons for leaving your current job, and the criteria for your future role.
2. Get online
The Internet is a massive opportunity for job-seekers. Maintaining an impressive LinkedIn profile and networks with previous clients and colleagues demonstrates your communication and social skills, and will attract companies to your profile. In addition, make sure you add keywords that reflect the sort of job you are seeking to your profile; this will ensure you come up when recruiters are searching LinkedIn. You should also make sure your professional and outside-of-work social media profiles are consistent; if you say one thing on LinkedIn, make sure you are not contradicting or doing yourself damage through Facebook!
3. Simplify your CV
You should be proactive in condensing the content that sells you – this starts with your CV, whether online or in paper form. A clear and structured format is advantageous. It should consist of a profile introduction and skill set, and an overview of previous valuable experience. It is also important to state any previous flagship projects with past employers. Equally, if you are applying for a role it is beneficial to slightly adapt your CV, highlighting your capabilities that would make you suitable for the specific role or job.
4. State your future aims
Candidates with an abundance of ambition are far more likely to be noticed by prospective employers. Ensure your CV indicates strengths and expertise in the field, as well as any targets that you wish to fulfil in the next few years; this is an opportunity to get your personality across.
5. Show consistency
Make sure the projects you are listing were for a considerable period of time, for any lack of direction or inability to remain in a role could put a potential employer off. Normally, anything under six months is not an appropriate length to include on your CV, unless it was for a fixed contract and time period, for example, a leading role during London 2012. Most importantly, you need to emphasise your capabilities on completing a task effectively.
6. Be selective
Choosing the right recruitment consultant is essential. You need a trusted advisor who can be your eyes and ears on the ground. The right recruitment consultant will have the ability to find the best suitable positions, and ensure you are applying to the right companies. In some senior positions, these may only come up a couple of times a year.