USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO GET A JOB
Build your brand
Social media is an increasingly popular method among employers for finding new candidates. 73 percent of candidates found their last job through a social media platform. Therefore, the use of them in your job hunt is a no brainer.
Make sure to give your profiles a little spring clean. After all, your social media presence is an extension of your resumé, and something employers will look at when they are looking to hire you.
THE JOB HUNT
Time to turn to tech
There are a number of places where you can embark on your job hunt. But you shouldn’t rely on just one. Aim to keep up to date with a few different sources, as new opportunities will constantly arise across different platforms.
GOV.UK’s ‘Find a job’ service: The name pretty much sums it up. By using this service you can search and apply for thousands of jobs. Head over to the government’s official website, click “Start now” and check out a range of full-time or part-time jobs in England, Scotland, and Wales.
Direct contact with employers: Even if a company isn’t actively hiring for the role you’re looking for, there is nothing stopping you from reaching out. Proactivity is key. Remember, on average people receive 100 emails a day, so create an eye-catching subject line or yours will fall to the wayside.
*Top tip: One of the top opened subject lines is solely the name of their company – it’s as simple as that.
There are multiple tools that have sneaky ways of grabbing the right email address.
Here are two that we recommend you use:
Kendo-Linkedin Email Finder – It’s a free Linkedin email finder chrome extension that lets you find personal and business email addresses directly from Linkedin profiles. This way you can connect to the right people and not end up with a bunch of bounced emails.
Swordfish – This tool aims to save time and make connecting to business opportunities easier, whilst making sure they are also authentic. With a free installation on Chrome, you can find personal mobile numbers, business direct dials, personal emails and business emails.
Online jobs marketplace
In today’s world, you can find pretty much anything at the click of a button, including job boards. But do you really fancy sending your CV into the ether – probably to never even hear back? Do you really want to be bombarded with hundreds of irrelevant roles? We all know it’s good to cast your net, but when all you end up bringing in are hundreds of dead ends it’s probably time to pick a more fruitful spot.
That’s where platforms such as Tempo come in. It is your one-stop-shop for your next work adventure whereby simply creating your profile you are matched to the UK’s fastest-growing companies. It is a great way for you to connect with employers instantly – and removes all the hassle that you get with your typical recruitment agencies.
All it takes is 3 simple steps to get hired:
Create a profile
Your profile acts as a digital CV and contains all the information employers want to know, from skills and experience to expected salary and availability. You even have the ability to upload a video to let your personality shine through.
You’ll see a list of instantly matched jobs suited to you. We get exciting new opportunities every day, and you’ll be able to see key information like pay, dress code, and company culture upfront. Simply hit the “I’m interested” button on a job to apply.
You can receive interview requests and even job offers from companies directly within the platform. Our fastest placement happened in just 27 minutes, and nearly two-thirds of employers hiring on Tempo make an offer within one week.
One candidate, Tiah, signed up to Tempo and within a few days, she landed an Operations Support role for fast-growing startup Nextdoor. Nearly a year on and she is now Neighbour Operations Team Lead. Check out her full story here.
Linkedin. It’s well known that this platform is a great way to create connections with influential people and bolster your personal brand, but it’s also a great place to search for jobs. All you need to do is log into Linkedin, go to the “Jobs” section, and begin your search using the filters to get the results you are looking for.
Facebook. This platform has become more than a fun place to connect with friends. There are millions of active users and a new Jobs on Facebook feature, which has led to employers now listing opportunities on their accounts. With the click of a button, your hub for social interaction is also the place for a job connection.
With businesses now globally accessible due to the rise of remote hiring, you can pick from companies anywhere in the world without having to move.
You are no longer bound by geography, you can spread your wings nationwide and overseas, increasing the chance of finding the perfect role for you. All thanks to the power of technology.
Build the perfect CV
Employers have the difficult task of choosing between candidates whose CVs often look hugely similar: Hardworking with great interpersonal skills. Seen it all before. So how do they differentiate those that are right for the job?
This is where you need to make sure your CV has all the right things so that it immediately makes it onto the “Yes” pile.
Here are some top tips for building the perfect CV:
The basic information. Keep this short but sweet. Always include your name, email and phone number at the top of your CV. Your whole address is no longer compulsory but including your town and county to give employers an idea of where you are based.
Personal statement. This should be a short, punchy paragraph that uses buzzwords that employers can skim at a glance, highlighting your key skills and experiences. Keep it targeted to the role you are applying for and employers will be enticed to read on.
Work experience. Start with your most recent job and work backward, giving employment dates, your job title and the company. For each role detail your key responsibilities, skills and achievements, using quantifiable evidence to highlight the value that you can bring to the table.
Education. Again, start with the most recent form of education. Include the name of the institution, dates of study and the qualification awarded, the qualification and your grades. If you have little work experience you can bulk this section up with key modules, projects and skills you developed.
Extracurricular activities or side-hustles. List what you did and any qualifications you gained from it. These are a great way to highlight that you have more to offer than just grades. See below in “Develop and show off your soft skills” on how you can make the most of these in your application.
Tailor your CV to every application. You need to target each CV application to the job you are applying for and not use generic buzzwords – hiring managers see this every day. Be sure to identify the key requirements and that your CV is tailored to these to make you stand out as the perfect fit for the role.
On Tempo, your profile is essentially your CV. Be sure to really flesh it out.
Develop and show off your soft skills
You want to make it clear why you’re the right person for the company you are applying for. And having the right soft skills is valuable to employers. A recent study that we did showed that 74 percent of businesses believed that hiring people with good soft skills is more important than ever before.