Psychometric testing & behavioural profiling
Before you can start looking for work, you need to have a clear idea of your strengths and weaknesses, as well as your likes and dislikes – exploring how you want to spend your time earning a living. Sometimes, employers and recruiters use testing and profiling to assess candidate suitability for a job. So it’s a good idea to get acquainted with these recruitment tools. Plus, you’ll learn so much about yourself in the process, which will help you get career-ready.
When we think about jobs and careers, we often defer to what our friends and family do for a living. But there’s a whole world out there! Having worked in the recruitment industry for more than 20 years, I have an excellent understanding of how to match people with their ideal careers, and importantly how to equip them to get career-ready.
If you’re unsure on what to study or what career would suit you best, or if you’re looking to change careers or re-enter the workforce after a break, then career counselling is a great place to start.
Resume templates are freely available on the internet, and you can upload your details and have a resume created automatically and at no cost. Will this get you the interview? Possibly, but it’s unlikely in my opinion. I have spent 20+ years as a successful recruiter, scanning thousands of resumes, so I know what will survive the initial short-listing process, whether automatically scanned by a computer or checked by a human.
Creating your initial template resume takes time and a lot of information gathering. THEN you need to tweak for each specific role – a task most people find extremely difficult to do on their own. I will help you to create a resume if you don’t have one, or help you update it if it’s been a while.
Creating your LinkedIn profile
Social media channels are increasingly being used by employers and recruiters to assess potential candidates.
Therefore, you need to be very aware of your digital footprint and the impression you can make. It’s vital to make the most of your LinkedIn profile – to make sure you come up in the right searches, and for when employers and recruiters are assessing candidates.
I will help you create or update your LinkedIn profile so it’s professional, keyword rich and presents you in the best light possible.
How to go about the recruitment process
Most of my clients have had an inconsistent and scatter-gun approach to applying for jobs, which also varies depending on motivation levels. Many go for volume, hoping that if a large enough quantity of applications are made, one of them will eventually stick and land them their dream job.
Using a service called ‘The Insider’, I provide clarity around how to apply and what to apply for, and also how to manage the recruitment process and follow up once you’ve applied. You’ll benefit from insider tips and know-how, to clear the mind-clutter and get results.
Managing your recruitment agency
It’s important to understand that recruitment agencies don’t work for the candidates – they work for the employer. So, don’t expect them to spend time promoting you, coaching you or giving you lots of individual attention. You need to make it as easy as possible for a recruitment agency to sell you to an employer. Understand when you should use a recruitment agent, what questions you should ask, how best to engage with them, and how you can get them working for you. Having been a recruitment agent for over 20 years I know exactly how you should do this, so I’ll tell you how.