Today (April 25) is National Administrative Professionals Day, an international celebration of the work personal assistants, executive assistants, team and admin assistants, receptionists, secretaries and many more do on a daily basis. As a recruitment consultancy dedicated to matching outstanding business support professionals with employers of choice across London, the UK and globally, we know
Searching for your next job online can be a long and strenuous task. However, by using the right resources, the hunt is made much easier. The Internet is such a resource, with plenty out there to help you on your search.
The beauty of today’s job market is that everything is instant. By following recruitment agencies on social media networking sites, you will be able to discover fantastic roles on your news feed. And if you decide to download a recruitment app, such as Tiger’s, you will be able to set up job alerts, meaning they’ll come straight to your phone.
However, with this vast resource, there is a danger of getting carried away and wasting time trawling through pages and pages of roles. Here’s how to streamline the process.
Narrow your search
Take time to think about the ‘keywords’ you are using in your search. Think about what you are looking for in your next role. What are the key areas in the position which are most appealing to you? Make sure you are listing these in your search bar.
Remember, when you are searching for PA roles, this may be listed in a different way. For instance, the recruitment agency may have listed this role as ‘Personal Assistant’, ‘EA’ or ‘Executive Assistant’. Think of the different ways that a job title could be listed, and do not limit your search to just one of these job titles. If your first search does not pull up what you were hoping to find, think of other ways which may show exactly what you are looking for.
If you are searching for a role on a recruitment website, it is likely that you will be able to filter your results. You will be able to use your keywords and state your salary expectations, contract type and perhaps even industry type. This will enable you to pull up a search which will be far more suited to your needs and requirements.
Recruitment requires momentum. There are fantastic roles available, though there are fantastic candidates ready and waiting to fill such vacancies. Avoid procrastination, you will only regret this decision. Roles are filled quickly and to secure your dream job, you will need to move fast too.
Take the time to make ‘job search’ social media profiles. Realistically, you will not want to use the same profile as your personal one. Check the privacy settings of your personal page and use your job searching profile to connect with professionals, colleagues and recruitment social media pages. Recruitment agencies have a much larger social media presence than ever before. Most agencies utilise these marketing tools as it is fast, cheap and easy to attract a response.
If you are to secure that all important interview, remember to use social media networking sites to research. You will be able to gauge company culture and personality fit by checking out their profiles. It is also beneficial to research your interviewer on LinkedIn. They may also have social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram.
Tiger Recruitment launched the first business support recruitment app. Available for both Apple and Android devices, the app allows you to set up job notifications, which are extremely helpful when searching for a new job. Your current work life may be far too busy to keep up to date with the latest jobs, so by setting up notifications, you will be able to touch base with your consultants whenever a relevant and suitable role arises.
Try to avoid applying for too many roles. You will only get swamped and this will mean you are not actually applying for that perfect job. It may get to the point where you are required to interview for such roles and you are not actually interested in the positions. Be careful of rogue recruitment agencies. It has been known that recruitment agencies have posted false roles. Really research into a position and think about it prior to sending an application. Take the time to look over the advertisement and look at when a role was advertised. It could be that the job advert is out of date. Do contact the recruiter to check whether the role is still live and accepting applications.
Are you suitable for the role you are applying for? Read the advert thoroughly before you apply. It may state exact requirements of a client within the advertisement. If they have mentioned that they are needing a candidate with certain experience, or with a degree in a particular subject, this is a must. Unfortunately, if you do not possess the relevant skills and experience, your application will be deemed as obsolete. Apply for the jobs which you know you can ace, submitting a tailored CV that shows why.
Tiger can help you in the all-important job search. Get in touch today.