The ‘Uncut Series’ is a set of audio out-takes that I recorded on the fly based around the 7 Job Search Pillars. The audio contains comment and valuable insight – on how to be happy at work – derived from personal and professional experiences that have helped me and many others discover a career path towards their dream job.
Have you noticed a trend in the way in which companies hire people like you? If you haven’t noticed this trend or kept up with the trend then you’re at a distinct disadvantage when it comes to your own career search. It will be more difficult for you in your own career search and if you do manage to get a job then if you’re not aware of this particular change then it’s likely that you’ll be unhappy in the role that you’re in and in a few year’s time, you’ll want to move on to something new.
I’m going to tell you bit more about that trend change in a moment but, just to say, at the moment companies aren’t simply hiring on skills. Obviously they want to grow, they want to develop, they want to earn revenue for example, but more and more companies are investing heavily and promoting and protecting their brands. What with social media and what with the transparency that social media brings and the fact that their customer service and their reputation is online, companies are more and more interested in recruiting the right people to protect their brand. That said, they’re interested in finding people whose professional and sometimes even personal values are aligned to their own. Another thing that’s strange, which is probably more noticeable, is the speed with which companies are able to hire and the scope and reach that they have. Again, this is driven by the internet. Social media. It’s very easy; it’s very quick to contact people online. Instant message makes it very easy. Skype etc. makes it very easy to hold interviews. Wherever you may be in the world, so that’s another trend that you may or may not have noticed.
From my point of view, having been in recruitment for quite a while, I’ve noticed these changes as they’ve come about, but I haven’t taken advantage of all of the changes by any means. There was a particular period in my life again where, those who know me, knew or know that I had an imbalance in my work and my life. I was working in roles where I was getting home really late. I had family. I had my little boy who I wanted to see, but unfortunately couldn’t because he’d already gone to bed for example. There was a period with which I worked with employers who were unsympathetic to my situation and that was partly down to me. I can’t blame the employers. It’s partly down to me because, and it goes back to what I was just talking about, essentially although I’d used the internet, I’d used things like LinkedIn, I’d use social media to quickly find jobs; I was able to do that with no trouble at all, I think the thing that I’d missed out on was finding employers who were aligned with my own personal and professional values.
It took me quite a long time to figure this out. I think for me the turning point was around about 2011, where I was sat at my desk and realized to myself, something’s got to change here. I’m not happy. I need to find something that makes me happy because I’ve got children now, I’ve got a family. I want to be an inspiration to my children. I want to go home when I want be able to see them, and be happy, and affect their lives in a positive way. All of that added to me or meant that I want to find something different and wanted to find something that made me happy. As I said, I was able to use LinkedIn already. I was able to use the internet quite easily. That’s not the same for everybody. Not everybody uses LinkedIn or the internet for their job search.
What I did, as well, was I put more thought into the types of companies that I wanted to work for and connect with. I created lists of companies that I really and truly had a passion for and I’m fortunate now to be working with a company, a company called Good Talent, that I have a real passion for. In fact, even the people that I help, the companies and clients that I help, they have an objective to really help make the world a better place. That really sits well with me. It’s something that I’m really proud to be able to tell my children about. When I’d reached that turning point, I said to myself, yeah, let’s start to look at companies that I’m really, really interested in and have a passion about.
Another thing that I did differently as well, was I started to network with the sorts of people who I prospectively wanted to work with and prospectively had a common goal or common objective with, because the more you’re able to network with those sorts of people is the more likely that you’ll be able to learn more. You’ll probably collect even more contacts who can either help you now or in the future. Of course, you have common things to talk about and things that both interest you the whole idea of it being a genuine and fulfilling conversation will come to bear when you’re speaking to these people that you really have a connection with.
Another thing is, as I said, that networking bit is something I didn’t do as much as I do now. The great thing is, and it’s related to this change that I talked to you about, is that although a lot of jobs are advertised online, some jobs may be with recruiters, this change has meant that I’ve now started to approach, or in the past have approach employers directly. Hiring managers directly. I don’t use recruiters as much as I used to use them. In some cases, because of social media, there’s a great depth of potential contacts online and if you approach them in the right way then they’re very open to conversation, to networking, and eventually connecting. Who knows where that connection might lead?
I’ve talked about three different things there. The speed with which companies are hiring. The fact that their values, they’re looking for people with values that are aligned to their own values, and I’ve talked about networking. These three things are things that you need to be aware of and really think about before you even begin to write your CV. These are things, as I said to you before, I didn’t think about and that was to my detriment. Now I’m in a place where I’m pretty comfortable with what I’m doing. I’m happy with what I’m doing and the path that I’m on and that was because I took that time to think about what I was doing. I recommend that you do the same.
Believe me none of this is rocket science. Anybody can do this. It doesn’t take somebody with recruitment expertise to do this. You can do this as well. It’s just a matter of doing the right things, following the right tactics and strategies and you too, can make that transition from a place of being unhappy in your job to a place of being happy and fulfilled and seeing a bright future ahead for yourself.