How to Prepare for a New Role in a Changing World

With the ever evolving COVID situation, ensuring you present as the best person for the job has become much more complex! Social networks, like LinkedIn, allow recruiters to reach out in new ways. Understanding how to use these new tools, as well as get noticed in today’s recruitment landscape, is crucial to presenting yourself as the right candidate. We have gathered a few tips to help you out:

Creating the perfect resume

There is no one right answer for this, and equally one size does not fit all. Some companies and recruiters will have a different idea about what they are wanting, so you will not satisfy all requirements on every occasion, but you can tick the majority of boxes. 

Don’t be afraid to tailor your resume to the job being advertised. Include as many skills and experiences detailed in the advert as you can. With the increased number of applicants for each job advertised, new technology is being utilised to pre-screen resumes so it’s more important than ever you spend a few minutes matching yourself to the job on offer to ensure you are at the top of the selection list. Check out our previous blogs on top tips for a resume refresh – you can find these on our website, Facebook and LinkedIn pages!

Update work profiles

LinkedIn and SEEK are the most common forums that recruiters target to find the right candidates for roles in the market. Ensuring these are up to date and relevant will help you stand out from the crowd and allow opportunities to come to you.

LinkedIn – ensure you have commonly accepted titles for the roles you have done. For example, if you are a Recruiter/Recruitment Consultant then include this in your resume – don’t use titles less commonly known, such as Talent Locator/ People Delivery Specialist/ Rockstar Finder! Include buzzwords that will help recruiters find you.

SEEK – make sure your current resume is included in your profile and has up-to-date contact information. Salary, availability and location are often overlooked and not reflective of your current situation. 

Applying for the right job advertisement

It can at times be tiresome scrolling through adverts and trying to understand what employers actually want. Despite there being an increase in numbers of people being stood down from their current roles, on the flip side there has been an increase in other opportunities in markets you may have never considered before. Think carefully about the base requirements of the role. What transferable skills do you have that you can highlight to prospective employers? Recruitment sector seeks people who have excellent customer service skills and a strong people engagement capability. Quite often, new hires come from industries such as airline staff, supermarket personnel and restaurant wait staff! 

More and more often, it’s becoming apparent that acronyms and fancy titles are being used for roles, so it’s important to read the details and apply common sense. Director of First Impressions….who knew that was a receptionist? SaM Engineer….Stabling Yard and Maintenance Engineer! By reading and interpreting the role clearly, you may find you satisfy more of the criteria than you first thought and can open up new opportunities for your career.

Preparation for the interview

Given the social distancing rules and regulations in place currently, it is much more common for interviews to be held remotely. Employers are using a variety of options for video conferencing which requires much planning on the part of the prospective employee.

Some things to consider:

  1. Ensure the preferred method of videoconferencing is downloaded and performing correctly on your laptop or desktop. 
  2. Practice answers with a friend and ask for their feedback on your responses.
  3. Research current interview strategies and relevant interview questions.
  4. Record your answers and play back – by putting yourself in your prospective employers’ shoes, you will see yourself through their eyes…would you hire you? 
  5. Be mindful of surroundings – a well-lit (but not too bright) room is ideal. Try to choose a room with little to no clutter to minimise distractions for the interviewer and make sure you are the focus of attention. 
  6. Mute your mobile so incoming calls do not interrupt the flow of the interview. 
  7. Lock up your pets or have a minder for them for the duration of the interview – there is nothing worse than losing your focus worrying about your pet interrupting the process!
  8. Avoid having deliveries on the scheduled interview day so your postie doesn’t knock at a critical time. 

The interview in-person

Employment interviews will typically cover three key goals: 

  1. Find out as much as possible about what the candidate knows,
  2. How candidates have applied and tested work skills, and
  3. Determine where aptitudes lie and what future growth could be.

Consider these questions in advance and prepare a variety of answers you can utilise to put yourself in the best light! Achievements, money or time savings for the company in previous roles and responsibilities, problems overcome and initiatives undertaken will all help to promote your capabilities. You should be able to share answers with depth and breadth, offering concrete data to help employers make the hiring decision, so it is important to have answers prepared to make this step easier.

Following up

Following an interview, you may be anxious for feedback. Ensure you are aware of timeframes for decisions. Don’t be afraid to follow up for an update (within a reasonable timeframe). Also don’t be afraid to ask for feedback if you were not successful – it can only help to better prepare you for the next interview. 

At 2XM Recruit, we can help with any part of the process, offering advice on any step to help you best prepare and secure your preferred role. Get in touch to see how we can best help you!