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Job Seeker Advice from the Experts (Part 2)

Posted on 20 December 2023

Job Seeker Advice from the Experts (Part 2)

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Welcome to Part 2! If you missed Part 1, you can catch up by clicking here (Career Advice (perituspartners.co.uk)) to explore the first five of our top ten insights gathered from the incredible guests we've had the privilege of partnering with for our blog this year.

As we approach the year's end, we'll be wrapping up the top ten insights and want to extend our thanks to all those who have supported our articles. We're immensely grateful to our guests, readers, and the broader community for your ongoing support and engagement.

As we step into 2024, we're excited to continue sharing valuable insights from our esteemed partners. Stay tuned for more knowledge and wisdom from those who can make the most impact.

 

Joe Factor

Original Article (Career Advice (perituspartners.co.uk)

Mirco Hellekes (Giant Swarm) explained that the ‘Joe Factor’ is someone’s unique combination of expertise. This will incorporate the core skills of the role you are applying to but also a blend of diverse skills that could help push their business further, even if you might not realise.

An example of this might be your background in start-ups (where the company is) combined with your exposure to frontend development tools like React (the companies stack) as well as your passion for mentoring (showing your ability to help others) coupled with your love for gardening (highlighting a skill that takes patience).

This unique combination makes you, you.

Knowing this will help you sell your abilities better in your resume and really grab the reader’s attention to learn more.

If you are not sure what your ‘Joe Factor’ is, then ask friends or colleagues around you.

 

More Passion (more energy)

Original Article (Career Advice (perituspartners.co.uk))

Tanja Schmidt (Align Technology) offered valuable advice on expressing your passion authentically by having a career roadmap (Career Advice (perituspartners.co.uk)). During your interview, you can explain how the opportunity aligns with your long-term plan. If you are passionate about your craft and career, you should have a strong viewpoint on its potential long-term trajectory. This not only helps explain why the move to the company is a good fit for you but also allows the company to determine if they share your vision, saving time for both parties if there is a misalignment.

 

Respectful follow-ups

Original Article (Career Advice (perituspartners.co.uk)

Once an application has been made Christina Schlaeger (Exotec) would encourage applicants to follow up with the team but in a respectful manner. Consider that if you haven’t heard back from the team within a week or so that the recruiting team might be overwhelmed with applications, they might have rejected your application and not informed you yet or they simply haven’t had the chance to review your details.

A respectful follow-up on email to the HR/Recruiting team highlighting the date you applied and your interest in hearing back will help prompt a response for resolution.

Adding to this, if the hiring manager is directly responsible for the recruiting process and not someone from the talent team, then the same rules apply, give it a week or so before following up.

 

Probe to uncover more

Original Article (Career Advice (perituspartners.co.uk))

Roland Fiala (UserGems) suggests focusing your questions on the following key areas:

Understanding the long-term strategy of the company: Inquire about the company's vision, goals, and plans for the future. This showcases your interest in the company's direction and demonstrates that you are seeking alignment between your own aspirations and the company's objectives.

Linking questions back to comments made by the interviewers: This highlights your attentiveness and listening skills. Reference specific points or discussions from the interview to show that you were actively engaged and seeking further clarification or insights.

Understanding the biggest problems within the team: By asking about the challenges or issues the team currently faces, you gain insight into the potential obstacles you may encounter. This allows you to evaluate if you are equipped to handle and contribute to addressing those challenges effectively.

Understanding your prospective team: As you will be spending a significant amount of time working with your team members, it is crucial to ask questions that help you understand their dynamics, expertise, and working style. This enables you to assess if you will be a good fit within the team and if the team environment aligns with your preferences.

 

Achievements, not Responsibilities

Original Article (Career Advice (perituspartners.co.uk))

Data carries more weight than words. Regardless of your position within a company, prioritise showcasing your accomplishments and contributions rather than simply rehashing your job duties.

Gabriella Barnard (Medbelle) elaborated on the fact that a significant portion of job seekers, even in today's job market, tend to focus on their day-to-day responsibilities rather than highlighting their proficiency with tools and the value they brought to their previous employers during their tenure. This is the kind of information that hiring teams are eager to find on resumes, yet it often goes unnoticed for various reasons.

It's essential to consider the level of the position you're applying for. If you're a junior applicant, it makes sense to discuss your daily tasks to help hiring teams assess whether your responsibilities align with their role. However, as you advance in your career and apply for more senior positions, hiring teams increasingly want to learn about the significant contributions you've made to previous organisations.

This doesn't mean neglecting your job responsibilities entirely; rather, striking a balance by giving equal attention to both aspects. Craft your resume in a way that offers valuable insights, going beyond generic bullet points that recruiters can already discern from your job title alone.

 

It was incredibly difficult to pick just ten to share, each guest we have partnered with brought something different to the conversation. We even have unreleased articles waiting in the wings, any of which could have easily made it into this list. So, make sure to tune in every Thursday to discover the knowledge they have to offer.

 

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My name is Eden, I am a Founding Partner at Peritus Partners, a next-generation recruitment team. Interested to see how we can help find the best talent for your team? Reach out today 😎

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