How do you set out finding your dream job? Directed and produced by Joe Sinclair. Co-produced by Janina Conboye. Filmed by Joe Sinclair and Petros Gioumpasis. Edited by Joe Sinclair and Richard Topping. So first, we're going to talk about CVs. CV stands for curriculum vitae, Latin for the course of my life. In America, they use resume, a summary of your life. The CV remember, is only to get you the interview. It's not to get you the job. What it should do is contain just enough to intrigue the reader that the next thing they want to do is actually meet you.
So the three points you're trying to get over in a CV are that you take responsibility, you achieve things, and that you're nice to have around. But first, let's hear from some of our students. I'd definitely like to steer my career in a more creative direction where I'm less restricted by corporate boundaries and I can be a bit more creative in my approach to my work. Last year, I took the decision to leave my job in finance and pursue a master's in neuroscience.
It was a bit of a risk at the time. And it's never nice to stop making money.
As well as fashion, music is something that I'm really, really, really enthusiastic and passionate about. I've performed with choirs at the Brit awards. I performed in front of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. My biggest achievement is working with a big US bank on the Brexit project during my summer internship. And another big achievement of mine was actually getting into university despite my poor grades.
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I had lived in three different continents and I travelled over 25 different countries by the age of Something I'm very proud of is that I'm doing my second degree on the side, which is a distance learning course. And I'm teaching everything to myself, so at least I've been told that this is something to be proud of. So CV, the main rule is to think about the reader. Think about the person on the other side.
It could be a wet Wednesday night and they've got a column of 80 of these things to get through. And they'd really rather go home now than be in the office and they've got to work through them.
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So it's that first no more than two seconds that someone is going to read them. So they're going to glance, let's just pick this one, and what you want is the person to say, oh, OK. Well, that's good, rather than the So thinking about the reader. What we want on here is evidence, not assertion.
And my first point would be, many of you have put a little background, or a little sort of commentary, at the start, a paragraph at the start, a personal statement. And you called it, Nithya, you called it background. We've got a profile from Bradley. And another one from Cosima. In fact, nearly all of you have done it. The problem with them is A, it takes up space, which you would be better used with some more evidence on here. And secondly, a lot of it is assertion with no evidence behind it.
And you've got to think anybody could write some of this stuff. So anybody could have written: "I have a strong record in extracurricular activities. And we also, ideally, going to get this onto one page rather than two. There is a variation in these, and that's fine too. It is your CV. There is no standard one format to go. You've put education at the top. Generally, at this stage, education and then experience. And I would put all experience together, not just volunteering separately, or skills and achievements, or work.
I would just have experience, in reverse order, and then, finally, other outside interests. Let me just interrupt for a minute. My name's Elizabeth Uviebinene, and I'm a marketing manager. I've also just co-authored a bestselling book all about empowering women. As you start out on your career, I want to share something I found empowering for myself - building a personal brand.
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I decided to find a job before disappointment on results day. It forced me to step out of my comfort zone and apply some creative thinking. I pitched an outdoor film screening to a London gallery and ways to appeal to a younger, diverse audience.
They took up the idea and it became my first experience in marketing. I did do well on results day and I went on to college. But what I didn't know was I had already started to build an authentic personal brand - collaborative, creative, enterprising. And it's a brand that's been vital as I progressed in my career. So what does a personal brand even mean? Ultimately, to understand your brand is to understand what makes you unique, special, and what makes you stand out. Ask yourself, what are you good at? What are your values?
Which qualities do you want to accentuate? What contribution do you want to make? What do you want to be known for? That's something that you should start thinking about as you sit down to write your CV and start applying for jobs. Find three words that best describe you and the impact you want to make at work.
Yes, it's a bit about marketing yourself, but it's also a self-reminder of who you are or want to be. I've heard people say, "if I'm good at my job, then that should speak for itself. But your reputation is part of your brand. It's what people say when you're not in the room. And it helps you stand out in a competitive professional field, meaning you no longer have to chase all the opportunities, they'll start chasing you. So remember, branding is not just about businesses or logos, it's about your own unique selling points. Back to the classroom. Three things we're trying to get over in the content of what you write-- that you take responsibility, that you achieve things, and that you're nice to have around.
That's why I would employ you. So in all the bullet points, a great way to write them is to actually start them by saying, responsibilities included, or achievements included. We don't want process. Process is boring, actually. And also, it doesn't tell me if you spent 10 minutes producing the annual report, or 6 months, and who you presented the annual report to. Here's-- I'll pick out one here-- "attending team meetings.
But what was the outcome? And this is when they outsource the job to headhunters. Recruiters usually work for a given company and they function as an external arm of their human resources department. Their mission is to find suitable candidates for open positions at their company. Recruiters act as the front line for a company and hiring managers work from the inside, but they often work together to find the right candidate at the right time. A job agent is basically whoever is helping you find a job.
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That could refer to a job center, your college career advisor, a recruitment agency, a headhunter, or any employment office. The truth is, anyone could call themselves a headhunter these days. Or find a suitable role for your candidates. These people generally put in the time and the effort to nurture a good network of both client employers and candidates to find suitable opportunities for both.
Contacting recruiters on LinkedIn is your best bet. Just bear in mind there are alternatives. There are several online recruitment directories out there to help you identify the best search firms for your geographic area, your industry and your specialty.
Tell us about it! Recruiters nowadays are no different. Occasionally browsing through high profile publications in your industry will often land you on an article written by a headhunter or a representative of a search firm. Some publications like Forbes even have rankings of the best recruiting firms of the year. Using this list, you could head to LinkedIn and select profiles of headhunters who most fit your requirements. You can follow them and see their job listings too!
They will find you relevant fitting jobs, fill out the applications for you, find references and other contacts to speed up your interviewing process, and even help you with interview preps. Reach out to your LinkedIn contacts, alumni, or friends and family to ask whether they have a recruiter to recommend. You should also be making it easier for them to find you.
Career hunters also scout databases of candidates on job boards. Developing a rich LinkedIn profile with recommendations and well-written summary is an effective step to increase your visibility. And so is presenting at conferences, publishing articles, or attending events relevant to your industry. Pro Tip: You should consider starting your own website or blog to disseminate your thought leadership. We hear you. You wish there was a Tinder or Bumble for finding the right hiring recruiter for you. Good news pal, there is a huge number of corporate recruiters and independent headhunters on LinkedIn.
And here is how to find the ones relevant to you and your career. Finding an executive recruiter on LinkedIn is pretty straightforward too. Also, LinkedIn require their members to pick one industry for their profile. You can simultaneously search several industries too. If you end up with too many profiles, then aim to limit excessive results by adding keywords and selecting a level of connection.
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Pro Tip: A great way to connect with hiring headhunters is to increase your own visibility on the platform. Look for important keywords from relevant job postings and make sure you sprinkle those in your profile. Recruiters will often search for specific keywords to find potential candidates. How do you reach out to headhunting firms without making a fool of yourself or hearing crickets after you press send?
First impressions are vital, especially in the professional world. And a cold email can be tricky. Here are 3 ways to engage hiring recruiters. Bear in mind that customization and research is key here to make the first approach work. I came across your article in Hotel Management on how companies can retain employees in the tourism industry and thought it was fascinating. Would love to discuss my skills and profile further. This day and age, anyone can be a publisher. You should consider starting a blog, podcast or publishing via LinkedIn to increase your visibility.
I came across your profile and thought it would be interesting to schedule an informational interview to be featured on my LinkedIn Publisher. It would be part of an article series featuring local stakeholders in the IoT arena. When would be a convenient time for you? I recently applied for a job opening at Oracle Sales for the position of an Account Executive via your career site.
The position fits perfectly with my experience selling kk deals for Miracle Software Inc. How does Thursday And do you think John Legend just sits back while others are dictating his compensation and his next gigs? Not really—he makes sure his voice is heard. At least his manager does….
You know what the first rule of the job search is? To each their own in this field. Nevertheless, you have to make sure the recruiting headhunter understands your needs to ensure a successful match.