Looking for a Job in 2016: Having the Right Qualifications Is No Longer Enough

What will it take to be the winning candidate and land a top job in 2016?

Disrupting your CV, getting outside your comfort zone to promote yourself online, and being adaptable are just three ways to aid your 2016 job search.

“Having the right qualifications, skills and experience are no longer enough,” says Simon Lance, Managing Director of Hays in China.

“You need to be willing to integrate digital and social media into your job search. You need to be relevant by targeting realistic jobs, studying relevant qualifications and building a relevant network of connections.”

He adds: “An appetite for change and being adaptable will be an attractive quality to many businesses undergoing transformations.”

Hiring managers will research you online, so make sure the CV you submit matches your online profile

Your 2016 job search could run much smoother with these tips:

Disrupt your CV

We’ve all heard of digital disruption, so think about how you could ‘disrupt’ your CV and add a digital element to it.

While a traditional CV remains the accepted way to show you have the necessary skills and experience for the role, you could add a link to a website, video or blog post that profiles digital examples of your work or demonstrates your expertise in a particular area.

Adding such links at the end of your CV will help you stand out – provided they are relevant to the role you have applied for.

Align your online and offline CVs

Hiring managers will research you online, so make sure the CV you submit matches your online profile. Any discrepancies throw up a red flag.

At the very least you’ll be asked some hard questions in the interview, and at worst your CV will be removed from consideration.

Be adaptable

As organizations undergo transformation to adapt to changing market conditions, expect them to look closely at your ability to adapt to change too.

Expect job interviews to include questions on how you’ve reacted to changing situations in the past to prove your flexibility and adaptability.

Target realistic jobs

Employers are becoming more impatient with candidates who apply for a role that they are not suitable for. In 2016 it is therefore important to be realistic in the roles you consider, and clearly demonstrate your suitability for a role based upon your experience.

Promote yourself

You need to go outside your comfort zone and promote yourself on social media to get ahead in 2016.

A LinkedIn account will not be enough if you are not active online. So like, post, share and comment on relevant content, ask for endorsements, be active in relevant groups, and showcase examples of your work and achievements.

Study relevant qualifications

Keep up-to-date with industry developments. If you need to undertake training make sure it’s the right training.

In every industry there are certain qualifications that employers value above others. So make sure you do your research and work towards the qualifications that employers actually value.

Be a change agent

In our increasingly technologically sophisticated world of work, it’s inevitable that significant changes lie ahead.

Employers are starting to look for candidates with an appetite for change, so in 2016 make sure you are known for driving innovation, integrating technology and learning best practice from others in order to make informed changes to the way business is done.

Size doesn’t matter

If you choose not to hide your LinkedIn connections, be aware that employers can make assumptions about you based on the quality of your online connections.

For many employers, the value you can bring to their business is an important consideration in their hiring decision. Your connections should show potential employers that you are associated with people relevant to your field, which can be a powerful endorsement of your reach.

Learn to cope with rejection

Highly-skilled professionals are in high demand, but that doesn’t mean employers will leap at the first candidate they find. As well as the required technical skills you need to have the right industry background and cultural fit, which means it could take a few applications before you find the right role for you.

Don’t take the rejection personally.

Stay on top of a recruiter’s talent list

There are a few simple ways to stay at the top of your recruiter’s talent list. These include keeping your recruiter informed by updating them if your circumstances change, following their advice, and keeping your word.

So if you say you’re only interested in permanent work then decline an interview for a more lucrative contract role your credibility with your recruiter will take a hit. Similarly, trust your recruiter and don’t go over their head to contact an employer direct.

About the Author

Hays Recruiting Experts Worldwide is a London-listed global executive recruitment company.

Photo credit: Shutterstock

 

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