Job Search Blues: 5 small but essential actions that can help
You’ve carefully crafted, edited and triple checked your CV and updated your current marketing experience. The CV has been uploaded onto the major job boards and now you wait for the phone to ring and check your inbox religiously. Still nothing. So why no job offers yet?
1. Double check your social profiles:
As a good jobseeker you do your homework and the same goes for your employers. Your Facebook/Google+ profiles need to reflect you as an individual AND prospective employee so keep the content safe for work and avoid the obvious boozy photos and controversial statements. Ideally it should highlight that you’re a well-rounded individual with marketing experience and varied interests.
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile – take the time to make one. More and more it’s being reviewed alongside your CV. Once created, keep it up to date, highlighting the most applicable marketing experience.
2. Leverage your contacts
Start with some feedback and advice from those that know you best. Past co-workers and b2b marketing managers that know how you work and know your skills. Are these skills being communicated effectively in your profiles and CV? It can also help to include your close friends as they can give insight to your best (and worst) traits.
Start some conversations with the decision makers and influencers. Don’t necessarily announce you’re looking for a job, but do get on their radar. They may remember your insightful comments when a new marketing manager position opens up.
3. Don’t focus on the failures:
If you are lucky enough to make it to an interview only to be rejected- don’t let it get to you. It might seem like a negative now but it allows for other doors to open. Take for example Brian Acton, who was turned down by Facebook in 2009 for a job. Sad story? No. He went on to create Whatsapp which Facebook in turn bought 6 years later for $19 billion.
4. Hit the books again
If you’re currently out of work, take the time to add some skills by taking a marketing or digital marketing course. Or simply research and read up on current marketing trends online, which will help to demonstrate your adaptability when you do get that interview.
5. Use the most appropriate services
As a skilled marketer, it’s important to get into contact with a specialised marketing recruitment agency. They’ll deal exclusively with roles that are in your industry and will be able to give you tailored guidance and insight. Markit Recruitment assists with b2b marketing roles in the South East and London. Get in touch to find out how we can help!