The case against active job search: What not to do
The best strategy to land up to a job is when you already have one. With that said it’s increasingly clear that with employers asking for very very specific experience types it’s hardly possible that your resume could highlight the correct skills, competencies, and requirements. So without having an understanding of what the role entails it’s a risky proposition to advance your resume in the “hope” that it can match “enough” with the specific requirements of the job that it could be shortlisted for an interview. As a true passive candidate, you must take the following steps:
- Never upload your resume in job sites with personal information with the risk of being identified by future employers with a specific type of candidate that you are not at all.
- Never use resume blast services with your standardized resumes falling into hands of potential recruiters who may “band” of being a specific type and never entertain your application seriously.
- Resist the temptation to send the resume to friends and family who may just forward it to the HR or right contacts in the hope of a job. Forwarding standardized resume without advocacy will not result in any premium for your candidature.
The right way to secure a passive candidate premium: What to do
Irrespective of the fact that how desperately you are looking for a job, take the following steps to establish your passive interest in the minds of the employer. You will be pleased to notice the extra respect you get in the interview process as well as the premium on the offer that you receive. Th implication here is that with every job which has a salary band associated with it, you must position yourself to receive the offer at the top end of the range.
Here are the few things that you will find handy when searching for a job in a passive way. These are also the approaches we at CareerMonks use when we work with potential candidates.
- Never submit the resume with looking at the job description.
- We at CareerMonks take it one step further – we do not submit a resume unless we can map each section of the job description to specific parts of the resume.
- Go beyond the job description. We go beyond the job description to understand the real needs of the industry and the hiring manager that is expected of the role. We blend that in the resume.
- Focus on showcasing the best that you have. Feel free to leverage work samples, portfolio, and client referrals in your communication – the ones that make the difference and shows you as a class apart. If a certification is a mere must have – it won’t add any potential value even if you just showcase that. However, if you were the first to attain the certification and hence have coached others to attain the same, that is the point when the differentiation starts.
As you might have noticed perhaps it is not possible to do all of the above if you are acting in an individual capacity but imbibing the above principals will set you apart from the other candidates. And this is also our way of working with the candidates. The CareerMonks way.