Job Searching in the 21st Century: It’s Different Out There
You knew it would happen eventually. You tried to lay the groundwork, readying yourself
mentally and financially. You braced yourself for change. But are you really ready
to start job searching?
If you haven’t looked for a new position in years, you’re in for a surprise
because technology and the Internet have changed the art of job hunting dramatically.
And, in most ways, for the better.
Job Searching, Then and Now
The last time most of us made a job or career change, we did it by scanning newspaper
ads and bulletin boards or making cold calls on companies in the hopes they might
have an opening.
Now, the Internet is where most career advice is sought and most job searching takes
Then, you might have interviewed multiple times with dozens of employers until the
magical match happened. Or not.
Now, hirers and recruiters know a great deal about you and your qualifications before
you even approach them, thanks to your detailed iProfile. So you only interview
for jobs that actually suit you. Less time wasted with better outcomes for all.
Then, online job searching meant choosing from a dizzying array of sites (there are over 300
CV & career sites in the UK),
each with its own unique template, all competing for attention. It was hard to know where to start
and which service would give the best results. Plus it took hours to upload your CV onto each site.
Now, there’s iProfile, the job searching resource that offers one standardized
CV template that’s used by
the leading recruiters in the UK. It means that by signing up at just one place -
iProfile - your CV will automatically be in the right template, in front of the eyes that
really matter, when it really matters.
Then, companies did their own hiring and it was up to you to make each one of them
aware of your availability.
Now, many companies use recruitment consultants, which means just one agency can
open doors to hundreds of potential employers. Plus they often have access to jobs
that haven’t even been advertised yet.
So, how do you enter this new world of job searching and take advantage of all it has to
offer you and your career? Let’s move around to the other side of the recruitment
desk for a moment.
Advice for Job Searching Today
Recruitment agencies are a good place to start job searching because they have access
to so many openings at so many companies. Some agencies even specialise in particular
industries, like IT or finance, so the odds of them having a good position for you
are even better.
But imagine the challenges those recruiters face: multiple jobs to be filled; thousands
of potential candidates and CVs to sort out; the pressure of deciding who gets an
interview and who doesn’t. It’s easy to imagine your paper CV slipping
behind the filing cabinet, never to be seen again. Just as easy to imagine your
emailed resume getting lost in the shuffle.
These days, the leading UK recruitment agencies prefer to receive CVs in the iProfile
template. The iProfile is being adopted by job boards and industry associations, too.
So your first priority in job searching should be to create an iProfile for yourself.
Why Recruiters Prefer iProfile
Simply put, the iProfile template drastically cuts the amount of time it takes recruiters
and agencies to input your CV
into their systems and then match you up with a vacancy. They also appreciate the
iProfile because its universal template is instantly searchable, sendable, and printable.
So with more and more hirers migrating over to the iProfile
system, it just makes sense for job seekers like you to go where the action is and
create a free iProfile online.
This way, you give the jobs a chance to find you - a nice change from pounding the
pavement. And more than one job might come calling because you can customise as
many iProfiles as you like, each one highlighting a different job or industry you’re
qualified for. Once you know what a given employer wants, you can tailor your iProfile
to showcase the skills and experience best suited for that particular position or
Plus you can target which companies are able to access your online iProfile, further
refining your job search. No ordinary CV has that kind of flexibility. No other
CV has garnered so much support among employers, agencies and job seekers alike.
Yes, job searching in the 21st century is certainly different - and so much better.
Enjoy the ride.