Qualified Digital Apprentices... Read on.
Working at a job, or career, is one of the critical aspects of your life. It determines so many things about who you are, who/what you aspire to be, and realisation of professional potential and personal achievement.
Getting the right digital jobs that advance career aspirations is what you are striving for. Once you have achieved a strong foothold on the job ladder, the key to future success is to work hard, and acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise to build your professional and economic futures.
Job hunting is a relatively infrequent exercise (thankfully), so you cannot be expected to be on top of the game, at any given point in time. It is something people dip in and out of, usually with the help and support of job-associated Professionals.
Guidance in this regard is seemingly in plentiful supply, with lots of experts, each offering a counsel of perfection on how to land the ideal job.
But how do you identify the right Adviser, and how much confidence can you really place in their mentorship?
Here we go round the Mulberry bush technique...
When it comes to advice on how to get a job, most of it is pretty bad. It consists of nebulous, fluffy suggestions, with no substance, designed to drag out the job-hunting process until you are at your wits end, and willing to take whatever comes along, to rid yourself of the pain.
Does this sound familiar?
- The recommendation that you “be confident”, as a first interview tip. This is a bit like suggesting you should “be employable”
- Many Advisers cover the “clean your nails and have a firm handshake”, kind of thing.
- Then there is this the memorable pearl: “Make sure you have business cards in your pocket at all times”. This is great advice for job Applicants who are so qualified that strangers at parties want to hire them, if only they had their email address.
- Then there are the time-drag suggestions which will keep the job-hunt alive for months: “write regular blog posts and update your social status” or “ post on Twitter a lot, and you’ll magically attract the right jobs… right?
Ok, so it’s not always like this, but at best it often tends to be a lengthy drawn out process, and rarely direct.
- Generating lots of leads, especially early in your career. You will be advised that it can easily take 20 to 100 leads to find one good job and getting rejected 20 times is normal!
- Post your CV as prolifically as possible, across as many platforms as possible. The problem is that sending out your CV and responding to lots of internet job ads has a low success rate.
The author of the best-selling career book of all time, Dick Bolles, estimates that the chance of landing a job from just sending your resume to a Company is around 1 in 1000.
This means you need to send out one hundred resumes just to have a 10% chance of landing a job. This is because once an opportunity is on a job board, it’ll be flooded with applicants.
Prepare yourself for a long job hunt.
Route One... Jobs Direct
Consider the possibility of cutting a swathe through the arduous job-hunting process and cutting to the chase.
Consider the advantages of signing up with experts at Full Focus, who will work directly with you to identify the right job with the right Employer. In return, we would require your full undivided commitment and cooperation to make it happen.
For this relationship to work, there can be no half measures on either side.
Our promise is to cultivate and preserve values of integrity, trust, communication and mutual confidence, to obtain the desired results, while demonstrating that you are always our most important consideration. We will deliver on our pledge to you.
We take care of all the required necessities and formalities throughout the whole recruitment process such as paperwork, job-searching, interview scheduling and feedback so that you can get on and focus on securing that perfect job.
Your reciprocal obligation is to demonstrate your total commitment, in return. There are only two options regarding commitment, – you’re either in or you’re out. There is no in between.
We will be working to tight time frames. Accordingly, you will be required to be:
- Readily contactable
- Readily available by phone, skype, etc
- Responsive to urgent requests for further information
- Responsive to providing all and any information required in the job application process on a quick turn round basis.
- Available for any required preparatory meetings
- Available to attend arranged interviews
Personal Commitment is an obligation that you voluntarily agree to fulfil without being cajoled or coerced and are willing to be held accountable for the results. Commitment to something means accepting there are no excuses.
We have an excellent knowledge of the digital and creative market. We know which sectors and companies are forming exciting career opportunities for people with your knowledge and expertise, and which expectations are realistic.
We have a large network; therefore, we can quickly get you in contact with potential Employers and projects. We have access to jobs that you as a job seeker you may have not yet seen. We can put you forward for positions that you wouldn’t otherwise have heard about and expand your job search and career development even further.
You have options to apply for particular jobs / positions or submit an open application. We can then determine whether or not you qualify for upcoming positions.
Preparation is all important. Clearly identify your career infrastructure. Ask yourself “what do you really love to do? What are your skills? What are your goals and ambitions? What are your long-term plans, for you career? (1-and 3-year plans), and what do you want to achieve in your career?
Employers are looking for several qualities. They want employees who will fit in socially, stick around and not cause trouble. But most importantly, the employer wants to be sure that you have the necessary knowledge and skills and can solve the problems they face. If you can prove that, you’ll get the results the employer most values, everything else is much less important.
Getting a job can be grueling process, but if you follow the recommendations set out in this article, you’ll give yourself the best chance of success, and make sure you fulfil your potential to find a satisfying career.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Apply serious thought and energy, to determining what you do best, then contact Full Focus, so that we can get someone to pay you for doing it.