The Anonymous Job Seeker.
Searching for your next role is hard enough as it is. It's even more arduous when your current boss gets wind of it. You may now find your current role is in jeopardy just because you peeked over the fence to see if the grass really is greener on the other side.
"Yes, it is simpler to move jobs right now, but it is also a potential minefield."
The thing is, it's human nature to wonder what's going on outside of these four walls - we carry a 5 inch device around with us (often glued to our palm) that gives us the answers to any question we can possibly dream of. It has never been easier to look around for your next venture. The problem is that with convenience comes complacency, how often do we see celebrities apologising after an online gaff that probably started with the very best intentions? Yes, it is simpler to move jobs right now, but it is also a potential minefield.
I'm not the biggest fan of the current recruitment landscape as it is - the market is saturated with recruiters who give the profession a bad name and online job portals that leave candidates pulling their hair out and wondering what they have to do to get noticed, let alone responded to.
Before we talk about the solution, let's examine the problems;
Bob in Accounts has finally pushed you over the edge by eating your last Rolo and now you're absolutely certain it's time for a change. What are your options?
"Soon you will be taking calls from PPI companies just to have a more meaningful conversation."
You could put your CV on one of the job boards? Yes, this does seem like a good idea doesn't it! WRONG. What you have just done is make your email address, phone number and more importantly, your CV, available to any person that can afford £300 for a job board subscription. You will get call after call after call, many will be irrelevant and soon you will be taking calls from PPI companies just to have a more meaningful conversation. The sales calls will be the least of your worries though.
If recruiters have access to your CV, they can, and they will send your CV to companies, with or without your consent. I've even seen stories of CV's being sent to the job seeker's current company. In a world where Cyber Security is talked about daily, it shocks me how people are willing to provide their personal information to the masses when it comes to job seeking.
"Anybody with a LinkedIn Recruiter account can see that you are looking for a change."
Another option is the LinkedIn route. You could change your status with "Open to new opportunities". Yes, in principal this is better than using a job board. You will have the choice to accept a connection request, and review an email pitch before deciding to give out your contact details. There is a downside to this though... Guess what? Your HR / Internal Talent Acquisition team will have this account and they can now see that you are looking, the cat is well and truly out of the bag. I even know some CEO's who spend the £700 a year for an account to monitor this.
Taking the above two methods into consideration you will probably agree that it's time to make your search a little more covert. You certainly don't want to lose your current role until you have signed a contract elsewhere. What are your options though?
You could use LinkedIn and company websites to directly apply for roles. This is good because you cut out rogue middle men (and women, I know its a prehistoric turn of phrase) and nobody apart from the end recipient knows you are looking.
"It can be quite difficult to see the wood for the trees when 500 people apply."
The downside is that because applying for roles is simpler, more and more people apply. I rarely post job adverts because it can be quite difficult to see the wood for the trees when 500 people apply. This is the issue for the advert posters - they have limited time to assess every application. They are also probably running concurrent adverts in different parts of the business, so decision making time is really rather scarce. It is very easy for your application to fall by the wayside without being considered properly, you might not even get this far because they selected the first five, half relevant CV's for interview (They have time restraints and KPI's too after all).
"For all you know, you might be applying for 40 roles with an error strewn CV that is laid out incorrectly"
The other downside is that when you are unsuccessful you don't get feedback. Not a chance. If you are lucky you will get a template email thanking you for applying. Pleasant, but in reality not much help at all. For all you know, you might be applying for 40 roles with an error strewn CV that is laid out incorrectly. You're not to know because you never got feedback.
At this stage of the article you are probably thinking this is all a little doom and gloom, you might even be giving up hope on having a successful job search. Well, I've been working on a solution for this...
If you are interested in finding out about the ultimate, covert job search than please reach out
I've recently developed a system that allows professionals to explore the market in it's entirety without anyone (barring their chosen headhunter, of course) knowing they are looking, it's actually a bit like Tinder for job seekers - nobody will know your name or personal details until they've requested a meeting and you've agreed to it.
Sounds good doesn't it?
Whilst I'd love to give you all the details now, I do have intellectual property to protect from other recruiters, so if you are interested in finding out about the ultimate, covert job search than please send me a connection request or a message.
All I ask is that you check my profile first to see if I operate within your market - I'm fairly niche with the sectors I cover.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article and I look forward to speaking with some of you.