Job Hunting – It’s a Numbers Game

Thoughts from Terri

There is no doubt that falling metal prices over the last six months and the resulting shedding of jobs are sending ordinary lives into turmoil as people find themselves out of work in many regions of the world. Their domestic lives, like the mining houses, geared to burdening outlay.

Certainly the number of people looking for work has risen considerably but should we really be that surprised? Mining is not the answer to the world’s economic recovery and when it’s seen as a cash cow by all the parties involved, the inevitable result is reckoning day.

SO…. What can YOU do to increase your employment chances?

You wouldn’t back a one horse race – the odds are too low and you risk plenty for little return – So why do it with your job hunting?

1. Be an informed candidate – Change your expectation of what you want to appreciation of what you have to offer and the circumstances around you.

2. The CV – think of a script for a movie – The front page should be name, email, phone contact, your work history summary and a synopsis of your career and make it interesting and thought provoking, get someone else to proof read it – 9/10 times only the first page is read – only if it appeals to the reader do you get a more thorough read-through.

3. Exposure, exposure – though a lot of us would prefer to avoid it, we are in a media era like never before and it’s growing rapidly, along with your competition, so get YOU out there where you can be found! Think LinkedIn, Careermine, Staffmine, Facebook, Skill pages job boards, agents, companies, labour hire – anywhere recruiters are looking, you should be visible.

4. Deal with recruiters who know your job and your industry and stick to only three of four that cover multi regions to give diversity on approach.

5. STAY in the arena – keep in contact with your networks and seek new in-roads by contacting all elements of your skill group.

Your ability to diversify and think about where you can be utilised is your biggest asset – plus of course the ability to move if required.

What should we expect from the employer?

As a recruiter I am expected to be knowledgeable in my field. In my role I inherently deal with HR, Heads of Department (HOD) and Head Office and in a perfect world these should mesh together and bring about an efficient result, however this is seldom the case; there is usually a rumble in mining paradise.

I have exceptional clients, but in each case I am dealing direct with the HOD or Operations person to whom the candidate will report to and therefore I am getting first–hand what is required. The path is not so smooth or timely as more departments become involved.

So, are the jobs that you are called about actually real?

Yes. The real questions are, how many agents are working on it? How long has it been on the market and is the vacancy actually there in the minds of all concerned within the company?

In the last two months, out of six roles, two went to another agent, two produced no feedback within a month and I closed the roles and two are still in negotiations – numbers, numbers, numbers!

What to expect from your recruiter?

Good recruiters should advise you of the feedback they receive and if the job goes quiet then should advise this, after all, you may be looking at more than one opportunity and need to make a decision.

Honesty is the only policy when dealing with people’s hopes, so if my gut tells me the job is gone, I advise my candidates.

Expect more than a generic, “Yes you were great, but they said no thanks”. As recruiters we are getting paid to do a job, so pick someone who does it with a touch of personal style.

What to expect of yourself?

Be ready, if what you hear at work affects you; don’t wait for the bell toll to take action! Gear everything in your life down NOW to lessen the stress and diminish knee jerk reactions to employment ups and downs.

Good Action requires thought

Don’t churn out the old CV, gear it up, make it fresh and attack the companies, skill groups and areas that need your expertise – down turns in this industry are cyclic and won’t last forever.

BE IN THE NUMBERS GAME as you are one in a million that WILL count

LAST but not least

Do your homework – know what you are getting yourself into; 457 visas and labour hire companies touting work in Australia may not be offering a greener pasture…

A recent event has been brought to my attention involving nine Ghanaian gents who left jobs to come to Australia. On arrival two weeks ago, they were advised that the promised jobs had dried up and they now sit in a suburban house, on very minimal money, waiting to see if another job materialises. In the mean time their flights, visa, accommodation and payments are accruing against their name. It seems some of the previous arrivals have been out of work for up to six months. If you are relocating to another country, it is imperative that you do your research, work with a recruiter you can trust, and always have an exit strategy.

Terri Vowles, Recruitment Consultant

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