How to Find a Job
Please see below for a helpful job search article by Globe 24-7’s Senior Recruitment Consultant, Juan David Vinas Restrepo recently published in Portafolio: http://www.portafolio.co/economia/desarrollo-una-buena-hoja-vida
There is a multitude of information available regarding job search strategies. This article will focus on the specific steps required to successfully obtain a stable, suitable position.
The first step is marketing your CV to attract positive attention from potential employers. In Marketing terms, this is your “product”. The “competition” is other applicants with a similar profile regarding experience and knowledge, and your possible employers are the “companies”.
Your product needs to create the impression of an organised, talented individual and summarise important achievements and experience in just a few pages. In Europe, United States, Canada and Australia, the common trend is having a 2-3 page CV, and depending on the country, a photograph may be included. Generally, CVs do not include an applicant photo to avoid legal issues regarding discrimination, as is the case in USA, Canada and England. Nevertheless, in countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, France, Holland and Germany, recruiters and companies prefer a CV with a photo included in the upper right corner. In Australia, generally most candidates (80 – 90%) do not add a photo. In Africa, as in Australia, most applicants send their CVs without a photo.
In Latin America, there is not typically a maximum page limit for CVs, but the layout may change depending on the specific country or region. However, it is essential to provide the necessary information (preferably in chronological order with the most recent activity first), possibly with exact dates or at least starting and ending with the month and year of each role. In countries where a Cover Letter is required, this document also plays an important role. The Cover Letter must be focused on the skills and qualities that demonstrate why you are ideal for the role, remarking as to why you should be the one chosen for the position, or ‘what can you contribute to the company that others cannot?’
After having customised your CV and Cover Letter to focus on the position requirements, it is recommended to create – it could in MS Excel, a target list of companies you would like to work for. This target list must be fed with information every day to ensure you can identify key members and contact details. This is the step that many applicants neglect and it is crucial to invest time at this milestone stage. Looking for a job is a job in itself and not making this your main focus will decrease your chances of successfully obtaining your desired role quickly.
Once you have sent your CV (it can be the same day, but a maximum of 2 or 3 days after), it is recommended that you contact your potential employer to verify that your CV has been received. This is a key step as it offers an opportunity to briefly express an interest in the dynamics of the company, as well as providing an opening to mention 2 or 3 key points that will help you to stand out from other candidates. Basically in the same way companies discuss their USP (Unique Selling Proposition) is how you can highlight your differences in relation to the competition, and describe what makes you unique for the role. It is important to proceed cautiously and not exceed the relationship boundaries by excessive contact. Always ensure a reasonable time between calls or emails.
I hope this article will be useful for your professional career.
JUAN DAVID VIÑAS RESTREPO
Sr. Recruitment Consultant