Ever asked yourself if and how you should focus on your job search?
Why should you NOT list absolutely everything you have been doing in the last 20 years?
In this Blog Post, I will explain clearly, what are the benefits of being able to quickly express what are your main talents, experiences, and virtues. Yes, stress on the word: quickly.
Because of my experience in the Recruitment world and my position, I receive an insanely large amount of messages from people who are looking for new professional stimuli and challenges. Very often in these messages, a person tries to tell as broadly as possible what he has done in the past, that is, everything she/he possibly has experience.
At the same time, messages often lack that red thread, meaning I can’t easily catch where a person is good or what types of jobs he or she is applying for, at all! At the first glance, one might think that this is exactly the right approach and thus a person will have a better chance of getting into some of the ongoing direct application or recruitment processes.
Unfortunately, the opposite is true. When a person does this, the message becomes confusing and often lacks the unique capacities that make you special, everything equals nothing. There is nothing in a message that would arouse the interest of the recipient of the message when it lacks details and concrete focus.
The person cannot even emphasize where he or she is really good at, not interesting, discarded. Focus… Most of the times companies have a very specific need and therefore they are not looking for a person who can provide a bit of knowledge here and there.
They want an expert who is really really good at a particular topic/sector and able to solve any given problem placed in their hands, quickly, again. The exceptions to this are small businesses or startups. However, they are less likely to recruit outsiders and tend to find people in their inner circle and networks.
This is why, I often advise job seekers to focus on their own job search process and think first about what they would like to do and then how good they are at it, before approaching any decision-maker from HR of that company, any direct search agency, or recruitment industry like ourself.