Getting ahead in a slow job market

job-marketThe rules of a job search are different in a slowdown. Organisations are using this time to hire selectively and correct skill gaps in their talent portfolio. Four HR experts give you their take on what can help you get ahead in such a market. For Those Who Start Out…

Abhijit Bhaduri, chief learning officer, Wipro

Craft Your Resume

Look at the job description given in the advertisement. Go through the employer’s website. Try and speak to a few employees. Create a one-page resume and critically look at it from the eyes of the potential employer. Make sure your resume has evidence of why you are a better fit in terms of the job and the organisation’s culture.

Analyse Job Ads

Identify the technical skills that are hot in the job market. Your “dream employers” may be putting out ads for certain skills. They will fi nd you more valuable if you have what they are looking for. Some more skills will show up in other ads too, and having these increases the probability of your being shortlisted for an interview.

Build Soft Skills

Remember that anyone who gets shortlisted for a job interview will possess the required technical expertise. How can you differentiate yourself? Soft skills can set you apart from other candidates. In interviews, employers always choose someone who is more confi dent, crisp in articulation and can work well with others. These are three great soft skills to have.

… A Few Universal Guidelines

Elango R, Executive VP, Emerging Geography SBU and Global Chief HRO at Mphasis

Be ‘Seen’

You get hired because you are visible to those who take decisions. So decide on who you would like to see you, find out where they look or socialise — at forums, seminars, alumni events or even just the office cafeteria. A young business graduate once narrated the story of how he landed funding with the dean of his college. He figured that after lunch, the dean would travel alone in the elevator. So he made sure he was there a few times, started a conversation and received funding to shoot a movie.

Update your LinkedIn Profile

Increasingly, every headhunter is running a search here — many a time, this is the first port of call. Is your profi le optimised to be in their search? There are many Linked 101 web resources that will help you in this.

Ensure you are on Google

What are the results when somebody Googles your name or speciality? There are hangouts where specialists answer questions, blog, discuss — are you registering your presence there? For example, if we are looking for somebody who has “python skills”, the team will scour websites and hangouts to zero in on active users. Will your name be there?

Middle-Level Navigation

Sreenivasa Rao Yadavilli, Managing Director, FUTURESTEP

Strengthen Your Own Brand

To distinguish themselves from the barrage of professionals in their bracket, mid-level professionals could build their own brands on social media platforms by publishing articles on thought leadership, writing blogs and engaging in discussions specific to their area of expertise. (Source ET)