How to Search for a Job?

Job Opening- A Myth

Sometimes, I feel sad about the fact that job seekers get overwhelmed by the number of Job Postings they see on Naukri, Monster, Times Ascent etc.

The fact is, 99.99% of real jobs are not posted anywhere. Most of the jobs which are visible to a job seeker are either fake or posted because the recruiter has tried searching for the 100% matching candidate and couldn’t find the right match; as a result, Recruiter’s manager pushes him/her to do the job posting.

Over a decade of my experience in recruiting, I have not come across a single recruiter who scrutinizes all the responses of a job posting and I don’t blame the recruiter because a job posting receives 2000-5000 responses from applicants. And, 99% of these applicants are irrelevant because they don’t read the job description carefully, even if they read and know that they are not suitable, they still apply for the role in the hope that they might get a response/opportunity.

If all job postings are fake, how does one find a suitable job? There are two ways an employer looks for a potential employee.

1. They have recruiters on board, who will look for a potential match.

2. They will have recruitment companies search for a potential match for the open roles.

How does an internal recruiter or agency recruiter search for the potential match? This is the key for a candidate to understand. A recruiter doesn’t want to complicate their job too much. They mostly will go to a Naukri/Monster, give the keyword search for what they are looking for. In most cases, they will find few hundred to few thousand candidates who have the required keywords in their resume.

A good recruiter will scan through the resumes of dozens of potential candidates. They will look for the following in a candidate resume:

  1. Keywords highlighting the candidate experience on specific skills/technologies
  2. Candidates compensation, notice period, location
  3. Formatting of the resume
  4. Roles and Responsibilities in each project/assignment that candidate has worked on
  5. Timelines and team sizes of each project
  6. Educational Qualification/Background of the candidate along with their passing Percentage(%)
  7. Candidates achievements throughout the career
  8. Stability of the candidate in various jobs. Normally, a stable candidate would have spent at least 3 years in each job. Job hoppers, who change their jobs every 6 months to 1 year, don’t even pass the recruiters CV screening stage.
  9. Grammar and spelling correctness in the resume; this will be indication of candidates communication skills

All candidates should know that recruiters will search the candidates based on not just the above criteria but also the freshness of the candidate. A job portal allows recruiters to look for candidates who have created/updated their resume in last 3 days, 7 days, 15 days, 30 days and so on so forth. So, if you are desperately looking for a new opportunity, don’t forget to refresh your resume every few days.

Once, the recruiter has shortlisted candidates CV based on the above criteria, they will then call these potential candidates. I call this, initial phone screening and the most important stage in your job search. Only if the recruiter gets convinced that you are the right candidate and you have a keen interest in the job opportunity, your resume will travel down the evaluation pipeline. Hence, as a candidate, make sure that you voice out your experience, background, skills clearly and articulate your interest in the job opportunity very well.

Recruiters will also give preference to candidates who are available for the interview rounds as per the expectation of the hiring manager and not as per the candidate’s availability. If you tell the recruiter that you are only available on weekends or you are only available early mornings/late evenings, you will tend to lose out to other candidates who are flexible as per the availability of hiring manager.

Another way of getting into the evaluation pipeline is to send out your resume to as many recruiters as possible but it’s mostly futile because most recruiters will not open your resume until they are convinced that you could be a potential match for one of the open requirements that they are working on. However, it’s worth a try.

My two cents, don’t send your resume for a job posting where you know you are not a right fit, you will anyways not receive a response.

In a nutshell, create relationships with recruiters, make them your friends and when the right opportunity comes, you could be on the top of the talent pipeline for a dream opportunity that you are looking for.

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