If you looked around your office right now and asked every person in the room how they applied for their current role, you could get a mixture of responses. Perhaps they were promoted internally or were referred by another employee or even a recruiter. However, if they were hired in the last five years, odds are they used one of the various job seeking services to lodge their application.
It’s not only job hunters and businesses trying to fill positions that are utilising these tools. Recruitment is big business in Australia and the practice of current employees (even those in entry level roles) being approached by recruiters through the likes of LinkedIn and Seek with job opportunities is becoming increasingly common.
Whether you were to accept an offer of this nature, being in demand from a professional perspective is certainly flattering. So, how does one put themselves into a position where they are fielding messages and calls from recruitment agencies?
Keep your CV up to date
The first thing a recruiter will do (naturally) is have a read of your CV. When you start a new role, it can be easy to forget about your Seek or LinkedIn profile and all of a sudden, you’ve been there for over a year and haven’t updated it with any of your recent accomplishments. This could be the difference between being contacted or not, so make sure you are keeping it up to date.
Post regularly on LinkedIn
Being an active user of LinkedIn, whether you’re posting your own content, sharing industry-relevant articles or spruiking an internal project, is a strong indicator that you’re an engaged member of your current business. It might not seem like a big deal, but it might just be the little something that distinguishes you from another candidate that looks the same on paper.
Upskill, even if its outside of work
While many businesses offer training in specific areas relevant to your role, if you really want to make yourself stand out on paper, you may have to show some initiative and do some upskilling in your own time. This could be anything from seeking out a mentor to completing a short course online, which you can add to your CV and bolster your chances of appealing to the recruitment fraternity.