Tag Archives: jobseeker

New rules for the 21st-century jobseeker

The last 15 years have seen major changes in the world of recruitment. When I started out as a hiring manager, we advertised in the newspaper and on the major jobs websites, and CVs arrived by post (usually) or email (occasionally). CVs included a standard summary of a person’s career history, and we’d pile them on the desk and pick through them with a highlighter to extract the information we needed before calling to arrange interviews. Today’s hiring landscape couldn’t be

The secret jobs market

It’s a bitter pill to swallow for job seekers who spend their Sunday afternoons trawling the jobs boards and fine-tuning their CVs, but just as media has gone social, so too has recruitment. Easier, cheaper and faster than traditional hiring processes, networking is now the No. 1 way new positions are filled. And while it’s hard to get reliable figures, I hear time and time again from my corporate clients that these vacancies aren’t even necessarily being advertised. I call

Plan to crank up your impact sector job search in 30-days

It’s always a great time to treat yourself to that new job you have been dreaming about.  The only way to make it happen is to get organised and make a specific plan! Here is my 30-day plan to help you crank up your job search… Week 1: Soul searching Spend some time figuring out who you really are and what you really want in your dream job.  It is important to map out what your key skills are, what

Insights from an impact sector recruiter

The political landscape spurs questions for people looking for their dream jobs in the impact sector. This moment presents unique challenges and opportunities for those interested in sustainability jobs, and an insider’s perspective on those challenges and opportunities can be invaluable. We recently hosted our annual webinar for ICRS with additional insights from Hanan Hanna, an Acre recruiter, and were impressed by the spot-on questions we received from the audience. “Are in-house sustainability roles on the rise, or are companies starting

Why isn’t that recruiter calling me with a job?

Sorry for the disappointing news but recruiters work for companies, not candidates. Think about it. Who is paying them? They don’t have time to do the market research and networking for each individual candidate to “get a job.” It doesn’t matter that you are a lovely person with a marketable skill-set; if you don’t fit the exact requirements for their current openings, recruiters may not be very responsive. Don’t take it too personally! This is the way the recruitment industry

How to break into an impact job with minimal experience

Translating skills and accomplishments for impact career-switchers takes up a big chunk of my day, and if you’re a sustainability or CSR jobseeker, it’s likely to be taking up a big chunk of yours too! A few years ago I discussed the best ways to strategise that switch with Ashley Jablow from Open IDEO, Allison Jones from Idealist.org and Jeanne Simon from Accenture Development Partnerships. Here’s our five point run down of key practical and creative job-seeking solutions.

Books for your impact jobseeker’s library

There are so many books out there for jobseekers, career changers and ‘what should I do with my life’-ers that it can feel overwhelming. Throw a sustainability, social impact, or corporate responsibility lens into the mix, and it’s even tougher to know where to start. Below are my reviews of two books that anyone asking themselves ‘What should I do when I want to do everything?’ should put on their wish-list!

Be your own Career Cupid

Not many people know it, but a smart, effective, match-making job hunt is a lot like online dating. I’m going to help you become your own Career Cupid — with a little help from the world of online dating. 1. Online dating makes you get specific about what you want You could spend hour upon hour trawling through pages of postage stamp-sized photographs and stream-of-consciousness ramblings about various individuals’ favorite things to eat/do/think/watch or you could enter a targeted advanced

Tailor your formal bio for LinkedIn

Just as each social media service has its own role in job searches, each has its own biography requirements. Here’s how to take your formal bio and transform it into something smart-casual that’s just right for LinkedIn. The four bios every job seeker needs Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need one biography, you need four: a 140-character micro bio for Twitter, a short bio to work as the four-line profile in your CV , a full bio that’s over