“I had big ‘why not’ energy”: The workers sliding into recruiters’ DMs…

I came across this fascinating article by the team over at the BBC, titled, “I had big ‘why not’ energy”: The workers sliding into recruiters’ DMs.

Some job applicants submit their CVs and cross their fingers. Others boldly go right to the source – and it’s paying off.

Here are my 10 breakdowns from the piece for those job hunters out there:

  1. Embrace Boldness: Job seekers are increasingly adopting bolder strategies, moving beyond traditional application methods. 🚀
  2. Direct Connections Matter: Personal outreach, such as DMs and cold emails to company decision-makers, can lead to valuable opportunities. 📧
  3. Access is Key: Younger generations leverage digital tools and social media access to differentiate themselves in a crowded job market. 🌐
  4. Instant Gratification Culture: The rise of direct outreach reflects a desire for quicker connections in a world accustomed to instant gratification. ⏱️
  5. Changing Work Culture: The evolving nature of work culture post-Covid-19 empowers job seekers to view the hiring process as a partnership rather than a one-sided affair. 👥
  6. Flexibility and Freedom: Job seekers now feel empowered to showcase their authenticity and contribute value to organizations in unique ways. 🤝
  7. Research Company Culture: Before reaching out directly, research the company culture to ensure the chosen approach aligns with the organization’s values. 🏢
  8. LinkedIn is a Safe Bet: LinkedIn remains a low-risk platform for direct connections, making it a common medium for recruiting. 🔗
  9. Dynamic LinkedIn Profiles: Regularly update LinkedIn profiles to showcase ongoing skills, experiences, and value, treating it as more than just a static CV. 🔄
  10. Circumvent Conventional Methods: In uncertain economic conditions, unconventional approaches, whether through LinkedIn or other means, can be effective in getting noticed by recruiters. 💼

Here are my 10 takeaways ACTION ITEMS FOR TODAY from the piece for those job hunters out there:

  1. Introduction Message: Begin with a friendly and concise introduction. Express genuine interest in their company and mention something specific you admire about their work. 🌟
  2. Establish Common Ground: If possible, find a shared interest or connection. It could be a mutual acquaintance, a shared industry event, or even a common professional goal. This creates a sense of familiarity. 👥
  3. State Your Purpose Clearly: Clearly communicate why you’re reaching out. Mention your admiration for their company and express your interest in potential opportunities. 🎯
  4. Highlight Relevant Skills: Briefly showcase your key skills and experiences that align with the company’s needs. Keep it concise but compelling. 💼
  5. Express Enthusiasm: Convey your enthusiasm for the possibility of contributing to their team. Let them feel your passion for the industry and your eagerness to make a meaningful impact. 🚀
  6. Propose a Connection: Politely suggest connecting for a more in-depth discussion about potential collaboration. This could be a virtual coffee chat, a brief call, or even a meeting in person if feasible. ☕
  7. Offer Value: Clearly articulate the value you can bring to their team. Highlight specific projects or achievements that demonstrate your capabilities and the positive impact you could have on their organization. 💡
  8. Provide Contact Information: Ensure your contact details, especially LinkedIn profile, are easily accessible. Make it simple for them to reach out and learn more about you. 🔗
  9. Respectful Follow-Up: If there’s no immediate response, follow up with a polite and respectful message expressing your continued interest and openness to discuss further. ⏰
  10. Adapt to Company Culture: Tailor your approach based on the company’s culture. A more casual tone might work for creative industries, while a formal approach may be suitable for traditional corporate environments. 🎨👔

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Read it here: https://www.bbc.com/worklife/article/20230911-i-had-big-why-not-energy-the-workers-sliding-into-recruiters-dms

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