Welcome to the very first Job Seeker Tips and Tricks Blog. In the series we'll cover different situations you may be faced with while looking for work and how you can best prepare yourself to succeed.
In this blog we'll discuss the fundamentals of creating your very own Filtr profile. By following our simple four step process you'll be able to easily describe your motivations, skillset and work preferences to prospective employers.
1. Prioritise your motivations
A good starting point is thinking about what you hope to achieve both personally and professionally (yes I know this can sound quite daunting). This is important because if you're looking for job opportunities that don't align with your motivations you will likely burn out or become disengaged after a short period of time. The key to being happy at work is understanding what makes you happy. Take time out to plan how you can balance both and make this clear in your profile to prospective employers.
2. Understand your key strengths
Sounds pretty basic, but another important part of making your profile stand out is by showing you have a solid understanding of your key strengths. This is essential because employers are constantly looking for people with the skills required to perform in a job. You can start by thinking about what you're good at and how this could translate into a job. For example, if you have good communication and interpersonal skills, you would probably best fit a role that plays to those strengths (i.e. customer focused or stakeholder management). By playing to your strengths and making them explicit (i.e. as core competencies), you're more likely to match with a role that you're not only good at but also passionate about.
3. Target industries that will interest you
Focus your profile on industries that you're genuinely interested in. You'll likely become disengaged if you're considering industries only because they're 'easy' or 'safe'. You can start by focusing on the industries you think would best complement your key strengths and training/education. Once you have a list of complementary industries, start looking at leading companies within these industries and what they're looking for from their staff. Take time to research the companies, including their key goals and values, and see how these fit with your passions and interests. This is a good way to quickly work out which industries are the best fit for you.
4. Take your time and review
The fourth and final point is the importance of taking your time while making your profile. Make sure to review your profile for spelling and grammar mistakes. You don't want these errors to distract prospective employers and potentially impact your chances of matching with them. On Filtr, you can manage this by keeping your profile in 'draft mode' until you want to share it with employers. This way you can make sure employers are focused on your profile and not anything else.