Tuesday 24 February 2015

How to stay aware of career opportunities in Malta

If you want to change roles or move ahead in your career then you need to start keeping an eye on the job market for every opportunity that crops up.

It’s not easy to stay on top of every single vacancy for the position you want to pursue, so having a smart strategy in place which helps you stay aware of interesting career opportunities in Malta, and overseas too, can be a life-saver.

You always have a job - even when you’re in between jobs

Even if you don’t have an office to go to, the process of identifying and selecting promising career opportunities should be enough to take more than a fair amount of time and energy.

There’s a lot more you can do besides passively browsing the classifieds section in the papers or checking the latest job listings online. As a savvy job-seeker, you need to learn how to actively network and market your way to that final interview and handshake.

4 steps to become more aware of the job opportunities around you

1. Stay on top of the latest opportunities: follow recruitment agencies online and more

Many top companies nowadays entrust a recruitment agency such as Muovo to list and advertise new career opportunities within their ranks. It makes sense therefore to follow reputed recruitment agencies on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and any other social media channel they use to promote new jobs. We don’t like to blow our own trumpet, however, our partnership with GI Group links us to opportunities around the globe unavailable to every other recruitment firm, so this fact bears thinking about.

Use every opportunity available to connect with highly regarded recruitment agencies and make sure to check regularly for updates, news and advice that can help you find your dream job more quickly.
2. Make sure they have your name on speed dial when a vacancy comes up

If you’re looking for a new job, obscurity is the biggest challenge you have to overcome. Not only don’t the recruitment agencies know anything about you yet, there’s a whole crowd of candidates who want to be in the same position like you that you have to stand out from to get their attention first.

Advertise yourself to the recruitment agencies. Send them emails with your cover letters and CV. When they answer you back, send them a thank-you email and a note letting them know you’ll be in touch again soon. Do it. Tell them where you’re at in your job search, what new skills or competencies you’ve acquired in the meantime and any relevant personal work you’re doing in the meantime.

Do it so often that when a job position similar to the one you’re looking for lands in their inbox, your name will be the first to flash through their minds. Don’t be too embarrassed about it, your dream job is at stake here!

3. Put your career opportunity search on auto-pilot

As we mentioned earlier, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with all the information you’ll need to sift through in order to extract the nugget of gold that’s a vacancy which seems to have been written just for you.

Besides keeping track of your contacts and progress with a simple notebook and pen, learn how to harness technology for your benefit. Use an RSS news-reader app like Feedly, which automatically picks up new job vacancies as they’re published from an online feed and makes it easier for you to read and save them from mobile devices.

Remember that Facebook does not always shows you posts from the pages you like on your news feed. Instead of visiting the FB page of each recruitment agency individually, create an interest list where you save all the agency pages you like and read their posts on one page.

4 .Your new job is out there - Go out and find it!

Finally, go out and meet the people working at a recruitment agency in person. Woody Allen once said that 80% of success is simply showing up. So go ahead and pop by a recruitment agency to let them know you’re there.

Muovo blog - How to stay aware of career opportunities in Malta

By doing so not only will you effectively be offering recruiters the chance to informally interview you while you’re there asking questions about your job search and presenting your qualities as a candidate, you might also drop by the office just in time to learn about the the hottest new career opportunities before anybody else.

Be ready when a career opportunity comes knocking

Looking for a career is a serious job. If you tackle it diligently and strategically then there’s no reason why it should take longer than necessary.

Armed with all the new connections you made during your job search and the information you learnt while searching your industry and job title, you might actually find that you’ve become a more valuable candidate on the job market.

It all begins with step one. Follow the right recruitment agencies and start moving along the career path that will lead you to the corner office someday.


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