The results from our recent poll on LinkedIn asking our network whether they were looking for a new job in 2023 saw 73% of the voters answer ‘Yes’. So, we thought it would be useful to put together some tips to kick-start the job search to help those looking to change jobs this year.
Define what you are looking for
Before starting any job search, it is always worth setting out the goals that you want to achieve in the long term. What sort of role responsibilities are you looking for? What industry are you interested in? Are you looking for a job with progression, a higher salary and benefits package, a flexible working model, etc.? Defining what you are looking for will help narrow down your search to job opportunities that fit your expectation and interest.
Additionally, if you are keen to move to a new industry or simply want to polish your skill set, finding a new course that you can take will benefit both your profile and industry knowledge, showing potential employers that you are proactive and self-motivated.
Do your research
Once you have decided which industry you are interested in, it is a great idea to research industry-specific news, such as recent fundraises and acquisitions, publications, growth, market trends etc. Doing this will benefit you in several ways, both later down the line in the interview process where you can show off your knowledge and commitment to the industry, and in identifying the sort of skills and expertise that are trending in the space.
Based on your job goals and target industry, what companies grab your interest? Create a list of employers that meet your desired location, industry, size, and corporate culture. You can then use this list to create job alerts on LinkedIn, meaning you are notified when companies of interest are hiring, as well as any job openings that match your criteria and preferences.
Utilize and expand your existing network
Using the list of companies, you want to target, take advantage of your existing network (friends, LinkedIn audience, alumni etc.) and reach out to people who can help by introducing you to contacts within the organisations you are interested in. Striking up initial conversations, like booking coffee meetings or video calls, will help build your network and allow new contacts to learn in more depth who you are, what you are looking for, and what sort of role would suit your skillset.
Whilst the post-COVID world has meant that many meetings, conferences, and interviews are held online, setting up in-person conversations will inevitably provide any employer with a clearer image of who you are as a person. In this way, organising face-to-face meetings mean that when you get around to sending out your application, you can send it to an actual person who is able to put a face to a name, rather than them having to gain an impression based solely on your CV.
Update your CV and profile
The CV is the first stepping stone in any job application process. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure your CV paints the best and most impressive picture of yourself to guarantee progression to the next stages. After having done research into the industry and companies in the space, brainstorm the key selling points that will best qualify you for your dream job, with the goal of convincing the employer that you are the right person to fill the position.
Similarly, updating and maintaining your LinkedIn profile is an easy and simple way to attract hiring managers and recruiters that can help you in your job search to your profile. Include keywords that also relate to the role, industry, and location you are interested in, adding the #OpenToWork option that lets employers know you are available. Being active on your profile, whether that be by liking and commenting on posts that relate to the industry you are interested in or sharing thought pieces and original articles on your page will also help expand your network.
Reach out to recruiters
Using a recruiter will not only save you time, but they are there to make the process easier and less intimidating, from finding you a job opportunity that matches your skillset and experience, offering advice and assistance through the interview stages, and providing in-depth market knowledge and guidance throughout the entire process.
At LMRE, we pride ourselves on training our consultants to be 360-degree PropTech recruiters. In this way, we can monitor and keep up to date with the ever-changing PropTech market, providing feedback to clients on what they should offer their potential employees and candidates on what sort of things to consider when accepting a job offer. If you are looking for a new job, market advice or just to speak with experts in the space, get in touch with one of our consultants and they will help you in your search!
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