As George was happy to announce in the Autumn Statement last week, employment in the UK is at a record high. According to government statistics, 30.8 million people are in employment, a figure which has increased faster than any other G7 country over the last four years.
Of course, this is great news for the economy, and the positivity is reflected in the plans of business-owners for the New Year. Recent survey data from the REC revealed that two thirds of bosses are looking to increase their permanent workforce over the next three months.
So if you’re hoping to take advantage of this buoyant jobs market to get a new role, how can you make sure that you are ahead of the pack? Most companies turn to the expertise of recruitment agencies to fill their vacancies, so it makes sense to make sure you’re as visible to them as possible. There are a few things you can do to ensure you are at the front of the queue:
Update your contacts
If you’ve been placed by a recruitment agency before and are now in a position to take on a new role, make sure that you get in touch with your recruiter to update them on your situation. Even better, if you’re working on a contract role and you have a month left, give them a heads up about your upcoming availability. Maybe you’ve also gained some qualifications or completed a training course since you last spoke to them, or have different requirements regarding the location of work.
Update your profile on job boards
There’s nothing more frustrating for a candidate than receiving lots of calls from a recruiter after they have already secured a role, so make sure your online job board profiles reflect your status accurately. The same applies if you are actively seeking opportunities. Don’t forget to include details of your most recent role in the experience section. You could be missing out on a lot of opportunities for the sake of half an hour of admin.
Update your LinkedIn profile
Here’s a sobering statistic for you – there are 17 million LinkedIn users in the UK, with more joining every minute. Being noticed by a recruiter amongst this sea of online humanity will take some effort.
If your job seeking status is not a secret, by all means change the title on your LinkedIn profile to ‘actively seeking new opportunities’ or similar. Ensure that the skills section is up to date too, as recruiters will search by keywords. And it should go without saying that a professional looking profile picture is a must – your profile is eleven times more likely to get viewed if you have one.
Take these steps and you will be much more visible to recruitment consultants. Remember; think like a recruiter, get noticed by a recruiter!