Sharing my knowledge and experience with Migrants and International Students choosing New Zealand as their study and employment destination!!!
WARNING: I believe in bringing the topics right in your face with no sugar coating. I talk about mistakes, naivety, procrastination and at times lack of common sense. My writing style takes away the cushion of excuses from you and often invites you to come out of your comfort zone.
I am a ‘no-nonsense’ guy. Hence reader's discretion is advised.
Recruiters don’t talk to me!!?? (sob…sob…sigh…sigh…)
Wow…Is that your best excuse for
struggling to get into employment??
If yes, sob…sob…sigh…sigh actually suits
Come to think of it…if recruiters
are not talking to you, may be you don’t know how to work with them or it may
simply be that you’re not suited for the jobs you’re applying for and you are a
little paranoid having that extreme and irrational fear or distrust on them.
Whatever the reason you can’t make this an excuse for your struggle.
Nah…I am not going to talk about who’s
right and who’s wrong. Enough has been said about what makes you a great
candidate and what the characteristics of a good recruiter are. All I am interested
in is asking you is this ONE question.
You going through a recruiter; is that
the only channel available for you to get into your desired role? Candidates
who don’t get placed by recruiters, don’t get jobs…right?
You would’ve seen candidates who were continuously
getting rejected by recruiters finding jobs. I can share many success
stories where candidates bypassed the recruiters and got in front of the hiring
manager who had the need and the budget to approve their applications.
I know how difficult it is to get
rejection after rejection on your job applications and it’s frustrating not to
know what to do. My suggestions:
Identify your weaknesses and negate
them as much as you can
Know your strengths and amplify them
Be visible, be find-able and have a
Reach the HIRING MANAGER directly
Feel free to talk to me on how you can
do that. Different things work for different people.
And of course pls have realistic
expectation from recruiters. They are not your mentors, it’s not their job to
teach you how to find a job. Their job is to source the best candidate available
in the market for their client and in this instance ‘unfortunately’ you are not
the right match
Sob…sob…sigh…sigh!! O... Come on now... Stop crying for god's sake.
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