I stumbled across an article written by J.T. O’Donnell titled, “Meet the ‘Sophisticated Job Seeker’ Who’s Disrupting Recruiting.” I loved the article because most of what she said about “sophisticated” job seekers resonated with me and what I am teaching students and job seekers around the world through my online course.
In the article, here’s what J.T said about “sophisticated” job seekers: Often referred to as “passive candidates,” these individuals are currently employed and don’t visit job boards. Instead, they mimic the behavior of sophisticated consumers and approach their search for their next employer with extreme focus. The way they see it, they don’t want to work for you, they want to work with you. They believe they’re a business-of-one who has the right to find the right partner (a.k.a. ideal employer).
You graduated from the university, created a powerful CV, submitted it to various companies using both the online and traditional methods, waited for any of the companies to contact you or invite you for a job interview, and kept waiting, AND….nothing.
Then you created another powerful CV, submitted it to recruiters and hiring managers in different companies, they promised they would help you push your CV once there’s any vacancy or job opportunity, you called them once in a while to remind them, you waited patiently for any of them to contact you back, and you kept waiting, AND….nothing.
Before I was awarded my bachelor’s degree in project management technology in early 2014, I already had 10 years’ experience in my trading business. I was working in my dad’s import, export and general merchandising company – Ginax International Entreprises – and when I gained admission into the university, I combined my full-time schooling with the business.
During my final year in the university, I created my personal blog – JerryIhejirika.com – and started building a powerful digital resume and personal brand. I was also networking virtually with some of the very best in the project management landscape and learning from their blogs. And when I graduated, my digital resume and personal brand led me to receiving good job offers.