There are so many people and voices in recruitment, that I often think how hard it must be for candidates to know who to listen to for advice. I think many of us in the recruitment space tend to think we are the ones with the best advice, and I believe many recruitment specialists really do give good advice based on experience and market knowledge, but what about those who don’t?
I came across a self-professed ‘expert’ on LinkedIn the other day who had written a post that contained some of the worst advice I have ever heard. I won’t share the details, but let’s just say that if you were to follow this person’s advice, you would find yourself alienating potential employers and pushing yourself far away from securing a great role.
I investigated further and found that this person had 500+ connections on the site, and that we have a lot of mutual connections. It stopped me in my tracks and made me think, surely no one is taking this advice seriously…right?
Imagine this scenario; you arrive in a new town, or country and you haven’t yet worked out how the local employment market works. Browsing through local contacts for people who might be able to help with your job search, you come across someone in a seemingly high level role and you connect with them. Post after post starts to appear in your feed; advice on the market, and what to do to be best positioned in finding a new role. But instead of useful information, the messages being sent out to unsuspecting and hopeful candidates are strongly controversial opinions (some of which are quite offensive) and negative and inaccurate views on the job market, all written with terrible spelling and grammar. If you were a candidate in this position, it would be easy to be led astray and to get the wrong idea about how job hunting works.
This is a good example of why it’s important not to immediately trust in someone based on their online persona. I’m sure we’re all aware that the façade of social media doesn’t always accurately represent the life of a person, and this applies equally to professional networking sites as it does to more social ones.
If you are a candidate who has just arrived in a new place, getting ready to get out there and find your ideal role, I recommend gathering advice from a few different sources, not just relying on one voice. You may find you hear a variety of different answers to the same question, some that make more sense than others, and have to work out which best suits you. If you are taking advice from someone, do your research on that person and the company they represent. I understand that feeling of wanting someone to just tell me the best path to follow, or action to take but it’s not a sensible approach! Instead, take charge and maintain control of your job search. It’s a great skill to be able to ask for, receive and follow advice but it’s equally important to be able to trust in yourself. Then when you’ve uncovered that dream job you’ll be ready to go get it.