Begin by looking at the job search as a marketing campaign, with the job seeker as the product. Every product, even the best ones, won’t succeed without a strong marketing strategy. A strong strategy begins with a comprehensive, yet flexible plan. First you must know to whom you are marketing. You must identify the types of employers who would be looking for an employee with your qualifications. Are they all within a certain industry? Are there many industries that hire employees with backgrounds such as yours?
Next you must decide what sources you will use to locate potential employers. Everyone you speak to will have a different opinion on this. Some people feel that classified ads are a waste of time and that networking is the only way to go. Others believe that executive recruiters will get them the job they want. In the end, you should leave no stone unturned. Use all methods of tracking down potential employers, and here are some examples:
- Department of Employment Relations
- The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce Job Bank
- Classified Employment Advertisement
- Target Mailings
What’s a network? A group of people connected to you through family, friendship, work, education and community. Networking is a great tool when searching for employment – have you ever heard the expression, “It’s not what you know, but who you know?” Your skills, abilities and knowledge are keys to landing a job, but they may not help get your foot in the door. Most jobs are in the hidden job market, positions that employers hope to fill through personal contacts.
Some employers don’t advertise jobs, because they would have to sift through resumes, interview people and then hire strangers. They would much rather hire someone who has come to them through a contact. Each person in your network has unique knowledge, experience and contacts that might help you. Not only that, the people in your network have networks of their own. By tapping into one person’s know-how, you may also be tapping into the know-how of many other people.
Chances are you already have a network. At its centre are the people closest to you, your family and friends. Your network can also include your acquaintances, everyone you know socially. The minute you ask an acquaintance if he/she has heard about a job opening, you are making that person part of your network. Here are some people to consider:
- neighbours and family friends
- employers and co-workers
- club members
- teammates and classmates
- teachers and coaches
- community leaders
Good networkers are people who share in the lives of others by giving and receiving information, advice, support and commitment.
- Talk to people regularly to see how they’re doing
- Assist people if they have problems.
- Phone people on special occasions such as birthdays.
- Learn how to ask, listen and respond well during conversation.
- Contact people in your network if you hear or see something that would interest them.
- Put yourself in situations where you can meet new people.
- Help people celebrate their accomplishments and successes.
Employment and Recruitment agencies work as brokers between organisations looking for a person and people looking for jobs. For a fee, they act on behalf of employers to promote vacancies. They do this by advertising the role, identifying appropriate candidates through interview and then usually pass on a selected short list of candidates to the employer for a final interview. Currently the following employment agencies are members of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce and you are encouraged to go to www.caymanchamber.ky to find out more:
- Affinity Personnel Solutions Ltd.
- Baraud International Recruitment & Personnel Services
- BrightStaff Financial Services Recruitment
- CML Offshore Recruitment
- Ironmast Resources
- Personnel 2000
- SteppingStones Recruitment, Training/ Development