Eight ways to optimise your job search
If you’re one of the many people looking to start or grow a career in the Fibre industry, you’re probably looking for ways to maximise your job search.
It’s important to note that there’s lots of moving parts in the process, and there are some things which you may not be able to control.
However, there are plenty of things you are in control of and can use to improve your chances of finding that perfect role. Here are eight steps you should take to make the most of your job hunt.
Tailor your application
Customising your CV based on the job advert can definitely give you an edge. Put yourself in the position of a hiring manager. If they receive a CV which is completely generic and looks like it’s been sent to dozens of others, they won’t feel like you really want this particular job.
Match your experience up with what’s on the job description, and relate your achievements to what they are looking for. Show that you’ve really thought about the role.
The good thing about the Fibre industry, as opposed to many others, is that a cover letter is usually not required. While this will save you time, it’s still important to show your enthusiasm for the role – and this is where the screening call with the recruiter comes in. Make sure your passion and personality come across.
Also, if you’re open to different types of Fibre Optic jobs, be sure to include this on your CV, and when speaking to the recruiter.
Broaden your job search
With competition high, it makes sense to not tie yourself into a very specific niche. This is especially important in the Fibre industry, as there are so many opportunities for people in parallel industries.
For example, many people who’ve had a successful Telecoms career find that there’s a big demand for their skill set within Fibre. Similarly, people in Construction jobs – such as Ground Workers – can go on to have very successful Fibre careers as Civil Operatives. The same applies to anyone who’s been a Civil Works Operative in the railway industry as well.
These are all jobs with highly transferable skills – and with the Fibre industry being one that’s stable, backed with investment and offering good pay, the opportunities for people in parallel industries are huge.
Here’s a useful tip. If you have a ticket such as the New Roads and Street Works Act (NRSWA), try searching for it on job boards. You’ll then see all the options that are available to you.
Finally, when applying for Fibre roles, make sure you properly highlight those transferable skills we mentioned. If you’re unsure about how to do this, speak to one of our specialist recruiters who will be able to give you some pointers.
Be tech savvy
There are lots of simple tech things you can do to improve your job search outcomes. Some people don’t realise that many CVs go through an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) and are scanned for specific keywords. These include the names of various smart awards and tickets, so if you don’t include all the ones you’ve got, you’re underselling yourself.
A good idea is to get PDF copies or scans of your certifications and upload them to a Dropbox or Google Drive folder. The folder can then be put onto your LinkedIn profile and CV so people can view them.
Also keep a copy of your CV on your mobile, or perhaps saved in the drafts folder of your email. This makes it easy for you to apply on the go, rather than always having to be at a desktop.
Polish your online presence
Speaking of your LinkedIn profile, make sure it’s up to date with your skills and experience, and shows you in the best possible light. Again, double check that all your tickets (such as the NRSWA) are listed, and that you have the right keywords for your role. Look at the required skills on relevant job adverts if you’re unsure what these keywords are.
Add a picture to your profile and edit your settings to make your picture and role details visible to all. That way you’ll come up when recruiters are looking for people that match your skill set, while your picture makes you appear more approachable. Make sure your notifications are turned on as well – the last thing you want is to miss out on that dream job because you missed a message!
Are you creating an online brand for yourself as well? Things like commenting on industry-specific discussions or sharing articles can help position you as someone who knows the Fibre industry.
Finally, it’s worth doing a check of other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and getting rid of any posts which you think might not reflect well on you.
Prepare, prepare, prepare
If you get an interview, make sure you’ve done your research. Proper interview preparation can make or break the outcome. A lot of information is out there about companies – whether it’s about the Fibre installations they are working on, or any awards they’ve won. Also look up your interviewer on platforms like LinkedIn – asking a casual question about something they’ve done in the past will go a long way to showing how well you’ve prepared.
An interview should never be one-sided. You should also be asking your fair share of questions. It shows your ambition and how seriously you’re taking the process.
Questions related to personal development, progression opportunities and how they see the installation projects going are quite good to ask. You should also ask about the company culture, to make sure the job is a good fit for you.
Use the gift of feedback
Feedback at every stage of the process is crucial. For example, you can ask recruiters if they have any tips on your CV and cover letter, or interview techniques. These are areas of expertise for them, so their opinion can be valuable. You can also speak to friends who work in Fibre.
If you have an interview but don’t get through, make sure you still get feedback from the hiring manager. Either ask for this directly or go through your recruiter – it’s important to know why you didn’t get the job or areas you may need to brush up on.
Don’t lose hope
There may be many reasons why you didn’t get the job, even if you thought you were perfect for the role. Stay motivated and work with your recruiter to search for another vacancy.
Remember what we mentioned earlier about transferable skills. If you’re not getting the success you’d like for a particular role, there will be other opportunities which your recruiter can find for you. We work with lots of employers who simply want skilled people, and will find a role for people even if their experience and ability isn’t a 100% match.
Finally, try not to blame others for any rejections. Use each one as an opportunity to learn. Your attitude can often filter through into interviews, so keep yours positive!
Hopefully you’ll find the job hunting advice in this blog useful as you look to make your mark in the Fibre industry. It’s a great time to join, and while competition is high, these tips will give you the best possible chance of succeeding.
If you’re ready to put these tips into action, take a look at our live jobs