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Searching for a job: applying to advertised positions & using social media

Applying to advertised positions:

Quite a simple procedure, but remember to adapt your CV and cover letter to showcase the most relevant skills and experience depending on the position you are applying to.

 

Where to find these job ads?

You can find them on generalist or industry-specific job boards, on websites specialising in job search: Indeed, Apec (French), Choose Your Boss, Meteojob, Les Jeudis…

You can also search for industry-specific job boards, IT associations, professional networks, incubators specialised in the digital industry, etc.

 

Do not hesitate to list ideal companies and check out their websites directly. This is a good way of standing out and showing your motivation for a specific company.

 

Use social networks

 

Directly contact the people you are targeting:

 

Once you have connected with employers you would like to be put in contact with, you can send them a direct message.

For it to be efficient, your message must be personalised. At a minimum, it must contain the name of the person you are contacting.

It is also best to mention a reason or a specific context for contacting them rather than somebody else or another company.

Finally, do your best to write a short message in a simple style. This is the type of message people most appreciate on social media and best respond to. Rather than trying to go into detail, try and write a message generating interest and thus an answer, even if you then need to explain something or go into further detail during a future message or meeting.

 

When you are contacting a recruiter or manager, being too direct about looking for a job can put up barriers between them and yourself. It is often best to use a less direct approach, initiating a discussion around a topic you have a certain amount of knowledge on, and putting forward how you could help them. Once you have caught their attention, you will more easily be able to explain your wish to work with the company.

 

For example, when contacting the CTO:

Hello Kamel,

 

I was looking at your online platform where you showcase the different features available with your CRM, and more specifically the new multi-platform interface.

 

I myself worked on very similar projects in the past and I would be interested in discussing our similar projects with you.

 

Would you be open to discussing this over coffee one morning? Wednesday 20th or Thursday 21st in your offices, for example?

 

Have a great day,

Valentin

 

Contact the people who will be able to recommend you or become your ally

 

In the situation where your point of contact seems difficult to approach, where you feel the need for more information or you are simply unable to identify the right person via social media, it can be useful to contact people working at the target company, other than the person you wish to approach, who will be able to put you in touch.

 

If they agree, you are then able to approach your targeted contacts on someone’s recommendation and you benefit from any additional information you will have been given. Your approach will be all the more efficient for it.

 

When contacting someone outside of HR, you can be more direct as to the fact you are searching for a job.

 

For example, by contacting one of the technical specialists:

Hello Lucie,

 

I was looking at your online platform where you showcase the different features available with your CRM, and more specifically the new multi-platform interface.

 

I myself worked on very similar projects during my previous experience and I was thinking there may be some projects on which my experience could be useful.

 

Do you know if you are currently recruiting and if so, who would be best for me to contact?

 

Would you be open to meeting with me? I would very much like to get your feedback about the general atmosphere and technology used within your company.

 

Have a great day,

Valentin

 

Ask people for recommendations

 

On social media, you would be surprised by the willingness and kindness of many people when asked for help or recommendations. In our experience, without basing this number on any specific research, we find that out of every 10 people contacted, one or two will answer.

Everybody enjoys being contacted for their advice in their area of expertise.

 

Therefore, no matter what you are looking for, do not hesitate to contact your colleagues or other professionals: information on going rates, on salaries, on best practices, advice on contacting potential clients, finding business partners…

 

The worst that can happen is that they refuse to help you or do not answer at all.