You all agree with me when I say that most Kenyan employers have turned to Recruitment Firms for their HR needs, thus the need for Kenyan jobseekers to improve their visibility on the various recruitment firms around. I am sure you would all benefit and get excited from a situation where the head hunters and recruitment consultants are chasing after you; inform you of open position and giving details on the salaries.
Is it then possible to have to have recruiter chase after you?
Yes, it is quite possible but it just doesn’t happen, you have to work on it. So find out below on how to achieve this goal.
How to Get Noticed by Recruitment firms as a job seeker in Kenya
1. Build and promote yourself as a Brand
Personal branding is achieved in various ways like by simply putting yourself out there; try to find out where events relating to your career and industry are taking place and make a point of attending.
For example, if you are an HR professional you could join such bodies as IHRM, that is get registered and also join their online platforms which regularly share ideas related to the industry. Similarly, if you are a senior or top level professional you should be visible at the meetings / seminars / conferences organized by such bodies either learning or teaching, in short never ignore invites by such bodies, that’s how you cheaply create visibility.
2. Build your profile and CV with the right key words
We have in other articles advised Kenyan Jobseekers on the need to customize their CVs , among the different ways to do this, is by using key words frequently used in your specific industry, this makes it easy to find your CV when recruitment firms use online platforms or conduct a general search in a pool of CV say in an application account or job Portals.
Also make sure that your CV is informative, concise and achievement focused. There is no need of having a CV that is way too long with details that are not related to your career and miss the ‘essence’ of achievements and capabilities. A three paged should be Ok with a great summary and key skills and competencies on the first page.
3. Create your digital presence and make yourself visible to the recruiters
Lastly, you all agree that the modern world is increasingly dependent on the internet. You can find almost anything by the click of a button. Note that, recruitments firms sometimes result to headhunting if the CV that come through applications do not meet the qualifications they are looking for. In such cases, head hunting will majorly be done online through platforms such as LinkedIn. The only thing the recruiter will need to do is log on to their account, punch in a few key words and in a few seconds there is an exact (or near match)CV to what they were looking for.
Also, remember there is now a serious role being played by social media sites like Facebook and Twitter in connecting the Job Seeker and the employers.
As a job seeker, it’s important that you do not put all your eggs in one basket, diversify when it comes to job search.
Take advantage of immerging trends; like embracing recruitments firms; and what better ways to do that, than as advised above.
The writer is a Communications Officer at Corporate Staffing Services, a leading Recruitment firm that offers CV Writing, Job Placement & Career Advice. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org