Insight through the HR Grapevine: Angie from Precision HR

After University, we all inevitably do the same thing.

We start Googling the ‘best’ advice out there to fast track our job search.

Ever feel disconnected from the sheer amount of tips available?

 

Often, we are bombarded with the overwhelming flow of information on how best to search for a job. It’s hard to make practical use of what you find.

This expert series is about bringing human resources and recruiting experts to the table. Drawing upon their colourful experiences working in these fields, they cut to the chase on what works today.

And even better, it’s from down under, for those millennials looking for a job in Australia.

Below, I interviewed Angie Krasuska, Managing Director at Precision HR. She shares her insight on how to approach your job hunt and career using social media. In particular, she talks about the reality of how to approach job searching. She also shares the importance of thinking about your career early.

 

Today, social media’s use as a tool in the selection process is high, at 92% from sources such as Jobvite. Can you give any pointers for millennials?

LinkedIn is a great medium for finding work or extending your network and continues to grow in popularity.

Before posting any details about yourself be prepared to do some research. Identify profiles that you think are professional. Treat the medium with respect. Put yourself in a prospective employer’s shoes; what is your point of difference? How are you going to stand out?

I do like to see a professional photograph; head shot only.

Be prepared to be approached by prospective employers or recruiters if you are using a social media or networking site. LinkedIn is a great resource, and can open doors for you. Create a professional profile reflective of you, both professionally and personally. If you are on LinkedIn, be prepared to be approached by prospective employers/recruiters. Think about how are you going to handle these issues.

 

Angie gives us some key points to consider from an employer’s perspective when they view your LinkedIn profile.

Check out LinkedIn before you post anything about yourself. Ask yourself the question: is this the right medium? I have found candidates from LinkedIn.

 

How should you act when approached by prospective employers?

Be courteous when you are approached by a prospective Recruiter/Employer. If what they are offering is not what you are looking after, be clear about what you are looking for and leverage off the enquiry. Can you help me, I am looking for this particular role?

LinkedIn is a great social medium for job hunters. Be prepared to work on your profile before you upload.

Angie’s Tips: Have a person that you respect read through it for you before posting. Have a look at other profiles, what makes their profile cool. Avoid buzz words.

 

Here is what employers want to know about you as a job candidate.

 

What employers want to know

As a prospective employer, I want to know what I am going to get as a return on my investment. Is this candidate, work savvy, experienced, prefers working on their own, or in a team, a whizz with technology, excellent in negotiation.

 

Job searchers need a brand image

Prospective candidates need to look at themselves as a brand? What does my brand say about me? Who am I selling my brand too?  Employers, Recruiters. Avoid jargon.  How will prospective recruiters view your brand? How can I add value to this employer? What makes me stand out from other candidates?

 

What about other social media platforms?

Be prepared that prospective employers will check you out on Facebook. What you write here, will be viewed positively or negatively, be professional. Rude comments on Facebook, silly email addresses will do you no favours.

 

A word from the wise

Avoid work/life balance words. You need to demonstrate that you are FLEXIBLE and want to work.

 

What traits do employers want in employees today?

Honesty, Conscientiousness, Willingness to work, Flexibility, Can–do attitude.

 

Below are career related tips Angie shares.

 

In terms of career goals, what do I need to keep in mind?

Be prepared to answer tough questions. If you are looking for career progression, phrase this in such a way that the employer can meet your needs. Don’t expect to enter the company in a senior position unless you have the necessary skills and experience and can hit the ground running and deliver. Put your money where your mouth is.

 

How to approach your job search in view of your career

Make sure the job on offer is what you want. Don’t use a job that you are not interested in as a gap filler. Be selective. Search for the company that you want to work for, and approach them directly. Employers love to be flattered, but do this genuinely, do the research, access annual reports, and get to know the business.

 

Lastly she sheds much needed light on how to leverage our networks, and open doors to opportunities.

 

Open doors by simply asking people

Utilise what we refer to as the ‘circle of influence.’ It’s tapping into friends, relatives, social media contacts and prospective employers.

Approach them with “What do I need to do to become a valued employee within your organisation. I have set my sights high. I would like a job with your organisation, what are you looking for?”

Even if you do not feel that confident, say the words. It is surprising how many people will want to help, and could open doors. Step out of your comfort zone. Confidence breeds confidence.

 

A big thanks to Angie Krasuska for sharing her insight. Below is her bio.

 

Raised by post war immigrant parents I had no option but leave school and find a job. Higher Education was not an option for me at this time and university was a pipedream.

I worked in Canada within a Montessori School, and returned to the UK to attend college to obtain my teaching qualification. I fell into a Human Resource Management role after taking a clerical job in Harrods. I rose through the ranks (sheer hard work, guts and determination) and became a Senior HR Manager within Harrods after 4 years.

Along the way met and married an Australian and consequently migrated to Australia.

I worked for various organisations in the HR space trying to familiarise myself with the Australian Industrial Relations system. After being made redundant, and with girlfriends owning and operating their own businesses, I was encouraged to establish Precision HR Solutions Pty Ltd.

With no experience in running a business and making many mistake’s on the way, I can now see that seeking out a mentor, would have been beneficial. 13 years on, PHRS  is a successful Management Consultancy operating from a home office. We survived the GFC and continue to service organisations across Australia.

I now lecture in Leadership at UOW, and write webinars and resources on Leadership and Management. I facilitate self-help workshops on health and well-being within the workplace as well as coach and mentor Business Executives on business processes and employee engagement strategies.

 

What do you think? What resonated with you?

Please share your thoughts and share your experiences in the comments below.

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