We spoke with our Sr. Recruiter here at Payments & Cards Network, Lewis Howard about how job seekers can improve their chances for job offers. Lewis works Sr. and Executive level roles as a recruiter, but he occasionally meets with younger and more junior applicants to mentor them in their search for job offers. So, today he’s sharing some of those tips and tricks on our blog: First, start out by determining your geography. Ask yourself honestly. Where can I actually work in the world? Where can I feasibly afford to move should a company offer me a job? Then, don’t think about how to apply with your skill set. Don’t worry about your skill set perfectly matching a job spec. Instead, think about the company. Ask yourself, do I want to work with this company? Look at their values, their mission, location, and culture. Do you prefer a startup or a corporation, a wealthy company or a DIY shoestring company? Think about both the sector and type of company. Begin ‘market mapping’ after this. This is what recruiters do. You can do this yourself, especially if you’re job hunting full time. To find a job opening and ultimately a job offer for yourself, begin with 1-2 companies you like. Find similar companies. LinkedIn even has a section in the lower right labeled: “find similar companies”. Create a list for yourself. Keep finding companies you’d like to work with until you reach 25 (in the right locations of course). Now that you have your market map, use LinkedIn and conduct a Boolean search. Look for the top ranking HR/Talent Acquisition/Corporate Recruiter you can find at the company. Next, find the most Sr. Person in the department where your skills would be used well (Head of HR, Business Development etc.) Use an app recruiters use called Email Hunter to help you find their email addresses. Send two separate emails one to the HR/Talent Acquisition and one to the head of your target department. Make sure to explain in both emails that you sent another email within the company to remain transparent. [caption id="attachment_4921" align="aligncenter" width="527"] Create a 'Market Map' to find the right company for you[/caption] The email you'll send isn’t very complicated. Explain: I want to proactively make you aware of my candidacy and interest. I’ve done research and you’re in line with my goals and career development. I hope we can find time to discuss opportunities, here’s when I can come on board, I live in Amsterdam. I’m available from x time. Attached is my CV. So, if you do this with 25 companies, you will get around 10 calls, 5 will probably lead somewhere, 2-3 may end up leading you to a job offer. And in this way, you’re essentially recruiting yourself. This works in the job range up until around 60-70k. Above this, there are different recruitment dynamics that apply. Additionally, in a higher salary range, it can be seen as amateurish or even desperate to try and place yourself in these roles. At a senior level, it’s much more important that candidates work with a recruiter, and often they’re headhunted. But for a more junior position, this method should successfully aid you in the interview process and with finding job offers for yourself.