Meet Kamila S. Kucharska, Recruitment and Employer Branding Specialist, working with thousands of companies globally, helping them manage their online recruitment strategies more effectively to find and hire the best people in the world.
Job seeking is one of the most stressful experiences in our life. Kamila shares her tips on how to search for a job and how to feel more confident during the whole process.
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I have people around me, personally and professionally, who are always saying that I am a “people person” with the ability to build long-lasting relationships. When I heard it for the first time, I realized that it may be a good choice for me to study International Relations, focusing on Foreign Trade as I was always passionate about Sales and helping others solve problems. As the people aspect in the organization started to be more and more interesting for me, I worked hard to finish my second Master’s Degree, in HR. Going this extra mile was a great choice as I have been working in this field for 12 years already. I may say I am lucky to connect my interests of Recruitment and Sales in my current role – as an Account Manager, supporting companies to find the best Talents on the market.
Where to start if you are looking for a new job?
When you start looking for a job, you need to understand your own professional needs and career goals fully. It’s essential not only for people searching for a job for the first time but also for those who are changing career paths completely or want to be promoted to a position in the new company. Make your plan, analyze things you may improve to reach your goals, f.e., additional training (improving your soft/hard skills), work on your CV and LinkedIn profile.
Why is customizing your CV so important?
Imagine the situation that you are a recruiter, and you are opening CV nr 57 today? If it is not customized, it won’t grab anybody’s attention. Think from the recruiter perspective – it should be easy to catch the experience and skills relevant to the specific position you are applying for. It is good to hear you have communication skills while talking with clients but is it really nr 1 skill when applying for the Data Analyst position? Built your personal brand for the role that you are applying for.
What do you mean by Personal Brand?
In my opinion, a personal brand is very similar to a corporate one. It is showing who you are, what your values are and how you express them. It is your chance to communicate with future employers. What is important? Before you start to work on your Personal Brand, think about who is your audience. Create content (for example, on LinkedIn ) about the industry you are working in, participate in groups and connect with people who share similar interests.
How to stay on the top of the job search?
Whether you are currently working, you are unemployed or finishing your education; you have many sources where you can look for a job. It is good to use a few of them at the same time to increase the chances to find your next employer.
If you are searching for a job on websites like Indeed, LinkedIn or Monster, do not forget to set up the job alert to make sure that you are aware of any new opening in the field you are interested in.
Upload your CV to their databases – your profile will be visible for recruiters and Hiring Managers that are looking for a specific set of skills, title, or education;
Join the groups but also be active to connect with people. They may know about job openings.
Contact them and ask about the possibility to speak about your background, they have a wide pool of clients who are looking for candidates, and they may match your job expectations with the expectation of the company;
Create a list of companies you are interested in, connect with people who work there, follow their social profiles – may be, for example, there is a coming Open Day or they will be a part of Job Expo (once we will have them back :)),
Your local Intreo Centre can also provide additional support, especially for a job search in your area.