What employers look for in People Search

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The carecareers People Search service – in which employers can find and offer you work – has been growing for a few months now.

Employers love it – but they tell us sometimes they don’t make contact with a candidate because the profile does not tell them enough.

Want to make sure you get noticed? We now have a good picture of which candidates’ profiles catch employers’ eyes, and which get passed over. And it’s not always the obvious ones! You can use what we have learned to increase your chances of getting a job offer:

It does not matter if you are short on experience – In a recent survey of disability sector employers, more than half said that they recruited support workers with no previous experience. 20% said that they only recruited support workers with no previous experience. If you have no direct experience yourself, then talk instead about why you think you would suit the work.

Make sure you complete all the sections – Profiles that contain very little information are quickly dismissed. The fields are there for you to capture attention, so be sure to use them all. You don’t want employers to think you just can’t be bothered. They might read it as a lack of commitment.

Don’t leave gaps in your work history – Gaps can give the impression you don’t want to talk about something. You don’t want that, so be thorough. It doesn’t matter if a previous job was in a different industry. Perhaps you took time off for travel or family commitments. A quick note will cover it and avoid confusion. Just include something like “February to October 2015 –Travel”

Keep it relevant – Be proud of your achievements in whatever field, but if they are not relevant, be brief. It’s true that this sector needs a whole range of skills. But with some skills it’s just too hard to see a connection. If in doubt, call us.

Inject your personality – You need to stand out, so help Hiring Managers to understand why you are unique. Allow your personality to shine through. You don’t have direct experience to describe? Then talk instead about your passions, motivations and aspirations.

Include a photo – (or at least an avatar) – Hiring Managers tell us it makes them much more likely to read a profile.

See more hints in Five Tips to help you stand out in People Search

And if you have not yet registered for People Search, start here.

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