Using Big Data to Kick-start Your Career

Gordon Square Communications and WAAT offers tips about how to make the most of online resources to land a dream job – all without spending a penny.

Left to right: Vamory Traore, Sylvia Arthur and Grzegorz Gonciarz

You are probably familiar with Monster.com or Indeed.com, huge jobs websites where you can upload your CV together with other 150 million people every month.

The bad news is that it is unlikely that your CV will ever get seen on one of these websites, discovered attendees of London Technology Week event Using Tech to Find a Job at Home or Abroad.

“There are too many people looking for a small number of jobs,” says Sylvia Arthur, Communicator Consultant at Gordon Square Communications and author of the book Get Hired! out on 30th June.

“The problem is that only 20% of jobs are advertised, while 25% of people are seeking a new job. If you divide twenty by twenty-five, the result of the equation is that you lose,” explains Ms Arthur.

So, how can we use technology to effectively find a job?

The first step is to analyse the “Big Data” – all the information that tells us about trends or associations, especially relating to human behaviour.

For example, if we were looking for a job in IT, we could read in the news that a new IT company has opened in Shoreditch, and from there understand that there are new IT jobs available in East London.

Big Data also tells us about salaries and cost of living in different areas, or what skills are required.

“Read job boards not as much to find a job as to understand what are the growing sectors and the jobs of the future,” is Ms Arthur’s advice.

Once you know where to go with the skills you have, you need to bear in mind that most recruiters receive thousands of CVs for a single job and they would rather ask a colleague for a referral than scan through all of them.

So if you are not lucky enough to have connections, you need to be proactive and make yourself known in the industry. “Comment, publish, be active in your area, showcase your knowledge,” says Ms Arthur.

“And when you read about an interesting opportunity, be proactive and contact the CEO, tell them what you know and what you can do for them. LinkedIn Premium free trial is a great tool to get in touch with these people.”

Another good advice is to follow the key people in your sector on social media. Of all the jobs posted on social media, 51% are on Twitter, compared to only 23% on LinkedIn.

And for those looking for jobs in the EEA, it is worth checking out EURES, a free online platform where job seekers across Europe are connected with validated recruiters.

“In Europe there are some countries with shortage of skilled workforce and others with high unemployment,” explains Grzegorz Gonciarz and Vamory Traore from WAAT.

“The aim of EURES is to tackle this problem.”

Advisers with local knowledge also help jobseekers to find more information about working and living in another European country before they move.

As for recent graduates looking for experience, a new EURES program called Drop’pin will start next week.

The program aims to fill the skills gap that separates young people from recruitment through free training sessions both online and on location.

To read the original article on London Technology Week, click here.

Originally Posted at: Using Big Data to Kick-start Your Career

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