You've evaluated your current situation and your career prospects where you are. Whether it's more flexibility to work from home, a promotion, a higher salary, or the chemistry isn't right with your boss, whatever the reason, you are 90% sure you need to start looking for a new job. How exciting! So, what next?
Get yourself ready to market yourself!
Your CV is a good starting point. I recently did a LinkedIn post on this – see below some key points:
A paragraph profile summary.
Chronological career section with your most recent employment at the top
Quantifiable achievements – can a client see how you added value to the organisations you have worked for? Also used for interview preparation, the STAR technique (Situation, Task, Action, Result) can assist in prepping a CV.
Even if you haven’t worked in a numbers-focused role, there are still ways to effectively communicate your professional contributions to an employer, as outlined in this Linkedin article.
More detail in the last five years – is it that important what you did at Mcdonald's over 20 years ago? A job title, dates of employment and company name will suffice.
Depending on the importance of the profession, your academic summary courses.
Keep it punchy. This document shouldn't read like a story. It just needs to be clear and concise.
Your LinkedIn profile. This is a vital profile that prospective employees will often check. It's now a common platform for professionals to use when job hunting and for employers to advertise jobs. When you apply for a job via LinkedIn, the recruiter/hiring manager will often see/review your profile first, so it is essential that your profile is up to date and has relevant information, as they may make a judgement even before checking your CV.
Use your CV to help you with this (and visa-versa).
A key difference is limiting information to only achievements (less of the responsibilities under each position).
Click on "open to work" in settings. This feature will alert recruiters you are precise without it being visible to your current employer.
Searching for Vacancies.
Depending on how specific your criteria may mean, there are fewer options, so it is essential to compensate for this and be broad with how you look online for a new role. In no particular order, see a list of job search activities to find relevant roles in Med Tech:
Emedcareers (life science job board including MedTech and HealthTech)
Google – as well as now having a jobs search filter, it will also highlight in the search results other job boards advertising your job titles.
Set up job alerts, so you start receiving relevant vacancies on these job boards. Specialist Recruiters – start building rapport and get their feedback on your background and what you seek. They may give you helpful insight into how much you are worth and whether there are challenges with what you are looking for. Make the most of your network – where have your old colleagues/friends gone? That boss you loved working for? Most would have updated their LinkedIn profiles with where they work. Reach out and find out how's it going and explain you are keeping a lookout…you never know how the conversation may pan out.
Applications - Tailor and follow up
. You've found a vacancy you want to apply for!
Some roles can attract dozens of applications, so 10 mins' worth of work to tweak a CV and add a message/cover letter can make you stand out and make it easy for a recruiter/hiring contact to decide it's worth calling you.
For that same reason, it is worth following up on applications, especially if you can see you are a good match – call, send them a follow-up email, and a LinkedIn connection request with a message. I will always prioritise applications that have followed up with me, so I know this works!
For any further advice on your job search in MedTech or HealthTech, please call Ridda at Indo Search.