BE A TOP 1% JOB-SEEKER

Sometimes, the world doesn’t seem to make much sense.

The statistics say there is a growing skill shortage and employers are struggling to fill vacancies. Yet – as the statistics also tell us – there is at least one experienced and/or qualified, hard-working and willing-to-learn person for each one of those vacancies. And if you are such a person, it can be very frustrating, concerning  and disheartening when your capabilities are repeatedly overlooked. It’s hard to say what is worse: not knowing why your job applications aren’t getting up, or being told it’s because you are ‘over-qualified’ – whatever that means.

As a professional, you know well the process of matching skills with job criteria. You know that if you’re not in the top 1%, you’re just not in the running. There are only so many times you can makeover your CV and develop your cover letter-writing craft. If you are still passed over for jobs then, what is going on?

The game changer is technology.

Early résumé screening technology was based on crude keyword matching. The so-called applicant tracking software (ATS) that has been used for the past two decades has taught job advertisers and applicants alike that keyword stuffing yields the best job matches.  The result has not been good.

Hiring managers have over-relied on keywords, which usually relate to job and technical skills, to generate their top 1% shortlists. Applicant backgrounds with amenable keywords rise to become the top candidates – even when they are not. These screening tools may be time-savers, but they are not good at filtering for human capabilities.

Job applications that have been maximised for software has become the standard.  What is appealing to a computer program however is more likely to appear cookie-cutter, sterile and impersonal to human eyes. For someone that doesn’t have a clean match to a job, are less likely to make it past the ATS. If the application is screened by humans, chances are it won’t be engaging.

While the use of technology for de-personalising applicants has contributed to the gap between job vacancies and able workers, new technology is re-shaping the opportunities for job-seekers.

The workforce goes digital

As the term Industry 4.0 gains traction, it means good news for job-seekers.

Artificial intelligence, or AI, is becoming the standard in recruitment software. This smart technology is able to process masses of data points to recognise attributes you bring to a job well beyond the limits of keywords. By comparing your application against millions of pieces of data and using AI’s predictive capabilities, employers can see your skills framed against your future potential – such as to be stable, tenacious, open and engaging – not just as a checklist of your past.

As enterprises battle a hyper-connected, rapidly-changing and uncertain competitive landscape, where the future has no comparable precedent, past jobs suddenly aren’t as important as life experience.

Now you can be in the Top 1% – even if you don’t meet the position criteria

That’s because your history is only a part of the things employers are looking for today. Technology is forcing enterprises to be flexible, adaptable, responsive, engaging, innovative, open, transparent and purpose-driven. That means they need much more than technical skills alone.
 
Technical skills still matter, of course, but employers realise that technical skills without the enterprise (including creative, social, thinking and business skills) to apply them, have limitations. They are much more willing to offer technical training to job applicants with the right attributes. Particularly, as they are facing critical shortages in qualified people.
 
 Besides, technology is being implemented in organisations at such a rapid rate, that employer requirements are continually evolving. ‘Jobs’ – the main thing you highlight on your CV – are losing traction as the upcoming requirements look less and less like they used to. Candidates that can show they know how to apply skillsets (such as data skillsets, thinking skillsets, relational skillsets, and so on) are those that move up to the Top 1%.
 
The digital revolution has created a perfect storm for job-seekers who understand how to navigate the changes. Smart technology, humanised enterprises, organisations becoming agile and a growing skills shortage – there has never been a better time to look for a job.
 
This is the time to build or renew your career. Don’t miss the opportunity. Learn what’s changing and how to maximise the transition to Industry 4.0.

 

THE TOP 1% TALENT PROGRAM

This is a 6-week program aimed at helping you to get noticed by employers looking for your skills.

It is particularly designed for people who want jobs with values-led, people-oriented and dynamically growing organisations. These are enterprises that we know well, and we can share our deep understanding of what makes them tick with you.

Commencing with a full-day workshop, you will set a career strategy, including if necessary, reframing your professional profile to reflect your abilities and aspirations. In the 5 weeks that follow, you will complete tasks to activate your strategy.

Each week, you will be sent a pack with materials to complete. The material will have two objectives. First, to position you in the job market and increase your discoverability by employers. The second objective is to add to the currency of your skill portfolio. On a weekly group conference call, you will apply your work to a group effort. The sessions are recorded, giving you an opportunity to review your performance, but also for you to use as part of your skill demonstration to prospective employers.

When collaboration and ability to learn have become two of the top-most sought-after skills in employees, there is nothing better than being able to demonstrate these to employers.

Program cost

AUD$2,497 per person.

You will get:

  • Real-life learning to build your future career
  • Access to coaching during and for four weeks after the program to help you apply what you have learned
  • A fast-tracked introduction to working in the digital century, and the critical skills employers are crying out for
  • Access to a network of other professionals to give you feedback and support in your job search activities
  • On-going updates on trends and changes affecting the job market and organisations
  • Notification of jobs from our network of recruiters and employers
  • Access to offers and discounts from our partners

Inquiries

Contact us for further information and start dates.

We also offer a complimentary obligation-free consultation where we will be happy to discuss your questions and concerns. You will have the opportunity to evaluate whether this program is suitable for you.