Professional job application difference

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 - Job Application, Technical Social Magnetic

Professional job application difference

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Last week we talked about the three things that you have to do to get employed:

  • Technical Fit: the right combination of skills, qualifications and experiences
  • Social Fit: do you get on with the hiring manager, his team, that department/division and the company
  • Magnetic Fit: do you see the markets problems and the way in which they should be address, in the same way as the hiring manager and the HR manager? (ie: the risk of you disappearing within the next two years)

The question today is: how do you apply these?

In a traditional job application, you have to prove them serially: technical; social; magnetic. Hence why the distinction between technical jobs and non-technical jobs is critical. If a job is technical, then you need to emphasise your Qualifications in the first part of the job application process, other wise you don’t get in. If the job is non-technical, then you need to emphasise your Results and (replicable) Actions.

However, there is one exception to the “in serial” job application system, and that’s in professional jobs. This covers Accountants, Lawyers and Architects, but not the classical profession of Medical. Much like Academic Jobs, medical job applications lead on qualifications over anything else first, and then Social (including areas of academic research) and Magnetic fit.

Why are the professions different? In part that’s because of their size/scale and ownership model. Most professional firms are small (sub 20 employees), so if you don’t get on with them, you won’t get in (Social Fit).

But you have to play all three fits at the same time, as if you aren’t in with them, you won’t get into them.

Did you understand that? Lets try again. Most professional organisations employ people like them who they know. Like Executive Recruitment, 90% of such jobs are never advertised. To those outside the professions, its called networking. Hence you have to be part of their circle (ie: be “in” with them), before you get into them (ie: met, interviewed and employed).

Does this exclude anyone? Yes, anyone who doesn’t recognise that they need to employ job application systems which socially connect (ie: network them) into towards that target organisation, and then what that target organisation is looking for. Even if professional organisations do advertise jobs in local newspapers, then these rules must again be obeyed!

In the second stage of the job application process, all job application systems may use different tactics and questions, but they revert to the same form. The Telephone Interview tests:

  • Technical Fit
  • Social Fit

That’s also the same for the actual physical job interview, where towards the latter third of your time in the room/process, the test of Magnetic Fit will be added.

As I have said previously, if you don’t recognise these needs of the employer and there priority – particualrly in the professional area – then simply you will not get the job.

Our average client gets employed in less than 10 job applications, because they follow a system which gets them ahead of the competition, close to the hiring manager, and hence employed. Yes, we can also get you employed in one job application, but its not something that anyone should claim to be able to do consistently. If you can find 50 jobs in your target sector, and would like to know how we could help you, then ask for your Free CV Review.

Good Luck!


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