It’s nearly 2020, and long gone are the days when networking was a simple matter of showing up to the right events and handing out business cards. If you’ve been to any kind of networking event recently, including Slush, then you’ve likely been encouraged to make use of matchmaking tools, and for good reason: with platforms like Deal Room and Brella in the mix nowadays, networking has become more efficient, more engaging, and a lot less intimidating.
Last month, we took over the Helsinki area with Talent Heist During Slush, where hundreds of skilled job seekers had the opportunity to mingle and connect with recruiters from 11 different companies over the course of three days in the middle of Slush Week. The event was powered by Deal Room, which allowed candidates to get to know the recruiters beforehand, customize their profiles, and send out direct requests for 1-on-1 meetings.
Talent Heist gave us some great insights into the future of recruitment, and one of our key learnings was that networking needs to be done with a proactive approach, especially when it comes to your matchmaking tools. So how can you get the most out of these platforms to ensure your next networking event is a success? We sat down with Jukka Kujala, Head of Talent for Icebreaker.vc, to create this guide on how to build a standout profile on Deal Room and land your next interview.
Some basic tips for getting started:
- Fill all the sections, this is what recruiters will be filtering.
- Profile pictures add personality, treat this as LinkedIn.
- If you have a LinkedIn, add it on your profile making sure that it is up to date.
- Have a pitch created for requesting meetings to make yourself stand out to recruiters.
Be clear and specific about what it is you are seeking and wanting to do. One example that needs improvement for being too general is: I am interested in marketing, business development and sales.
Quality over quantity. Trying to cast a wide net because you are afraid of missing an opportunity can appear like you either don’t know what you want, or you will just take any job, which is not attractive to recruiters who are looking for motivation. Being too generic doesn’t help the recruiter know if you are a right fit. A better example is: I want to lead a team of developers using my skills and experience to create the next marketing tool because I have a passion for social media and a front end background.
If it is hard to write down what you seek, then this is a flag to indicate that you need to research more about what it is you want to do. Talk to more people, think about what you want and are passionate about.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Where do you see yourself in x years?
- What product/industry/field are you interested in?
- What energises/motivates you?
- What are your development goals?
Education, Positions, Competence, Skills & Experience Section:
Use the profile space wisely. There is no need to repeat things that can be selected.
You should offer what you seek, and it’s okay to offer more. Skills plus Seek section, should equal offer. Add numbers to achievements and experience to show recruiters a better idea of what it is you are saying. For example: I have managed x amount of clients that generated x amount of money for the company.
Lastly for the Offer Section, try and answer these questions:
- Briefly explain what you have been doing previously.
- What are your strengths?
- What are three achievements you’re proudest of?
We know how challenging it can be to make yourself known to the companies you’re after, which is why having a strong Deal Room profile can help to get your foot in the door. Invest the time into matchmaking tools, while taking an objective approach to assessing your skills, and it might just lead to your next job offer.
By Esmeé Xavier – 12 December, 2019
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