YouTube isn't all about cat video. Here are channels you can use for your job search.
When you're job seeking, you need all the help you can get. That's especially true when you consider that individual job adverts can attract thousands of applicants. So, how can you beat the competition? One way is to ensure that you're as prepared as possible, and heading to YouTube could be the answer. Yes, there are plenty of career-centric channels you could be watching to improve your chances. Here are some of the best YouTube channels to help with your job search.
Self Made Millennial
When it comes to acing interview questions, Madeline Mann is your girl. On her YouTube channel, Self Made Millennial, she shares tips and advice based on her experiences in the Human Resources Management and Recruiting field. Specialising in interview questions and answers, her channel is packed full of handy advice that you can use when you land an interview.
If you're unsure where to click first, try '5 Top LinkedIn Profile Tips'. When you're searching for a new role, getting your LinkedIn page in tip-top condition is an absolute must. However, whilst many of us have profiles, we often don't know what to do with them. In this short and sweet video, Mann describes some of the easiest ways you can make the most of your LinkedIn profile. As a bonus, if you've recently become unemployed, she reveals the best way to communicate that without looking desperate.
Whilst Thomas Frank's channel aims to make people more productive, there's a load of career-based videos here too. From essential career tips to how to inspire yourself to work hard, there's a lot that you can learn by tuning in to this channel. With videos around 10 minutes long, these bite-sized nuggets of information are just what you need when you're in the midst of looking for a new role.
If you're on the cusp of a career change, watch his video 'How to figure out what to do with your life'. The video starts with a simple question: 'What do you want to be when you grow up?' Chances are, you heard this enquiry 1,000 times during your childhood. However, as we grow up, many of us stop asking ourselves this fundamental question. The insightful talk invites you to go back to the basics and question what you want. Whilst the video won't automatically help you choose a role, it can help you gain an understanding of your goals.
If you want to know what HR managers are really looking for, why not go straight to the horse's mouth? Penny Etcetera is a Human Resources professional living in Norwich. Her entertaining YouTube channel is full of videos about her life and adulting journey. Since she loves talking about her work, she also shares tips for job seekers and advice from a professional perspective.
Kick things off by watching '5 reasons to turn down a job offer!'. Whilst it may seem counterintuitive to reject an opportunity when you're searching for a job, the truth of the matter is that not all roles will be the perfect fit. In this video, Etcetera explains the red flags to look out for when you're interviewing for a position. For example, she says that if a job is in any way misadvertised, you should turn it down. In her opinion, there's likely a reason that the recruiters have chosen to mislead candidates.
Cass Thompson Career Advice
The Cass Thompson Career Advice channel is a great place to help you build your career confidence. A career strategist herself, Thompson reveals a wealth of tools that you can use to boost your career. If you have hours to spare, you can go through her extensive range of tutorials.There's everything from interview preparation checklist tips to advice on general job searching. Put simply, whatever challenge you're currently facing within your working life, she's got you covered.
Introduce yourself to her YouTube videos with '3 Common Job Interview Mistakes You HAVE TO STOP MAKING!'. The tutorial covers exactly what it says ‒ a few of the common mistakes you could be making when you're answering interview questions. One piece of advice Thompson shares is how you can take real ownership of your answers by changing the way that you phrase them.
Founded in 2011 by interview expert Richard McMunn, CareerVidz is what it says on the tin. The YouTube channel has a variety of interview and job-centric tutorials, so it's worth browsing through their content to see what applies to your job-search journey. With more than 20 years of professional experience, McMunn is well-placed to dish out handy advice.
Already landed a dream interview? Ahead of the big day, you'll need to do some prep work. The video 'DESCRIBE YOURSELF in 3 WORDS! (A Brilliant Answer to this INTERVIEW QUESTION!)' is one of the places you should start. In it, McMunn explains why you should come up with an answer to this common interview question ahead of time and gives advice on how to decide what words apply to you in a professional capacity. If you're struggling to distil your entire personality down to three words, there are some example words you can use as inspiration.
Using YouTube to help your job search
Now that you know about the best YouTube channels for job-hunters, it's time to tune in. Within this guide, we've highlighted some of the top careers-focussed channels and their featured videos. For even more job-search tips, you can browse more of TopCV's career-advice blog.
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