For most people, job search starts by typing their current job title into the search engine or job board they use and aimlessly applying to whatever job ads come up. If this about sums up your job search strategy too, it is time for you to rethink it. Read on to find out how to search for a job efficiently by targeting companies instead of job titles, and how Lensa can help you with that.
What is Lensa?
Lensa is an independent job search engine with a vision to empower people to make better career decisions. Working with thousands of companies and hundreds of thousands of job seekers, we have enormous amounts of statistical data at our disposal.
We have the know-how to translate all this information into insights that can help you with your job search. We tell you everything you need to know about relevant hiring companies and about the career path you can expect based on your resume and your individual working style. Yes, you heard that right!
Power up Your Job Search Strategy With the Workstyle Game
So how do we figure out your individual working style? After all it is not something you put on your resume. Hey, most people are not even aware that they have one.
This is where Lensa’s Workstyle Game comes into the picture. It is an online game developed by cognitive scientists. Lensa members have access to it for free. Although it barely takes 10 minutes to play, during that time, 400 different measurements are taken every second, such as how often you click your mouse and what strategy you apply. This information is then analyzed. In the end you get a full report on what motivates you, how you tackle challenges, and what your working style is.
For more information, we invite you to read this blog post about the workstyle game. This is all about figuring out what kind of workplace you would be the happiest at.
How to Find the Right Job by Changing the Angle of Your Search
“What kind of workplace culture would I thrive in?” This could be the single most important question you need to answer before you create your job search strategy. How important is personal development for you? Do you love to wear multiple hats in a job or does it make you stressed?
Does a startup environment, where roles often change or are fluid, freak you out, or are you someone who wouldn’t have it any other way? Does a rigid chain of command make you comfortable or do you prefer a flat hierarchy in which people practically manage themselves?
When you align your job search strategy around your current job title, important questions like this get pushed aside. Even though we all know that the same job title at a well-established global company with thousands of employees and a young, dynamic startup can mean, very, very different things.
This is why we in your job search, it can often make sense to target companies rather than job titles. Figure out what makes you happy, which company can provide that to you, and target them. Regardless of what job position you’re searching for, the company needs to be a good fit overall for it to make sense for you.
But where do you even start? How do you know which company is right for you? After all, it is impossible to have a friend at every single hiring company out there that could give you the inside scoop. The good news: Lensa can.
How Do I Match This Company?
When you are logged in and click on a company page on the Lensa site, you will see a pop-up with the following message:
If you click on the “How do I match this company?” button, we will show you how many touch points you have in common with the given company. You may need to upload the latest version of your resume to do this.
We calculate these matching points using all the statistical data that we have at our disposal on the company, ranging from average tenure, average age of employees, typical career paths, and plenty more. Note that you can also browse this information on the company pages themselves.
From your side, we have your resume, your history with Lensa jobs, and your workstyle game results, remember? We basically compare your profile to that of current employees, and work out how you would fit in. The more touch points you have with a company, the better the match, obviously.
You may have no common ground at all, meaning it is not the most logical place to focus your job search energy on. Other than saving you a lot of time and legwork, the other great thing about this feature is that it gives you some ideas about what you should highlight about yourself in your application or during the job interview.
See Your Best-Matching Companies
We also run your data against millions of companies and job seeker experiences in our database to find companies we think you would love. By clicking on the “See Matching Companies” button, not only you can check how exactly you match up with a company, but you get access to all the insights we have on them, including career advancement outlook, revenue, and average length of employment. This is what the report looks like:
Sound good? Click on “Current job openings” and send your application. Remember, being at the right company could be so much more important than keeping or leveling up your current job title.
Have we managed to convince you that targeting companies is a good way to do your job search? If the answer is yes, sign up for Lensa today to get the head start that data-driven career technology can provide.
Signing up will give you access to millions of Lensa jobs and job recommendations tailored to your unique personality. We believe that the right job is out there for everyone. Let’s find yours together.