Let me start by setting the scene. It’s a typical weekday, and you get in from work and think “perfect, I’ll see what’s on Netflix, everyone's raving about these amazing shows, there must be something good on…” 45 minutes later you’re down the proverbial rabbit hole endlessly scrolling for something to watch, your partner is less than amused, so you chuck on a film you’ve seen twice already. You haven’t experienced anything new and you’re no closer to finding something you like.

If you’re job searching in the digital age, I imagine this is a similar feeling. A quick Google search of any digital job brings up pages and pages of postings, with nothing massively distinct and more often than not, you find yourself endlessly scrolling.

Now let me paint another picture. You’ve seen a film advertised. It’s not your usual genre, you've heard mixed reviews. You take a chance and buy a ticket. For the sake of a couple of hours, you experience the film as it was meant to be experienced, and make up your own mind about it. You had a good time. You quietly count down for the sequel…

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Netflix and there’s merit in a quiet night in. But do those shows really compare to the impact you experience of walking out of the cinema and thinking “Wow!”?

In the increasingly information heavy age we live in, it’s crucial to apply some old school thinking to your job search sometimes and get out and see it for real. Absolutely you should research companies online, but when an opportunity comes along via Talent Acquisition or Recruiters that you like the sound of, or are even undecided, take the cinema approach. 

You might walk out of the interview and think “Wow!” and quietly count down to the next round…