Stop the madness with the right job-search strategy

Posted by Amanda Augustine

March 27, 2013 @ 02:00 AM

Carefully prepare your job-search strategy and you’ll be one step closer to success. 

Stop the MadnessA survey conducted by TheLadders found that nearly 70% of its members considered their job search to be “top priority” right now. However, after carefully reviewing the survey responses, it became clear that not everyone is as prepared for the search as they need to be in today’s marketplace.

This got me thinking. For the last week or so, our office has seen a flurry of emails going back and forth about March Madness. Folks are standing around the water cooler (literally) discussing their picks for the NCAA basketball tournaments. In fact, I found dozens of articles online that explain different strategies for building a winning March Madness Bracket.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Interview, Networking, Working with Recruiters, Job Application, Goal Setting, Job Search Process

Working with recruiters: 4 tips on making the most of your partnership

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

December 17, 2012 @ 12:02 PM

Just because you start working with a recruiter doesn’t mean you’re exempt from your regular job searching responsibilities.

Partnership

That dogged and persistent approach needs to be maintained once you partner with someone connected to a company. Often, that effort needs to be increased with the recruiter in order to get that next great job.

Chad Oakley is president and chief operating officer of Charles Aris, Inc., one of the largest recruiting firms in the nation, and he says that when searching for a job, timing is everything.

“The biggest reason why job seekers get the cold shoulder from a recruiter is timing,” he said.

Even if you do everything right as a candidate and you’re working with an excellent recruiter, the company will still have a preconceived idea of the right person for the job – and it might be somebody with a slightly different background.

Topics: Working with Recruiters

In the job search & over 50: Part II of III

Posted by Amanda Augustine

October 04, 2012 @ 08:30 AM

The second article in a three-part series on conducting a job search later in life.

20130619_AskAmanda_Job_Application_Checklist_v2After you’ve determined the right job goals for your search and developed a resume to support them, it’s time to begin your job-search campaign. Below are tips on how to advertise your brand on and offline, as well as pursue opportunities through multiple channels.

PERSONAL BRANDING

In Jobvite's 2012 Social Recruiting Survey of 800+ HR professionals and recruiters in the US, it was found that 92 percent of employers and recruiters use social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for recruiting. The survey reported that 73 percent of companies found a new hire through social media (the largest percentage – 89 percent – came through LinkedIn). This means the job seeker never even submitted an application – the employer or recruiter found them because of their online presence. In addition, 86 percent of recruiters admitted to reviewing candidates’ social network profiles – whether or not the candidates gave them that information.

Bottom line? If you’re not utilizing these channels to brand yourself and pursue opportunities, you’re missing out on a number of job leads that may not be published anywhere else. Building a strong online brand that supports your job goals, aligns with your resume and highlights your accomplishments and areas of expertise is imperative in today’s job market.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Personal Branding, Working with Recruiters, Job Application, Age and Your Job Search

How to harness the power of 3: techniques to find job opportunities

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 26, 2012 @ 02:03 AM

Harness the 'power of three' by using multiple job-search methods to find the most job leads.

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QI'm not having much luck with the on-line application process. What else can I do to get my resume reviewed by employers? - Eunice J., Babylon, NY

A: A while ago when I wrote the post about searching for a job while employed, I mentioned that you should use multiple methods in searching for opportunities. This means: (1) applying to (and properly following up on) online job listings, (2) networking with your social and professional contacts, and (3) engaging with recruiters. By incorporating all three methods into your search strategy, you will maximize the number of leads – published and unpublished – you can pursue.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Working with Recruiters, Job Application, Job Search Process

What's taking recruiters so long?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 07, 2012 @ 11:17 PM

Three tips to help you avoid the job-search 'black hole' with recruiters.

Question: 

When submitting a resume and applying for a job, why does it take so long before you hear any status or update? - Bev L.

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Answer:

Bev, quick question – for the recruiters who typically take a long time to get back, is it to tell you bad news? In that case, you’re actually lucky they’re responding at all!

Typically, recruiters will be responsive when they want to move forward with your candidacy. However, if you’re not the right fit for the job to which you applied, or they don’t have an open job posting right now for which you’re perfect, you probably won’t hear from them.

Fair or not, in the recruiting world, you are not the customer. The company filling the role – the person who pays their paychecks – is. And, as a result, that’s the person for whom they will be responsive. So, for one, don’t take it personally – it has nothing to do with you, in particular. That’s just how it works.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Working with Recruiters, Job Application

How to recruit recruiters for your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 31, 2012 @ 11:18 PM

Learn the right way to partner with recruiters to land a new job.

Question: 

I would like to have recruiters help me get a job. How do I go about getting that assistance? The current way is obviously not working very well. Thank you. 

- Randy B., Marshalltown, IA

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Answer: 

Remember, in the recruiting world, you are not the customer – the corporate client is. Recruiters typically won’t reach out to you unless they have the right position for you, right now.

That said, utilizing recruiters should be part of every job seeker’s strategy (along with job applications and networking). Read on for my top three tips for working well with recruiters.

Proactively target the right recruiters.

Use resources such as TheLadders and i-recruit to identify individual recruiters and agencies that recruit for the types of jobs you are qualified for, and interested in. Identify specific recruiters to reach out to individually, rather than posting your resume on a recruiter’s site. Whenever possible, locate the recruiter’s email address on their company site or LinkedIn profile so that you can send your resume and note of interest.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Working with Recruiters