As a Certified Professional Résumé Writer, I speak on the phone with job seekers every day. I work with clients from places as far-flung as South Korea, to those based right here in New York City. Often, the only way for me to determine my client’s personality type is to assess how he or she behaves over the phone. A thorough conversation usually tells me whether my client is professional, prepared, confident and composed.
For those preparing to launch a job search, or who are in the midst of one right now, here are some tips to improve your chances of clearing the phone interview.
Record a Voicemail
Make sure to update your voicemail before prospective employers and recruiters reach out to you. Include your full name and a promise to respond within 24 hours. Ringback tones must be in good taste.
If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you may have seen me tweet about Job Central. Here at TheLadders, we’ve been hard at work for months planning a one-of-kind job-search extravaganza, and in less than one week, it will all come to fruition!
On Thursday, January 10th, we will bring together the best employers, recruiters, and career experts at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall to host a comprehensive job-search experience for professionals looking to make their next career move.
So, what’s so special about Job Central, you ask? For starters, it’s FREE and open to all professionals! I will be there all day answering questions and sharing tips on how to conduct a successful job search in 2013. Additionally, we’ve lined up an impressive roster of industry experts to speak on a wide range of topics, including how to leverage social media in the job hunt and navigating job-search uncertainty.
Here at TheLadders we are constantly working to find the best way for you to land your next position. Whether it’s improving the tools you are using, such as your resume or your cover letter, or offering valuable job-seeking strategies, we want to help you go about your search in the best way possible. What that boils down to is that, if we think that our members could be doing something better, we don’t wait for them to ask.
One of the first things we do is let our members know the importance of having an up-to-date profile and resume searchable on TheLadders. We recently went through our database and found thousands of members that had old profiles and resumes, or no resumes at all. There is no doubt that routinely updating your resume and membership profile on TheLadders greatly increases the attention you receive from recruiters and hiring managers.
Every day, I provide advice to job seekers on ways to improve their job search. Some clients are looking to get promoted at their current companies, whereas others want to change employers and will accept a lateral move in the same industry. That said, many are seeking something completely different. Apart from the advice and resources I offer, I motivate job seekers to step out of their comfort zones to look for possible job opportunities.
Looking at the results from our summer job-search survey, which are illustrated in our awesome infographic below, I cringe at the discovery that only 31% of respondents say that they network more during the summer. Summertime activities present a unique opportunity to network with loads of new people. Whether at the beach or at a baseball game, you should make it a point to strike up a conversation with someone you don’t already know. People are generally more relaxed during the summer, making it easier to grow your professional network while celebrating your social life.
The webinar, “Surviving the Coming 2013 Double Dip Recession,” focused on the “Trillion Dollar Meltdown,” providing attendees with a lesson in basic economic theory and explaining why recessions and inflation occur. The bottom line: he believes 2013 is going to be a hard year on our economy, and it’s going to get worse before it gets better.
But what does that mean for the average professional or job seeker? Jack recommends the following strategies:
At TheLadders, we pride ourselves in providing our members and affiliates with valuable tools that make the job search as seamless, and painless, as possible. As such, I’m very happy to announce that we’ve added two more resources to our already established arsenal: The Career Chronicles and the Recruit Blog.
The Career Chronicles is TheLadders’ premier job search and career advice blog, written by our talented staff of resume writers and career coaches. Additionally, beginning today, our resident Job Search Expert Amanda Augustine will answer your toughest job-search questions in her weekly advice column Ask Amanda. If you have a question for Amanda, submit it here for a chance to be featured in an upcoming column.
For the past eight years, it has been my passion to educate professionals on the job search process. It may sound cliché, but I truly enjoy teaching people the “tricks of the trade” to land them the job they want.
I’ve done everything from one-on-one career coaching, to hosting networking mixers with job seekers and recruiters, to giving presentations and speaking on panels to groups of professionals looking to make a career change.
So, when CBS New York asked to me to provide job-seeking advice for the "lazy days of summer," I was absolutely thrilled about the opportunity to share my insights with such a large audience!
Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of participating in Mediabistro’s first-ever Career Breakfast, a Google + hangout where a small panel of HR professionals and career experts gave their insight into various aspects of the job search process. This week’s topic was “What Really Happens After You Submit Your Resume.”
There’s a lot of advice floating around about standing out from the crowd during the application process. I’ve always believed, and my fellow panelists agree, that the best ways are the simplest. First, be qualified. The fanciest song and dance routine won’t get you anywhere if you can’t do the job. Second, have an easy-to-read resume that quickly conveys your experience and skills. A study done at TheLadders revealed that your resume has about six seconds to make a good first impression.
Let’s just put in out there, the job search isn’t an easy one.
The questions one has during the search are endless. Should my resume be multiple pages long? How soon after applying should I follow up? How do I follow up? How do I go about finding job postings at a particular company? I’m fearful I may price myself right out of the running - how much should I ask for?
So while many of us have personal trainers or financial advisors, we really don’t have a place to turn for expert advice around the job search. That is, until now. TheLadders Signature program is a proven 6-month program that gives you one-to-one advice from one of our certified professional career coaches (CPCC).
September 20th was quite the day for TheLadders! After lots of hard work, we officially opened our doors to all career-driven professionals looking for their next big opportunity. We’ve found a lot of success with the $100k+ salaried workforce and are excited to share that with everyone else. To celebrate this launch, we hosted our very first Career Carnival that same day.
What is a Career Carnival, you ask? Well, it’s not your average job fair. Located at the South Street Seaport in our very own New York City, we organized an afternoon of games, prizes, and career advice. Perhaps some of you checked it out? It was a lot of fun and a perfect afternoon break for those working in the area.