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 By incorporating all three methods into your search strategy, you will maximize the number of leads – published and unpublished – you can pursue.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, Job Search, Working with Recruiters, Job Application & Follow Up

What's taking recruiters so long?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

August 07, 2012 @ 11:17 PM

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

TheLadders_Skippy_TimeA: 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 & Follow Up

How to recruit recruiters

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 31, 2012 @ 11:18 PM

Q: 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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A: 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.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Working with Recruiters