I have sent out hundreds of resumes and the phone isn't ringing!
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) December 11, 2008
With fast rising unemployment rates in Georgia and across the country, many professionals are looking for new ideas on how to be proactive and leverage technology in the job search process. Responding to accounting jobs ads and waiting for the phone to ring is simply not proactive enough in a deepening recession. This article provides a starting point for thinking outside the box with your job search.
"I have sent out hundreds of resumes and the phone isn't ringing! "This is common feedback we are hearing right now from marketable candidates," says Nate Rozell, owner of SearchLogic Recruiting, an Atlanta based staffing and search firm with two specialized job placement focuses (Accounting and Administrative). Rozell says this kind of candidate frustration is common place in a down-market. "We saw this last back at the end of 2001 and 2002. From all the available data and our own observations it appears the job cuts will be deeper and the unemployment rate will be higher this time but it isn't permanent and things could be a lot worse. Job seekers looking for work in the Greater Atlanta area have the advantage of sheer volume of companies including the number of corporate headquarters and diversity of industries. We are not a one pony town like a Detroit."
When asked about helpful ideas on how to leverage technology with the job search process, Rozell had the following tips to share.
1. We are encouraging people to leverage technology in a way that they never have in the past. One example is the use of social networking sites. In the past few years sites like LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com and Facebook http://www.facebook.com have reached a tipping point for entertainment and business use. LinkedIn has over 20 million users now and Facebook has almost 700,000 people in the Atlanta Network alone. The bottom line is these sites facilitate networking which is so critical without ever leaving the house. Get out there, create an account and start reconnecting with everyone you have ever known. I encourage candidates to make their linked in profile read like a well drafted resume and marketing presentation because when people visit, you want to make a lasting impression. You can even insert examples of your work or presentations you have done using a new Google http://google.com application that integrates with Linkedin. The point is make the investment of time to learn how to use these sites effectively. You can find plenty of instructional content on the net for free.
2. Work smart by using job boards to your advantage. Set up "job search agents" with popular job boards like Monster http://www.monster.com, Careerbuilder http://www.careerbuilder.com andYahoo Hotjobs http://www.hotjobs.com. It is easy to set up these agents with your ideal search criteria (the keywords of position titles you would be interested in) and new positions are emailed to you each day. Another popular website, Indeed http://www.indeed.com consolidates jobs postings from a variety of job boards including the ones listed above. Furthermore, once you have a list of companies looking to hire, use the LinkedIn People search to find hiring manager contacts at these organizations. It is ok to send your resume directly to Human Resources or the Corporate Recruiter but you may get further faster if your resume lands in the inbox of the person doing the hiring. Make it a goal to reach multiple contacts within an organization because maybe one person finds interest where another does not.
Rozell says these are just a few of the many tips his staff likes to share with candidates. For additional information on this article or to get registered as a candidate with SearchLogic, visit http://www.searchlogicrecruiting.com.
Nate Rozell, President
SearchLogic Recruiting LLC