StartWire Releases Best-Kept Job Search Tips for Job Seekers’ 2012 New Year’s Resolutions

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New recommendation engine helps close resume black hole and dramatically increases chances of securing position for job seekers.

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StartWire’s mission is to change the black hole mentality by providing updates on job searches and delivering proven job search recommendations to increase their chance for success - Chris Forman, CEO of Startwire.

Trying to give job seekers a leg-up on 2012 job searches, StartWire™, a game-changing Internet job search organizer, is sharing its first annual Best-Kept Job Search Tips for 2012. Seeking to radically improve the job search process, StartWire closes the “résumé black hole” by providing job seekers with automatic application status updates from thousands of employers.

“Typically, this is the time of year when job seekers reflect on their current job search and re-ignite their efforts to land a position in the new year,” said Chris Forman, CEO & Co-Founder of StartWire. “The problem is that job seekers have no real insight into the progress of previously submitted job applications. StartWire’s mission is to change this black hole mentality by providing updates on job searches and now also deliver proven job search recommendations to increase their chances for success.”

StartWire’s 2012 Best-Kept Job Search Tips include:

1.    Early bird gets the job – Applying first to just-posted positions will dramatically increase your chance of getting hired. StartWire’s recent study of more than 6,600 hires across 10 industries shows that nearly 50% of company hires were applicants who applied within the first week and approximately 75% of all hired candidates applied within three weeks of the job posting.

2.    Read the business section – Thousands of resumes pour in from the help wanted/employment ads and job boards. If you really want to be considered for a job, take a look at the local newspaper’s business section or the regional business magazine to find unearthed opportunities. Positive corporate announcements, such as receiving funding or landing new clients, often mean new jobs. Get ahead of the game and contact recruiters before jobs are posted.

3.    Understand a company’s hiring approach – All companies recruit differently. Depending on the recruiting department’s philosophy, the company may hire exclusively through employee referrals or via corporate events. Take the time to find out what their hiring approach is and tailor your efforts to be noticed so that your resume will have a greater chance of making it to the top of the pile.

4.    Find local connections to industry jobs – Local connections are paramount in a successful job search. In addition to local business organizations, almost every industry has a professional association with local chapters. Send an introductory email to the local chapter leaders and attend some of the relevant events. It can open doors to future job positions.

5.    Use Social Media to get inside– Actively following and engaging with potential employers’ social media networks may help increase your chances for an interview or a second look by hiring managers. This shows you are interested in the company and are actively following its efforts. Plus, social media circles often yield inside networking opportunities. Research shows that 1 in 10 candidates whose resumes come through a referral are hired, compared to 1 in 100 general applicants.

StartWire also released its new Recommendation Engine, an integrated feature for StartWire.com job seekers that provides tailored job recommendations based on where they previously submitted job applications and where they have found success in their job search process. Found in the new “Recommendations” tab, the latest release will also provide job search counsel including proactively scanning for social media network connections and recommending resume distribution options.

“Once you have submitted your resume to a few job boards, most job seekers are unclear on next steps so they sit back and wait to hear from the potential employers,” said Forman. “This latest StartWire upgrade empowers job seekers by providing proven spot on job suggestions as well as next-step recommendations on networking, finding hidden opportunities, interviewing, and negotiating an offer.”

With a network of 5,600+ employers and growing, StartWire is radically transforming the job search industry in 2012 by improving application visibility and hiring knowledge for job seekers.

About StartWire™
StartWire™ is a game changing Internet job search organizer that launched in early 2011. StartWire closes the “résumé black hole” by providing job seekers with automatic application status updates from thousands of employers. Over the past 12 months, StartWire has received rave reviews and write-ups in US News & World Report, About.com, AOL Jobs, CNN, ERE, and HR Executive Magazine.

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