The job market has evolved; candidates need to be more creative than ever to gain employers’ attention. The advice from 10 years ago no longer applies; advice to candidates should evolve as quickly as the candidates do themselves.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 21, 2011
Most job seekers are inundated with “helpful information,” which is usually the same tips and tricks repeated over and over. eHire is making an effort to help job seekers by offering a more in depth explanation of advice that many career-counseling professionals overlook. This advice pertains to active and passive candidates alike.
eHire’s Director of Business Development, Kim Bannerman, says "The job market has evolved; candidates need to be more creative than ever to gain employers’ attention. The advice from 10 years ago no longer applies; advice to candidates should evolve as quickly as the candidates do themselves.” She was also recently featured on Atlanta’s 11 Alive News with these five tips that job seekers are not told often enough.
1. Find a mentor, utilize their network and advice.
Everyone should have a mentor. When looking for a mentor, ask for referrals from past co-workers, managers, friends, networking acquaintances, and social media connections. Ideally, your mentor should have a current role that is similar to what you aspire to do and a network that is pertinent to your industry.
2. Make a list of companies you would like to work for and start networking your way in.
Your target list should have 5 to 10 companies for whom you would like work. The next step is looking at your network to see who you know that works for those companies or who can help you connect with the companies’ key decision makers. This makes it far easier to submit your resume directly to a person rather than a faceless email address.
3. Use SimplyHired.com and Indeed.com to find companies in your area that are hiring.
These sites are aggregators, meaning they pull from job boards all over the Internet. This is a great way to see what companies are hiring and for what positions agencies are recruiting. These sites will save you time since you won’t have to check multiple job boards. Keep in mind that it is always wise to connect with at least one recruiter who is a subject matter expert in your industry. Recruiters can have access to jobs that are not posted online and usually know the current market trends.
4. Utilize and maintain a professional social media presence.
Google yourself regularly. You do not want to find out about bad personal press from a potential employer. If your search shows less than flattering results, make sure to take note of the information and contact the site to see if they will remove the questionable content. Your goal should be to have as much positive press show up as possible. Social media sites like LinkedIn and Twitter are great for demonstrating your knowledge and influence in your field.
5. Ask for constructive feedback from interviewers, friends, mentors and former employers.
The truth can be hard to face but, without it, you cannot make adjustments that will help you succeed in the future. Before providing references to a potential employer, always know what each reference will say about you. If their feedback contains constructive comments, make sure to take that to heart. Remember at the end of an interview to ask the hiring manager “Do you have any other questions for me or do you see any reason that we wouldn’t move forward?” It is a direct question to ask but this will ensure that there are no misunderstandings between you and your interviewer(s).
Whether you are unemployed or passively looking for a better opportunity, getting a job is never an easy task. The key is to never stop building relationships and always work to improve your skills. For more job-hunting tips and more information about eHire, visit http://www.eHire.com.