In today's job market candidates can clearly benefit by exerting innovative yet professional influences into the traditional hiring process
Austin, TX (PRWEB) July 02, 2012
During a recent staffing roundtable discussion, Mike Carroll, Director of Sales and Marketing for MarketResearchCareers -- a job board and career website, shared techniques to help candidates land their ideal job.
"Far too many candidates simply await a response from Human Resources after submitting their resume. This traditional approach does not deliver results in today's job market as candidates need to actively influence the hiring process at all stages," said Carroll. Mr. Carroll's suggestions include:
Deliver an Impactful Resume
A resume is a door opener -- or a door closer -- so craft it wisely. To prevent the erosion of credibility, provide no more than five qualification bullets that are commensurate with the most current job title. Prominently list titles and employment dates for each position and be prepared to explain any gaps. As numbers can help increase attractiveness, each candidate should quantify the impact of their work -- including statistics for revenue or client growth, cost reductions, and everything in between.
Locate the Hiring Manager
Given many companies use impersonal job applicant systems, it's up to the candidate to break through with a personal message. Use LinkedIn, Facebook, and personal contacts to identify the hiring manager. Then affix a handwritten note to the resume -- sending it via traditional mail. Going "old school" can get you noticed and provide the needed opening.
Develop and Adhere to a Schedule
Keeping the hiring process on a forward-going trajectory is vital to arriving at the first day on the job. It's important to stay top of mind without appearing overly eager. A communication schedule can help the candidate to:
- Reach out to the hiring manager two weeks after submitting your resume -- providing ample time for review and consideration.
- Send an appropriately timed succinct "sanitized" work example. To keep the dialogue going, offer to provide a longer version or alternative examples.
- Maintain the dialogue momentum -- preventing a communication lapse of two weeks while in the interview "process."
Demonstrate Communication Skills
Jobs today depend upon interacting with others. If a candidate has presented at an industry or related conference, create a three minute YouTube collage summarizing the presentation. It's likely to impress as few professionals are invited to speak at industry events.
"We encourage all candidates take an active role in the hiring process," said Carroll. "Today's job market is competitive and candidates can clearly benefit by exerting innovative yet professional influences into the traditional hiring process."
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