5-Step Job Hunting

Written by Don Goodman, President About Jobs

The economy is picking up, budgets are new, positions are open and companies are hiring. Now isrepparttar time to rev up your job search efforts. Use these tips to dramatically improve your results.

Get onrepparttar 138541 job boards and make sure you setup search agents so you get a daily e-mail whenever a new job is posted that meets your criteria. Look for niche boards that focus on your profession.

Make sure your resume is great. If your resume has been posted for a while and you have not been getting calls, then run, don’t walk, to a professional resume writing service. This is one ofrepparttar 138542 best hiring times ofrepparttar 138543 year and an investment of a couple of hundred dollars to have a resume that gets you noticed is well worth it.

Identify companies that you like and focus on opportunities with them. When you find one, see if you can findrepparttar 138544 name ofrepparttar 138545 hiring manager. Then, after researchingrepparttar 138546 company, callrepparttar 138547 manager and say something like, “A friend told me you might be looking for a XYZ. I have over 8 years in XYZ and have been very successful with such companies as (NAMEDROP).” Then, and this is important, ask him intelligent probing questions that demonstrate your knowledge. By building some rapport withrepparttar 138548 hiring manager, you will be onrepparttar 138549 top of his mind when he is looking at resumes.

Job Search Strategies that Work!

Written by Don Goodman, President About Jobs

So you took your resume and posted it onrepparttar job boards. You also spent hours searching forrepparttar 138540 jobs that fit your background and career goals, and you responded to a few dozen jobs. Then you waited forrepparttar 138541 phone to ring. But it didn’t. What went wrong?

Did you know thatrepparttar 138542 job boards have an effectiveness rate of less than 3% in getting people jobs? Some ofrepparttar 138543 larger boards are even worse, with less than a 1% effectiveness rate. If you think about it, everyone is usingrepparttar 138544 boards to find jobs, so you have thrown your resume intorepparttar 138545 pile of 600-1500 resumes employers are getting for every job posted. Not a particularly effective way to get noticed, is it?

Consider too that approximately 87% ofrepparttar 138546 open jobs are not even advertised! The first thing that a company does when it has an open position is ask their employees if they know anyone, internally or externally, who can fillrepparttar 138547 job. Employers would much rather have a referral from someone they know than go out torepparttar 138548 open market and hire a stranger. Many companies even offer fairly large referral bonuses if an employee’s recommendation is hired.

Typically, companies will post a position internally for 30 days before looking torepparttar 138549 outside. All this means is that byrepparttar 138550 time you seerepparttar 138551 job, if they even advertise it, they are already interviewing recommended internal and outside candidates. This doesn’t produce very good odds for getting a job through advertised positions onrepparttar 138552 web or inrepparttar 138553 paper.

So how do you get torepparttar 138554 87% of those open jobs that are not advertised. There are 3 ways: networking, headhunters and direct contact.

First of all you need to get organized so when you get that call fromrepparttar 138555 resumes you sent out, you know all aboutrepparttar 138556 company that’s calling. So keep a log detailingrepparttar 138557 name ofrepparttar 138558 company,repparttar 138559 position advertised andrepparttar 138560 dates you contacted them along with any notes. (Readers may request a free log by emailing success@gotthejob.com).

Networking is stillrepparttar 138561 best way to get a job with an effectiveness rate up to 64%. Hiring managers love people who are recommended to them since it lowersrepparttar 138562 risk ofrepparttar 138563 person not working out onrepparttar 138564 job. Aggressive networking isrepparttar 138565 key here. For everyone you call in your inner network, you should try to get 2-3 names of additional people you can call. Go to trade shows, join associations and attend their meetings. Make sure you know your “elevator pitch” –repparttar 138566 30-second statement about yourself that you would make to Bill Gates if you were with him on an elevator.

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