Managing Employers' Expectations

Written by Scott Brown

One obstacle job seekers often run into is employers who seem to have impossible expectations. Although there are always some employers afflicted with this syndrome, there seem to be more of them in a down economy. The logic is that if jobs are harder to come by, a company should be able to get more for their money. This is sometimes true but it is less oftenrepparttar case than employers would like to think.

Often, what they're looking for in a candidate isn't really feasible. For example, inrepparttar 139277 I.T. world, they might normally be able to get a web designer for $40/hr and in a down economy, they might try to get someone who can do both web design and server-side scripting forrepparttar 139278 same salary. But it might not be realistic to expect someone could be competent in both skills. If you're confident that whatrepparttar 139279 recruiter's asking for is unrealistic, let them know (in a respectful way).

I think one ofrepparttar 139280 biggest mistakes job seekers make in interviews is kowtowing torepparttar 139281 interviewer. It is good to be respectful, but it is also important that you command respect yourself and not let them ask you ridiculous questions or expect you have a skillset that people don't have. I was watchingrepparttar 139282 movie "Shawshank Redemption" last night and it struck me that Morgan Freeman's character experienced this with his parole board interviews. At first, he just sucked up torepparttar 139283 interviewers and told them what he thought they wanted to hear. "Yes sir, I'm a changed man. I am definitely rehabilitated." And each time, he was rejected. Then at one point, he decided to tell them how he really felt and told them "I have no idea whatrepparttar 139284 word 'rehabilitation' means. It's just a term politicians came up with to make themselves feel important. But I do feel regret for my crime and if I could, I'd go back in time and talk to that young man and show him there's a better way to live. But unfortunately it's too late for that." That's when they finally respected him as a human being and gave him his parole.

Getting the most out of Online Job Boards

Written by Scott Brown

Do Online Job Boards Really Work?

The short answer is Yes, they do work.

Even though job boards are a new technology that have been around for just a few years, there are already many signs that they are a significantly more effective recruiting technology than what had been used before (mainly newspaper classified ads). Trying to gaugerepparttar effectiveness of job boards is sort of like trying to figure out how fast you're going in a jet airplane. At 40,000 feet, you don't realize how fastrepparttar 139238 plane was moving you until you get to your destination.

In 2003, earned about $423 million dollars from employers who paid to find candidates on their job site. And Monster is only one ofrepparttar 139239 top job boards. Nationwide, employers spend over a billion dollars a year to recruit candidates from job sites.

How likely you are to find your next job throughrepparttar 139240 Internet depends on a number of factors. One of them isrepparttar 139241 profession you're in. Some studies have suggested nearly 50% or even more of IT jobs are found online. For less tech-savvy positions,repparttar 139242 chance of finding your next job online are generally lower. If most job seekers in your field are not tech-savvy, employers will probably not bother looking online for those types of candidates. For example, employers generally do not searchrepparttar 139243 Internet for low-wage job candidates like home health aides and cashiers. The feeling is many of these people don't have computers and aren't onrepparttar 139244 job sites.

In other professions, there is a quickly changing dynamic. When job boards first became popular, most higher-level managers still had their secretaries do most of their work. It was not uncommon in 1997 for a CEO to spend little or no time onrepparttar 139245 computer since it was seen as an administrative tool. By 2000, that had started to change with many executives and other high level managers starting to see e-mail andrepparttar 139246 web as a necessity for doing their jobs and staying in touch with employees and customers. Whereas recruiters had originally thought executives would never look for jobs online, by 2002, a study by outplacement firm Drake Beam Morrin reported 6% of management-level jobs were found throughrepparttar 139247 Internet inrepparttar 139248 prior year. This statistic is continually increasing with more and more management jobs being found online.

Even withrepparttar 139249 impressive growth of job boards,repparttar 139250 top source for finding a new job is still by word of mouth in most professions. The 2002 Drake Beam Morrin study found 61% of management-level jobs were found through networking. The percentage tends to vary depending onrepparttar 139251 profession but usually anywhere between 40% and 70% of positions are filled by word of mouth. About 5% of jobs are still filled through newspaper ads. Overall, across all professions, job boards account for about 10-15% of all jobs found.

Here are some tips to getrepparttar 139252 most out of using job boards:

1. When you post your resume on a job site, make surerepparttar 139253 salary you're asking for is in line with what other people with your background are looking for. Think about it fromrepparttar 139254 employer's perspective: if you got a list of 50 resumes, and 45 of them are asking for a salary you think is reasonable and 5 of them are asking for a salary that seems high, which ones will you look at first? How do you know what a reasonable salary is? One way is to look at job listings for your profession in your local area and make sure what you're asking for is withinrepparttar 139255 range of what employers are willing to pay.

2. Make sure recruiters can reach you easily atrepparttar 139256 contact information you provide. The email address you put down onrepparttar 139257 job boards should be one that you check frequently. Keep in mind that with free email services like Yahoo and Hotmail, you have to check them at least every few days if you're getting a decent amount of email so they won't fill up. If a recruiter tries to email you and their message bounces back because your mailbox was full, chances are they'll just move on torepparttar 139258 next person on their list. Same goes for phone numbers. You should provide a work or cell phone number so recruiters can reach you duringrepparttar 139259 day, as well as an evening phone number just in case they're working late (as many recruiters do) or they brought some resumes home with them. You should have an answering machine or voice mail, and make sure it works properly. If you have a fax machine onrepparttar 139260 same line, make sure it's set not to answerrepparttar 139261 phone.

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