3 Better Job Search Tips from a Recruiter

Search Tips from a Recruiter

Search Tips from a Recruiter That Are Sure To Get You Hired!

Want to know the three best ways to get hired in today’s tough job market?

I recently interviewed a friend with more than 20 years of hiring experience. Her top three tips can help you get hired faster.

Here they are

1) Networking works

“The most important advice I can offer you is this: the vast majority of jobs are found and secured via word-of-mouth referrals — networking,” says Harris.

In other words, tell everyone you know about your job search. And know this: there’s no shame in being between jobs. People want to help you. But they can’t help if you keep your job search a secret!

“You never know who might have a lead on a job opening, or might know someone who is hiring. And, when you’re networking, don’t overlook your past professional associates,” advises Harris.

That means you should go through your Rolodex, your email address book, the desk drawer where you keep business cards, etc. Write down the name of everyone you’ve done business with in the last 10-15 years.

You should have no trouble coming up with 200-300 contacts this way.

“The biggest error people make is not keeping business cards. One of the first things you should do is call up past or current vendors, sales reps who’ve called on you, competitors and associates from past jobs. This information is a gold mine,” says Harris.

But how do you approach people to ask for job leads? What should you say?

According to Harris, you could say “Hi, this is Joe. It’s been about 9 months since we last spoke and I hop you’re well. I’m calling today because I need your help. I’m looking for a position in IT management and I thought of you right away.”

If the person you call can’t provide any job leads, ask the magic question: “Who else do you know that I should be talking to?” Then call that new person right away.

Everyone loves to help … but you have to ask. Far too many folks are ashamed to be out of work. Don’t be — you have lots of company! Thousands of people just like you are searching for a new job today.

2) You MUST meet hiring managers

Here’s another dose of the obvious: computers don’t hire people. People do.

“Chances are, unless you get face to face with the hiring manager, you will not get the job. After creating a top-notch resume and cover letter, your next major goal should be to meet hiring managers at companies you want to work for,” says Harris.

If you’re searching for a job locally, a powerful way to increase your odds of meeting a hiring manager is to pick up the phone and call.

Here’s what Harris suggests.

“Never just send your resume and leave it at that. Call and ask for the hiring manager. If he/she answers, explain why you are calling. Tell them why you are perfect for the job and ask for meeting. Typically, they will ask you to just send your resume.”

But don’t let that stop you.

According to Harris, an excellent response is this: “I could send you my resume, but I’m going to be about five minutes from your office tomorrow around noon. If you don’t mind, I’d like to stop by and drop it off. When I do, I’ll ask for you. If you’re available, I can introduce myself and personally give you, my resume. If you’re not available, I’ll just leave it with the receptionist. Would that be OK?”

This strategy will produce more face-to-face meetings with hiring managers. Which can dramatically reduce your time out of work.

3) Finding a job is a full-time job

If you’re like most out-of-work people, you’re probably frittering away your time on activities that will never get you hired. That’s the most common mistake I see.

Think about it.

The last time you were employed, you worked 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week. If you continue to work the same number of hours searching for a better job — and I would argue that you should work even harder — you would have spent 160 hours last month in your job search.

Did you? Probably not.

So, treat your job search like the full-time job it is. Devote at least 40 hours a week and 160 hours a month to your job search. Nothing less.

“Most of us only look for a job a few times in our life. So, writing a resume, networking and meeting with hiring managers will take time, but it will pay off,” agrees Harris.

To recap,

  1. Networking works. Don’t overlook the contacts you’ve amassed in your current and past jobs, and tell EVERYONE about your job search
  2. You can’t get hired if you don’t meet with hiring managers, so make it a priority to get your foot in the door and get “face time” with people who can hire you
  3. Finding a job is a full-time job

The future is  in  your hands.

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