Are you looking for a job? If so, you already know that it can be a grueling process. Though jobs are on the rise, current employers are faced with a deluge of well-qualified candidates to fill a small number of open positions. On the other hand, technology job employers are faced with what they say is a dearth of candidates qualified to fill jobs, and ironically are forced to outsource.
If you are looking for an advantage in the job market, here are some tips that challenge the traditional approach to the job search:
1. Avoid headhunters. According to Forbes.com, headhunters handle roughly 10% of available jobs. Also, they’re working for companies and not for you. After you’ve made sure your résumé is in their database, move on.
2. Present Yourself as a Resource. Career sourcing strategist Bill Ellermeyer, says, “Instead of presenting yourself as an out-of-work job seeker, come across as a resource. Let people know you can solve problems. Approach your job hunt as a search for quality relationships. Instead hand out business cards that portray you as a consultant.”
3. Be More Than Prepared. Allison Doyle of About.com says you should always have an up-to-date resume ready to send – even if you are not currently looking for work. You never know when an opportunity that is too good to pass up might come along. If you’re not on LinkedIn yet, create a LinkedIn Profile and start making connections who can help you job search.
4. Create Cover Letter and Resume Templates. Have copies of your resume and cover letter ready to edit. Create templates based on job title/position. That way you can simply make minor changes that will customize the letter or resume to the prospective employer.
5. Stop looking for a job. Too many unemployed people equate looking for a job with sending out a résumé or answering an ad on a job board. According to sourcing veteran Bill Ellermeyer,“If you send out 500 résumés to friends, family and companies, nobody is going to take the time to help you,” he says. The only time you should send a résumé is when you’ve established there is a real job at a company for which you’re being considered, or a headhunter is trying to fill an open position and requests one.
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