Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Five tips to get a job

As our seniors prepare to graduate on Saturday, I find it appropriate to offer advice on the job-search process. Rick Newman Yahoo Finance shares insights to why nobody calls when you apply for a job. This is a good article for anyone currently entering the job market. Newman's advice is simple:

1. Be specific and informative when reaching out
From the article: Trisha Zulic, a hiring recruiter based in San Diego, got an email from a job applicant recently with a single word in the subject line: “Management.” The email itself included only four words: “Attached is my resume.” Zulic was trying to fill management jobs at four different companies, so she emailed back and asked which position the applicant was applying for. The response she got: “Any company. Management.”
2. Apply for what you’re qualified for
From a job-seeker's perspective, it's rational to apply for every job available. “Applicants are actually causing the problem by applying for everything,” says Zulic, director of human relations for outsourcing firm Efficient Edge.
3. Make it easier for the person hiring you
Avoid this common mistake, highlighted from the article: Some people apply by email with a resume attached but no message in the email, hoping that will force the recruiter to open the attachment. Bad idea: That just adds to the recruiter’s workload, making a blowoff more likely. A crisp, four- or five-sentence email explaining what you’re looking for, by contrast, will make it easier for the recruiter to know what you're after.
4. Watch what you say in the interview
With competition for jobs still fierce, finding a way to stand out from other job-seekers is more important than ever. But be careful not to stand out in the wrong way: Many applicants also reveal the stress they’re under after months or years of job-hunting, which can promptly turn off a potential employer.
5. Make a connection
With so many applications arriving online, a human touch can be another way to gain an advantage. Paul Belliveau, managing director at Avance HCM Advisors, suggests doing phone work or other sleuthing to get in touch with at least one person involved in hiring at the target company, then persuading that “initial plant” to give you a few more contacts who might provide info on the status of your application or other openings.
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