Still more job searching tips…while you wait for the offer!!!
Recently on an interview with a recruiter, I was asked why I wasn’t using an Executive Recruiting Firm? Are all agencies the same?
As previously discussed the Recruiters are working for the firms that have hired them, they represent the client or employer. Recruiters regardless if they are Temp agency or Executive Search firm have a vested interest, they usually don’t get paid if they don’t place the person. So the object is to get as many applicants as possible. Today there seem to be larger surplus of us out there. So if they make suggestions about your resume, I would take their advise since it may actually assist you in getting the position.
Here are a few Recruiting firms you may want to try:
Jones Management- Northeast
J Patrick & Associates-Northeast
Management Search-Northeast from Accounting- Sales
Execunet- Will work for you and coach you for a fee. Just a word in regards to hiring a Job Coach, be careful, if you are having financial problems this may not be your answer.
Another tip would be to check the telephone book for local Executive & Temporary Employment Agencies, call and schedule an interview or call and send resume they will contact you if there is a position that matches your skills.
Use the internet I found the following with a list of many recruiting firms you can pick the sites you want to send to based on your skills and location.
I suggest you check out these sites and sign up for their job alerts and place your resume on their sites for the recruiters to see. Keep in mind this is the internet so I would only include Name, phone # and email address, if they are interested they will contact you.
Here is an excerpt from About Jobsearch by Alison Doyle How to Unstick Your Job Search
When your job search is stalled there are ways to unstick it and get back on track. It can be as simple as making sure you are finding the right opportunities to apply to, or as complicated as having to reconsider your career options. read more….
Here is another article from About Jobsearch by Alison Doyle Career Advise, Changing Careers
Article gives you advise if you are considering change careers, however if you are like me, you can’t afford to pay for the additional training to move into that new career. read more….
Well that’s it for now, I hope my advise is helping some of you out there, I am still actively looking, keep getting nibbles but no offers yet. I have a few things in the fire but they will have to wait until next week. I will be going away for the holiday. I will keep you all posted on my progress. I am not desperate yet, but getting there, my unemployment will end in 5 weeks so I am starting to get concerned.
One quick word, Congress is in recess, but they have asked to extend benefits, so lets wait and see if this gets passed.
Will write again next week.
Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July
The job search continues…..When will it end?
The market appears to be tougher than I originally thought. And I hear that the unemployment rate climbed .50% last month the most in a single month in over twenty years. Today I found an article that talks about extending benefits for up to 13 weeks for those that have exhausted there benefits. They are voting on it this week, although President Bush has declared he will veto this.
I am finding many jobs listed on the job boards and they continue to be updated, however there seems to be a trend, no one is actually hiring. Everyone seems to be quite nervous with the impending recession, as well as the price of gas how it is continuing to rise.
Someone gave me a tip, which feel I should share. When a phone number is listed on the job posting you should follow up with a call so you can speak with the recruiter and schedule an interview with them. If you get voicemail, leave a message and follow up.
I did this today myself several times, I have an appointment on Monday, it is only for temporary position, but if you do well at the company it could in fact lead to a permanent position, so you never know. I have found several positions this way, however I have been reluctant in this case since I am overqualified for many of these positions and they usually won’t even give me an interview for fear I won’t stay.
How to get past this, I have found some employers will hire bodies and other people. So it depends on the hiring manager and recruiter if you are dealing with recruiting firm. You can tell them you are trying to get your foot in the door at this firm, or you are very anxious to return to work. (This last may not wash though because you aren’t allaying their fears that if another position comes along you won’t leave!!) But it is always worth a try.
I recently went on a ride along for a sales position, well I want to say it was eye opening. Knocking on doors, trying to get people to buy their product (not cheap either), they promise if you make a commitment of 50-60 hours a week you will be successful and could make upwards of 6 figures a year. This position required an interview, some training in the office and the ride along, a total of 3 days of my time all with out an compensation. Well it was much harder then you think, so think twice, if sounds to good to be true it probably is!!!
The last several weeks I have been busy with interviews, had interview yesterday in the city it went well, there were many applicants so I won’t hear back for at least a week if they will be making an offer. It was interesting though I received the call to schedule the interview well over a month from when I sent my resume. So I wanted to share this with you, it seems the wheels move slower for some employers. Again don’t lose hope or give up your focus continue to send out your resume, keep track of who you are sending to and the positions so when you get the call for interview you can check your records as I did. Just a reminder not to forget to prepare for your interview by looking at the posting if its still there, check out the companies website, go to the about us become familiar with their core values, it could mean getting the job or not. Because if you don’t know why you want to work there, the next candidate does.
Well thats it for now, I am very seriously considering this temp position so if nothing else comes along there is always that!!!
Have a nice day
Sorry it’s been a while been busy, but still trying to find that perfect opportunity.
Continuing My Job Search
Staying focused during your job search is important, getting tips on your resume, job sites and cover letter can help to lead to that perfect position. So I keep my eyes open for articles of interest for myself and my readers. I have come across several interesting articles I wanted to share with you.
- Surviving the recession-tips on how to keep your position if you think a layoff is pending.
- Targeting Your Resume Audience tips on how to target your resume for everyone who will be reading your resume, from the scanning computer software to Hiring Manager’s boss.
- Company Ratings Interesting new site called Glass Door-which you can search for ratings on the best companies, jobs, salaries etc. Its worth a look when you have time, you can also post about your current job, former employer and it can be done anonymously so you can be honest.
- Several of you sent me comments about another website for Job Searching-Real Match I did check it out, I wasn’t able to really find anything for myself, but others seem to have had some success with this site so I thought I should share it with you as well.
- Everywhere I look I see more and more about branding yourself, I have mentioned this before. The more I speak with recruiters the more I see it is important. Your cover letter needs to grab their attention and should be customized for the job you are applying for, as should your resume. I received an interesting PDF which talks about how to customize your summary and job descriptions to each job. I know this is a lot of work, but it if works, it might be worth your time. ( I will be happy to share it with you if you leave me a message with your email.)
- Also a quick note, I saw on MarketingJobs.com that USB is hiring if any of you out there want to work in the banking industry. They also have many resources available for you to use.
- Another interesting thing I have noticed during my search is many companies are now doing complete background checks in addition to drug tests and credit checks.
- So it might be in your best interest to check your credit rating, you can do this once a year for free Annual Credit Check.
- You can also do a quick check on yourself at this Intelius website you can get your own background check to see what would appear however there is a charge for this.
I know it’s not easy, but you need to stay focused, especially now the weather is getting so nice. I check the job boards almost every day, I am still seeing new positions every day, however several of the jobs, that are there have been placed on hold. This has occurred several times during my search, these companies showed an interest, I went through the interview process and the position was placed on hold. I know this sounds like a line, but even through a recruiter this has occurred so I am fairly confident, it wasn’t something I did wrong during the interview. I believe it is because of the downturn in the economy there may be even more positions that are posted but are never filled.
But don’t loose heart, I haven’t, I am battling the depression, and trying to keep my spirits up the same as you. For several weeks there weren’t any calls for interviews and this week I have received several interview requests. I was to have a second interview today but it was cancelled, I was told they would reschedule on Friday so again it’s the wait see game.
I have another interview scheduled in the city next week, with the possibility of 2 more. So things are looking up. These seem to come in waves, as I have previously stated it takes approx 40 resumes to get an interview. I have also spent some time re-writing, revamping my resume so this may be why I am getting more calls.
I have been trying to stay focused on my job search and few personal things came up recently to prevent my updates. I have been extremely busy, so I must apologize to my readers for being remiss and not updating the blog.
Happy Job Hunting
Unemployment and the Job Fair
Today I went to Unemployment for a mandatory meeting, it was actually the most interesting I have ever been to. They asked for our resumes and while the speaker was talking they took all of the resumes into another area and reviewed them. They marked them in red and gave them back with “Best practice” advise to everyone in the room.
Otherwise he stood there and talked about how to go about finding a new position, there were two points he made which had some small merit.
- You can target certain businesses and go there when they are least busy and drop off your resume.i.e car dealership or other small businesses (The rules would still apply, dress appropriately, and make sure there are no spelling errors on your resume)
- Take out the telephone book go to the yellow pages- I have never heard this before, go to the section that might best meet your skills and look to see who is there, if they have a website check it out, you might even be able to apply on line, if not place a call when you think they might be least busy ask if you could come by. (Hey it’s worth a shot!)
Otherwise I didn’t find anything else of import, I believe I have covered most of it already.
So on my way home there was a job fair. I knew I had to go to Unemployment, so I planned on stopping on the way back. I dressed in my suit and took along extra resumes.
Now in the past I have been to a few Job fairs and most were a bust. I found this one to be a little more interesting, most of the positions were for entry level. However I did speak to a few of the recruiters who said they may have positions at my level and to go to the website or send a further email. So who knows it might have just turned into another form of networking. Only time will tell. As with any interview you should be groomed and well dressed, as well as have many copies of your resume. Because you never know where your next interview may come from. It is a way to reach many companies at the same event and if you put your best foot forward and you are memorable then you might just get a call.
I think that covers it for today.
Have a nice day
Staying focused during the search
How focused are you? What is your current objective? You need to stay focused, don’t allow yourself to get distracted, which can be easy if you are currently looking full time.
- Stay focused
- Get up at the same time every day-allow some personal time but your job is to find a job
- Don’t get discouraged, go to bed at the same time every night
- Use your outlook calendar & tasks(if you don’t have outlook Google has free program)-create tasks with time blocks and stick to them
- Task #1 should be search various job site for a position, apply for positions online, send emails.Set up jobalerts that go directly to your email, it will help save time and eliminate the need to continually surf the web. Don’t allow yourself to get distracted.
- Keep track of who you are sending resumes to, I keep a excel spreadsheet, by date with columns for position, employer, how I applied email, online, if contacted for interview, thank you letter and follow ups
- Allot time to do the things around the house but keep them to a minimum: multi task, (run down and throw a load of laundry in, but go back to the computer) Create task on your calendar for larger jobs either before or after your alloted job search time.
- Go to the library-find a book that will assist in your job search or to hone your skills further.
- Take some time to research where your future might be and study-again create a task block off time for this either before or after the job search.
- You should be sending an average of 10 online, email applications everyday-this takes time to review and complete so be sure to allot minimum of 4-6 hours a day for this.
- Once the calls come for interviews build this into your schedule, but again don’t forget to continue to keep looking.
- Don’t put all your eggs in one basket-until the offer is made you don’t have a job yet
- Have you thought about starting your own business, this is a good opportunity to do some further research, you may even be able to get some assistance with this from One Center at the unemployment office.
- But most of all Don’t get discouraged. There is a job out there you just need to keep looking.
Well tomorrow I have to do the obligatory Unemployment Orientation, I believe I could give them some pointers on how to do a job search. Maybe I should become a recruiter or write a book…No news on that 2nd interview, I did hear on Friday that he is still trying to schedule it, however there is some discussion about the job duties since it is a new position. I still have some hope there, just not going to hold my breath.
Well thats all for now. I will share my great experience at Unemployment tomorrow.
Have a great day
- What to do while you are waiting
What to do while you are waiting for those call backs, I know it’s hard. But you need to continue to keep looking. Just because you have gotten a few interviews and maybe even a second interview or two. You can’t stop your job search. You may not have been a good fit, or they may have found someone who had more of a connection with the interviewer. You can’t loose hope, you need to stay in there and keep positive, the right job is just around the corner just waiting for you.
In the mean time you can do some house keeping on your cover letter and resume. Practice your interviewing skills. Think about what it is you really want and what is your bottom line financially.
- What does your cover letter look like?
- Do you sell your self in the opening line?
- Is it advertising your skills?
- Do you customize it for each position you apply for?
If not you should add a quick snap shot of your premier skills in opening paragraph. The opening should be your pitch to get there attention. Something like this: Are you looking for a motivated, flexible, problem solver who will get the job done well? Then please review my resume.
The second paragrah should then address the skills they are looking for : internal/external client relations etc.
The third should talk about being available at their convenience for an interview and that references are available at their request.
Don’t forget to sign it with Sincerely or Regards (keep it professional) Be sure every thing is spelled correctly and makes sense.
See example below:
If you are looking for a motivated, flexible, problem solver with efficient time management skills, who will get the job done well?
Then, please review my résumé, which details my considerable experience in Project Management, Residential Construction Home Services and Customer Service. My strengths are in the areas of Client/Trade relations, innovation, flexibility, problem resolution, and efficient time management.
I believe I would be ideal candidate for your (fill in the blank) position within your firm, can support your companies requirements in all areas i.e.: Internal/External Client Management, Escalation/Issue Resolution, Implementation/Tracking, Inventory Control, Budgeting, Sales, Customer satisfaction, and Staff development.
I look forward to meeting with you to discuss available positions within your firm.
Please contact me to set up interview at your convenience. Business references are available at your request.
- How many versions of your resume do you have?
- Do you customize it toward the position you are applying for?
You should have minimum of two or three. And then you should customize as needed prior to sending it or posting it on the jobsites.
Make sure if you are posting your resume that you don’t have too much information, just include your name, email, (phone number if you decide). With all of the privacy concerns you may want to have special email address just for your resume to prevent spam.
I think this covers most of some of the housekeeping items. Keep practicing, the more you do the more at ease you will be at the interview.
I had an interesting day yesterday, I went down to the city for an interview and when I got there the Human Resources person met me. He told me they had made an offer last night to another candidate, and was I still interested in interviewing anyway since the person they made the offer to, will be promoted in about six months and they will be hiring again.
I was shocked at how inconsiderate that was, I had come all that way for nothing, with out even a call to let me know.(my interview wasn’t until 1:00 PM there is no excuse!) In addition he kept me waiting for about a half hour. I filled out the application and still sent out a thank you note for his time, but I did mention I was disappointed that he didn’t call me to cancel the interview.
I feel like (he felt) my time wasn’t valuable. I had to turn down another interview for the same day because I had agreed to this one first. And now I am waiting for the call back to reschedule the other interview. Very frustrating and disappointing.
Well thats all for now.
Have a good day talk again soon.
Waiting for the call, What your criteria should be for 2nd interview
- After the interview waiting for the call back is hard. Did you remember to send a thank you note? Did you highlight your points and add anything you forgot to cover?
- You made it past the first/possibly even a second interview, Now what? If the interviewer said they would get back to you, allow the time agreed on to pass.
- When the call comes, you need to be as prepared as you were for the first interview, many of the same rules apply.
- Dress for success.
- Bring extra resumes, you will most likely be meeting with the next level and possibly the staff who you will be working with.
- Be prepared to spend at least two hours at this interview (so don’t overbook yourself, allow plenty of time)
- This is now the time you can discuss benefits, salary etc (keep it light the offer hasn’t been made yet)
- Once the interview is complete, again shake hands, collect business cards. Don’t forget to ask them when they plan to make a decision.
- Send out thank you note, take this opportunity to let them know that you can do the job and you really want to work for them.
- Then the waiting game starts again, you are hoping for an offer at this point.
- If the time has passed and you haven’t heard back then you can: If you made a connection with Human Resources you can send them an email or call them. But you don’t want to seem to pushy, they have jobs to do. They may tell you they haven’t made a decision or they haven’t heard either way, or even that they have decided on another candidate.
- Don’t loose heart, keep in there. Continue your search, set up other interviews while you wait.
- You Don’t want to not have choices, ideally you want several offers on the table to choose from.
My week will be busy again this week. I received a call back for a second(third really) interview with a firm I am very interested in, waiting to firm the date of this interview sometime this week. Possibly Thursday. And on Friday I received another call for a first interview in the city. So I am encouraged. I had three interviews last week, two of them may not be a great fit, but the practice is good. Helps to be more relaxed if you are doing more interviews you aren’t as anxious since you are getting more practice.
Thats all for now will try and keep you update.