The Job Search: How to Begin Yours

Jun 27, 2019

An Ashling Team Recruiter Byte by Founder and President Colleen Lennox

You’re inundated with calls from recruiters who want to ‘run’ job opportunities by you. And on top of that, your inbox is flooded with potential new positions and inquiries from recruiters.

“There’s so much to consider, it can be overwhelming,” acknowledges Lennox. So where do you start? Lennox offers the following suggestions for sifting through all that’s in front of you.

  1. Explore options. Visit different career boards and read through job descriptions. Consider what sounds interesting to you, and what may be a bit more challenging and, thereby, exciting.
  2. Focus your search on jobs that actually appeal to you, and be confident in what you want. Indecisiveness is neither productive, nor effective.
  3. Update your resume. Make sure you have enough buzz words so your profile appears in the various online searches (i.e. Boolean) conducted by recruiters. And no, not buzz words like ‘strategic, forward-thinking, team player, etc.’ Key words specific to your area(s) of expertise and industry. Recruiters can only search what we see in the search results. If your resume is full of explanatory text and not relevant buzz words, your information won’t be found through our online searches.
  4. Ensure your LinkedIn profile mirrors your resume. Go to your privacy settings and select “open to new opportunities.” This is important because recruiters look at this setting first.  And know that only we, the recruiters, can view this setting.
  5. Be responsive. Reply to job opportunities in a timely fashion (so you don’t miss-out!), and be sure you make time in your schedule for phone conversations with recruiters. We talk with potential candidates all day. So if you wait to get back to us, what may have been your next opportunity could quickly become someone else’s big break.
  6. Do your due diligence. When you begin the interview process, research the company to which you’re applying. Look up the people with whom you are meeting on LinkedIn and learn about their background. Take note of any ‘common denominators,’ so you can make connections with your interviewer(s).
  7. Ask questions, and then listen carefully. The answers to your questions will likely tell you exactly what you need to know regarding what the manager and company are looking for in this hire. Then, you can respond accordingly (and strategically!).
  8. You get yourself the job, not your resume. Your resume and online profile are tools that help secure you an interview. However, it’s on you to land the job. Chemistry during an interview is a-must.

For more job search and career advancement strategies, check-out Ashling Team's articles. And, be sure to follow Ashling Team on social media.

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