Conducting a job search is never easy, but in this economy, it can be even more difficult to find employment. Whether you’re a recent college graduate or you’re looking for work later in your career, you know the job search is a constant struggle. There are many websites out there that are full of job hunting tips, but Menlo Partners has narrowed down those tips and found the most effective tips and tricks to use on your hunt.
When you’re looking for a new job, it may seem like casting a wider net will help you get a job. It can be tempting to send out mass email blasts, but it is a better strategy to respond to each job posting specifically. When you cast too wide a net with your job search, often times you neglect the requests of the employer. If you fail to provide the employer with what they asked for, you’ll be ruled out immediately, no matter how good your resume is. If you take the time to apply to each job individually, you can be sure that you’re submitting all the required information. If you send out a mass email blast, you can wind up applying to jobs you are not qualified for. Focus on applying for jobs that match your recent employment and strongest skill set that will be verifiable through reference checking. Search firms are so successful because they help match your skills with hiring managers’ specific desires.
With so much emphasis on online job postings, many job seekers get stuck behind the computer. This can be a huge detriment, because getting out there and expanding your network is a great long-term investment in your future career. Most jobs, especially in this economy, come from personal connections, so building your network is incredibly important whether you’re actively looking for a job or not. “Having the right contacts (made through networking) can get you the inside scoop that can help you tailor your resume for what the company really wants, or can even provide the hiring manager with a good word or two about you.” Making connections is the best way to find out about new job openings.
Finding a job is tough, but if you hone these skills, you’ll set yourself apart from the competition. The talent acquisition team at Menlo Partners Staffing is happy to answer your questions about recruiting, temporary staffing, and workforce management. Contact our office today, Menlo Partners Staffing, a Redwood City based temp agency at (650)752-6193.