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Job Hunting 2.0 – Tips and Tricks From Someone Who’s Been There, Done That

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I had the opportunity, a few days back, to participate in a discussion with a few individuals who were currently unemployed. The general feeling was that in today’s economy it was hard to locate work because “Everything is now done with the computer“. I couldn’t talk long but I left my card with the group and promised I would write about it.

So, I explained, “Welcome to Job Hunting 2.0″. Some experts may say your network just might be the most important way to find a position today but with jobs so scarce, most networks are coming up empty. Possibly the best way to find another position is to accept that, “Everything is done on the computer” and adjust accordingly.

Yes, practically all companies now hide behind a website and every website has a career page where you can browse job openings and apply for positions within that company without ever leaving your home but that also means that everyone else can do the same thing so the competition for fewer positions is intense.

I also think it is terribly time consuming to go to each individual companies website, search their job openings, write a specific cover letter for that opening you are interested in, upload your resume and cover letter and then wait… and wait… and wait, wondering if the company ever received you application. Some people even follow up with HR departments to confirm their application has been received. That’s a no-no because most HR departments are overwhelmed with applications and phone calls waste their time.

HR departments prefer to do their hiring this way. Walk-ins are now frowned upon. This is Job Hunting 2.0.

So what to do?!? Continue reading

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Recruiters – What are They Looking for?

Here is some great advice I received from a recruiter, one who is inundated with resumes and actually took the time to talk to me. I will not pretend that I am an expert on how to find a job in this job market. I’m not qualified to do that but I will share what I learned during my conversation with this particular recruiter in the hopes that it will help others.

On Tuesday 2/23/10, I had the lovely experience of speaking with a recruiter from a local insurance company, a company that will remain nameless. I do not use the term “Lovely” sarcastically either. You have to remember that in this economy most recruiters are inundated with hundreds, if not thousands of resumes and are just looking for a reason to disqualify you from a job opening so they can move onto the next resume.

And to make it clear this was a recruiter employed by the company, not a headhunter. There is a difference as recruiters work for the company they are recruiting for and are familiar with their corporate culture. Headhunters do not. Here are some tips from an actual recruiter that I found very informative. Pay Attention:

  1. The main reason my resume stood out was my most recent previous experience.
  2. The recruiter then skips down to the educational portion. If there is a match the recruiter goes onto the next step.
  3. The recruiter then critique’s the resume for errors. A well formatted, error free resume is a sign you take pride in your work and pay attention to details.
  4. If your resume passes those tests you will get a phone call. Your resume reflects the quality of your work but not your personality. The phone call will help the recruiter judge your personality and  if you are a good fit for the companies corporate culture.

I did not mention if the recruiter read my career summary, objective or profile. She didn’t. So I asked, “If I had written as my objective that I wanted to win the lotto and never work again, would I still be considered for the position?” The answer was yes. :) I would still recommend writing a professional objective just in case.

If your resume and personality shine the recruiter will then recommend you for a follow up interview with management. That’s it! It’s easy right?

Just remember you are not a fit for every company. I’ve scored a lot of interviews this way, have been turned down and have turned down many positions after the interview process was complete. I’m looking for a position I can grow in, a healthy corporate culture (or one that I can help nurse back to health) and a position that I would happily get up for and spend 40+ hours a week doing. Happiness might just be the best Health Care reform I know of. Ya think? ;)

P.S. I have also been taking notes and saving them to my Google Docs. The file can be found here:

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My Brief Brush With Fame

This posting is really just for my records as I am starting up a new category call “Job Search“. I have left my “job” in the insurance industry to pursue a “career” in the accounting field. I am pursuing an actual career this time around, no more job hunting and I have been at it for a few months. It’s been exciting, I’ve met a lot of interesting people, I’ve taken interesting part time positions to make ends meet, volunteered my time to help others, learned additional skills and have even freelanced. The last few months have not been easy but with a smile on my face and an iPhone in my pocket my days are incredibly interesting. :)

Today I woke up with numerous ideas for blog postings, some received via text, some via email but for today I wanted to start a new category of the blog aptly called “Job Search”. I recently submitted a question to Newsday.coms Patricia Kitchen who writes a column about the workplace, career and financial issues. All hot topics in todays economy. You can also follow her on twitter @patriciakitchen.

My question was,I have retail management and insurance claims processing experience, as well as recent degrees in accounting and business administration. Is it possible to break into the accounting field when you are fast approaching 40?

I woke up early this morning, as Patricia promised to have the question answered in today’s edition. I eventually found my question this morning after 15 mins of searching the Newsday.com site.  Patricia answered it as promised, the advice was good. I am taking the advice and weaving it into my job hunt game plan. Here is just one of the pieces of advice that was posted I thought was the most relevant:

Advice from Dana Terzian, corporate recruiter with Adecco in Melville:

“A candidate should position their experience as an asset and show their value as opposed to a recent grad. Work ethic, experience and overall knowledge of the business world should be key points of emphasis. An employer is getting much more than they pay for when they hire a career changer”.

The whole article is here:

Dana makes a very good point and I’m going to use it. It’s also new, different and refreshing to hear. Most of what is being published by Career Counselors today seems to be what I am hearing over and over. Network on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, try to get in the backdoor if you know someone in the company you want to work for, ect, ect. The days of walking into a company and applying in person are pretty much over. Dana’s statement I had not heard before and I thought I had heard it all.

So my readers, you are welcome to join me as I to transition to a new field. Should be fun. I actually have a lot of incredibly relevant and timely notes that I have been keeping and will post them very soon but I am NOT turning this into a job search blog. Just one little category. :)

Peace out and be happy!