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INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION
Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean
The Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean invites
applications from suitably qualified persons to fill the post of :
The Terms of Reference can be obtained by visiting the ILO
website at http://www.ilocarib.org.tt
Applicants must send detailed CVs by September 8, 2014 to:
The Director (Personnel)
ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean
P.O. Box 1201, Port of Spain
Re: Programme Assistant
UNSUITABLE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACKNOWLEDGED.
Are you sick and tired of searching
for a job? It is tough work and requires
skills and strategies that may be new
to you! When you continue to do the
same things over and over and get the
same results, that ought to be your
first clue to step away and stop the
1. HAVE MORE THAN
ONE INSIDE CONTACT
Often job seekers stop acquiring
names and meeting with people once
they already have an inside connection.
But don t let that stop you.
You need to play the odds and having
more than one ally is a wise strategy-
you never know the influence or
alliances people have.
Keep building your network and if
someone suggests you meet a second
or third company insider, go for it. A
good response may be: "I recently met
Jim Jones in IT, however, I d love to
meet Sally Smith too!"
2. YOU CAN "WORK" WITH
MORE THAN ONE RECRUITER
Third party recruiters don t work for
you. They work on behalf of the com-
At the end of the day, they will pro-
tect and serve their client s needs and
However, you should never put your
job search in the hands of a single
recruiter or firm. Different firms work
with different companies.
And because there are numerous
companies you would like to work for,
you are best served finding third party
recruiters who have pre-existing rela-
tionships with those companies. Ask
There is one small caveat: do not pit
recruiters against each other.
Let them know if your resume has
been submitted for the same job by
another recruiter or you have applied
on your own to the same company.
They need to know.
3. ALWAYS FOLLOW-UP
It would be wonderful if every HR
rep followed-up in a timely manner.
But the reality is, they don t. It isn t
always their fault.
The best you can do is persistently
follow-up to find out where they are
in the process and if they need any
more information from you.
Double check their time line, and
remind them you will reach out if you
don t hear within that timeline. Staying
in touch with people you interviewed
with shows interest, just don t stalk!
4. LINKEDIN IS MORE THAN
AN ON-LINE RESUME
Having a LinkedIn profile is just the
beginning step. Be sure your profile is
robust. In other words, you have com-
pletely filled in the sections, used key
words and even embedded media and
Actively participating in groups and
updating your status daily during your
job search increases your odds of getting
on the radar of hiring managers. If you
want to stand out from the crowd, you
will have to put forth some effort. Grow
Learn how to use the advanced search
functionality to find inside connections,
tap into alumni and even previous co-
5. JOB BOARDS ARE ONLY ONE
PART OF YOUR JOB SEARCH
Instead of spending most of your
time and energy obsessing over jobs
posted on job boards, try targeting com-
panies who have previously posted jobs
or companies you know you would like
to work for and begin talking to employees inside
According to CareerXroads, fewer than 20 percent
of jobs are filled through job ads. Do you know where
the majority of external hires come from? Employee
referrals. This is why you need to meet people who
work inside companies!
THE BOTTOM LINE
It is certainly no fun doing stuff you don t enjoy.
It is even less fun and discouraging when you hear
"no thank you!"
Drown out the bad, and replace it with activities
you can control and meet people who will benefit
from adding your skills to their team!
But please note, even if you do everything "right"
your search will probably take longer than you want.
HRBartender shared an infographic which said it
takes an average of 95 days to fill a job! Forewarned
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