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Once upon a time, we went from factory to
factory looking for work.
Today, you have all sorts of ways to look for
jobs - on company websites, on job boards, on
local websites, via big aggregator sites, at job
fairs, networking events, and so on.
And most importantly, through people you know.
Too many choices in some sense - all these methods
seem like endless work.
Spend most of your job search time on your human
• Researching employers
• Improving your knowledge
• Learning your options
• All through your network.
One of the smartest things any jobseeker can do
is "arrive before your resume."
What does that mean?
It means reaching out to people you know to help
you find the work you seek.
It means meeting people who can hire you - via
community events, referrals from people you both
know, or by employee referrals.
This puts you at an advantage as a known entity
and reduces fears that you may not understand civilian
Methods and Options
These will help you move your job search into high
Tip 1. Set-up Automatic News/Jobs Feeds
Use Google Alerts or similar services to track specific
employers or issues which interest you. This helps
you understand what is happening and spot new
options early. It also assists you in preparing for inter-
views with the companies you are tracking.
Do the same with LinkedIn or other social media
you use to follow your target employers and learn
about their growth, jobs, and needs. This will also
help you make connections.
Tip 2. Use Job Boards Wisely
Often the best job boards are those which specialize
in your career field or are targeted to military/vets.
Do your homework on job boards and learn how to
pick the best for your needs.
All are not equally useful to you, and some are just
Pick the boards which most closely meet your goals.
Then, learn how each one works. Most job boards
have blogs and tutorials, read them! Once you know
you want to be on that job board, load in your resume
and set up job search agents.
Since recruiters often search on the most recent
resumes, do remember to go in regularly and change
your resume a bit. Even changing 1-2 words means
your resume comes up as brand new. So do that at
When your search agent sends you a possible job
match, check it out quickly. Research shows most
hires are from those applicants who respond within
the first 3-4 days.
Tip 3. Apply Smartly and Carefully
Demonstrate the high quality of your work with
the high quality of your application process.
The vast majority of job seekers apply for a job
without reading past the job title, and with such sloppy
and un-targeted applications, they train employers to
ignore them because they usually aren't qualified for
the jobs they apply for, wasting the employers time.
Avoid that black hole.
Read the job posting in detail. Highlight the key
requirements and goals of the position. See who you
know there. Look at the company's website.Then,
tailor your resume to make it "pop" and get it in.
Tip 4. Learn How "Headhunters" Work
The trick to working with search firms is to remem-
ber their role is to satisfy the employer who pays them
by finding a hire who meets the employer's specs.
The role of a headhunter is NOT to get YOU a job.
Only a small percentage of jobs are filled through
search firms. Do not spend a lot of time trying to
meet with or get your resume seen by such recruiters.
There are two main types of search firms you could
work with: contingency and retained.
Contingency firms are the most common for entry-
to mid-level/ management jobs. They work with com-
panies which pay them only IF the company hires
someone through them.
Retained firms (often called Executive Search) work
with more senior-level positions on an exclusive con-
tract. Both contingency and retained firms often con-
centrate on one industry, such as petro-chemicals, or
one career sector, such as finance.
Remember, every conversation with a search firm
recruiter is a form of job interview.
If you are contacted by a recruiter, get all the infor-
mation you can on what they are offering and what
they do. You need to know the quality and reputation
of the search firms you talk to.
Then, consider checking on the agency and person
before you get into too many private details. Good
recruiters understand your desire to protect yourself
and to work with the best. BUT, remember those in
contingency search firms work on a very fast turn-
around. If you are interested, say so. And get back to
the person quickly.
Don't spend more than 10-15% of your job search
time online. Learn how to be effective that way, and
move on. Get out, and talk with people you know.
Ask questions. Build your target employers list out
with information from people. Reach out to make
new connections. Those tactics will get you the job
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