Jobs search dos and don’ts Tips from staffing agencies

September 5, 2014

Many people on the job trail are curious why they aren't hearing back from any employers or recruiters after they send in the requisite resume package. The qualifications match and so do the all-important salary requirements. The search region is fine, everything looks great but the calls aren't coming in. What's going wrong? A Forbes Magazine article attempted to set the record straight for job seekers wondering what their next step might be.

Change the approach
Many times, according to the story, job candidates send online resumes or use LinkedIn as their only approach to furnishing information to recruiters or potential employers. In today's market, though, the creativity catches the eye of hiring agents. A Recruiting Blog report showed that ABC News found an average of 80 percent of new jobs are landed through networking practices. However, the story added, there are proper ways to network and others that will land a candidate on the outside looking in. One successful job candidate made this observation about the process.

"Have a conversation with people [as opposed to] giving them a 30 second commercial.  It's not about 'I need a job.'  Have a really good conversations with a few people at an event and listen to what their needs are. Think of how you can really connect with them and support them vs. just getting a business card."

Think like a recruiter
A hiring manager fields so many applications, CVs and resumes that it's imperative for a job seeker to stand out from the pack. Managers want to see someone who's excited, talented and committed to their career and to the job they're applying for. As long as the skill set for the job matches, the personality aspect is just as crucial to getting hired. Even if a candidate is not thrilled with the position they've applied for, said the Forbes story, they still need to present a strong and competent front if they want to be the candidate that fills the position.

Support is critical
There's an age-old adage that no man is an island and that couldn't be more true in the recruiting world. Many job candidates just don't have the support network – family, friends, loved ones – to see them through an oft-times arduous and painful process. The Forbes report suggested that finding a mentor or a mentoring program is one way a job candidate can continue to beat the bushes without getting beaten down by the job search process.