Monday, February 23, 2009

Dianne Gubin on Getting a Full Time Job

Tip of the Week
by Dianne Gubin

How Much Time Does It Take to Get a Job?

The job boards are showing fewer positions; however, the ones that are posted are generally true needs for a firm.

Want to get the call? Tailor your résumé to every job. One way to do this is to paste the job description directly into your résumé and make sure that your skills set and key words match the position.

Applying for a position online is an exercise in patience.
For the most part, your résumé will go into a Human
Resources database.

Unless your résumé contains the key words and skills required for the position, your résumé will probably end up in the abyss.

Here are tips to get a phone call:

  • Call into the company and learn the name of the person who is staffing for the position
  • Leave a message when appropriate for the recruiter or hiring manager
  • Email your résumé directly to the staffing manager, if you can establish a contact
  • Consider mailing your résumé to stand out from the crowd

It's not unusual to spend an hour applying to a position that matches your skill set and interests. You may consider writing a brief cover letter, making it easy for the recruiter by explicitly detailing why you are a perfect match for the position.

Your time spend job hunting should include online database searches, resume submissions, and personal networking in your industry.

Looking for a job is a full-time job.

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