Recently, I wrote an article for Job-Hunt.org regarding the value of references and how to make them an effective part of your job search. Many job seekers see references as a just a minor piece of the puzzle. But in reality, references can sometimes be the “tipping point” to you whether you get the job.
How you prepare them for the call from the hiring manager or recruiter can make all the difference. Take a look at this article to make sure you’re doing all that you should. And as always, feel free to share your own tips and thoughts in the comment section on this blog entry to share with others.
Most recruiters are pretty good at reviewing resumes carefully and looking for any yellow flags before engaging with you. Before presenting you to their clients, they need to be sure they understand your full work history. When there is a gap in employment on your resume, they will typically ask about it. In most cases, it is best to have some professional activity filling that gap. In my latest article for job-hunt.org, I discuss different possibilities to consider. As always, feel free to comment on this blog entry with ideas of your own to share with the readers of my blog.
Recently I was interviewed by Peggy McKee, career coach and the CEO of Career Confidential, regarding the challenges of interviewing for an IT-related job. A great deal of what we discussed applies to all interviews, but IT interviews have the opportunity to dive deep into tool knowledge and project experience. In this audio file, you’ll hear our thoughts on technical interviews, specifically:
- Preparing for the interview
- Typical questions to expect
- How to approach the interview and present the right information
Link to audio: What You Need to Know to Get an Information Technology Job
A while back, Peggy and I generated a video discussing proper format for resumes, too.
Link to video: Formatting Your Resume to Be Read!
Peggy’s Web site dedicated to helping job seekers find and get the jobs they want. Career Confidential coaches job seekers through every stage in the job search and interview process, from resumes to interviews to follow up. It specializes in providing job seekers with powerful and customizable tools and techniques through blog articles, training videos, templates, and Webinars.
One of the hardest type of candidates to place is the one who has so many talents they have no idea what they want to do next. Some expect a hiring company to see all their talents and invent a position suited to their abilities. It typically doesn’t work this way. At least not when you’re working through recruiters. They have specific jobs to fill today, and future positions to fill within their specialty or industry.
The key to working with recruiters is to know what you want to do. And, to want a job that will leverage your expertise. It is very hard to jump to new job titles where you have little experience. Recruiters will present only the most qualified candidates. Period. Once you are within a company, there may be ample opportunities to cross-train or gain exposure to other talents (and then make that jump).
In my latest article for Job-Hunt.org, I offer a step-by-step approach to determining the job description you want to share with recruiters. I hope this helps those who feel a little lost in the job search process.
Many have said how critical good communication is in the professional world. When working with recruiters, this can be vitally important. Considering they are representing you with their clients, any flaws in the information they present can lead to an unwanted result. Simply put: If you withhold or provide false information, you’re likely diminishing your chances of getting the job. And certainly killing any chance of working with that recruiter again.
More specific examples on this topic are shared in my latest article for Job-Hunt.org. If you want to share your own story regarding this, please do so in the comment section of this blog post.