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.
Clearly, there is no end to amount of advice offered on resume writing. However, every day I read resumes that have glaring mistakes. Not simply grammar or spelling. There are resume pitfalls that can cause doubt to arise about you. It may seem unfair. At the same time, can you really expect a perfect stranger to know how well you fit the job if you’re conveying a different message?
Although there are many who can provide advice on resumes, including professional resume writers, I thought it would be helpful to share a few of the common errors I see. Check out my latest article at Job-hunt.org to learn more. Feel free to add your own advice by commenting on this article within my blog.
When an employer asks you what your salary expectations are during the early stages of the interviewing process, you are trained to say you are open-minded on salary and are more concerned about the overall opportunity. Many say, “I look at the entire package and opportunity before I make decisions about salary.” And from there, the conversation may go in a few directions, hopefully leading to an ideal result.
When working with an external recruiter, the process is slightly different. Read this article I wrote for Job-Hunt.org to learn more about how to manage this aspect of the interviewing process when a recruiter is involved.
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Have you noticed I’m on a little bit of a rant lately with my posts about job seekers. I absolutely hate to pick on them as their job is so difficult and I don’t expect them to be experts. After all, if they were experts at job searching and interviewing, that would imply they do it often (not a good indicator of a loyal employee).
But, some recent events have prompted me to identify more pitfalls job seekers fall into. Practically on a daily basis from my perspective. If you are applying for jobs, talking with recruiters, or interviewing, please read my latest article for AOL.
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