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.
One of the most popular requirements listed for an open job posting is “good communicator.” Most people immediately think something along the lines of “Yes, I am good at communicating my message clearly to individuals and large groups.”
But this is only half of being a good communicator. Hiring managers want to know you are also a good listener. And an interview is a great chance to demonstrate your skills in this area.
Check out my first article for a blog site dedicated to coaching you through your career path: Work Coach Cafe. If you have additional tips on listening skills, please share your comments on either blog.
In this article written for Job-Hunt.org, I cover five popular misconceptions about working with agency recruiters. The article also references several links that may be helpful in understanding how this process works and what to expect. These misconceptions include:
- Recruiters will find me a job.
- All recruiters are the same.
- Recruiters are career counselors.
- Apply for all the jobs the recruiter has listed.
- All I need is a simple LinkedIn profile and the recruiters will be banging on my door.
If you’ve never worked with a recruiter before, this article is a “must read.”
Article: Working with Agency Recruiters
I have stated many times that external recruiters can be helpful to you even though you do not pay them. I know this may seem counterintuitive, but the reality is, they cannot do their job without you. Even so, many job seekers keep them in the dark about their job situation or requirements. It is important to realize, it is hard for a recruiter to do their job well (on your behalf) when they are unsure of your specifics. Take a look at my latest article for job-hunt.org for more details on this tedious balancing act.