The following post is courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap:
“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.” - Tom Peters
Seems like the hardest hit professions are Real Estate Agents, Mortgage Brokers and Headhunters. Plenty of supply, just no demand (as in houses or jobs).
Don't need any tips or tricks? If you are still looking for a job, then the answer is yes.
There are some basic tricks like, updating your profile on LinkedIn or any of the job search engines. This immediately puts you at the top of the list for recruiters (both from companies or from agencies. Another trick is leveraging snail mail (no, I am not insane). But more on this later.
First comes the pre-reading and then some tips and tricks (and maybe some treats).
Homework: If you haven't already read the articles listed below, now is the time to do so. This will give you some background information:
- 5 online job search tricks - A few online tricks for you here. This article provides a few tricks that I've not seen before, such as answering questions on LinkedIn and "make sure you are looking in the right place". For more on these, take a look at the article.
- Hiring Tricks That Job Seekers Must Know - In addition to the tricks that you must know, you need to know the tricks that might be "played" on you. This article, from Monster/Hotjobs, lists a few tricks that you should know about. Now I won't give away all of the tricks, but they are very interesting and it is worth a read.
- Job search planning – steps, tips and tricks - This is a great article. Posted on Keppiecareers.com, the article provides some interesting tips. Stuff like "discover your 3%" (you will need visit the article to find out more about this) and taking care of your digital footprint are all important.
- Job Search Tips - This article is all about getting your job search on track and focused. About.com's Alison Doyle is the author of this article and it is definitely worth a read. There are ten tips here to help you speed up your job search. Don't forget to look at the related links at the bottom of the page and the tabs at the top of the page.
- 4 Tricks To Get Better Results From Job Search Engines - This article is posted on makeuseof.com and provides some tricks on how best to use job search engines. The article shows how to use some of the basic filtering techniques as well as some advance features (such as using multiple keywords or even excluding certain words).
- Jobs Search Engine Tips to Find A Job Quickly - Quick is good, and any tip that can help you with job search engines is worth a look. This article provides a few pointers which may help (such as focusing on one site until you've exhausted the jobs). Take a look.
Good luck with your search.
Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.
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