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Job Search Tip of the Week #1 (2019)


The Do’s and Don’ts of Working with a Recruiter

The reasons to work with a recruiting firm are many. But as a job seeker, choosing the right recruiter is only the first step. Here are some things you should — and shouldn’t — do to increase the likelihood that your recruiter will match you with a great employer.

Do be honest

First and foremost, be honest with your recruiter. Too many job searchers get in the habit of telling anyone involved in the hiring process what they want to hear — whatever version of the truth will land a job. But when working with a recruiter, you should answer every question truthfully.

Some questions might seem invasive — for example, questions about your previous job’s salary and other companies you’re currently interviewing with. But recruiters don’t ask these questions to try to lowball or punish you. After all, it’s in the recruiter’s best interest to find you a job that’s a good fit (and pays well!).

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Job Search Tip of the Week #52 (2018)


Recruiters: What Can They Really Do For You?

You might know that recruiters can increase your exposure to potential employers. So why aren’t you working with one? Many people hold outdated or incorrect views about working with a staffing firm and the value a great recruiter can bring to a job search. Here’s the real scoop on the ins and outs of working with a recruiter.

What recruiters can do for you

To get the most out of a relationship with a recruiting firm, you need to understand exactly what recruiters do and don’t do:

  • Recruiters work for their clients. Companies who need help filling a job opening hire staffing firms. Thus, those companies, not you, foot the bill for services rendered. And contrary to popular belief, the fee does not come from a candidate’s salary — it is calculated using that salary, but is paid for out of the client’s recruitment budget.
  • Not all recruiters are created equal. Recruiting companies often specialize in finding workers for a certain profession (such as the IT field) or level of expertise (such as management or executive functions). Some help clients find workers from around the country, while others work locally. Some are paid only if they submit a candidate who is hired; others are paid a retainer just to stay on the lookout for good employees.
  • Recruiters really do want to find you a perfect job. It’s in everyone’s best interest to present you to companies that are a great fit — most staffing firms are only paid when they find the perfect candidate. That’s why it’s important to be honest about your skillset and what you’re looking for in an employer. Never pad your résumé to increase your chances of finding work. After all, you don’t know what the employers are looking for — the recruiter does.
  • Job boards and recruiters are not on the same level. Instead of getting lost in a huge pool of potential candidates, you can stand out from the crowd with a recruiter. A recruiter’s role is to preselect qualified candidates and present them directly to employers.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #51 (2018)


What Advantages Do IT Recruiters Offer Tech Contractors and Part-Time Employees?

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, are you looking for more flexible work arrangements?

For a tech professional who wants either contracting or part-time work, a reputable recruiting firm can be your best friend. Recruiting firms can help take care of many of the more practical aspects of finding assignments, such as wage negotiation, marketing and advertising, and insurance benefits. And for today’s IT pros, those are all advantages worth striving for.

Getting started

For professionals just entering the workforce after college or for those who are dipping their toes into the contracting pool, a recruiter can be a godsend. Recruiters already possess a wealth of resources and expertise to evaluate your skill set — and suggest ways to strengthen it — as well as find assignments that fit your capabilities and interests.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #48 (2018)


Success Tips for IT Contractors

As the job market changes, many technology experts — both newly minted and workforce veterans — are considering independent contracting. Working as a contractor offers multiple benefits: flexibility, higher earning potential, an easier transition into permanent work, and the opportunity to broaden your skill set. If you’re considering contract work, there are some things you can do to boost your chances of success.

Set the stage

First, do your research. Calculate how much you’ll need to charge to cover taxes, business expenses, and benefits (such as health insurance) and still earn an acceptable living wage. Will you need to purchase hardware or software? Office furniture? Design or develop a website? What about business cards or advertising? Monster suggests figuring out how much you’d need to earn annually as a full-time employee, then dividing that figure by 1,000 to calculate an hourly contract figure.

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Job Search Tip of the Week #47 (2018)


Thinking of holding off on your job search until the New Year rings in? Before you put your efforts on pause, consider this: the upcoming winter holiday season may be the most wonderful time of year to find a new job!

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Job Search Tip of the Week #46 (2018)


The Importance of the Post-Interview “Thank You”

Give Thanks – or Your Chance for that Job Could Be Cooked [INFOGRAPHIC]

Thanksgiving’s next week – have you taken the time yet to be thankful during your job search?

In a recent survey by online job-matching service Ladders, more than 75 percent of interviewers reported that receiving a thank you note impacts their hiring decision.

“Many job seekers believe that the interview is over once they step out of the office, but that’s simply not the case,” said Amanda Augustine, then a job search expert at Ladders. “Based on my decade-long experience in conducting interviews, I can attest first-hand that failure to follow-up can be the deciding factor in rejecting a candidate who is otherwise a great fit.”

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