Job Search Tip of the Week #2 (2018)
Caressa Moy | January 8, 2018 | 9:00 am
Excited to follow last week’s 5-step action plan for dashing through your winter IT job search, but don’t know where to start? CareerJuice is here to help!
- Create a job search plan.
Job seekers report spending most of their time hunting for new positions (29.94%) and applying for them (27.28%), and less time networking (24.11%), researching potential employers (12.89%), and working with recruiters (5.56%). However, that may not be the smartest job search strategy!
For instance, more of your time should be spent on career networking. Research suggests that the majority of external hires come from referrals or social media. Since employers are increasingly using social recruiting to find (not to mention investigate) new employees, it’s important for you to know how and where to connect with recruiters and hiring managers.
Recruiters also benefit your job search more than you think. Working with a trusted IT recruitment specialist like Chase Technology Consultants (CTC), for example, who can show you truly good-fit job opportunities, introduce you directly to hiring managers, provide valuable insider intel on your potential employers, and help you spruce up your application materials and thank you notes, will allow you to focus more on prepping for your interviews and making the perfect first impression.
Learn more about how to formulate a productive job search strategy here.
- Find out who’s hiring.
Boston consistently ranks among the top cities in the nation for tech employment, which means there are plenty of IT job opportunities. Just remember to tailor your application to address the specific organization and position you’re applying to!
In addition, working with a recruiter can help you stay on top of the latest – and yes, even unadvertised – job opportunities that may pique your interest. For example, as the premier IT staffing firm in the New England area with a vast network, CTC has a pulse on the local tech community and is often working to fill roles at leading companies before they hit the job boards.
- Use online tools in your job search.
The majority of today’s job seekers are using Internet search engines (74%), online job boards (67%), and social media sites (54%) in their job search. Again, it’s important for you to know the ROI of these job search methods, and then allocate your time accordingly. An experienced niche recruiter can help point you to the technology job boards and IT networking sites you should be active on.
Staying organized is key to job search success as well, especially if you’re using multiple resources (as you should be). So make an Excel spreadsheet (or use a job application tracker app like Huntr) that will help you keep track of the important info.
- Contact hiring managers directly.
Nearly half (46%) of successful job seekers had applied directly to the employer, but only 10% to a hiring manager. Most job seekers likely experienced a prolonged time-to-hire, having submitted their résumés through an online portal (26%) or waited for their application to get pushed through HR (10%).
Candidates who apply directly to a company often have their résumé scanned by an applicant tracking system (ATS) or an HR professional, both of which may only be searching for job keywords provided to them by the technical hiring manager. They’re not necessarily looking at the depth of their background or breadth of experience, nor considering how someone’s cultural fit may help compensate for their lack of technical skill. So if they don’t spot the words or phrases they’ve been told to watch for, your résumé is passed over.
You can facilitate your job search by doing your research to identify the hiring decision makers you should reach out to through LinkedIn or email. Another way to cut down on the wait is to partner with a technology recruitment agency who can move you through the hiring process faster. By working with CTC for example, you bypass the gatekeepers who may not be as technical and are unable to read as well between the lines of your résumé. We introduce you directly to IT hiring managers and/or reporting supervisors and are thus in the position to explain specifically what makes you a good fit for a particular role. Think of us as your personal marketing agency that helps you compete with other brands – the other job seekers – in the market for the same position you’ve applied to!
- Conduct informational interviews.
Eighty percent of today’s jobs are landed through networking, and one-third of employers pass on candidates who didn’t do their research on the company and its products or services. Kill two birds with one stone – networking with current employees and hiring managers is a great way to gather company intel and net job referrals.
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