Job Search Tip of the Week – 12/01/2016
Caressa Moy | December 1, 2016 | 3:21 pm
Just because the weather’s turning cold doesn’t mean your job search should too!
In fact, this month marks the beginning of one of the best times of the year to job hunt. So although it might be tempting to put your job search on pause as the holiday season approaches, right now is the best time to keep your momentum going so you can keep your employment prospects warm and land that dream job in the New Year.
Check out the five tips from job hunting and career management solutions provider CareerShift illustrated in the following infographic – and some additional helpful links and resources from us after the jump!
Excited to follow the aforementioned 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 social hiring is in, it’s important for you to know how and where to connect with recruiters and hiring managers. Staying organized is key to job search success as well – so check out this page of five 5-minute ways to improve your job search for instructions on downloading an Excel spreadsheet that will help you keep track of the important info. For more information on how to formulate a productive job search strategy, click here.
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.
- Find out who’s hiring.
Boston ranks amongst 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! (Advice on that will be featured in the upcoming issue of our free e-newsletter Make the Connection. Come back and visit our blog on December 17th!)
In addition, working with a recruiter like 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 of hiring companies and managers, CTC has a pulse on the local tech community and job market.
- 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.
- 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 resumes through an online portal (26%) or waited for their application to get pushed through HR (10%).
A technology recruitment agency can get you directly in front of IT hiring managers and through the hiring process faster, Mike Grasso, CTC‘s Director of IT Sales & Recruiting, informed us back in September. “Think about it; the candidate who applies directly to a company often has their resume going through an HR professional or ATS system, which only searches for job keywords. 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 resume is passed over.”
“While as by working with us [CTC], you bypass the gatekeepers who may not be as technical and thus may be unable to read as well between the lines of your resume,” Grasso had continued. “We are working directly with the hiring manager and/or reporting supervisor, and are 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.”
tl;dr: Facilitate your job search by identifying and reaching out to the decision makers. Your IT recruiter can connect you directly with the hiring managers!
- 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. Check out the sidebar on this page for tips on how to use hiring intel to boost your job search!
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