We’re living longer these days, which is a good thing. With added longevity, we may be working longer by choice or necessity. So, what does it take to be “employed for life”? In this series Q&A from my interview with Grace Trafton of “The Better Part”, you will find out about this pertinent topic presented here on the Examiner, in four parts.
GF- How has the rapid acceleration of technology changed the way we find work?
TW- In the past finding a job was all about face to face contact. Who you knew at a firm. Today when you look for a job there are many channels. The person who you know which is still highly effective but there are also electronic methods such as job boards such as career builder, monstor.com etc., aggregators such as indeed, specialized job boards like Dice, other avenues is such as Linked-in, Craig’s list, Facebook and Twitter in addition to the firms postings.
TW- The A-player is the key term used a bit today to reference top talent. To find an A-player from a recruiters point of view s/he needs to find someone who is active and producing results. Sometimes you hear the word passive candidate. This is a top performer working at a firm who they want to recruit over to another firm that has a need. The most popular tool that recruiters use is Linkedin as you can find people there along with their job history and posted results and you can reach out to them online.
GT- And what insights can recruiters provide to employees?
TW- I refer to study I did in the book about people who found jobs. Their advice was if you are looking for a job and desire to find one quickly, focus on the same or similar industry, the same or similar functional area (sales, marketing IT), contact vendors and competitors and network. These are the most likely people to hire you. Most recruiters will say that 75% of jobs are through networking and recruiters really account for only 5-7 % of job placements as they are paid to fill the hard jobs and employer can’t fill. In all cases they said keep active. If you are laid off it does not mean that you do nothing but job hunt. Use your skills and keep active.
GT- How has the modern resume changed?
TW- The resume is your bill board, your pop-up ad. This is a 1-2 page marketing piece that helps you get an interview. Spend time on it -- focus it and view it as the golden key to open the potential job door.
GF- In your research, what have you found to be the most and least effective job hunting practices?
TW-Spamming 100’s generic resumes and cover letters to all job openings whether they fit or not. This is highly ineffective. Some recruiters call it spray and pray. It feels good but nets nothing.
Stay tuned for Part IV here on the Examiner, on August 11th
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Host: Grace Trafton, “The Better Place” KMVT TV