Everyone has been there; maybe looking for something new or recently laid off due to budgetary concerns. You find yourself on the outside looking in and not sure how to get back in the employed group. Here are some tips to get you in the right direction.
- Network - Websites such as LinkedIn are wonderful ways to connect with past college friends and past co-workers. It also allows you to showcase your accomplishments and experience in a friendly format that isn't as mundane as a resume. Also consider including any friends and co-workers from your past employment to show there is no animosity regarding your most recent job. Word of caution though - make sure to only add those that can be an asset to your profile and not a hindrance.
- Recruiters - Recruiters are a wonderful asset in your job search since they have the pulse of the job market on their desks. Just make sure you are sending your resume to recruiters that match your background and experience. A computer recruiter will not help when it comes to accounting. Make sure to have patience as well. You might apply for a job and the recruiter may find you a bad fit and therefore not call you back. They may also receive quite a number of applicants for a position and it will take a while to go through them all. Whatever the reason for the lack of communication giving them a few days will work in your favor. If you give three or four days and still no answer from the recruiter you might want to consider on a different agency. Failure for a recruiter to answer back or contact you means they either have no interest in working with you or they're too busy to get back to clients. Whatever the reason, a more organized agency might be just what you need.
- Friends - Yes, even your friends can help you land that perfect job. Maybe they really enjoy where they work or maybe they know someone who works at the company you're applying at. Either way, don't dismiss your friends. They don't have to be in the same field as you but we all know that being able to indicate you know someone that works at the company can sometimes give that edge.
- Resume - Make sure your resume is accurate! This cannot be overstated enough. If you fluff your resume to get a job it will come out; either in your performance or your lack thereof. Always be truthful in your background and education; especially since these are simple things prospective employers can check very easily.
- Computer Savvy - Make sure your computer skills are listed on your resume and they too are accurate. Some recruiting firms will test your abilities in certain things like Excel or PowerPoint just to ensure your computer skills are what you say they are.
If you do land that interview, congratulations! Remember to be yourself and the interview is a process for the company to see if you're a good fit AND for you to see if you like the company as well. These will be people you will spend a lot of time around and you want to make sure you want to.