Super Charge your Job Search Today! Tips for Job Seekers from Recruiters. Part 1 1 Comment

Employers shed more jobs last month than in any month in more than five years. The economy lost another 159,000 jobs in September, and is the largest decline seen since March 2003. The unemployment rate remain unchanged in September 2008, at 6.1% which is the highest unemployment level seen since September 2003.

The economy has now lost 760,000 jobs since January. Economists have said the economy needs to create about 100,000 jobs each month to keep up with new workers.

If you are looking for a new career opportunity, there are hundreds strategies and places to begin your job search.  This article contains several ideas to aid in your search from Recruiters.

  • Start your search on-line.  The best place to start is with job aggregator sites, which include job postings from job boards and companies.  Try GoogleIndeed, or SimplyHired for starters.
  • Get jobs delivered to you.  Set up search agents to do the work for you, and have the results e-mailed to your in-box.
  • Paul DeBettignies, from MN Headhunter shared “Create a database of some sort to track resume submittals, email, phone calls and other activities so you can be sure to follow up when appropriate”
  • The reality is engaging in a shot-gun approach to applying to multiple jobs on job boards rarely work.  Organizations typically receive more Resumes than they can manually handle.  Everyone typically gets the same generated e-mail response, and Recruiters rely on key word searches and auto scoring systems to find potential candidates.
  • Posting your Resume on a job board as a solo job search approach seldom works – if you think magically your phone will start ringing…  Take charge of your search, network, and find others you know in organizations that can help.  Keep in mind several positions may not even make it to the internet.

Proactively managing your search for a career can be time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be.  Check back, or sign up via e-mail for continued job search and interview tip articles.

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  • Posted on: Monday, October 6th, 2008