Post your resume on job boards such as Monster, HotJobs, and Career Builder...but don’t stop there. Search those boards for positions you are interested in, submit your resume for the positions, and call the recruiter listed on the posting to confirm your interest.
One question a recruiter usually asks is “What have you been doing since your last job?” Be sure to answer this honestly. This is a perfect time to help the recruiter understand who you are and what you are looking for. The better your recruiter knows you, the more they can help.
Have you ever “Googled” yourself? You might be surprised at what you find. Every picture, article, comment, or blog post that has your name attached will show up in the search results. Employers often do searches on potential hires so it is important for you to know what is out there.
Another question you will get asked is, “What is the salary you are looking for?” It is important to realize that in a down economy there are often many other candidates for the position. Make sure you stay within a fair range. Do not overstate your salary expectations hoping to negotiate.
Don’t use this question as an opportunity to vent. Do not talk about your financial situation, how difficult things are, or how much you really need the job. Your interviewer wants to know about your experience, how you work with others, and what you are capable of doing for their company.
Be cautious of your body language during your interview. Shifting in your chair, fidgeting with your pen, and playing with your hair are all signs that show lack of confidence. Sit up straight, smile, and be confident that you are the right person for the job. Your interviewer wants to be confident in their choice and know that you are the right person for the job.
Finding a job in a down economy is competitive. Even though companies are not hiring as many people, they still want the best. Keeping your skills up-to-date and acquiring new ones will help you stand out. Also, being involved in on and off line groups specific to your skill set is important to help you stay on top of trends.
Less Jobs and More Demanding Employers
Created byATR International, Inc. Join us on Facebook and Linkedin and read “The Staffing Minute” at www.atrinternational.com/atrblog