Inside every recruiter’s deleted mail folder are hundreds of messages from well-intentioned job seekers. Many of these remain unread. But recruiters aren’t evil people (usually). Hell, finding great talent for clients is how they get paid. So why does messaging a recruiter via email or LinkedIn so rarely generate a response?
Two reasons: 1) they’re swamped and 2) you’re probably doing it wrong. The crush of messages recruiters receive daily is staggering. They can’t possibly answer every one. But if you play the game the right way, recruiters will take notice. Read More →
Just like the job search process, dating can be
a long dreary slog through a hellscape of unending frustration and disappointment tough. Finding the right one takes work, patience, and a high threshold for rejection. Fortunately, almost everything you know about dating can be applied to your next job search.
1. Applying online isn’t your best bet. Sure, there are thousands of jobs posted online. But there are also thousands of job seekers just like you vying for the posters’ attention. No matter how scrubbed up and attractive you look, or how much you match what they’re looking for, you might not catch a hiring manager’s eye. Networking is always your best bet for finding the right fit. Read More →
Your resume is polished. You’ve been networking like mad. Your interview suit is even pressed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. You’re also completely and totally exhausted. The job search is draining, and doing it right feels like a full-time gig. So why not hack your job search with these seven tips?
1. Search Your LinkedIn Connections’ Connections
Seeing who your 1st degree connections are connected to is a hassle, especially if you’re looking for a possible referral. Instead of clicking and scrolling (and scrolling and scrolling), use this free extension for Google Chrome and search those connections instead. Search by company, title, skill, or just about anything else that might appear on their profile. Read More →
Are you pleased with your LinkedIn profile? Sure, you probably are. After all, you’ve checked all the boxes: photo, succinct summary, detailed job history, etc. You’re even getting a few hits from recruiters. But there’s more to building a killer profile than just avoiding the common mistakes. As recruiters, LinkedIn is our first stop when searching for talent, and I’ve spotted five common LinkedIn mistakes that most people don’t realize they’re making. Read More →
Waiting to hear back from recruiters and hiring managers who have the potential to change your career path is excruciating. No matter how confident you are about your professional brand, no matter how perfectly polished your resume is, no matter how perfect you are for the job, things feel utterly uncontrollable once your future is in someone else’s hands. Plus, it always takes longer than you think to secure new employment.
Every time I applied to a job on LinkedIn, I would spend the next hour — and sometimes the whole day — refreshing the “Who’s Viewed My Profile” page every two minutes to see if the hiring manager looked at my profile. I devoured any article that might entertain or distract me. I ran errands — any errands — for my friends, just to keep my mind off the applications I’d submitted. I wasn’t just waiting; I was wasting my time. If you’re going crazy while waiting for meeting confirmations from a recruiter, feedback from a hiring manager, or — ideally — an offer letter, these five quick tips can help you de-stress while you wait for a recruiter to call. Read More →
Do you sense a disturbance in the force? Has the Fair Trade coffee in your office kitchen been replaced by Folgers? Have two VPs and the CMO left recently with no comment from the executive team? Has the HR manager has told you that they’re putting the search for your new business analyst “on hold?” Is your boss being sketchier than usual? If you answered “yes” to two or more of these items, then you’ve observed one of the 7 Signs That a Layoff is Coming. This is no time to get depressed or panic. This is the time to cowboy up and prepare for a layoff.
“But I’m great at my job!” you say. “I’m necessary! They can’t live without me!” Here’s the hard truth: no matter how great or necessary you are, you still cost money. And because you cost money, you need to assume that your name is on the list. The storm clouds are gathering, friend, and you should prepare to get wet. Read More →
You’ve got six weeks left to find a job in 2013. Yes, you read that correctly. No matter how festive you may (or may not) be, vacation time starts November 15. Even though most people won’t start taking time off until the following week, no one is starting first-round interviews the week before everyone leaves.
Then December brings end-of-year meetings filled with annual summaries and budgeting exercises that often threaten to chop any open headcount. The December holidays? Those are a wash.
Unless you’re prepared to wait until the second week of January to start looking again, it’s time to kick your job search into high gear. Read More →
Nikki Reyes is a marketing executive in the ad tech industry, specializing in product marketing and high-growth, B2B start-ups. This is her first post for The Hired Guns.
Last December, I finally decided it was time for a break. I left my job and took some much-needed time to travel and think about my next career move. When I re-entered the job market jungle in July, I thought recruiters were going to be an ultimate resource. And they would’ve been, had I better understood the recruiting process.
After a month of underwhelming interviews with all types of recruiters (one actually called me “dude”) and unreturned calls, I realized that I must be doing something wrong. So I did my homework, altered my approach, and changed my luck. Here are the lessons I learned along the way. Read More →
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve received a boatload of requests for a post with all the 28 Days links in one place. Ask and ye shall receive, friends. Here they are! Read More →
Our inboxes have been overflowing since we launched 28 Days to a New Job. We’ve gotten tons of great questions, and we want to make sure we address as many possible. So without further ado, here’s our first question from a fellow who calls himself Beantown Product Guy:
If you find a great opportunity on LinkedIn or another job board, how much “back-channel” networking is appropriate? What’s acceptable? What’s crossing the line?
That’s a very, very common question, and the answer may not be as straightforward as you think. Read More →
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