Job Search Tips

If you are not committed to your job search, no one else will be.

Recruiters and potential employers are human. They do not have the time nor the motivation to help a job applicant who is not helping him or herself. On the other hand, a job applicant who obviously has their act together can frequently get timely advice and helpful hints from a recruiter who may not have a position that matches the applicant’s skill set but sees the potential for other employers that they may not represent. Many professional recruiters participate in networks of recruiters who share resumes and subsequently share the placement fee for candidates who are successfully placed.

The most important advice that anyone can give to a job candidate is to make it easy for the prospective employer to see what you have to bring to the table.

  • Make it easy to read and understand your resume.
  • Make it easy to contact you.
  • Make it easy to make you an offer.

Many job seekers start their job search with unreasonable expectations.

Do not set your salary expectations, benefit requirements, or job search time frame unreasonably high or short. Research the job market and current salaries for the geographic location you are looking in. Know what the typical benefit package is. Avoid anything that would unnecessarily limit the potential employers who might be
interested in you.

For example, stating in your resume cover letter that you are seeking a position that provides a specific minimum salary, benefit package, relocation package or some other aspect of your compensation may cause an otherwise qualified potential employer to eliminate you before you have a chance to present your qualifications. If you appear to be uncompromising or troublesome, potential employers may pass over your resume regardless of your apparent suitability for the position.