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How to Manage Your Job Search

Aug 23, 2018 Pam Fritzler Comments (0)

As a job seeker, your hope is that every action you take will lead to your next career - an opportunity to make income and have a satisfying work experience. While the end goal is to get the offer, there are several steps that come before that, and even before the interview. Today’s online application atmosphere can make job searching frustrating and hard to manage.

Here are a few tips on how to manage your job search:

Organize

Get organized by cleaning up your resume and online profile. Make sure all your most current information is listed, including your most recent job and tasks. Call your references to make sure they are willing and available to answer calls from prospective employers and to insure you have the most up-to-date information for them.

Get Specific

Get really clear on what type of job you want, and where. Look at job descriptions and use the same type of wording in your resume to match your job history. Rather than using a “shot-gun” approach that will wear you out and waste time, be strategic in the positions you are looking for and spend time learning about the company and the hiring agent to write a cover letter specific to them.

Automate

Have easy access to information you will want to put on any application, such as references, job history, and schooling in one place so you can “automate” the online process. It wastes time to have to look everything up each time you submit information, so have it all handy.

Use a spreadsheet, notebook, or document to track URLs, usernames, and passwords so you can easily reference them if you need to go back to them.

Follow Directions

The fastest way to be disqualified from moving forward in the hiring process is to ignore directions. If the job posting asks for you to apply online, don’t fax a resume. If they tell you to submit answers to three questions along with your application, do so. Some people think that by doing it differently, they may stand out, but really it just looks like you didn’t pay attention.

If you want to stand out, consider following directions and then doing a follow up call or send a note. Thank you notes after the interview are a nice touch.

Be Professional Everywhere and Always

Your first impression doesn’t start at the interview, rather at the very first connection the employer has with any communication you provide. Make sure your application, resume, email inquiry, etc. are all professional and tactful.

While seeking employment, keep your social media profiles private and professional. While employers may not check your online reputation, they could, and it is better safe than sorry.

 

If you are in search of employment opportunities in Colorado, let Colorado Network Staffing (CNS) help you find your next position. CNS is a leader in staffing, staff augmentation, and contract management by acting as a sole human resource provider for our clients. Our employing companies are looking for the best and brightest talent, and trust us to provide exactly that. Contact us at 303-430-1441, and discover why our clients come to us to fill their staffing needs, and get started in your new career faster.

 

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Employment Solutions: Does working with a staffing company help or hurt me?

Aug 09, 2018 Pam Fritzler Comments (0)

As a job seeker, you want to do as many things right as possible to land your next career. You likely have seen opportunities to work with a company who provides employment solutions to large companies, such as a head hunter, executive recruiters or staffing companies. Head hunters and executive recruiters can charge you for their services and may be a good option for you. However, working with a staffing company may not be so cut and dry.

When determining if you should work with an employment solutions provider, it’s important to take a look at how it can help or hurt you. First, you may want to understand how using a staffing agency benefits the employer, so you understand how it works as a big picture overview.

Employment Solutions Benefits to Employers

Large and small companies alike will turn to staffing agencies to provide both temporary and long-term candidates quickly. Hiring through an again gives the employer a “try before you buy” with candidates, thus reducing their risk and expense. Onboarding is time consuming and therefore costly, and staffing firms take this burden on, even pre-qualifying the best candidates to help employers find a perfect match.

Employers pay a fee for this service to the agency, so you as a candidate don’t have to. The better the quality candidates provided, the more likely they are to rehire the staffing firm. This creates a big win for you.

Employment Solutions Benefits to Job Candidates

Because the employment agency benefits by providing high quality candidates, they are looking for the best of the best, you. This means the recruiters are specifically searching resumes to find candidates on behalf of their clients, who likely don’t have the time to search, contact, qualify and interview.

So, when a staffing agency contacts you, or when you register with one, you move to the front of the list for that agency’s candidate pool. Often, the positions you are introduced to are not publicly published, so you wouldn’t have access to them apart from the employment solutions provider.

If you are placed, even in a temporary position, this allows you to show on your resume two critical things: 1. A smaller gap between employers and 2. Flexibility and increased skills by working in a new environment, equipment, management and co-workers.

 

Employment solutions are the match maker between quality candidates and top employers. Engaging them is a great idea for employees looking to close the gap between jobs, and Colorado Network Staffing (CNS) does just that. Our employing companies are looking for the best and brightest talent, and trust us to provide them. Contact us today at 303-430-1441, and discover why our clients come to us to fill their staffing needs, and get started in your new career faster.

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