To land a great job, you need more than great job skills – you need a great job search strategy!
It takes much more than hitting the “Apply Now” button on your favorite job site to move your career forward. To cast the widest net possible, you should develop a multi-faceted approach that leverages the power of technology, your professional network and employment agencies in Connecticut like A.R. Mazzotta.
Check out these fresh ways to find the best jobs:
Put technology to work for you. Have you ever used Google Alerts? They are emails sent to you when Google finds new results – such as web pages, newspaper articles, or blogs – that match your search term. To augment your job search, set up Alerts for:
- Your name
- Names of staffing services who hire for the type of job you’re seeking
- Target companies and/or those you want to be informed about
- Names of key decision makers in your target companies
- Job title(s) you’re seeking and geographic areas you want to work in, e.g.., “administrative assistant in Wallingford CT”
- Key word phrases relevant to your job
- Names of your target companies’ relevant products or services
Create a short-form resume. A short-form resume is exactly what it sounds like: a condensed version of your resume that focuses on your abilities and credentials as they pertain to the job for which you’re applying. This recruiter-friendly version is a “teaser,” appropriate for entry-level positions or for occasions when you know that a recruiter will not take the time to slog through your full-length resume.
Use networking business cards. This is a regular business card, printed with your name, profession and contact information on the front. The back contains a mini-resume with all the pertinent information about your accomplishments and background. When you meet a new hiring authority, pass along three or four for him to share internally.
Make your resume stand out by demonstrating value. Hiring managers get resumes and cover letters all the time, but they rarely get a demonstration of the value a candidate can add along with it. Show a recruiter exactly how you can contribute.
To get started, research the company and identifying some key issues that it faces. Then pick an issue that you have some knowledge about and write a paper assessing the problem (offering your creative solutions or insights). If the report strikes a chord with the hiring manager, he will be very impressed and want to talk to you in person.
Consider a temporary or contract assignment. Sometimes, contingent employment can lead to a direct position. If you’re without work, a temporary job in Connecticut is a great way to get your foot in the door – and make new business contacts to call upon in the future. We can help you find a great assignment to build your skills and start you on the path to full-time employment. Contact A.R. Mazzotta today!