Job Hunting? Here’s how to get a bullseye.
So, you find yourself in a rut. You’ve just been laid off, notified your team is downsizing, can’t stand the environment you’re in anymore, aren’t loving the work you’re doing… It sounds like it’s time for a change and in a perfect world you’ll have something lined up in no time.
You begin your search googling your position and the city you’re located in/wish to move to. You spend hours applying to countless positions and creating several log-ins for different ATS systems. Sure, this seems like the logical first step for many and it is for most. Yes, these things do pay off as well if you’re qualified and have a strong and thorough resume. But what if there is a better way…
I didn’t know it could be so easy to find my first career (and granted if you’re interning in Talent Acquisition at a large corporation, you might have an easier time). This is what the countless internships, colleague relationships, happy hours, team building, training sessions, and networking events have led you to. It’s time to utilize your network! Therefore, it is so crucial to leave a positive, lasting impression on all the people you meet in throughout your professional career.
If you have a direct connection to a recruiter, this is a great way to get a better idea of what you can do to increase your chances of securing a position. I think I can speak for most recruiters when I say that we enjoy being able to give tips and guidance to candidates to be successful. Even if your best friend works in talent and cannot get you a specific job, he/she can drop some knowledge to improve your candidacy. Additionally, they can let you know updates on the specific req you may have applied for and if the manager is still interviewing.
Timeframe of making a move is extremely important to keep in mind. Depending on the opportunity/company/hiring manager, your transition could be immediate (1-3 weeks) or even up to a month or two. It’s important to be realistic and patient with your process. Yes – finding your next career is important for many reasons, most likely supporting yourself and your family. But, it is important to keep in mind that these things take time. You want to find the next opportunity that is right for you, in more ways than one.
My final note to keep in mind – do not get discouraged! Many people face these transitions, and it can be frustrating to be a part of the waiting game. Be proactive, follow up with recruiters/managers after your interviews, continue to float your resume to connections (with discretion), and be selective. This next opportunity should be what you want and not require any sacrifices.
Emma Sieber is an Internal Recruiter at NSS RPO, a consulting firm that provides on-site and virtual recruiting professionals. Contact NSS RPO to learn about how we can help your organization meet and exceed it’s hiring goals.