Simple Guidelines for Applying for Jobs – AND Getting Noticed
Our team at TAG has been at this for awhile, and we believe we have found some straightforward methods to make you stand out from the crowd whether using a recruiter or not.
When you are applying for jobs, keep track of the companies you have applied for, or the ones your recruiter has presented you for. If you’re not working with a recruiter, you should follow up on your application with a phone call, message and email, spread out weekly. I’ve not always hired based solely on qualifications, but frequently it matters how much you WANT the job. If working with a recruiter, it is incumbent upon you to STAY IN TOUCH. You are trying to get one job, but recruiters are trying to fill several, and there are only so many hours in the day. We like it when you are proactive, sending us notes, reminders, references…this way you stay on our radar, and you give us more ammunition to present as your ADVOCATE. Don’t take it personally if you don’t hear from us, just pop us an email with an update on how things are going, who else you may have applied with, etc. It is important that you know, once you have applied for a job directly, we can do NOTHING on your behalf with that company. Check with us first, we’ll tell you straight up if we believe we can get you in, or if you need to apply directly.
The sands are ever-shifting, jobs appear and disappear, priorities change with our clients. This is a fast-paced business, demanding a commitment of hard work, tireless hours and constant rejection. If you are working with a recruiter when applying for jobs, timeliness of communication is critical.
A critical document in the process and one that we don’t have room to cover in-depth here. This month we’ll be posting a blog that pulls together the combined wisdom and feedback that we have accumulated over the years, so keep an eye out for that.
If you are fortunate enough to land an interview, you must take advantage of it. Ask intelligent, well-thought-out questions based on your research on the company and facility, but do not interview the Hiring Authority. Be positive, upbeat, friendly –have a personality, be you! Do not complain about your last job/boss/company…if you do, they will expect you to be the same way there if they hire you…which they won’t. Be truthful and straightforward, the truth always comes out, and they will respect your integrity. Do not volunteer anything not directly pertinent to your ability to do this job proficiently, and if working with a recruiter, do not tell them what you would need to make if offered –that’s our job. Tell them what you make/made in the prior job, but seek your recruiters’guidance on how to handle this question. Different companies looking to hire have different expectations –we will know what they are, and guide you appropriately.
As always, we’re available to answer any questions you might have by phone or email. Successful hunting!