Search Market is Tough! Let a Hiring Manager Help You
Hi, if you're looking for a job, you know how
tough it is in the
current disastrous economic environment. Competition has never been
fiercer for the reduced number of jobs and you MUST be sharper and more
knowledgeable than ever to be considered.
Invariably, it's the "hiring manager" who decides
if you get hired and this is the person you must impress. I
know, because I've been a hiring manager for over 25 years in both
small companies, public and private sector, and I've interviewed and
hired hundreds of people.
When I say "hiring manager," I don't
mean the people in Human Resources and I don't mean
the people in recruiting agencies. I mean the managers who are actually
managing some part of an organization – these are the people who have
job openings to fill.
The hiring manager is the person who
makes the final hiring decision. In your job search, this is the person
whom you will have to convince to give you the job!
Given this fact, the hiring manager - not the big
generic job search sites and not professional recruiters – is the best
person to give you advice on how to obtain a new job in the shortest
I'm currently a hiring manager in a large (16,000
employees) organization and I know what hiring mangers want to see from
a job applicant. Plus, I "eat my own dog food". That is, I've used the
advice you'll find on this site in my own job searches to successfully
find and land a job, so I know it works.
I'll also tell you how to stay out of trouble in
your job search, particularly while working online. For
example, before beginning an online job search, remember that most
employers nowadays scour search engines and social
networks for details on applicants. Michael
Fertik of Reputation.com recommends using any privacy filters
available to protect your online image.
I'll also have advice for you HR Managers out
there. As with applicants, online job searches can cause some headaches
for HR managers. As a Hiring manager, I've asked my Human Resources
Department to use
many of these and I know they can deliver a large number of qualified
applicants quickly. It can thus be challenging
to research so many candidates and you'll need a way to easily get a background
check for each of
your applicants and make sure they are right for the job.
What you'll find here is a hiring manager's
perspective on how to find a job. Much of this advice will be different
from what you'll find elsewhere because it's not based on traditional
theory about how to find a job. It's based on what hiring
managers are actually looking for and where they are looking for it.
To find a job as quickly as possible, you need to
know several things:
These things are not complicated and the key is to
know the right steps and follow them faithfully. I'm here to teach you
- How to best organize your job search
- The best ways to find open positions
- The best ways to write your resume and, just as
important, your cover letter
- How to increase your chance for an interview
when you apply
- What hiring managers are looking for once
you're in the interview
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