Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the July 30, 2001 issue of QuintZine.
An important piece of career planning is developing a list of key employers to target when you’re ready to move on to your next job. In her syndicated column with Dale Dauten, Kate Wendleton talks about making yourself more in demand through such targeting. “Have six to 10 things in the works,” she suggests. “Take your target list of organizations, and then divide them into an A, B and C list. The A’s are the companies you would die to work for; the C’s are the companies that would die to have you.
Contact the C-list companies first. You’ll practice your interviewing skills and — who knows? — one of them might turn out to be the perfect opportunity. As things start to move along, go to the B companies and say, ‘I’m talking to four other companies, and things are happening pretty quickly, but I didn’t want to accept any of their offers until I talked to you first.’ They will be interested in you because others are interested. As the B’s start to come along, you move to the A’s.”
“Staffing firms created 100,000 new jobs last year and more than a million during the past six years,” says Richard Wahlquist, executive vice president of the American Staffing Association. “Temporary work provides a bridge to permanent employment. On average, seven of 10 temporary employees go on to permanent jobs within a year. However, for a smaller but growing group of workers, staffing firms are becoming their long-term employer of choice.” Read more about the value of temping.
- Recruiter mistake: Not understanding the job you’re talking to the candidate about. Job-seeker lesson: The job-seeker, too, needs to have a good understanding of the position he or she is applying for.
- Recruiter mistake: Writing off seemingly unenthusiastic candidates too quickly. Lesson for job-seekers: Even if recruiters are being advised to excuse a lack of enthusiasm, they won’t have to excuse you if you project maximum enthusiasm in phone interviews.
- Recruiter mistake: Missing scheduled phone interviews. Job-seeker lesson: Obviously, it’s even worse for the interviewee to miss the scheduled phone interview than it is for the recruiter.
- Recruiter mistake: Not being aware of open positions at your company other than the one for which you’re recruiting. Job-seeker lesson: Be sure to express that you’re also interested in other positions, especially if you sense the recruiter doesn’t think you’re right — or comes right out and tells you so — for the position you’re seeking.
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