Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the February 2, 2004 issue of QuintZine.
A majority of employers and job seekers still view the follow-up technique of sending a thank-you note after an interview as an important element of proper job-searching etiquette. However, job-seekers from both Monster and MonsterTRAK, a career resource for college students and alumni, still prefer the traditional thank-you letter route, while Monster employers would rather receive thank-you notes via email.
According to a recent Monster poll, 60 percent of job-seekers send thank-you notes after job interviews (41 percent indicated that they send a traditional letter, while only 19 percent said that they use email). On the MonsterTRAK poll, 64 percent of the college and young alumni job-seekers send thank-you notes (38 percent mail their thank-you letters the traditional way, while 26 percent email them). Conversely, 65 percent of Monster employers expect a thank-you note of some kind (36 percent indicated that they actually prefer thank you notes sent by email, surpassing the 29 percent who would rather receive the traditional letter variety).
Virtual Job Shadow is a great way to prepare for more traditional job-shadowing experiences. You can use Virtual Job Shadow as a way to research careers, or to reinforce what you’ve experienced after a traditional shadowing event.
- 60 percent of all external hires in 2003 were attributable to two channels — employee referrals and the Internet, and these sources are continuing to grow.
- Of the hires from the Internet, employers report that almost 68 percent came from their company Web site.
- Niche job sites were a larger source of hires from the Internet in 2003 than leading job boards combined:
- Niche sites: 17.6 percent
- Monster.com: 8.7 percent
- CareerBuilder: 4.1 percent
- Hotjobs: 1.8 percent
The study also shows that while more positions were filled in 2003 (up 6 percent) than 2002, slightly fewer positions will be filled in 2004 (down 2 percent). It’s clear that the job market will continue to be tight just as the sources most likely to result in success continue to narrow.
What do these results mean for job-seekers? Whenever possible, apply through an organization’s own website and develop strong referral networks. More details can be found in the complete whitepaper.
No. 4: With your lists completed from earlier tips, start researching jobs that may appeal to you from the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, (updated version is online; skim the Occupational Outlook Handbook for jobs in demand. This information is readily available at your local public library or online. PLEASE DO NOT FOCUS OR DECIDE ON ANY ONE JOB JUST BECAUSE IT IS IN DEMAND. You are still on a job-search-treasure hunt, not the complete job search, YET … to be continued…
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