Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the June 7, 2004 issue of QuintZine.
Are you ready for stealth hiring, dry hiring, and deep hiring? With the employment scene picking up, experts are seeing these trends:
- “Stealth hiring” is defined as recruiting quietly so your competitors won’t know you’re building your talent strength. Employers watch what their competitors do in the employment market, since it is a good indicator of how they see the market and how they position themselves for growth.
- “Dry hiring” is taking a candidate through all the steps of the recruitment and selection process, but not actually completing the hire. It is a technique used to identify desirable and available talent to build bench strength.
- “Deep hiring,” occurs when employers fill jobs that have been closed for a long time. Now those positions are being opened and filled, with the staffing process often going deep into the organizational chart to bring in people to do jobs that had been left vacant during the economic slowdown. Some of these people are new hires; some are employees returning from layoff. Sometimes, employees are promoted into these positions, and the resulting vacancy is then filled.
From “Herman Trend Alert,” by Roger Herman and Joyce Gioia, Strategic Business Futurists, copyright 2004. (800) 227-3566 or The Herman Group.
“Finding a job isn’t a solitary process; candidates rely on a number of personal and professional contacts to assist them throughout the search,” said Liz Hughes, OfficeTeam’s executive director. “People who receive help during this critical time are likely to remember it, and offer the same type of guidance for others moving forward.”
Hughes notes that you don’t need to be in a position to hire people to be of assistance. She offers these suggestions:
- Give an informational interview. Offer to spend 15 minutes talking with a job-seeker about your career or industry. You can provide valuable insight from your professional experience that could point the candidate in a new direction.
- Be a second set of eyes and ears. Volunteer to proofread someone’s application materials and role-play interview scenarios to help him or her make the best impression.
- Return to your alma mater. Many college career centers are stretched thin, trying to provide guidance to both current students and recent graduates looking for work in a competitive job market. Offer to participate in a career day or mentor someone in his or her job search.
- Serve as a reference. The reference check is often the last step in securing a position and it’s also one of the most critical. If you have direct knowledge of a job-seeker’s skills, experience and work ethic, offer to be a reference.
- Call your local professional association. National business organizations often have local chapters that may need resources to assist unemployed members. Contact the local chapter and get involved.
- Keep in touch. Looking for a new position at times can be an isolating, discouraging experience. Call or e-mail the job-seekers you know to check in, offer your encouragement or invite them to lunch.
Hughes added that people who assist job seekers help themselves in the process. “By reaching out to others, you expand your own network and build communication and mentoring skills, which are critical to your own professional development.”
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