Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the August 1, 2005 issue of QuintZine.
Recruiters report that they have significant success in recruiting candidates from niche job boards. The flip side of recruiter success is job-seeker success, so if you fit any of these niches in which recruiters have reported success, you may want to try searching for jobs and posting your resume on one of these boards:
- JobsInTheMoney.com, Finance niche. In finance, recruiters also recommend professional associations, such as credit-union and bank associations.
- SpanglishJobs.com, Bilingual (Spanish/English-speaking) candidates.
- AccountingJobs.com, Accountants.
- PharmaceuticalJobsUsa.com, Pharma, LifeScience, and Pharmacy jobs.
- At 90 percent of companies, a top sales rep can earn more than the rep’s managers do. And at 19 percent of companies, a top sales executive can earn more than the CEO does.
- During the past two years, companies have experienced 12 percent annual sales-force turnover.
- Only 9.7 percent of companies (but 23 percent of high-tech companies) view stock or stock options as an advantage in attracting and retaining salespeople.
- When salespeople quit, the majority of the time it’s because there’s a better opportunity to improve their career at another company. The second-most-common reason is higher base pay, followed by higher incentive pay, followed by more attainable quotas.
- Position yourself for opportunities both inside and outside your company. If you are looking to change fields, learn the lingo and find out whom to talk to.
- Follow your passion. If you’re unsatisfied or expected to be in a better position, pursue your bliss; consider doing what you REALLY want to do.
- Leave the country. Approximately four million Americans work abroad. Language and international- business skills will make you more marketable.
- Take a class, or more. Your employer may pay for you to polish essential skills.
- Lose the ego. Tout all your accomplishments, but do it with humility in a way that describes what your talents can do for your next employer.
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