Searching for a job is an intense process! Whether you’re a first-time job seeker or career changer, it can be anxiety-inducing, overwhelming and downright exhausting. However, we’re here to tell you that you can decrease the job search stress by putting yourself in control of your career destiny and developing a plan to find the job that’s right for you.
Job Search Advice From Hirewell Senior Recruiters
Our recruiters are experts at helping job seekers find their dream jobs. We asked a few of our senior recruiters to share their advice on how to prepare and develop your job search game plan for optimal success. Here’s what they had to say:
Rosanna Krug, Senior Recruiter, Human Resources
Be as transparent as possible about your search and other opportunities you are considering. Knowing where candidates stand with other potential roles can help push the process along and create a sense of urgency with hiring managers. Also, having that information can help your recruiter connect you to other companies you may be interested in. We have a lot of connections and knowledge of the market that we can share. We just need to know what you’re thinking!
Know why you want a new job.
Paul Luhrsen, Senior Recruiter/Account Manager, IT, Open Source Technologies
Begin your search knowing why you want a new job. Is it because you hate your current work environment and want to get into a more collaborative one? Are you stagnant in your current job and want to find a role that has opportunity for growth? Is your company lacking in progressive technology and you don’t want to fall behind? Throughout your search and especially as you reach the offer stage, keep the ‘why’ front and center. A job offer may come in from a company that is closer to home but has technology that is older than the technology at your current company. If your reason for leaving was progressive technology, then taking that new job would go against your ‘why.’ Don’t let things on the periphery of your search cloud the real reason you’re trying to make a switch.
Know your audience.
Richard Maltz, Senior Recruiter, Digital Experience & Marketing
Always consider the audience you’re speaking to and think about how the position you’re interviewing for will help that audience. For example, when giving examples of your past work, talk about what you did, how you did it and why you did it that way. Hiring managers want to hear how your experiences and knowledge will help them reach their goals.
Work with a limited number of recruiters.
Dawn Pizarroz, Vice President, Digital Experience & Marketing
Don’t work with too many recruiters. Find one or two you really vibe with, and be as open and transparent as possible with them. Also, clean up your internet presence before you start interviewing. I’ve had clients find a candidate they’re interviewing online and their online profiles do not match their resume. It definitely makes hiring managers think twice about hiring the candidate.
Figure out where you’d like to work.
Jeff Smith, Senior Recruiting Manager, Managed Recruiting Programs
Fitting in with the company culture is just as important as having the right qualifications for the job. If you are serious about wanting to work at a certain company, then do your homework and find out if their corporate culture would be the right fit for you. This is your opportunity to choose the boss you want, so dig deep into the organization and talk to as many people as you can to get a good feel for the people and the organization. And use your intuition when it comes to the conversation about salary. Many experts suggest that you shouldn’t discuss salary early in the process, however, in some cases it’s best to get it out in the open so you can decide if it makes sense to continue moving forward or if you should cut and run.
Communicate. Communicate. Communicate.
Alex Zalewski, Senior Recruiter/Account Manager, Engineering & Executive Level Search
Keep an open line of communication and tell me the best way and time to reach you. So much in the job search comes down to communication and being available. Many of the candidates I’m working with right now are actively employed and the last thing I want to do is call them only to find out they’re doing a big presentation in front of their boss.
Don’t be dazzled by the counteroffer.
Bill Gates, Vice President, Human Resources Recruiting
In a job market as hot as it is right now, don’t be surprised if you’re presented with a counteroffer once you resign. Be prepared to say no to the counter offer by making sure leaving your job is the right move in the first place. Talk to your boss before you start your job search. Find out what he or she envisions for your career path. Ask him/her what the future holds for you at your company. If they don’t have the answer you’re looking for, then start to explore new opportunities.
How Hirewell Works With You
There’s nothing like the feeling we get when a ‘match’ has been made. Why do we care so much? Maybe it’s because we love what we do so much that we want to make sure our job seekers love what they do too. Are you ready to make a move? Work with us and we’ll help you get where you want to go! Start searching for jobs, today!