Get Hired Faster By Changing Your Job Search Strategy

According to most experts, the average job search takes about five months to complete. Five months is a long time to spend job searching, especially if you are currently out of work! Why does the average job search take this long? One of the primary reasons is because most job seekers are using the exact same job search strategies. Most of them are using what could be called the “wait and hope” strategy.

The wait and hope strategy is comprised of three primary steps.

1- Search for jobs which are being advertised

2- Submit a resume for selected jobs

3- WAIT AND HOPE for an interview

This is the primary strategy used because this is the way we were all taught to look for jobs.

A Better Job Search Strategy

Most people are not aware that only twenty percent of all vacant jobs are actually filled through advertising. This fact is a real eye opener for most people. If only twenty percent of jobs are filled through advertising, that leaves an overwhelming majority of eighty percent which are filled without advertising. If a job is not advertised, how is it ever filled? They are filled through the hidden job market!

What exactly is the hidden job market? These are the jobs that are hidden from public view. For the job seekers who only look for jobs through the classifieds or online advertising, they are completely left out of consideration for these jobs. Considering that eighty percent of jobs are filled this way, they miss out on the majority of jobs that are actually available. This is great news for the job seeker who is willing to learn how to tap into the hidden job market!

Five Easy Steps

You can tap into the hidden job market in five easy steps. Here is a short description of each step.

Step 1 – Develop A Target List Of Employers

The first thing you need to do is to develop a list of employers who have the type of job(s) you are interested in, in the locations you want, and are employers you would like to work for. I call this list of potential employers your job opportunity list. This list of potential employers can be very long, or quite short depending on your interests and needs.

Step 2- Do Some Research

Once you have your job opportunity list together, use the Internet to do a little research on each potential employer. Use the company’s web site to read about the company, it’s mission, it’s products, any current news, and most importantly, find a company directory. Use the directory to find out who is the director or supervisor of the department you want to be hired into.

Step 3- Look For Advertised Jobs

No, I haven’t changed my mind. Advertised jobs should not be your primary means of finding your next job, but you should still spend a little time and see what types of jobs are being advertised in your area. Pay special attention to jobs advertised by companies on your job opportunity list.

Step 4- Start Making Contacts

This is where you can start separating yourself from the competition. Most job seekers just won’t make direct contact with potential employers. They are not comfortable applying for a job unless the potential employer has put up a big blinking sign (advertisement) that says, “We have a job opening, please send us your resume”.

Make direct contact with the employers and let them know about you, your qualifications and experience, and your interest in working for their organization!

Step 5- Be Persistent And Follow Up

Once you are making contacts and sending out resumes, you must be determined to follow up. Just sending out a resume and hoping for an interview won’t get you hired faster than your competition. Have a consistent habit of following up with decision makers after a couple of days have passed. You are NOT being pushy by doing this, you are being persistent


As you can see, this is not rocket science, but it really does work. Tapping into the hidden job market will put you ahead of ninety-five percent of your job search competitors. Don’t ever hesitate to make direct contact with employers. Employers like to use the hidden job market because it is much cheaper and faster to fill jobs this way.

Gary Hawkins is a Human Resources Specialist and entrepreneur. Find out more about his job search strategies and insider job information at []

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Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself — at the university’s 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005. Transcript of Steve Jobs’ address: Stanford University channel on YouTube:

I Hate My Job: Does This Sound Like Something You Say?

I hate my job.

Do you find yourself saying this on a regular basis?

Do you dread having to face another day at work?

Do you sometimes wish you’d be fired or laid off just to escape your daily prison?

If so, join the club. You might be surprised how many people spend years (and years and years…) staying in the same job that they hate.

If you constantly say to yourself “I hate my job” then it’s time you did something about it.

And if you’re the type of person who keeps telling your friends “I hate my job” and expecting that they will care, you’d really better start doing something about it before you lose all your friends. No one likes to hang around a whiner especially one who says the same thing over and over again without doing anything to fix it.

If you truly hate your job, your personal life can suffer as a result and you can spiral into depression and a feeling of helplessness especially if you can’t see any other options to pursue.

As a recruiter, I can understand why people say “I hate my job” but I can’t understand why they expect me to feel sorry for them when they do nothing to change things!

To fix this situation, first figure out what it is that you hate about your job and either fix it or start looking for a new job. If you truly hate your job, you’ll do something about it rather than just talking about it.

Who wants to spend 8 hours plus per day doing something they hate just to get a check?

Let’s look at a list of possible statements you might be making that show specifically what it is that you hate about your job:

I hate my job. No particular reason needed, you just hate your job. Are you proud of your work? Are there any accomplishments you are happy with? If not, maybe you don’t just need a new job, you need a new career. Start looking outside your current industry. Have you considered self-employment?

I hate my job because I’m underpaid: Easy to fix. Ask for a raise. In this case you don’t really hate your job, you hate the fact that you are underpaid at least in your mind. If you work for a notoriously cheap company, you might need to switch companies. If you work in an industry that doesn’t make its employees rich, you might need to change industries. Money isn’t the best reason to switch jobs but if your salary doesn’t match your lifestyle, something has to change.

I hate my job because it’s boring: Perhaps you have become underemployed. If you are bored, you might not be utilizing all the skills you have or you may have finally realized you are in the wrong industry. Think of what makes you happy and then figure out how you can get paid to do it. I like that old adage that says that if you find a job that you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.

I hate my job because I hate my boss/co-workers/company: Certainly, you can’t pick your boss or co-workers but you can pick the company you work for. We won’t always get along with everyone we work with so it’s not uncommon to want to switch jobs because of personal conflicts with others. Be careful though: if you find that you have trouble getting along with people at every job you have, maybe it’s not the other people that are the problem.

I hate my job but I can’t quit: Perhaps it’s the stock options, maybe it’s the nice expense account and company car, maybe it’s the high salary that you know you won’t be able to get from another company if you switch jobs. Sometimes “golden handcuffs” prevent people from switching jobs that they hate because they’d have to give up too much if they quit. Then again, I’ve seen instances of people leaving high-paying jobs that they hated to accept lower paying jobs that they are much happier with. You might need to prioritize and figure out what is more important: the money or your happiness. Ideally you’ll have both of course but maybe this is impossible in your current job.

I hate my job because I’m embarrassed of what I do: Maybe you work in an industry that you’ve realized does not fit your morals. Maybe you feel embarrassed to discuss your job or industry with friends who you feel have better jobs that you do. I’ve certainly come across enough job searchers who are ashamed to discuss their job with others. Personally, I think that as long as you are doing something ethical that you like and can earn a reasonable living from, there is nothing to be ashamed of. Not everyone thinks this way though. Before making any career-altering decisions, remember that your job must make you happy, not other people.

Working at a job you hate is no way to spend a significant part of your life. If you truly hate your job, you will no doubt see other aspects of your life suffer, too.

Before you can fix the problem of constantly saying “I hate my job” you need to figure out what it is specifically that you hate about it.

Then you can decide what to do to fix it or if it is not fixable, what you are going to be doing next for a living.

Once you do this, you will no longer have to say “I hate my job” and you’ll be happier and more prosperous because of it.

Carl Mueller is an Internet entrepreneur and professional recruiter. Carl has helped many job searchers find their dream career and would like to help clear up some of the job search myths that exist while helping job searchers avoid common job search mistakes that cost them jobs.

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How to Success On The Job from Job Hunting to Keep Your Job and Get Most of Out of It


This article will prepare you for the difficult task of job hunting. Not only will it show you how to get a job but it will show you how to keep your job and get the most out of it. You will be able to use the most modern psychological measures in dealing with other people so that you are always ahead. Follow the instruction in this book and see yourself go to the top. HOW TO PREPARE FOR JOB HUNTING Know What You Want You should be perfectly clear of what you want. Don’t give yourself vague objectives such as “any job that pays.” Make your objectives and goals very definite and specific. Your first step to getting a successful job is knowing precisely what you want. Ask yourself this question and write down the answer on a sheet of paper. Expect The Best But Prepare For Adversity Always expect success, but prepare for the bad things in life. Adversity happens to the best of us. Our challenge is to conquer adversity. Adversity is a great teacher; learn its lessons well. Remember, if you haven’t been through bad times, you are far from success. Be Positive When you create a “win,win, win” attitude, you will start to win. When you start to think positively, everything around you will be positive. Whatever you expect to take place will take place. If you want things to be good, they will be good. You are the master of your destiny. Destiny DOES NOT rule you. Be Confident You must have confidence in yourself. If you are not confident in yourself, people will not be confident in you. People admire and respect confident people. You will even admire and respect yourself more. If you have doubts about yourself, other people will have doubts about you, also. Action Is The Key Do whatever you have to do to get where you want to. Commit yourself to action. Don’t put off your plans, start today. The only way you will achieve success is if you act now. You must act now with full force if you want to achieve your dreams. Plan to act out your ideas today. Visualize Your New Job Look ahead and visualize the job you want. Tell yourself how much you want the job and what you are willing to do for it. Your dreams will become your reality if you let them. Know what your dreams are. Visualize success in your mind so well that it is almost real. Be Persistent Be persistent to do better. Anything worth doing is worth doing again and again and again. Don’t let rejection stop you from reaching your goals. Keep trying and you will succeed. Nobody makes it the first time. Try over and over again and don’t stop until you get what you want. There is no going back. It’s Going To Cost You Nobody gets a free ride. If you want something, you must pay for it. It is going to be hard to get what you want, but it will be well worth it when you are successful. The best things in life are the hard things. Other People Can help You People will help you to get where you want to go. You will never make it alone easily. People can teach you and help you become a better person. Listen to other people–you will learn from them. If someone helps you, don’t forget to reward him. Demand A Lot When you demand a lot, you get a lot. Your expectations of others and yourself will become a reality if you expect them to be real. What you expect to happen, will happen. If you push yourself hard, you will start to see results. demand and you will receive. WHERE TO LOOK FOR A JOB Look through the help and want ads of newspapers and professional and trade journals. Find out where government jobs are listed and then try out for a state, local or federal job. Check with your state employment center–it may be able to get you a lead. Most schools have job placement centers, check with them. The secretaries of civic organizations and the Chamber of Commerce may have some leads for you You may be able to get a job by going to a job fair. If you are a minority or need special assistance, you may be able to get help finding a job from special interest groups. Check at your public library for further information. Where You Can get Job Leads Trade conventions and organizations that relate to your field may be able to get you job leads. Ask relatives and friends if they can furnish you with any leads in your field. Place a job ad in newspapers or professional journals. YOUR RESUME A resume is helpful for any type of professional job you are trying out for. A good and effective resume will lead you to personal interviews. Preparing Your Resume You must write down a collection of all the information about yourself on a sheet of paper. After all of this information is organized, transfer it to a resume. Only use the training and experience that are relevant to the job which you are applying. Write down all the information that relates to your goal on your data sheet. When you are mentioning jobs that are unrelated to the job you are applying for, be brief. Tell your prospective employer anything and everything that’s in your favor and will interest him. Arrange the information so it catches your prospective employer’s attention. To determine what you should put in the beginning of your resume, think of what your potential employer will feel is important. You can organize your experience by job or by function. Your resume should be detailed enough to give an employer all the important facts on you, but it should not be too long or an employer may not read it. Employers are busy people and they want the facts in a few words as possible. When writing out your resume, don’t mention anything negative about yourself. If you have never had any work experience and the job calls for work experience,should you put “none” in that section of your resume? No. If you have never had nay previous work experience, don’t even include work experience. Make Your Resume Impressive Your resume must be typed on a good typewriter. Remember, when a prospective employer looks at a resume he subconsciously relates the quality of your resume with the quality of your work. It is the only thing he sees of you. The most impressive resumes are not five-color jobs on 20-cent paper. If your resume is too flashy, your prospective employer may not be too impressed. Don’t pass out carbon copies of your resume because they look cheap and they tell an employer that you gave the original to someone else. Research has shown that resumes printed on yellow paper with brown ink are the most effective. If you don’t want to print your resumes, just photocopy them on fancy yellow paper to give them that quality touch. THE INTERVIEW What You Should Bring To The Job Interview Organize and prepare all the papers you will need with you at your job interview. Your main document is your resume. If you don’t have a resume, take instead your school records, Social Security card, work records, licenses, military records, dates of employment and names of your employers. Your References It is also important to create a list of references. Be prepared to give an employer the names and addresses of three people who are familiar with you and/or your work. You should ask your references for the use of their names in advance. If you think it appropriate, ask a professional friend or former employer to write you a letter of reference, and include it with your resume. If your work is the type of work you can show, take samples of what you have done in the past. Know The Company And The Employer Learn all you can about the company that is interviewing you. Go to the library or your Chamber of Commerce to find out all you can about it. Try to find out exactly what they do and what they have in store for you as far as jobs are concerned. Find out who you will be working for. The person you will be working for will be very influential in your life. Make sure you really want to work for this person. If your future boss doesn’t tell you about himself at the interview, don’t ask. Know How Much You Should Earn Know how much you should earn with your talents and skills. Make your estimate a little higher so the company benefits when they bid you down. Don’t go too high or you won’t get the job. Know approximately what the salary scale is for the job and be ready to negotiate the salary. Know Yourself It is important that you know yourself. Evaluate what you can offer this company, whether it is education, training or special skills. Always tell them what you can do, not what you can’t do. Know exactly what type of job you are applying for and what type of job you want. Know Your Interviewer Prepare yourself for the questions for the questions the interviewer is going to ask you. You should rehearse answers to the most commonly asked questions. Have some one ask you these questions to practice your answers: Why do you want to work here? how long do you want to stay with this company? Why did you leave your last job? Tell me about yourself. Why aren’t you working now? How long do you think you would stay in this present job without a promotion? Why should we hire you? What is your greatest strength/weakness? What did you like/dislike about your last job? How much did you earn? How much do you want to earn? Why do you think you can do this job without experience? Your Time Make sure you are at least 10 minutes early for the scheduled appointment. Don’t come too early or too late. Give yourself enough time to spend with the interviewer–don’t arrange another appointment 15 minutes after the first appointment. Your time with the interviewer should be uninterrupted. Your Appearance And Dress Don’t wear too casual or too formal clothing to the interview. Dress conservatively without flashy colors. Be well groomed and shave for your interview. Women should make sure thy look very neat. Hair should not be in the face, it should be up or tied back. Makeup should be subtle. The way you look is very important to your interviewer. If your appearance is bad for the interview, that is the impression an employer will have of your job performance. Neat appearance is always a must. What To Do At The Interview When you shake an employer’s hand, shake it firm, solid grip. Don’t shake his hand passively. Be businesslike but pleasant and friendly. Smile throughout the whole interview. Make sure your smile does not look fake. Good eye contact is very important. If you can’t look into his eyes, look at the bridge of his nose. This will seem as if you are looking into his eyes. Sit straight up but toward the interviewer. This will make it seem as if you are very interested in what the interviewer has to say. Don’t smoke or have poor posture during the interview. If you are under stress, try to act calm. What To Say At The Interview Let the employer take charge of the interview. Answer his questions briefly but completely. Don’t ramble on about unimportant things and waste his time. Dogmatic statements should be avoided. Tell the employer exactly what you expect from your job and from him. Also tell him exactly what he can expect from you. Stress your qualifications in a positive, affirmative tone. When the employer tells you what type of person is wanted, use this information when telling the employer about your qualifications. It is very important to tell him what he wants to hear. When you tell people what they want to hear, they start to agree with you. Don’t over do it and exaggerate with lies. Use your resume or records to support any claim you make about yourself. If you don’t understand a question the interviewer asks you, repeat it back to him to see if you understand it. Try to see what the interviewer wants to find out about you. If you know what he wants to find out, make you answers fit his needs. What Not To Say And Do At The Interview Talk about previous jobs if they are in your favor. Don’t say anything bad or criticize previous employers or fellow workers. If you say anything bad about anyone, your future employer can expect trouble from you. Don’t say anything negative about yourself. Try not to discuss anything personal, financial or domestic unless you are specifically asked. If the interviewer questions you at a quick pace with confusing questions,he is doing this to put you under stress. Stay in control and answer calmly. Don’t be overly impatient when an employer asks you a question. Wait for him to finish the question and then answer it completely and in a relaxed manner. You don’t want an employer to think you are desperate for the job. Don’t take anyone with you to the interview–this makes you seem insecure. At The End Of The Interview If the employer does not offer you the job at the end of the interview, ask him when you will hear from him or when you can call to find out his decision. If you are asked to come back, write down the time and place you are to attend. After the interview thank the employer for spending his time with you. Ask him if he knows of any other company that may need a person with your qualifications. A good practice is to also thank the employer by mail with a “thank you” letter. Many applicants don’t do this, so this may give you an edge on the job. If You Are Hired At The Interview Make sure that you understand what your duties will be. A good understanding of what your employer expects from you and what you expect from your job will prevent conflicts in the future. Make sure that you are very clear on both of them. You should also find out what advancement opportunities are open for you. Tell the employer what salary you want, but only bring up money when the employer brings up your salary. If, at the end of the interview, you are not offered the job, tell the interviewer that you really want the job. Follow up with a thank you letter to the interviewer. Tell the interviewer again in the note that you really want the job. If you forgot to mention something in the interview that you thought was important, don’t hesitate to mention it in the letter. If the company hasn’t contacted you in a week or two,call. If somebody else is hired for the job ask the interviewer if he has any other openings in his company or if he can give you any leads. WHAT YOU NEED TO GET THAT RAISE Make The First Move Don’t wait for someone else to tell you what to do. Upper management admires an individual who takes initiative. Develop your individual talents. Educate yourself with new skills and knowledge. Show them that you are a real “go getter.” Make Quick Decisions Teach yourself to make quick, intelligent decisions. Being indecisive will hurt you. Anyone can make good, quick decisions–it is just a matter of training yourself. Intuitive instincts must be developed. Seek More Responsibility Take on the tougher assignments. Actively seek more difficult work with added responsibility. Take on all the responsibility you can handle. Try to take the added responsibilities in addition to your assigned work, The greater your responsibilities, the more you are an asset to management. Increase Your Interests The more you know, the more valuable you are to the company you work for. Go to night classes or just read books that will give you that added education. Increase your interest in things that will help your company. Specializing in as many things as you can will help you move up in a company. Take The Risk Nothing comes easily. Moving up in a company is going to be hard but rewarding. If you expect to move up, you must take chances. It is the little risks in life that give us the most advancement. If you don’t stick your neck out, your chances of moving up are slim. Know Your Company Find out everything you can about the company you work for. Understand and know your company. Study and learn the jobs of your fellow workers. Understand what they do and why they do it. Always try to increase your knowledge. Know Your Boss Find out what type of qualities your boss and upper management are looking for in employees. Try to develop those qualities. Be Good At Your Job Management always admires people who are efficient at their jobs. Keep the highest possible level of production and quality every day. Be so good at your job that you can do it without close supervision. Don’t fool around on the job, regardless of what other employees do. Know Your Goal You Should know exactly what position you want. Be the person they want if you want that position. Make sure you can do all that is required. Devote Yourself To Your Company You should have a strong sense of loyalty and devotion toward your company. Show the company that you care about its well being. Don’t disagree with company policies. Even if you disagree with them, obey them. The best that you can do is to agree with the policies and tell management diplomatically how you feel about them. Be Reliable Being reliable is very important. A company wants to fell secure with your contribution to the company. Don’t be late or absent from work without a very good reason. Make Sure Your Accomplishments Are Seen There is nothing wrong with letting others know what you have accomplished, as long as long as you don’t brag. If the opportunity arises for recognition, take it. Make sure others know what you have done. A good suggestion is to jot down your accomplishments in a dairy. When you asks for raise, refer to your dairy. Keep all your recommendations and awards in a file. Be A Problem-Solver Look for problems in your company. Devise practical and intelligent solutions to these problems. Bring the problem to the attention of your boss only after you have solved it and have all the details of the solution. After-Work Activities If overtime work is needed, don’t ever decline or avoid it. Volunteer for committees, and then work hard for them so they meet their objectives. Voice Your Opinion When you speak up, make sure that your opinion is well thought out. Don’t whine to your boss. Talk things out with him. Tell him what you have to say and then listen to him. Speak to your boss loudly, clearly and specifically. Don’t voice a vague opinion–tell him in specific terms exactly what is bothering you. Ask For A Raise When you feel you are ready for a raise and you have fulfilled all the requirements I have pointed out, ask for one. HOW TO GET A RAISE Know Company Policies Understand your company’s policy on salaries and raises. You may have to be with the company a specified length of time to get a raise. Find out how long and act at the right time. If you are getting the maximum salary for your position, you may ask for a promotion or a re-classification. Do everything you can after studying the company policy book. Know The Decision-Maker You have to convince the person who has the authority to give raises that you deserve one. If that person is above your boss, prepare to convince your boss and his superiors that you deserve a raise. Do You Deserve A Raise? You must find out if you deserve a raise. Only after you are sure you deserve one will others be sure you do. Rate yourself. Try to look at yourself through your boss’s and your fellow workers’ eyes. Do they think you deserve a raise? How To Justify A Raise Tell them about your accomplishments that helped the company. Show them how much you saved the company through your actions. Get to know what your skills are worth for another company in the same area. Present your company with that information. Present it to them in a very non-aggressive manner. tell the company what you will be able to do for them in the future. Tell them how you will benefit the company with your new raise. tell them how your value has increased since you have been with the company. Don’t mention anything about your personal needs for the money. Be Able To Handle Rejection If you are rejected for a raise, be able to cope with it. Deal with the rejection before you ask your boss for a raise so you will know how to handle the situation. Remember, expect the best prepare for the worst. Know What You Want Before you speak to your boss know exactly how much more money you expect, both in terms of dollars and percentage. If you know your boss will negotiate with you, ask for more than you actually want. In this way you will get what you want or more. When Should You Ask For A Raise? Make an appointment with your boss. Don’t ask him for a raise as he is passing in the hallway. Don’t ask to see your boss on busy Mondays or Fridays. Be Prepared For Criticism You may be criticized for not performing “up to par” now. Don’t let this criticism upset you, let it help you. You can learn from this criticism by asking for more feedback from your boss. Ask your boss how you can improve yourself. Ask him for suggestions. Always be willing to negotiate with your boss. He may only give you a bonus instead of a raise. Take it and ask for a raise later. Handling Your Boss’s feedback Get an immediate answer from your boss if he has the power to give you the raise. If he can’t give the answer to you now, ask him when he can. If he tells you he can’t give you a raise ask him why. Ask him what he would require from you before you got a raise, his suggestions, what needs improvement, etc. Do what he tells you to do for a raise and, when you have satisfied his needs, ask him again. If you plan to quit if you don’t get a raise, don’t threaten your boss. You want your boss’s good reference later if and when you do quit. HOW TO MASTER THE ART OF COMPROMISE In many cases all you will be able to get by being persistent is a compromise. Compromises are good. They get you one step[ further that you were in the first place. If for some reason, such as self-respect, you can’t accept a compromise, then don’t. Give whatever you can offer. If you do this you may not get any type of settlement in your favor. Here are steps that will show you how to compromise so that you get the best of the bargain: Tell The Person Exactly What You Want Tell the person exactly what you want in terms he will understand: “I want more…” Persist You must get past the other’s person’s excuses and alibis. You must be persistent until you fell you have hit the other person’s bottom line. You may find that the other person is trying to manipulate you. Be persistent until that person has stopped all his manipulation. If You Are Unsure If you don’t know what they want, then don’t make a decision. You must think the situation over before you make a compromise. If you need more time, tell the other person that you need more time. Make sure that you can live with the compromise you have made before you make it. HOW TO DEAL WITH USELESS CRITICISM Some criticism you get is in poor taste. We must know how to deal with criticism such as: “You look terrible today” or, “You left this in my way, you idiot.” Make sure this kind of criticism useless, follow these steps. Agree With The Facts Agree with the facts the other person presents. For example, in response to “You look terrible today,” say, “I haven’t been feeling too well lately”; in response to “You left this in my way you idiot,” say, “Yes, I did leave it in your way.” Answer only what was actually said, not what was implied. How To Answer Stay calm and collected during the whole conservation. Don’t lose your temper. The only way a person will make you feel degraded is if you degrade yourself. You don’t want to waste your time which this type of person, so don’t defend yourself or attack him. If You Made A Mistake If you made a mistake, accept that fact. Don’t accept the quilt for the mistake. If you were in error, then apologize. If you apologize, don’t make a big thing out of it. Don’t tell them how dreadfully sorry you are, etc. Just give them a plain “I’m sorry.” HOW TO DEAL WITH IMPORTANT CRITICISM When you get important criticism, you want to know how to get the best out of it. Useful criticism is one of the best ways to make yourself into a better person. Follow these steps to get the most out of useful criticism. Ask For Feedback Find out exactly what others object to about you. If someone tells you “You are bad,” that’s not good enough. Find out exactly why that person thinks that way. Be very persisent–find out why the other person feels the way he does. Vague criticism is worthless to you. Guess At Reason If a person refuses to give you reasons for criticizing you, keep guessing at your faults until you get the right one. This may be the only way to find out what displeases the other person. Don’t Be Defensive If you act defensively, you may not be able to benefit from useful criticism. Don’t be sarcastic or intimidate the other person. You want to learn how to become a better person from the criticism. Ask the person how you can change your objectionable behavior; be open to reasonable suggestions. HOW TO GET YOUR CO-WORKERS AND YOUR SUPERIORS TO LIKE YOU Good relations with your co-workers and your superiors will not only help you but will make work more enjoyable. Every employee wants to be liked by other employees. If you treat people the way they want to be treated, they will like you. Some of us don’t know if what we do is objectionable to others. I am going to give you a list of things that attract other people to you and things they find objectionable. When you move up in the company, you will need all the support you can get. Praise People Everybody enjoys being praised. People look for approval of themselves in others. But you should praise people only when they deserve it. If you praise people when they don’t deserve it, or if you praise too much, you lose your credibility. Don’t exaggerate your praise. Make the praise as warm and sincere as you can. Don’t Put People Down Putting down a person can be very damaging to you and the other person’s relationship wit you. People don’t want to feel degraded by being called stupid, crazy, weird, etc. Don’t put down anyone even if they are not present. If you do, the word will get back to them and you will look bad. Always talk positively about people. Even if you don’t like them, still speak highly of them–you will be amazed at what this does. If you must say something bad, don’t say anything at all. Don’t Be Concerned With Your Interests ONly There is nothing wrong with caring and looking out for yourself. Just don’t make it noticeable to other people. You will be resented by other people if you seem selfish. Make sure others know you look out for them as well yourself. Share The Credit When others have helped you accomplish something, share the credit with them. Even if their contribution was not as great as yours, still share the credit with them. You will be surprised Don’t Ask Others To Do For You What You Won’t Do For Them If you are unwilling to go out of your way for people, don’t expect them to go out of their way for you. Set the first example–if you help them, they will help you. Always Show Appreciation Everyone wants approval and recognition for what they have done. If someone helps you in any way, tell him how much you appreciate his actions. If you don’t, he may not help you again. This is what you should tell people when you show your appreciation: “I really appreciate the way you…”; “Thank you very much for…”; “You are very good at…”: “I really want to tell you how much I appreciated…”; “You were very nice to…” Don’t show too much approval and recognition or it will lose its credibility. Don’t “Show Up” Others When you “show up” others you do it at their expense. “Showing up” people in front of others takes away their self-respect. If you are better than others, they will know it–you don’t have to degrade them. Treat Small Things With Importance Some things that seem small to you mean a great deal to others. Don’t ignore small problems; help people solve them. Treating small problems with importance shows other people you care. Care About People Everybody is concerned about themselves and it is important for them to have someone to care for them. They are touched when you care about them. Helping people cope with life makes people feel that you care about them. Don’t Criticize A Person In Front Of Others If you criticise someone in front of others, he will always resent you. It is one of the most degrading things you can do. If you criticize someone, criticize him constructively and privately. Give People Your Undivided Attention All people want to fell important. To make a person feel important you must give him your undivided attention when communicating with him. Get rid of all interruptions. Make sure you have good eye contact and that you are not playing with objects. Be Courteous, Tactful, Polite and Diplomatic Everyone appreciates people who are courteous,tactful, polite and diplomatic. The best way to learn these qualities is from others. Study someone you would like to be like and learn how he conducts himself. Be Confident If you don’t have confidence in yourself, others will not have confidence in you, either. People admire and respect confident people. If you show others doubt, they will treat you with doubt. Be sure of yourself and play down your insecurities. Conclusion Getting a job can be very easy if you look for it the right way. Knowing exactly what you want and then going after it will always get you what you want. Be positive, determined and persistent so that you will benefit, be rewarded and prosper.

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How To Write A Successful Internet Job Posting?
The key to a successful Internet job posting is first recognizing that it is not a print classified advertisement. An Internet job posting is interactive, and requires a good understanding of interactive marketing. One of the greatest challenges contractors face when posting jobs online, is recognizing that they must change their traditional job posting habits. An online job posting will not do well if written like a print classified ad. It must be thought more like an interactive marketing campaign for the entire firm. The Marketing Department rather than the HR Department should write it.

Update the Company Web Site
The company web site is rapidly becoming the first point of contact for most job seekers or prospective clients. Contractors should update their corporate web site so that it provides a professional and interactive presentation of the firm, its goals, key personnel, corporate culture, top achievements, and business philosophy. In fact, every marketing resource available to the contractor should be utilized to make the corporate web site the best it can be. Although most job boards provide hot links to company web sites, some do not. Either way, job seekers are likely to independently surf the Internet in order to locate a contractor’s web site, relevant press releases/news, before submitting their resume.

Keywords Rule
In the fast paced world of Internet surfing, most job seekers will only take the time to view the top 20 search results. Making it to the top usually is about keywords. They often make the difference between a successful job posting and a waste of time.Contractors should put the right keywords in the right place so that the right people can find their job postings. Online job postings are not viewed the way print classified ads are viewed. Online job postings are hidden within databases containing thousands of records, and they must be called up for a job seeker to view them. This process up may take the form of keyword selection in a search engine or any number of methods with point and click directories. It’s important for contractors to study the job posting and keyword guidelines of the hosting job board since they will differ from site to site. Many job boards will rank or prioritize job postings within their database by title, membership status, date, keywords or other less obvious means. Adding keywords properly assures that a job posting will find its way to the top of the job board’s search results. Adding keywords improperly may result in having the job posting deleted by the hosting job board or simply lost in the volumes of database records that job seekers never find. While identifying the best keywords for a job posting, contractors should determine which words the job seeker will select in utilizing the job board’s search engine – and include all relevant occupational-specific terms (i.e. Hard Bid Estimator or value engineering). To cover all the bases, It is a good idea to use multiple words or synonyms that may mean the same thing. For example, if the job location is in a lesser-known town such as Maitland, Florida but near a well-known city like Orlando, Florida, then Orlando should be added as a keyword. Most job boards require keywords to be added in a special field, in a particular fashion (using quotes, comas, etc.). Job postings that do not offer a special field for keywords usually require the contractor to add keywords to the Job Description, Job Requirements or other searchable fields. When adding keywords to a Job Description, contractors should write the keywords into complete sentences so that the content flows as a logical composition.

Make It Believable
Job Postings should be believable and complete if they want to attract the top talent. Most executive job seekers are interested in job postings that contain detailed job descriptions and job requirements. Many want to see salary and information about the company. Others want to know job location. Most job boards claim that a well-written job posting can achieve many more qualified applications than a poorly written job posting. Fortunately many job boards offer FAQ’s and job posting guidelines to help contractors get the most from their job posting. Some provide statistical analysis of individual job postings. These statistics often show the number of job seeker views and applications submitted to each job posting. Contractors can use statistics to evaluate their results and modify the job posting accordingly. The more details provided in a job posting the more credible the job and the better the fit. Therefore, more job seekers will respond. Contractors should be specific about the scope and type of work, the hours, the job goals, the salary and the location. They should also make sure all fields are appropriately filled in completely. Some boards allow for job postings to be previewed prior to going live helping contractors see the completed job posting the way job seekers will see it. Many job boards allow for real time editing during the advertisements flight.

Manage Style
Unlike classified print ads, online job postings usually allow for pages of copy. allows for three thousand characters in the Job Description and three thousand characters in the Job Requirements fields – or about two typewritten pages. Contractors should write clearly and present text in an organized, logical manner. Job postings should read like a composition and not a print classified ad. Sentences can be short but they should always be complete sentences containing correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar. The copy should include natural paragraphs, with line breaks, so that the job seeker can find relevant information quickly and easily. Writing in all Caps, using excessive exclamation points, or adding acronyms and abbreviations will reduce the credibility of the job posting and potentially result in job deletion by the hosting job board. Acronyms and abbreviations should also be spelled out since job seekers usually search by complete words.

Read Job Posting Guidelines
Most job boards have Terms of Use agreements that members/users must agree to – in order to utilize their service. It’s important that contractors read and understand the terms that relate to job postings and keywords to get the best results. It is typical for job boards with have high quality control standards to delete or edit up to 25% of all job postings as being inappropriate. Most job boards do not allow for listing of emails, URL’s, use of copyrighted material, defamatory remarks, false, inaccurate or misleading information, illegal or unethical content. Job postings that encourage job seekers to email for more details, are usually prohibited.

Follow up
Contractors should immediately follow up on all qualified applications that have been submitted. Peter Weddles at says, “Speed is everything in hiring top talent.” Within ten days, the top 10% of job seekers are gone. Once someone desirable is identified, it’s important to act on that person right away. Today’s recruitment market is highly competitive and the hiring cycle should not allow for any dead time between in-house interviewing schedules and final selection. Contractors should not leave job seekers hanging more than five to seven days without a scheduled follow-up meeting. Otherwise, they risk losing the job seeker entirely. There needs to be top-level management involved with all key hires. Involving top management makes job seekers feel that the hire is an important position, and that they have personally been selected as the “candidate of choice” by the top brass. Contractors should begin closing the deal the moment they know that they want someone for hire. They should not let up until an offer is on the table and accepted.

Common Internet Job Posting Fields & Their Purpose

Job Titles
Titles should be industry-specific and familiar to job seekers since they will use keyword search for positions according to standard job titles. The Job Title field is not the field to market the job posting (like with a classified ad). The Job Title field should be used primarily to have the job posting found by job seekers. Adding appropriate keywords, in the appropriate place, is far more important than catchy job titles that never get seen. However, it is acceptable to add relevant, occupational-defining adjectives to the basic Job Title (such as On-site Architectural Project Manager, Conceptual Chief Estimator, Hospital Flooring Project Engineer, and Veteran Concrete Superintendent).

Job Descriptions
Job descriptions typically focus on job responsibilities, duties, scope, achievements and goals to be accomplished. The clearer the description, the more likely qualified job seekers will apply. Job descriptions should focus on the job seeker’s needs and not just the position. Job descriptions should be written from the job seeker’s perspective. They should also answer the question, “Why would a job seeker want to apply for this job?” Contractors should describe the best parts of the job, interesting challenges, future job opportunities, reporting relationships, and why the position is available. It’s important to sell the overall career opportunity while not just describing it. If a job seeker takes the job, what will their lives be like? Use word pictures and try to communicate desirable images that the job seeker can visualize, compelling him/her to change jobs. For example: “work in a progressive environment where you can learn more in six months than you may have in the last six years”, or “walk into your private office and join a team of enthusiastic professionals who are building the next great management firm”. If there is not a job-posting field that lists specific benefits and perks, add them into the job description. Job benefits include things such as flex time, work at home, child care, above average medical benefits, company vehicle, education reimbursement, country club membership, and other special offerings. However, contractors should recognize that the Job Description field should not describe the company, the job requirements, the job location, salary, or anything else unless there is no other appropriate field in which to post this information. Inappropriate content (or placing content in the wrong fields) may result in the job posting being edited or deleted.

Company Profile
Most job boards allow for a hot link to the contractor’s corporate web site. Many job boards, in addition to offering a hot link, will offer a special Company Profile field. Contractors should completely fill in this field. This will add valuable content and keywords to the job board’s database in order to improve their chances of being found by searching job seekers. A Company Profile field creates an additional promotional opportunity for the firm and the job position. Use this field to describe what the company does – addressing key elements like organization size, location, benefits, company goals, mission, management style, employee quality of life and what makes the firm special. Contractors should also include information about the qualities desired in all team members. This field often provides for limitless content and is the least edited by the hosting job board. Some job boards even allow for multiple company profiles that can be individually linked to a respective job posting (allowing recruiters to add information on each respective client, and contractors the opportunity to promote information about their various divisional offices).

Contact Information
It is essential to put contact information on all forms and in all appropriate fields. Contractors should make it easy for a job seeker to apply. Most job seekers prefer email. Some prefer using mail, fax or phone calls before sending their confidential resume. It is appropriate to specify a preferred contact method, and request that all applications include the respective Job ID. By having several contact methods and the contact name (not just a department) of a real person, a job seeker is more likely to believe the job is valid and apply.

Job Identification (ID)
For job postings, contractors should use a tracking system to provide a unique Job ID for each job posting and require that job seekers reference this ID on applications whether faxed, emailed, or mailed. This allows contractors to know which site – and specifically which ad – brought in the respective application. Information as to where the best applications come from will help contractors to know what job boards have been the most productive sources of talent.

Job Responsibilities
Job Responsibilities are simply the job requirements for the position. In order to get the best response, contractors should list why the requirements are there. Examples would be: “A Bachelor of Arts Degree is required to help lead Corporate Communications” or “We require seven years of project management experience for commercial building projects. This position will manage three Project Managers and seven Project Engineers”. Make clear the “required” qualifications and the “desired” skills. Avoid clich’s or trite phrases like “self-motivated”, “team player”, and “fast-paced” (making the job posting appear common). Contractors can also use the Job Responsibilities field as an eliminator of unwanted resumes by making qualifying statements (“Applicants must have a minimum of six consecutive years with the same general contractor. Otherwise, please do not apply.”). In order to eliminate many unwanted job seekers, contractors can also add qualifying phrases such as “background checks are performed in the hiring process” or “personality testing is used in the hiring process”.

Many contractors refuse to post salary information in job postings. Salary figures make job postings credible, and substantially improve the job seeker response rate. It is also one of the most widely searched fields on a job posting. Job seekers are typically more interested in the salary than any other item in a job description. According to executive recruiter, Chuck Groom of CC Group, Inc., money is one of the top reasons why people leave their job. Job seekers do not want to waste time with a job that may not pay what they require. When a salary figure is lacking, they will assume that the contractor may be embarrassed by the level of salary level – or have something to hide. Phrases such as “Salary is commensurate with experience, N/A, Open, or Depends on experience” do not prove effective. They will actually significantly reduce response rate to a job posting.

Work Status
An important qualifier, that is often overlooked, is the work status field. With the international reach of the Internet, more and more foreigners (without valid work visas) are applying to United States job postings. Contractors can eliminate many foreign applications by simply stating “applicants must be United States citizens”, or “only United States citizens or those with valid work visas need apply”, or “you must have clearance to work in the United States to be considered for this position”.

Most major job boards require the location field to be completed. Although many recruiters refuse to identify job locations (in fear of disclosing their clients need for confidentiality), listing the job location is one of the main fields that job seekers search. Job seekers from all over the country/world may see the job posting. Without a valid city noted, job seekers must guess the job location. They often will not apply because they think that the posting is in an undesirable location, or that it’s invalid to serve only as a ploy to collect resumes.

Best Places to Post an Internet Job Posting
There are several good choices for contractors who want to post their jobs online. However, the key is to find job boards that to provide the “right” viewers – as well as a large volume of “right” viewers. Contractors want their job posting to be seen by as many relevant viewers as possible. However, although most job boards charge similar fees for services, their volume of viewers can vary dramatically. Many contractors will choose to post jobs online with traditional, well-known, off-line businesses that have a job board presence online. However, the online job posting business (like any Internet business) is a unique business that requires an entirely different set of rules and business acumen. The off-line leaders are rarely the leaders in the online world. In selecting the right job board, contractors should compare results based on verifiable industry standards. One way to make an accurate comparison is through Amazon’s Alexa Research, which can be downloaded at and easily attached to a web browser. Once installed, this tool will indicate a web site’s visitor traffic (based on a common standard, and measured against the entire seventeen million plus web-sites currently on the Internet).

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The Truth About Job Recruiters

A job recruiter must be successful in their positions to gain respect in the community they work in. This means that they need to be able to find potential employees quickly, screen them, and send them to the potential employer. The job recruiters also needs to be able to handle several different clients at once in most cases. There are a few different types of job recruiters. One type of recruiter is an internal person for the business. This means that they work in house for a company and thus taking care of all recruitment needs their company may have.

This type of job headhunter usually does not receive a commission on each person they find for the available position. The second type of job recruiter is called a third party recruiter or headhunter. These recruiters will receive commissions for every employee they find. Within the third party option is two types as well. You can have a retained job recruiter that receives payment up front for the work or you can have a contingent recruiter that only receives payment after the position has been filled.

More often, a job recruiter is assigned to fill top-level positions in larger corporations or in the sports industry. For this reason, a job recruiter differs from a temporary agency or other job placement agency. Their main goal is to help their client, the business or corporation, to find the right employee for the position. If you are a corporation, looking for a job headhunter you will want to be aware of both the advantages and the disadvantages of using their professional services. When you weigh the advantages against the disadvantages, you may find that a job recruiter is not the best option for your business. First, we will look at the advantages listed below and then we will look at the disadvantages for corporations. We will then look at the advantages and disadvantages for potential employees.


Saving time
Background check
Having someone screen potential employees
Testing the potential employees for skills
Often higher level positions
Internal job recruiters
Advertising for the position
Most corporations find time management to be an essential part of creating a successful business. This means that any work they are able to get done in a quick and efficient manner is important. Often times when you are a part of a larger corporation, you do not have time to spend on finding potential employees, interviewing them, and hiring the correct person along with your other duties. A job recruiter is able to do the work for you. This means you are saving time for other more important matters. Job recruiters will screen the potential employees, which is also a time saver. The job recruiter will have the information on the job opening, therefore they will be able to screen the resumes that come through the office and eliminate a potential candidate from the list, narrowing down the company’s choices. During the screening process is also the testing aspect of employees. Not all job recruiters will test employees for the skills needed for the position. This is where they differ from a job placement agency. They may test for specific skills or they may leave those options to the company. Part of testing for certain skills and screening employees are to help the corporation fill higher- level positions. The low-level positions or medium level positions may not require many skills. This means that companies tend to do this hiring internally rather than creating an extra expense. A corporation wants to know that they are receiving a qualified professional for the position without spending the time interviewing each potential candidate. While it is up to the company to higher the potential employee, they are most often working off the information supplied by the job headhunter. When a job recruiter is helping to find a potential employee, they are saving you advertising costs.

Generally, a corporation using a job headhunter will not post the job in the newspaper or among other sources leaving the recruiter in charge of the description provided as a means to find potential employees. Part of advertising for the position may include setting up the corporation website for potential employees to find. This is a third party way to make sure that potential employees find your job position, but that your corporation does not field the information.

The last advantage of having a job recruiter would be choosing an internal recruiter to work directly for the company or a retained headhunter. While a retained recruiter does exact a fee for the work they will continue to work until the position is filled and during that time, they are working solely for the corporation that has retained them. In other words, they have an exclusive agreement.

If the corporation has a in house headhunter, the corporation is paying the person a salary rather than commissions for a job completed. Most corporations that will choose this option have a high turnover rate or high expansion rate where they benefit from this internal service. In other words if the corporation is in need of a job recruiter once or twice a year a in house job recruiter may not be the best option.

Now that we have looked at some of the advantages let us look at the following disadvantages.

High placement fees. Usually 20%-30% of the candidate annual salary
Control of the hiring process
Lack of quality control
Mostly for large companies with high level positions
Third party job recruiters
We left off in advantages talking about internal or retained job recruiters. A retained job recruiter can be considered a third party job headhunter. This means that they are outside of the company acting on behalf of the corporation, as a mediator in other words. The other type of third party job recruiter that we have yet to mention is called a contingent job recruiter. This means that they do not receive payment until the position is filled. They also do not have an exclusive agreement. These types of recruiters will work for middle management, professional, and technical ranges. Therefore, there is already a limitation there. Fees are another disadvantage for most companies. As mentioned above job recruiters require payment for their services. These fees can be anywhere from 15% to 30% of the candidates annual salary. Most job recruiters will receive the commissions as long as the employee is working for the company and that they pass the probation period which is usually 3 months. So not only is the corporation paying a salary to the new employee, but they are also paying the recruiter as well. Some firms may have a one- time fee of the above percentage. The corporation also has to look at how much the fees are in comparison to how many employees they will need per year. This can bring the choice of an in house job recruiter into the mix. An in housel job recruiter is a salaried employee so the potential of being less costly is there if the demand for new employees is relative.

When considering a job recruiter whether they will be in house or a third party you also have to look at the typical positions they will fill for you. Most job recruiters work to find potential employees for high- level positions such as management, the technical industry, or sports. You may find filling a secretary position or clerk position out of context when dealing with a job headhunter. They are set up to find the employees with skills. They may even search other corporations for potential employees luring them away for a better position. While this can be beneficial to large companies such as corporations, they are not helpful for a medium sized or smaller business.

The last disadvantage for a corporation or business stems in the interview and testing process. While it will save your corporation the time and potentially money depending on the fee scale, you lose control of the process to a certain degree. The potential for missing the correct employee is high. Job recruiters can receive thousands of resumes and applications making it difficult to sort through each and everyone for the potential employee.

They may send you several choices and you will find no one in the mix at least not right away. If the position is one of immediacy, this can be a problem. You may also find that the recruiter has eliminated a potential employee based on the information you have provided without considering all the possibilities. In the instance of using a job recruiter, you are losing most of the control for hiring the right employee. While the corporation has final decision, the possibilities that have been eliminated could be the difference in finding a permanent employee and one that becomes temporary.

As a corporation, you have a responsibility to yourselves for saving time, finding the correct employees, and saving money. This means that you have to weigh all aspects of using a job recruiter for your business needs. While it is your choice more often, the disadvantages overrule the potential advantages of using a job headhunter.

Let us see what the result for potential employees may be when we make the same type of comparison. The advantages are as follows:

Set up a web page
Interview tips
Job database
Career advice
Access to position not listed in newspapers and other sources
No cost to potential employee
For a potential employee having a web page set up with your resume and all pertinent information is very important. It will help potential employers to find your information online with the ease of access. Job recruiters may offer you the service of helping you set up your own web page through their company. This means that potential employers will have access to your information without having to call you or seek you out. You will also have access to more searches through a job recruiter. In other words, a job headhunter most often has access to potential jobs that are not listed on any database you have access to. Often times when a high level position is available a corporation will be looking to the recruiter to find the potential employee through resumes, web sites, and applications rather than posting an advertisement online, in newspapers, or with other sources. Using a recruiter can give you the access you would normally be denied. Some job recruiters also offer career advice. They will point you towards the information you have to learn in order to qualify for the positions they normally work to fill. They will also in some cases help you to create your resume so that it looks better to the potential employer. This is very helpful when you consider how difficult it may be to find the position you are looking for and need.

Briefly mentioned above was the fact that you would have access to potential job you may not otherwise have access to. This bears mentioning again. Most employers save on advertising costs by using job headhunters to search for potential employees. While you may not be able to see the job descriptions through searches or databases, you will still have access to potential jobs when you submit your resume to a recruiter. They will analyze your resume for the job positions they are looking to fill. If they see what is necessary for that position they will forward your information on to the corporation or bring you in for an interview before doing so. This means you have the access to options you did not before.

The last advantage of a potential employee or job seeker using a recruiter is the lack of fees to you. While the corporation is paying a fee for the service, you can submit your information to the headhunter for no charge. This is not always the case with job placement agencies. While most job agencies will pay you as a temporary employee, some have been known to charge you for their services. Therefore making no fees from a recruiter an advantage.

As with the advantages, you will find there are several disadvantages for using a job recruiter. In fact, you will find that there tend to be more disadvantages than advantages making the use of job headhunters out of favor.


Recruiters work for the company, or are independent
See several thousand resumes
Do not always call back
Place resume in a database
Are often looking for one position with specific skills
Often higher level positions
Privacy laws
May overlook what is the best job position for the sake of making a sell to the employer
Some of the disadvantages are self- explanatory so we will not spend time on those; however, we will delve into those that need extra care. Job recruiters are extremely busy with resumes and finding the right employee so they will not call you back if you are not right for the current positions they have available. This can leave you to wonder about employment and cause undue stress. They will place your resume in a database, which can seem like an advantage; however, they may not always find your resume again when a job becomes open for which you are qualified. A job recruiter is also looking to fill specific positions with certain skills. If you do not have these skills despite your education and background, they will not call you in for an interview. They are also looking for high- level employees. In most cases a job headhunter will have their loyalty geared towards the employer. Why? Well simply because they are the ones that are paying their services.

The last and most important disadvantage that must be looked at is privacy laws. Most job recruiters are not required to keep your information private. They may even sell your information to other people. While there are certain laws prohibiting this to happen, there are certainly ways around it. You must read every job application carefully to make sure that they are not able to sell or spread your personal information before choosing a job recruiter to work with. As a disadvantage, this is the most powerful one for rejecting the idea of using any type of job recruiter or job headhunter.

There are many reasons why an employer or job seeker may wish to use a job headhunter to find them a new position. With the advantages of using a job recruiter weighed against the disadvantages you will find that most often using a job headhunter is not the best option for you or your company. Job recruiters tend to have recruiting fees, not all headhunters will keep information private, and they may not be able to help you. Some recruiters offer web pages, searches, job databases, and career advice to potential employees. This is why you need to understand you options before choosing a job headhunter. This is important when looking for the perfect job opportunity.

You must be selective if you are a employee or employer. Use only a job recruiters that have been referred to you. The service offered by the job recruiters should always be free of charge for the job seekers.


Moris Kapler, writing for

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