How to Land Your Next Job Through Monster

Either you are one of the unlucky ones and have lost your job, or you are waiting in the wings for it to happen. Many of us are either going through this, have recently gone through it, or are just taking it day by day hoping we will still have a job tomorrow.


Today there is a huge array of websites which one can use to find the next job. No longer does one need to read through the classifieds in the local newspaper, type up a cover letter with your resume, place your resume in an envelope, find a stamp, and get it to the local mailbox in time to have it picked up by the next mail pickup.


Finding a matching job is also much easier on-line, with search tools that allow you to enter descriptions, location, salary information, company names, and providing you with a list of matching jobs. You can also set up search agents that daily (or even hourly) check for matching jobs and email you the update. Once a company posts a new position you can know about it within hours and even have applied to the position. The company recruiter can post a position, go out to lunch, and return from lunch to see your email in his or her inbox.


Applying for that position is also much easier. You can have your resume uploaded along with several cover letters. You select the cover letter, modify some of the information, and with a few simple clicks with your mouse apply for the position. You could easily apply for dozens of positions within a few hours.


Listen to the nightly news when job seekers are interviewed. They always say that they have applied for dozens of positions but never hear back on anything.


So, why have you not heard from the company and what can you do to land that position?


REASONS WHY YOU HAVE NOT HEARD:


1. Too many responses


Talk to a recruiter with any company. As soon as they post a new position, within hours their email is filled with candidates for the position. Although many of the responses are qualified candidates who would be a good fit, there are also hundreds, if not thousands, of resumes from completely unqualified candidates. The recruiter needs to screen through these resumes, and may stop after finding between five and ten good candidates. You may make the list or you may not. With the number of responses most likely you will not make the cut.


2. The candidate may already have been selected


Often there is a legal or company requirement to post positions. Sometimes the company has already determined the internal candidate for the position, but is still posting the position externally to meet legal requirements. In this case none of the resumes will be reviewed except in the unlikely case that the internal candidate turns down the position. You just wasted your time putting together that cover letter and applying for the position.


3. You are an unknown going against the known


What do most people do when they need an auto mechanic or plumber? Ask around. If a coworker highly recommends a mechanic most people are more likely to try out that mechanic rather than picking one from the Yellow Pages. When you apply for a position and are an unknown you are lower on the list of candidates than a person recommended by an employee of the company. The recruiter has a goal to fill the position, and wants to spend as little time as possible to find the best candidate. If the recruiter trusts the employee who provides the name of the candidate, the recruiter will definitely take the time to screen that candidate. With several employees all supplying candidates, the recruiter may never need to screen through the unknown resumes.


4. Electronic screening software


Many companies have been using electronic resume filtering software for years. Recruiters set up the software to screen for key words in your resume. If the word does not exist in your resume, your resume does not make the cut. You may have the most professional looking resume ever but a human is not looking at it, instead, just a computer software program. You many have experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint listed, but if the filter is looking for the words “Microsoft Office”, you don’t make the cut.


WHAT YOU CAN DO TO LAND THE POSITION:


1. Make human contact – the network factor


Once you know the name of the company with the position you are interested in, find someone who works there. It may be a friend of yours, a church member, a contact from a networking group, or a friend of a friend of a friend. Many companies offer employees bonuses if they bring in the name of a candidate who is hired as it saves human resources a great deal of time and energy to fill a position. You now become a known instead of an unknown. Offer to buy coffee or lunch for the employee so they can get to know you and you can learn more about the company and even be introduced to the hiring manager for the position. You may not get the position, but this will definitely get your foot in the door.


2. Call to make sure they received your resume and if they need additional information from you


You can always find a contact at a company. After you have applied for the position call the human resource department to verify that they received your resume and whether they need any additional information from you at this time. This will force them to look for your resume and find it. Once they find it they may read it and determine you are worth a look. Even if you leave a voice mail it shows you are one who follows up, a good quality for a candidate for any position.


3. Have visual and electronic resume versions


Most articles about resumes only talk about the visual resume. If you are sending to a person to review, send the visual. If you are applying to a website that requires you to update your resume and it electronically scans the information, use the electronic resume (which contains more keywords and information for the filtering).


4. Set goals and stick to them


How often do you hear someone say: “I found the perfect position on-line and just applied for it.” It may be the perfect fit; also for dozens of others. Each position you apply for increases your odds, especially if you take the time to create a cover letter for the position. The worst thing you can do is wait for the phone to ring or for an email response. Set a goal of applying for a number of positions per week, as well as goals for the number of follow up phone calls, networking calls and meetings. If you are applying for 10 positions per week and setting up five networking meetings, over the course of 10 weeks you will have 100 applications out and have conducted 50 networking meetings. As the old saying goes, “the harder you work the luckier you get”. Do not let up until you receive your first paycheck from the new position.


5. Always present your best image


Recruiters do not want to hear you whine. If you are networking with someone he or she does not want to hear your sad tales. No matter how bad things get, always present your best image when meeting or talking with somebody. No hiring manager wants to hire a complainer, so any complaining or whining will drop your out of the running. You worked hard to apply for positions and get this far; don’t let a bad day blow it. Always present your best image.


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It is a tough market right now but companies are still hiring. To win a race you just have to come in first; it doesn’t matter if you win by .001 seconds or by a mile. Do everything you can to help yourself, and that next position will be yours. Hard work, a good plan, attitude, and persistence are everything.

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