Answering advertisements: Unless you have some really special qualifications, answering advertisements is a long shot. It is not uncommon for help wanted ads to pull as many as a 1,000 replies. Selecting your resume from such a pile would be tough. While the odds are remote, we encourage candidates to answer advertisements where their skills, training and experience are a perfect match. Short of a good match, you are wasting your time. If you can identify the company placing the advertisement, it is wise to network your way into the company to reach the decider. It takes longer, but the results are often worth the effort.
Contacting recruiters: Once you have created an outstanding resume and cover letter, we recommend that all candidates send out a mailing to a selected list of executive recruiters as quickly as possible. The job market continues to improve and companies are turning to recruiters to help them fill key hard-to-fill positions. Wise job-seekers will let recruiters know of their availability as quickly as possible. One word of advice - do not chase after recruiters. Once your mailing is out, get on with the other ways of obtaining a job. If your resume is of interest to a recruiter, you can be sure that he will contact you.
Unsolicited letters to target companies: With the advancement of computer technology, company executives are besieged with mail. If you do mailings to companies, you should put together your target list very carefully along with a personalized cover letter and a resume that will make them sit up. Such mailings are a numbers game and, while a certain number of candidates do get results, especially with companies out of their immediate area, we prefer networking and meeting people one-on-one. Remember, people get jobs from people.
Networking: By far, networking is the most productive job-search method. Getting out and meeting people is still the number one way to obtain a new position. However, to be proficient in marketing yourself, you need to acquire the latest interviewing techniques and then practice with a friend and recorder.
All of the above techniques can be found in Super•Job•Search. To get the very best out of your search, get a copy today and read it before you begin. You will never get a second chance to have a brilliant first interview.
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