Central Florida’s job market is red hot for candidates seeking new positions. Companies are competing for top talent, which means workers who are ready for new opportunities may find themselves choosing between multiple attractive offers. If you’re ready for a job change, use these tips for a successful job search.
1. Make your resume easy to digest. Your resume needs to reflect your skills, knowledge and experience, but it also needs to be easy to read and succinct. Finding this balance can be challenging, but the effort is worth it. Start with a section called “Unique Qualifications,” or something similar. With simple bullets, highlight what makes you perfectly suited for your new role. To unearth these attributes, scan your past positions and ask yourself, “which experiences from each role will be most valuable to my new employer?” If you need help, work with a recruiter from a recruiting firm like Hiregy. Professional recruiters review dozens of resumes every day and they know what works and what doesn’t.
2. Create a target list. Make a list of ten companies you’d like to work for and your ideal position within each firm. Ask trusted colleagues for suggestions and research businesses on the internet and social media. Trade organizations can also be a great resource. After you’ve created your list, research specific hiring managers and department heads within these businesses. LinkedIn is a great resource for finding the right connections.
3. Contact your targets directly. Skip the online job application in favor of making direct contact with someone who will appreciate your unique talents. How do you do this? As scary as it sounds, pick up the phone and call every person on your target list directly. The purpose of this call is to briefly introduce yourself and politely ask for time to “pick their brain” about a position within the company or industry that might be a good fit for you. If you manage to get a face-to-face meeting, congratulations! But even scheduling time to speak with someone on the phone will move you closer to your goal.
While you may think lots of people make these types of calls, very few do. In most cases, the person you are calling will be helpful. If you have trouble getting the right person to pick up the phone, try leaving a voicemail and follow up with an email.
4. Open doors through a recruiting firm. Many companies have relationships with trusted recruiting agencies like Hiregy. They know that these staffing partners will bring them only the most qualified candidates. Recruiting firms can help you get in front of the right people, and they can help you refine your resume and interview skills to seal the deal.
If you’re ready to find a new role, contact Hiregy today.