There are different Candidate “mindsets” around getting a Hiring Manager to offer you an interview. One mindset is “I could be really good in the job, and if they just gave me a chance, they would see” This mindset is usually accompanied by a resume that is generic, and not customized to the opportunity…Another mindset is built around improving your statistical chances of getting the interview. It involves more working and less hoping.
Last month I wrote about the benefits of using a good recruiter from the Client’s point of view http://zenpeak.com/2012/08/30/why-use-a-recruiter-part-1-of-2/
Now it’s time to share why, as a Candidate, you should find a proficient recruiter to assist you in your search for your next career opportunity.
Make sure you use a reputable recruiter. If you’re not familiar with any, ask around. A referral is always helpful when starting a relationship with someone where trust is essential. If you choose to search out a recruiter on your own, make sure that your best interests are their main concern and stay away from any recruiter who wants to charge you fees.
Whether you’re unemployed and actively seeking your next job or you’re happily (or not so) employed, but are interested in seeing what else is out there, a recruiter can be your greatest ally. Working with a trustworthy recruiter gives you a personal relationship with someone who can help you put your best foot forward.
First and foremost, you can be guaranteed discretion and confidentiality. This is crucial to the passive or currently employed Candidate as you wouldn’t want your boss to discover you’re shopping around and it also allows the active Candidate the freedom to trust that a dependable recruiter is acting in their best interest and isn’t just throwing their name out in every job search.
Thorough recruiters take the time to offer tips on interview skills & resume writing, coaching to get through the interview and properly promote yourself, they will even suggest how to dress or what not to wear if necessary.
When you use a recruiter you open yourself up to a variety of potential or “hidden” opportunities with only one resume. Recruiters know of positions that you probably don’t and they work directly with the decision-makers, getting your resume where it needs to be to get noticed.
At zenPeak, our driven recruiters will work just as hard to get you your next job as they will to help a client fill a position. Our Candidates are our currency in the human talent bank and we take the time to get to know each and every one to ensure that our investment in them has a high return.
So make your job search much easier and efficient – work with a recruiter!
How does the up-front & high-value zenPeak system ensure that the Candidate will succeed in their new job at a Client company?
Candidates use (numeric) results-oriented functional style resumes that showcase “What They Can Do for You”. We remove soft language and showcase their transferable skills and experience. This makes your evaluation of Candidates easier, as you don’t have to work hard to figure the Candidate out, and each resume looks similar in structure.
The interview process begins with the very first contact and includes motivation, compliance, attitude and a host of other factors that contribute to peak performance. In addition, the interview coaching we do, carries expectations and standards that we expect for interactions with our Clients; smart Candidates learn from this and apply it in their career management.
How do we make sure they will work well in the organization, matching the management and operational style of the Client company?
Our testing and assessment is based on the science of axiology, and was selected as the best system to determine integrity, trust and workplace peak performance. Each role has a benchmark score that helps us determine if the Candidate will be low risk, or not. The zeroriskHR assessment also identifies if a Candidate will likely be great in the job, but may not be the best at selling themselves in the initial interview. This is how the testing helps the Candidate even though they don’t see the results.
… and there is lots more; from reference interviews usually delivered before the first face to face with the Client, easy to understand profiles and success stories designed for time-constrained Decision-Makers like you.
Find out how the zenPeak system can save you a lot of money on recruiting costs and help you build a better organization with peak performers. Call the CEO Frank Abrams at 416 733-3001
We have low fees by using a system that is efficient, up-front and high-value.
We can’t imagine working for weeks on a recruiting assignment on speculation; rushing to send in the resumes of Candidates we may not have even met or fully screened, because the focus is on getting the placement, not recruiting a peak performer to help you grow a great business.
At zenPeak we recruit peak performers and the good news is… our fees are lower than any Executive Search Co. or Recruiter we have heard of!
Not only that – our system is front-loaded and high-compliance, so Clients don’t waste their time on reviewing all those unscreened resumes.
Here is one of our secrets… because we don’t work on assignments we don’t get paid for, and we are super efficient (while still high-compliance), our fees are low – that’s value (the businessperson’s perspective).
Call us if you are looking to hire really good people. If you are tired of being disappointed with the people you hire, or paying ridiculous high fees to Recruiters, then…. consider a different approach where we do the work and you save time and money.
Frank Abrams 416 733-3001
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Please have a look at the position description here and let us know if you know someone who is a good fit!
Here are some of the exciting career opportunities we are working on for Clients
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It is an amazing resource for healthy living with a strong emphasis on mental health. They offer information and links to help people cope.
Staying positive during a long job search
A long job search can wear on your attitude and outlook, especially if you’re unemployed. If it’s taking you longer than anticipated to find work, the following tips can help you stay focused and upbeat.
- Keep a regular daily routine. When you no longer have a job to report to every day, you can easily lose motivation. Treat your job search like a regular job, with a daily “start” and “end” time. Following a set schedule will help you be more efficient and productive while you’re unemployed.
- Create a job search plan. Avoid getting overwhelmed by breaking big goals into small, manageable steps. Instead of trying to do everything at once, set priorities. If you’re not having luck in your job search, take some time to rethink your goals.
- List your positives. Make a list of all the things you like about yourself, including skills, personality traits, accomplishments, and successes. Write down projects you’re proud of, situations where you excelled, and things you’re good at. Revisit this list often to remind yourself of your strengths.
- Volunteer. Unemployment and job loss can wear on your self-esteem and make you feel useless. Volunteering helps you maintain a sense of value and purpose. And helping others is an instantaneous mood booster. Volunteering can also provide career experience, social support, and networking opportunities.
- Focus on the things you can control. You can’t control how quickly a potential employer calls you back or whether or not they decide to hire you. Rather than wasting your precious energy on things that are out of your hands, turn your attention to things you can control during your unemployment,, such as writing a great cover letter and resume tailored to the company you want to work for and setting up meetings with your networking contacts.
“Create Your Own Opportunity”
Suze Orman shared some great insights on CNN last night about how men differ from women in looking for work. Male unemployment is significantly higher, and she attributes a few reasons.
(1) men look for a new job at their old salary level – women will take lower paying jobs to earn money
(2) women are paid less and thus employers save money by hiring women, and
(3) men turn job hunting into a full-time effort, or take time off, rather than settle for a lower paying job like women
The conventional modern wisdom was that you would have many jobs in your career vs. having a job for life. It looks like that is changing for men and women.The new reality is men may go from job to contract to partnership to contract to business to job to job. Today, don’t bet on one job after another.
Imagine going to an interview with loads of experience (most of which is quickly outdated) competing with someone younger and cheaper.
You will likely strike out.
Why? The interviewer knows that you will be chronically unhappy at a fraction of your previous pay. The person interviewing you is likely to be closer in age to the younger and cheaper candidates. Union and Government jobs may be an exception.
So what is the answer?
The solution is to change your approach and by that I don’t mean buy a franchise or start a business. The new approach is to…
- shed your pattern of job hunting and stop applying online for dozens of jobs. Spend your time each day on the 1 or 2 jobs in your “sweet spot”. Stop applying to those online jobs that aren’t 100% on target for you. And when you find a job that is a perfect fit, pick up the telephone and start calling the company to get an interview asap
- stop going to job networking events, filled with other jobseekers – go to events every night and on weekends like special interest meetups etc. – anywhere that career or jobs IS NOT THE FOCUS. Never say “I’m looking for a job” If the subject comes up, and you think you can help someone, or someone they know, talk for a few seconds about… “What I Can Do For You” and then shutup. Be in demand and be busy. and of course get enough contact info. for follow up.
- build a unique “What I Can Do For You” resume for each opportunity follow up. see here
- Learn how to “Create Your Own Opportunity”
“Mancession.” The term may spur a few smiles and snickers, but for thousands of men, it is no laughing matter. For the first time in economic history, the male unemployment rate has surpassed the female unemployment rate. The December 2008 unemployment rate for men was 7.9 percent, versus 6.4 percent for women. The U.S. economy lost 2.956 million jobs in the last year, and a full 82 percent of pink slips have been handed to male workers. This translates to more than two million unemployed men in America compared to about 460,000 jobless women. The worse news for men is that the gap in jobless rates between men and women has been increasing for the last eight months and may continue to do so. – Bright Horizons