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5 Steps to Take BEFORE You Start a New Job Search

June 27th, 2017

You’ve made the decision to launch a new job search. Now you’re ready to move full speed ahead. Wait just a minute! As one of the top employment agencies in Coeur d’Alene, Provisional knows before you start sending out resumes and following up with hiring managers, there are a few steps you need to take that will improve your odds of finding a job. Here’s a look at 5 of them:

#1: Know what you’re looking for.

If you don’t like your current position, it’s tempting to look for an easy out in the form of any job opportunity. However, you don’t want to make the same mistake twice and land in another position you’re not happy in.

That’s why, before starting any job search, it’s important to take stock and think about what you really want in your next job. In other words, what type of role are you looking for and what type of environment do you want to work in?

#2: Take the time to polish your resume.

Most candidates dread working on their resumes. And it’s certainly not the most exciting part of a job search. However, if you take the time to update and polish it, then you’ll benefit in the long run with more interview offers.

So don’t wait until you find a position that interests you to pull out your resume and start working on it. If you do, you’ll feel pressured to complete it quickly. Instead, before you launch your search, get your resume into great shape and then customize it for each position you’re applying to.

#3: Review your online presence.

While you’re updating your resume, it’s also a good time to review your online presence, specifically your LinkedIn profile. You want to ensure that your profile and resume both complement each other and that’s there no contradictory information on them. It’s also important to Google yourself and make sure that what comes up in the results doesn’t negatively impact your job search.

#4: Start networking.

In 2017, the best way to find a new job is still through your professional network. That’s why, if you’re gearing up for a job search, then it’s also a good time to start ramping up your networking efforts. Research and plan to attend industry conferences or networking events. Also, if there are a few companies you’re interested in working for, start following and interacting with them on social media. You could make a valuable connection or find out about a great new job opening.

#5: Strengthen your skills.

If there’s a certain skill that’s important in your field – and you could use some help sharpening it – then now’s the time to sign up for a class or certification course. Even if you have to postpone your search for a few weeks or months while you gain the skills you need, it will feel good moving forward toward your goal. Plus, you’ll be a stronger, more marketable job candidate as a result.

Would you like professional help with your job search – so you can find a better job, faster?

Call in the experts at Provisional. As one of the top employment agencies in Coeur d’Alene, we can offer you access to a variety of rewarding job opportunities in accounting, healthcare, legal, technical, and office fields. Contact Provisional today to learn more.

The Sound of Silence: Why You’re Not Getting Calls for Interviews

April 1st, 2014

You’ve searched high and low for job leads and applied to dozens of openings – but still no interview offers. Are you the victim of bad luck, or could you be making some mistakes that are hampering your job hunt success?

As one of the leading employment firms in the Northwest, Provisional knows that sometimes an opportunity just isn’t meant to be. However, if there are areas where you could improve upon in your approach, then you’ll certainly increase your odds of getting interviews.

To help you, here are a few common mistakes we see people making when searching for jobs and how to avoid them:

You’re Applying Everywhere

It’s tempting to submit your resume to every position that sounds even remotely close to what you’re looking for. This is especially true if you’ve been searching for a job for a while or are unemployed. But resist the urge. If you don’t, you’ll simply spread yourself too thin, spending too little time on submitting a few solid resumes and cover letters and more time on sending out stacks of resumes.

You’re Applying for Jobs You’re Overqualified For

A job search, particularly a long one, can shake the confidence of even the best candidate. But if you’re applying to openings you’re overqualified for, you’re causing the hiring manager to wonder: just how long will you stay on the job once hired? That said, if you’re really passionate about the position or the company, go for it every once in a while. But if you have 10 years of industry experience, don’t apply for entry level positions.

You’re Applying for Jobs You’re Not Really Interested In

If you don’t really care about the position and are looking for any old job, it’s going to come through loud and clear to the hiring manager receiving your resume. Just imagine getting a resume from a candidate who thoroughly researched the company and the position and then explained in detail – with examples of accomplishments – as to why they’d be a good fit for the position and how they could help the company. Then imagine getting a vague and boilerplate cover letter and resume. Which candidate would you choose?

Your Cover Letter and Resume are Weak

Employers want to know what you can do for them. If your cover letter and resume don’t showcase your accomplishments or demonstrate why you’d be a great employee, then hiring managers have no reason to call you for an interview. Worse, if they are riddled with mistakes, hard to read, and don’t follow a proper format, then they’re going to wind up in the trash.

Getting an interview can sometimes seem like a crapshoot. But if you avoid the mistakes above – and tailor your cover letter and resume for every position – then you can absolutely improve your odds of success.

If you’d like more job search help from the experts, call Provisional. As one of the leading employment firms in the Northwest, we can connect you with the area’s top employers and top jobs. Contact us today to learn more or search our Northwest jobs now.

Is Your Attitude Interfering With Your Job Search?

March 6th, 2012

Like it or not, your attitude is assessed by everyone you meet. But is it really all that important when it comes to your job search?

It is, according to research by Leadership IQ, a research and leadership training institute. In a study tracking 20,000 new hires, they found that 46% failed within the first 19 months. Even more surprisingly was that 89% of the time the failure was due to attitude, while only 11% of the time it was due to lack of skill. Attitudinal deficits ranged from low levels of emotional intelligence to lack of coach-ability (the ability to seek out and learn from feedback).

The lesson here?

As one of the leading employment firms in the Northwest, we know that companies are searching for people who are the best fit – in terms of both skills and personality. As a result, you must go beyond showcasing your ability and experience, and also display the right attitude to get hired. Here are some quick tips to help you:

  • Don’t include negative statements in your cover letter or resume. For instance, don’t vent about your frustrating job search or ponder whether your resume will end up in a recruiting black hole. Or worse, don’t belittle a previous employer. Be polite and professional. And remember, people want to work with others who are easy to get along with, not those who are difficult and high maintenance.
  • Don’t nitpick the rules. If the hiring manager is telling you about the company dress code during an interview, don’t respond with “I don’t do dress codes.” If you do, you will be perceived as someone who can’t follow the rules and will have a hard time interacting with peers who have divergent opinions.
  • Show some enthusiasm. Your enthusiasm, or lack of, will show during your interview. So be positive and energetic. Also, demonstrate your passion for the company or position by doing some research ahead of time and discussing how your skills and background can help meet their needs. On the other hand, sighing and looking at your watch constantly will indicate to the hiring manager that you’re not really that interested.
  • Ask for an outside perspective. If you’re not sure whether you’re displaying a negative attitude, ask a friend or family member for an outside perspective. Also ask them to review your cover letter and resume. You might simply think you’re being honest and realistic, while others perceive you as being more negative.

If you’d like some additional help with interview prep or your job search, let us know. As one of the leading employment firms in the Northwest, we have the knowledge, experience, and industry connections to help you find terrific job leads and prepare for your interviews so you can land a position that’s right for you. Contact us today to learn more.

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