|Are you having trouble finding a new job? You are not alone.
There are a lot
of reasons why it is so tough to find a new job. One reason some find
job hunting difficult is because they do not know how. How do you
navigate all the websites? What do you write on your resume? Who should
you be talking to for help? Are you even finding all the available
positions? Some recruiters claim that nearly 80% of open job positions
are filled without any advertising. How do you find those jobs?
Why use a recruiting or temporary work agency.
Chuck Devine is an account executive for
Aerotek Staffing Agency in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and recently shared some of his industry
insight for those looking for work.
Aerotek connects job hunters with
employers from many different industries who have
needs, but often these positions become full-time, regular positions
with the employee transitioning from
Aerotek to a permanent position
with the employer. Devine explained why
recruiting agencies are another
great option in a job seeker's toolbox.
As with other
recruiting firms, employers approach
Aerotek for help in
finding employees because they may not have the time or resources to
properly search for job candidates themselves. Job seekers approach
temporary agencies because they have a large pool of employers who are
ready to hire. In August 2011 there were 2.4 million jobs started
through temporary agencies, up 149,000 from the same time in 2010. In
fact, Aerotek is always actively seeking people to fill 100s of jobs.
Using a temporary agency gives you the convenience of finding many
employers in one place, having professionals do the work of matching you
up with appropriate jobs, and it gets you into a company you may not
have otherwise known about.
Watch your behavior.
Of course, says Devine, a
recruiting agency is going to have many
resources available to you in order to find you meaningful work,
however, you still have to demonstrate all the traits employers are
looking for. When an employer hasn't met you before, they are going to
be watching your behaviors for cues on what to expect from you in the
Devine gave examples such as showing up to an interview on time,
interacting and speaking professionally to the employer, making eye
contact, smiling, and remembering to turn off your cell phone as basic
musts for a successful first impression. What is the one thing employers
really want to see? "Employers want to see a good attitude. They want to
hear that you are committed to doing an excellent job for them. How you
convey that to a hiring manager during your interview is very
important", says Devine.
How do you let an employer know you have a good attitude? Show them
through your behavior. Show them you value their time by being punctual,
be courteous, be prepared with appropriate questions about the company
and job, speak professionally, and be respectful toward everyone you
meet or interact with during your interview day.
Recruiting and temporary
agencies are for everyone, whether you are
seeking entry level or professional work. Visit them and talk about your
personal situation. Take your resume with you and be prepared to talk to
someone about your career goals and your work experience. Ask how they
would work with you in finding the right job for you.