Make it Easier for Them to Hire You

Heads up, job-seekers! It appears that hiring is on the increase. We’re not promising anything, mind you, but here’s what you really need to know:

You have to make it easier for those in H.R. and recruiting. Here’s a list of Don’ts:

*Don’t be coy and send a recruiter a message that you might want to “take a look around”; you’re either motivated to make a change or you’re not and when we’re busy, we don’t have time to help you figure that out. So we go with the talent who’s persuaded us that they’re ready, willing and able to present themselves professionally.

*Don’t ask to “get together to talk about my future”. A career coach is the path you need if you want to talk about it. Recruiters and human resources pros are looking for very specific skills, backgrounds, and education to fill positions with narrow requirements.

*Don’t label your resume “resume”. Make sure it has your name on it. Most of us are deluged with job-seekers and it’s easier to find you digitally than it was in the old paper system, but this recession has everyone strained for resources when we’re receiving hundreds of inquiries every week.

*Don’t wander into the job hunt without the necessary tools. As with everything else in life, you’ll get out of it what you put into it. Here are a couple of resources: bi-weekly e-newsletter at www.asktheheadhunter.com (free) and our career portal, www.mylandajob.com, also free.

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