Is it Time For A Personal Trainer for your Job Search?

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Feeling a little discouraged with your job search in 2013?  Make 2014 your year by looking at your job search in a whole new way.  The same way a personal trainer can help you start a healthy and effective workout plan, a recruiter can help get you on the path to a healthy and effective job search.  Below are some questions and suggestions to creatively shake up your job search in the new year.

What does qualified really look like? 

Several articles in 2013 discussed the issue of under-qualification in your job search.  How many times have you looked at a job listing and thought, “I would be perfect for that job” but because you are missing a few, albeit important, qualifications you pass on the opportunity and do not even apply?  It’s like going to the gym and seeing the machine that you don’t know how to use and thinking, “I’m not going near that”.  It could be the machine to work those muscles you’re trying desperately to find and you just need someone to show you how to use it.  If you are already having trouble finding a job while searching for positions you qualify for why would you reach even higher?  That’s where a recruiter comes in.  They can help you highlight the skills that you already have and advocate for you with prospective employers about your capacity to learn and contribute.

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Identifying Personality Traits in the Interview

When it’s time to hire a new employee there are a few requirements that come standard. Is the person technically qualified?  Do they have a good track record? Do they seem like they’ll work well with the other members of the team? Sometimes a candidate meets all of those requirements but you still don’t know if they are the right fit.  The challenge is discovering if they will benefit your company in the long run. We think the following three qualities are key to finding a lasting employee for your organization.

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Which Zany Relative is Interviewing You?

Family-DinnerThe holidays are at their end and you’re settling back into the way things were pre-festivities. If you’re getting back into the job search, you may begin to notice similarities between the family members you’ve recently been spending so much time with and the interviewers you will begin to meet. Before you sit down at the interview desk, remember how you handled those crazy family members around your holiday table.

The Nosy Aunt

During the holidays she pressed you about your personal relationships and gave constant updates on her own health. Think of this in the same way you would an interviewer who is focusing on all of your work habits, down to the miniscule ones. They want to see if you’re a great culture fit in order to see how you would best fit in to the company. Make sure you’ve done your research before your interview and ask questions about their culture and work environment to show that this matters to you too.

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