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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Stand Out From the IT Crowd

Stand out from the IT CrowdIf you’re looking for a new role, don’t let the speed of the holiday season get in the way of showing a potential employer how you differ from the pack. There are plenty of assumptions out there about the traditional IT worker. And whether you fit the mold or break it, it’s important to know where you stand and how to stand out.

Assumption 1: IT workers are men.

Stand Out: In reality 25% of network and computer systems administrators are women, and 72.9% of computer support specialists are men. While the gender gap is real, there are a growing number of women in the field. If you are a female IT job seeker, remember why women and working moms love working in IT. And if you are male, knowing about the gender gap shows you’re knowledgeable about the market.

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