Ever been surprised when a friend announces a new job and you didn’t even know they were looking? You can use networking when you’re quietly searching for a new position. However, be aware that the more people who know you’re looking for a new job, the more likely your current employer is to find out about it.
Research consistently identifies networking as an important job search tool — anywhere from 40-80% of job placements are attributed to networking. Networking can also be a way to identify unadvertised job opportunities — accessing the “hidden job market.” The “hidden” job market refers to positions that are filled through employee referrals, recruiters, or direct contact with hiring managers through their network of industry or professional contacts.
Many resumes I receive describe the tasks the job seekers performed at each of their jobs. A more powerful way to discuss your work is to focus on what you accomplished at each job.
Accomplishment-based resumes have been widely accepted for more than 20 years, so many job seekers are using this approach. The resume or LinkedIn profile may still not be persuasive enough for today’s job market. Results have to be emphasized.
The salary or wage you want to command affects several aspects of your job search. A few elements of job search that will be influenced by your target salary include:
1. Your resume design,
2. Where you look for work,
3. The time it could take you to find a job, and
4. Complexity of the employer’s selection process.
This week, another career coach sent me an article on the 10 words hiring managers find most irritating on resumes. The story resonated with me because nearly every resume job seekers send me has a few of these words—and sometimes all of these words–on it.