If you are unemployed, you know it's a jobless jungle out there. To help you navigate the unemployment terrain, NY1's Employment reporter Asa Aarons has answers to some viewers' questions.
Are large online help-wanted sections a good place to look for a job, and do they really work? Recently I have replied to 30 different ads related to jobs I am interested in, but so far not one answer... What I'm doing wrong?
Felix, there's plenty of good advice on this. Some of the best comes from a career coach named Ford Myers, who wrote a book called “Get the Job You Want, Even When No One Is Hiring,” where he impressively breaks down the mistakes when job hunting online.
Myers says most “want ads” have little value, unless they are part of a specialty trade publication or a specific industry website. Unsolicited resumes are like junk mail, they usually get thrown out by a secretary, clerk or the hiring manager.
A handful of resumes sent with a custom cover letter to a few companies in the field you desire will do more good than 30, 300 or 1,000 mass-mailed resumes looking only for job openings.
The best jobs are rarely part of vacancies or openings. About 40 percent of positions are created for the applicant after the interview. So think less about openings and more about opportunities.
Everyone talks about networking, but many people are clueless about how to do it. They talk too much and beg people for jobs. The best networkers are good listeners, give more than they take, and create an atmosphere of a fair exchange of vital information.
Finally, not knowing your true value can produce a long-term mistake that can lead to resentment and failure in a job. Research what the position is worth in your area. Then when it comes to salary negotiations, as it is their ball park, always allow the company to make the first pitch. You can then respond appropriately.
If you have an employment story, a job, a new interview technique, or something you want to share with those looking for work or those doing the hiring, contact Asa Aarons at email@example.com.