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By Andrew Kucheriavy
August 30, 2009 in Job Search

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Let’s face it – job hunting isn’t easy and good advice always helps. We have spoken to a number of professionals and got some of their advice on how to improve your chances in this tough economy. This is a list of seven know-how’s to keep in mind when searching for jobs

  1. Check Job Listing Date. Always pay attention to when a job was posted and try to apply quickly if a job was just posted – this will give you an advantage. If it’s been posted for a while, it may have been filled already. However, if it is still open, keep in mind that the company may be more flexible in filling that position.

  2. Determine How Pressed the Company is to fill the Position. Checkout how many different job sites the position was posted to, this shows how serious the company is about filling the position and that they may need to fill it quickly.

  3. Checkout Job Posting Distribution - See if the same posting is given by the actual company AND by other hiring agencies, this also shows how serious they are about filling the position. 

  4. Use Acronyms when Searching. Many job postings remain unnoticed as people don’t find them because of acronyms. When searching, always use acronyms and also the entire word. For example, IA and information assurance - or information security and INFOSEC. There is a good resource for acronyms and positions abbreviations: http://www.abbreviations.com/acronyms/POSITIONS/1

  5. Checkout the Corporate Website. When you find a position you are interested in on a major site, always look for it on the corporate site. Sometimes you can get useful information such as requirements or even and expanded version of the job posting. If the corporate website had the same job opening listed, apply to both the major job board AND the corporate site, hopefully getting noticed faster.

  6. Expand your Search. Search for jobs outside of your normal online job search, sometimes there are incorrect job postings or similar postings that could be what you are looking for.

  7. Reach out to HR Contacts at the Company. One simple method is to Google "@company.com", which will often yield legitimate email addresses for the company. Once you understand the email naming convention (usually something like “firstname.lastname@company.com” or “firstinitial_lastname@company.com”), call the company headquarters and get creative about obtaining names of Human Resources personnel. Another good way is to search by “HR” and company name through LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com) . You can often find HR personnel there. Once you have their full name...VOILA! You now have direct email access to a person in charge of hiring, not a resume database. This exemplifies determination, a character trait most employers value greatly.
 


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