Last month, Glenn Bernstein, Partner and President of The Execu|Search Group’s Temporary Staffing/Consulting division was featured as a guest on Princeton Community Television’s program, Off the Front Page – Finding the Perfect Job.
The discussion, which was led by Diane Ciccone, was broken up into two segments about the new economy: Part 1 – new ways recent college graduates and mid-level career professionals can market themselves to land a job; and Part 2 – how higher-level career professionals can make a mid-life career change.
Here are some important points Glenn made during his appearances:
- As the economy continues to recover, job seekers can expect to see more aggressive hiring on the temporary/consulting side because employers are reluctant to commit resources to full-time staff, so they use temporary staffing as a way of feeling out how the economy improves.
- On how entry-level job seekers can land a job when they don’t have much experience: The concept of just submitting your resume to a job posting online can be a black hole, and it helps to use some networking skills to identify a person behind that posting. Rather than just sending your resume to an inbox, try to connect with the person who posted the job because unless the resume that comes in is exactly a dead-on hit for the job, you might not get noticed. If you make some contacts within the company, you can present your skills to the person directly.
- Use LinkedIn to search for the people at the company (human resources, etc.) who have influence over the hiring decision. To set yourself apart from others, create a blog and write entries about a topic you’re interested in that relates to the employer, so you can start building a brand for yourself.
- Those looking to make a mid-level career change need to be realistic in terms of compensation. It’s not likely, unless you have a really strong, transferable skill-set, that you will be able to replicate your current compensation level at something you have been practicing in for a decade when you move to a completely new industry and new type of work.
- How you go about searching for a new job in a new industry depends on how you came to that search. For instance, if that career change is forced upon you (your company is downsizing, your industry is being outsourced, etc.) your expectations, your career planning, and your whole focus are going to be quite different from someone who is gainfully employed and is proactively looking for a career change. You will need to be open to different opportunities and conduct a broader job search. Temporary work is a great way of transferring your skills and getting involved in a new industry.
- When looking to make a career change, one must go after jobs in industries or fields of work that they have some affinity for. To figure this out, you have to look at who you are, where your contacts are, and what you have in terms of work and life experience.
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