Searching for a new job can be stressful, time-consuming and downright hard for job seekers in the networking/cabling industry. However, candidates can reduce stress and save time simply by knowing where to look and what connections to build before and during their search.
Every job seeker and recruiter work differently but these are a few ways you can make the job search easier on yourself and those assisting with your search.
Know Where to Look
First, look on the top job boards. Recruiters and hiring managers spend a lot of time and money on job boards so it’s a great place to start. Upload your resume, sign up for alerts tailored to your skills and location, and get searching.
Second, make a list of companies or staffing firms you want to work for. Look on their websites for open jobs. Follow them on social media for updates. Companies will often post open jobs or hiring fairs on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, so be sure you’re following along.
Connect with Recruiters
If you’ve worked with a recruiter in the past, find them on LinkedIn or email them to reconnect. It’s important to keep in touch, even if you have a job currently. By building and maintaining this connection, you will be ahead of the game when it’s time to look for a new job.
Likewise, keep in touch with account managers, hiring managers and anyone you’ve worked for in the past. All of these people can offer advice and new connections when you’re searching for a job. They may hear of openings in your field and can be a reference for you. Shooting off an email, connecting on LinkedIn or giving them a call every so often can be enough to stay top-of-mind with recruiters and hiring managers.
Even if a recruiter isn’t able to find you a job right away, stay in touch for future opportunities. Ask them, “what’s the best way to stay in touch?” Whether it’s by phone, email or text, you’ll know how to reach them regularly to ask about opportunities or provide an updated resume. You don’t want to bother them daily, but by connecting on a regular basis, you’ll be top-of-mind when a new opportunity comes across their desk.
Prepare & Apply
Recruiters are going to want to see your skills, core capabilities and accomplishments on a resume. Focus on your technical and people skills, what you’ve done before and what you want to do in the future. Be as clear as possible so a recruiter can tell exactly what you’re looking for.
Showcase Your Skills
The more information you can provide, the easier it is for recruiters to help. Be as specific as possible when listing your skills. Go beyond the basics and list out software types and the names of systems you’ve worked on. It’s one thing to install hardware, but if you’re able to program the systems, that’s even better. Make sure you say all of that on your resume.
List your job duties and if you have management experience. Any amount of experience in leadership or new tools can open doors for you.
Right now, Anistar recruiters see a huge demand for candidates with experience in security or audio and visual skills. We see lots of jobs popping up in these telecommunication subcategories so if you’re looking for work in these areas, mention those interests first.
If you’re ready to start your search, get in touch today. Be proactive about your search and use your time wisely.