Testing your job-finding IQ
Career development expert Linda K. Rolie provided the following advice: “A while after layoffs, there will be more hiring. So go right in there after a mass layoff and meet with people.”
In her book “Getting Back to Work” (McGraw-Hill), Rolie provides job-seekers with an IQ test. We consulted her for answers to IQ test questions.Most job openings are filled by executive search firms and recruiters.
Test your IQ below:
When applying for a job, it is most effective to start with the HR department.
False. The HR department is there mostly to process the decision made by a hiring manager, said Rolie. “What I encourage people to do is go as high as possible in the organization and find out who the manager is who’s making the right decision. The hiring manager, CEO or Vice President can file it down. But it’s unlikely an HR person is aware of all the openings that may become available.” She recommends a meet and greet and informational interview with person you’d be working with. It’s really about building the relationship with the manager.
False. “People’s expectations are often misaligned on what recruiting companies can do,” Rolie said. Employers are often reluctant to use them because fees are so high (they can be upwards of $30,000). When trying to find the right recruiter, she suggested doing specific Google searches, “type in ‘Find a recuiter manufacturing,’ or ‘Find a recruiter pharmaceutical.’” Sites such as Monster.com and Hotjobs.com are a good resource for job openings and placement.
Maybe. “What I repeatedly hear is 1 out of 100 clients might get some results,” she said. “Those are great sites for getting career advice,” she said.
Rolie recommended using Web sites more targeted to a specific industry.
Holiday season is a slow time for hiring.Most job openings are found in the “Help Wanted” section of the newspaper.
False. From Thanksgiving to just after New Year’s there’s often more money, new positions and less competition from others.
False. Studies have shown that only about 17 percent maximum are found there, Rolie said, and that’s likely because newspaper postings are expensive. “The best avenue for job postings is the company’s Web site,” she said. But four out of five jobs are found through the ‘hidden job market’,’” ie. going through the back door, before the job’s posted, networking and doing informational interviews. Employers usually read resumes thoroughly when selecting job candidates.
False. Statistics show that employers tend to read resumes within two to six seconds. “Write resumes as if a computer’s reading it, scanning it for the write words, and content that matches their needs,” Rolie said. Typos and spelling errors are sure to weed you out. The state employment division/administration services will find a job for me.
False. “From some stats that I read, less than 10 percent of employers use the state employment for posting jobs,” Rolie said. Also, she added, they’re usually not the higher-paying jobs. “So spend 10 percent of your time or less using that database,” she said.
A private employment agency will get a job for me.
Maybe. Rememebr that you’ll have to pay them (part of the paycheck). You can go through the backdoor instead. INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS: Linda K. Rolie is a strong believer in the power of informational interviews. “People say that if you do it around 20 times you’ll get a job,” she said. She also recommended limiting the talks to 10 or 20 minutes, and asking if there’s anyone else they’d recommend talking to. Also, having a resume handy can’t hurt. Here are some questions she suggests asking at an informational interview: Please walk me through a typical day. What do you find to be the best and worst things about your career? What are the skills most important to succeeding in your career? What do you know now that you wish you’d known when you entered the firked? What advice would you give to someone entering the field? What kind of salary can I expect when entering this field?