I’ve been chatting behind the scenes with HR professionals both locally and nationwide. Many of them are out of work and looking for the next gig to open up. I can give them advice until my face turns blue, but I’ve had a grand total of one HR position. Much of what I know is how to market yourself via social media and how to take advantage of the multiple tools out there to help yourself be found if someone wants to learn more about you as a candidate. But I know that I still have a lot to learn, and I was wondering if anyone out there would like to give some encouragement or advice to those who are currently out of work and looking for their next position.
How did you get your job? Did you use a personal connection, or was it just a random resume copy that fell into the right hands?
If you happen to be one of those looking for a job, there are some great sites out there that can give you a leg up on your job search. And finding local HR jobs isn’t as hard as it once was. Plus, it’s easier than ever to find helpful career advice, because most of us don’t spend the majority of our time preparing to look for a new job. Whatever your employment status, keep those who are out of work in your thoughts. It’s a tough path to walk.
I was lucky enough to stumble into a great job via a major job board. I think what helped me get my foot in the door was my resume had the key words they were looking for in the posting. That’s not to say I expect tailored resumes for every job posting, please dont do that. Your resume should be detailed with your accomplishments.
Job boards and resumes will only get you so far. Networking with your peers will get you further. Get out in the community and meet people, take them to lunch or meet people for coffee. If you’re having trouble getting your foot in the door, maybe your resume needs a little TLC; ask for help. If your having trouble closing the deal, maybe you need interviewing skill refinement; ask for help.
Local chapters, such as NASHRM, have resources a plenty; take advantage of those resources. Email Ben if you dont want to ask someone in the chapter; he can put you in contact with someone that will have the expertise to help you out. The key thing to remember in a job search, you aren\’t alone.