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I ran across this article on CareerBuilder by Kaitlin Madden referencing timing in a job search. This question from the article really stuck out at me.

If I see a new job posting that I’m interested in, should I send my résumé right away or wait a few days until the recruiter is not longer inundated with initial applications?

In this case, timing often does matter. Get your résumé together, write a tailored, company-specific cover letter and get that application in.

“The fact is that recruiters often will be recruiting for 20 to 40 positions at a time,” says Chris Forman, CEO of StartWire, a networking website for job seekers. “Once a job is open for three or four days, the recruiter or HR specialist will review the applicant pool and determine if they have enough candidates to proceed. If they do, often times they will stop reviewing new candidates and interview the qualified candidates they already have in the hopper. This is not always the case, of course, but it does happen a fair amount of the time. That’s why being ‘Johnny on the spot’ when a job is opened is always a best practice.”

I’ve seen many people put off job hunting for different reasons. Most actually fall short on finding something they really enjoy, or end up just taking a job they hate. On the other hand, I’ve also seen job searchers who are prepared and absolutely hit the jackpot when the time is right.When it comes to the good jobs, as with anything else, the early bird gets the worm.

Scott Dunning, Technical Recruiter
UDig

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Whether you love baseball or not, you may love some of these lessons.  They apply in many aspects of life, including our relationships with our co-workers.  Spring training is upon us – let’s look at a few reminders from the world of baseball.

From Tim Bridge, “Nine Innings of Baseball’s Life Lessons.”  Play ball!

Joy Hood, Sr. Technical Recruiter @ UDig

13 percent.

That’s how much U.S. staffing employment – American workers placed by staffing agencies – increased from February 2010 to February 2011. It’s a solid figure and a leading employment indicator – particularly as our country moves out of the recession.

Staffing agencies and recruiters work for our nation. And they work for you. If you’re scared off by recruiters, you’re not alone. But it’s our opinion, of course, that you should always maintain a relationship with a recruiter who specializes in the industry you’re in. Here’s why:

  • Believe it or not, there are Recruiters out there that sincerely find what they do to be gratifying. If you can identify one, a relationship with that person will prove invaluable to your career. A recruiter who takes the time to get to know you and your career goals does not see you as a dollar sign, but rather, someone they would find great pleasure in finding a dream opportunity for.
  • If you are looking for a better opportunity but don’t want the world to know, a recruiter who knows you can make sure you’re exposed to opportunities while maintaining confidentiality. With more and more companies hiring Internal Recruiters and delegating recruiting responsibilities to HR, posting your resume on job boards can be risky. Having your resume fall into the wrong hands may not be a can of worms you want to open.
  • Market rates and salaries frequently change depending on skill set and demand. A recruiter you have a relationship with, who deals with these jobs and candidates daily can help keep you stay at the forefront of the state of your particular industry. Even if you don’t want to make a career change, your recruiter can help you achieve obtaining a well deserved raise.

Bottom line: identify a trustworthy recruiter and make it a point to build a relationship. Once the relationship and trust is established, your recruiter will constantly be working behind the scenes to make sure you are exposed to opportunities that you most likely would not have found otherwise.

Wahid Osmani
Technical Account Manager, UDig

The job market has changed significantly over the past 12 months. While finding employment remains tough for many job seekers, many in the IT community would agree that things have taken a turn for the better.

Candidates are becoming more confident. Each day, we encounter more and more candidates juggling multiple opportunities – something that was nearly unheard of six months ago. What do you do when you when you are lucky enough to find yourself in a position of having multiple job offers? Is there an exact science to handling this situation?

Timing is everything when juggling positions with two or more companies. Rarely does everything work out exactly the way a candidate wishes. Often they may find themselves with an offer from a backup choice and have to weigh whether to wait for an offer from their top choice. This is certainly a good problem to have, but one that can lead to a sticky situation.

The most important thing to remember in this situation is to keep your integrity in tact. Turning down the “bird-in-hand” can be risky, so you have to have a plan in place to eliminate the risk of damaging your professional reputation. Never accept an offer if you are not 100 percent committed. There is nothing wrong with asking for more time to gauge other elusive offers before accepting. Lean on your recruiter for advice. While they may have a vested interest in your accepting their client’s offer, the good recruiters understand you have to make the best decision for you and will advise accordingly. No recruiting firm wants to make that dreaded call to their client to inform them their consultant just reneged on an offer. It’s best to inform recruiters and potential employers of other opportunities you are pursuing early in the process.

While there is no exact science to handling multiple job offers, job seekers should always be honest when dealing with tough situations. Being honest, taking the time to make the right decision and fully committing yourself to an accepted offer will serve you well over the course of your career.

Gordon Kelly
Account Manager
UDig

Great advice from Patricia Berg on preparing for a successful phone interview.  She shows it’s just as important to prepare for a phone interview as it is to prepare for a face to face meeting.  Even down to the detail of having a pitcher of water nearby!  Don’t take a phone interview lightly.  It could determine whether you get moved to the next step in the process for the job you want!  From the WSJ: http://on.wsj.com/gHpfOc

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