Four Easy Job Searching Tips

Posted: 8/21/2013

By: Elias Cobb, Quantix Recruiting Manager

I know that the job market has gotten better in a lot of skill areas, but even with companies vying for your attention, some of these tips can help streamline the process and give you the best change at the best job.

There are a few measures that you can take in the job hunting process to help navigate the crowded jumble of job seekers. I'll get into more detail on specific parts of the process in later blogs, but here are a few tips that everyone who is looking for a job should follow.

1) Create a new email account specifically for job hunting. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, perhaps your personal email address is something other than a simple, professional address. For example, if your email address is hotmama@xyzdomain.com, you should pick something else. Try using your first and last name and a few numbers. You don't want a hiring manager to have bias before they even view your resume. Secondly, having a dedicated job hunting email account will help you stay organized. All of your job search correspondences will be in one place rather than mixed in with your personal emails.

2) Don't use your personal website / domain for your email dress. In fact, don't publicize your personal website to hiring managers at all. You have no idea what the views of different hiring managers are and if you have a website where you espouse your beliefs, you are risking offending a hiring manager. This could include political, religious, views on society, even sports.

3) Clean up your social networking accounts. I have seen blogs that talk about this in far more detail than I'll get into here, but it's something that you need to do. Employers check Facebook, Twitter, etc. for information on you when you apply for a job. If you have some less than flattering pictures up, take them down, at least until you get the new job.

4) Make sure that the outgoing message on your voicemail is professional. Stick to the basic type of message and stay away from funny / cute / creative voicemail greetings. As a matter of fact, cancel your ring-back tones as well. Again, you are trying to keep the recruiter or hiring manager from having any sort of bias against you. You can always change your voicemail back or add that ring-back tone after you get the job.

These quick tips will help you level the playing field and the very beginning of the job seeking process.