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Posted June 22, 2016 by

The power of networking

 

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Kenneth Heinzel’s 33 years of experience shine through in his recently published book, Private Notes From a Headhunter: Proven Job Search and Interviewing Techniques for College Students and Recent Grads. Throughout the job search process, Heinzel suggests that job seekers never underestimate the power of networking and your network. Ever. Your personal network and support group are two key elements of a successful job search.

Your personal network includes people who can provide you with leads that result in your getting an interview or job. Your support group should include friends or associates who are also currently looking for work. Meeting with your support group on a regular basis allows you to share contacts, research information, and discuss what worked or didn’t work in a job search or an interview.

“Many, if not most, of the jobs that you land in your career will come from information and contacts discovered in your own personal network,” says Heinzel.

 

Heinzel also touches on the role recruiters and career professionals play in getting job seekers interviews and jobs. Remember these tips: Never ever pay a recruiter for anything. Almost all legitimate recruiters are paid by the client (the hiring company) in the form of a fee that is based on a retainer (fee paid in advance), or on contingency (fee paid after successful placement). If you are working with a career coach, employment agency or career marketer, Heinzel’s advice is to never pay more than $500 for those services. Before paying for services, check to see if these services are available for free through an organization like College Recruiter, which offers a free resume editing service. If you must pay, pay only for three things, says Heinzel:

  1. Help in improving your interviewing skills
  2. Your resume (especially if you’re not used to writing resumes or your writing skills are shaky)
  3. Contact names.

Do you apply for jobs but never hear back from an actual person?

Remember, Heinzel points out, HR’s number one job is to protect the company. They act as the screener for almost all incoming resumes. If someone in HR doesn’t feel that your resume is what they are looking for or if the resume screening software determines that your resume doesn’t have enough of the keywords found in the online job description, it won’t advance to the next step in the application process.

Picture this possible scenario, says Heinzel: The screener is an HR staffer and not feeling well that day, and even if he sees that you are marginally qualified, because he is a Cal grad and you graduated from Stanford… well, so long, buddy.

Remember, there are hundreds to thousands of resumes coming in, so the majority of HR’s time is spent eliminating candidates, says Heinzel.

The hiring manager is the one with the power to interview and hire you, not HR. So what do you do?

Get to the hiring manager – a direct contact responsible for hiring for the position for which you are applying. Networking with the right people at companies is important. This can be difficult unless you have a contact within the target company.

Heinzel provides encouragement and educates readers on the importance of being persistent but gracious. Getting an interview and getting a job is hard work.

“Looking for work is a full-time job in itself,” says Heinzel. “If you’re not putting in at least six hours a day in related job search activities, you’re not doing the job you’re supposed to be doing right now, until you find a better one.”

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Kenneth A. Heinzel

Kenneth A. Heinzel

About Ken Heinzel
Ken Heinzel, author of  Private Notes From a Headhunter: Proven Job Search and Interviewing Techniques for College Students and Recent Grads taught marketing and business management at Sonoma State University in Northern California from 2000 to 2009. Prior to teaching at SSU, professor Heinzel was an Executive Recruiter (Headhunter), in the high-tech industry. He placed scores of candidates over a ten-year period in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. In addition, he was an executive and sales manager in corporate America for twenty years at large corporations, such as Xerox and Ameritech. He and his editor/wife Inese live in Santa Rosa, California.

Posted September 09, 2015 by

Women in the Workplace Bring Diversity

Women in today’s workplace continue to reach new heights. However, they are still striving for advancement in areas such as leadership. While men are typically hired more often for executive jobs, some employers may be underestimating what women can offer if hired for these positions.

To help explore these issues, College Recruiter is hosting a College Recruiting Bootcamp on LGBT and other diversity hiring issues on Tuesday, September 29th at the Twilio headquarters in San Francisco. Join us.

Prior to that event, we’ll publish the opinions from a number of talent acquisition and recruiting leaders about why and how employers should diversify their workforces. In today’s article, Dr. Ya-wen Yang of Wake Forest University School of Business shares her thoughts on research concerning the affects of gender diversity in leadership in the workplace. (more…)

Posted March 04, 2015 by

How to “Ace” a Follow-up Job Interview

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Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy

You recall a friend telling you that at the second job interview level the competition is that much tougher than the first, and the questions you’ll receive will be more challenging to answer. This time the employer wants to make sure you’re the most qualified of all candidates who’ve applied.

That means preparing for the new interview even more carefully. Consider doing a little more networking and inquiring from people who’ve had a similar experience. If possible, talk to a human resources representative who may be willing to give you feedback on your progress. Or if you know an employee at the company, he or she might help you prepare for the next interview. (more…)

Posted September 15, 2014 by

Are You a Recent Graduate Searching for Jobs? Keep in Touch with Contacts on the Rise

As a recent graduate searching for jobs, you never know who might be able to help you now but also in the future.  The following post shares why you should keep in touch with those contacts who are working their way up in their careers.

By Andrew Sobel, Big 4 Guest Blogger A client of mine was promoted to a very senior position in a large, Fortune-100 company. She had been the deputy in her area, and was now at the top. She told me that the day her promotion was announced in the newspapers, she got dozens of calls from

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Posted September 12, 2014 by

Recruiters, Want to Help Find New Talent and Ideas for Employers? What You Can Do

For recruiters who want to help employers find new talent and ideas, perhaps they can find the answer in the following post.

On this week’s Women of Washington radio show, Anne Altman, head of IBM Federal, joins hosts Gigi Schumm and Aileen Black to discuss how successful companies bring new talent into their organizations.

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Posted September 04, 2014 by

Recent College Graduates, The Benefits of Getting to Know These Office Assistants on Your Jobs

For recent college graduates with jobs, there are benefits of getting to know these office assistants.  Find out who they are and why you should network with them in the following post.

High-performing professionals know their careers will be defined by the relationships they build. You go to lunches, have a drink at happy hour and meet for coffee. Maybe you’ve even tried an online networking event. These are all great ways to build your professional network. But you may be overlooking one important and powerful person. It’s surprising

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Posted August 29, 2014 by

Computer Hardware Career Allows Interesting Avenues of Growth

Technician repairing computer hardware in the lab

Technician repairing computer hardware in the lab. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Computer hardware as a career had its beginnings in the 1980’s and since then has grown by enormous proportions. Computer hardware as an industry is comparable to any other manufacturing industry with multiple functional areas and several operational divisions under a single functional area. A typical computer hardware company has manufacturing and marketing facilities and has employee strength depending upon its scale of business. (more…)

Posted July 08, 2014 by

Recent Graduate, Trying to Find Information on Jobs through a Hiring Manager on LinkedIn? 4 Ways to Potentially Connect

As a recent graduate searching for jobs on LinkedIn, you might want to reach out to hiring managers.  If you’re trying to make a connection, learn four ways to possibly do so in the following post.

A reader recently asked how to best use LinkedIn to reach a hiring manager he wants to pursue. The trouble: that hiring manager is basically inactive on the world’s largest professional network. Guessing that he’s not the only job seeker facing that challenge, I reached out for some actionable ideas: Find a Common Connection

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Posted June 20, 2014 by

Writing Resumes for Entry Level Jobs? 5 Ways to Customize Each One

When applying for entry level jobs, be sure your resumes are specific to each potential employer.  In the following post, learn five ways to customize each resume.

There are few pieces of resume advice everyone believes in; everyone has a different opinion on just about every subject. However, there is one point every career advisor, mentor and resume writer agree on: for every application submitted, you must customize your resume. But how? What do recruiters and hiring managers look for? And

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Posted June 02, 2014 by

Recent Graduate Jobs Allow You to Telecommute? 4 Mistakes to Avoid When Working from Home

For workers with recent graduate jobs that allow them to work from home, there are four mistakes they should avoid, according to the following post.

It’s been more than a year since several prominent companies made headlines by banning telecommuting, yet the practice remains a growing workplace trend. According to our recent survey, more than eight out of 10 telecommuting employees reported improvements in their stress levels, and seven out of 10 said that working at home boosts their productivity

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