Best-Kept Job Search Secrets for 2012

StartWire releases its list of job search tips for job seekers who are determined to land a new position in 2012.

Tired of sending out stacks of resumes and seeing little return for your efforts? You’re not alone. These days, many job seekers are feeling a little discouraged about the lack of progress they’re making in the job market.

To help job seekers achieve more results, StartWire, a leading Internet job search organizer, has released its annual “Best-Kept Job Search Tips” for 2012.

“Typically, this is the time of year when job seekers reflect on their current job search and re-ignite their efforts to land a position in the new year,” said Chris Forman, CEO & Co-Founder of StartWire.

“The problem is that job seekers have no real insight into the progress of previously submitted job applications. StartWire’s mission is to change this black hole mentality by providing updates on job searches and now also deliver proven job search recommendations to increase their chances for success.”

  • Early Applications Pay Off.

    According to research, applying early to newly posted positions significantly increases the likelihood of an interview and job offer. In a recent StartWire study of more than 6,600 hires across 10 industries, approximately 50% of new hires applied for the position within a week of its initial posting. Approximately three-quarters of hires applied within the first three weeks.

  • Target Unadvertised Opportunities.

    It’s easy to find jobs in employment ads and on job boards. That’s why thousands of candidates apply for those positions. To get ahead of the game, read the business section in your local paper and look for positive corporate announcements like the approval of new funding or the acquisition of a large client – and then contact the hiring manager before the position is posted.

  • Understand the Company’s HR and Recruiting Routines.

    Every organization has its own, unique hiring process. While some companies hire solely through employee referrals, others prefer to hire via corporate events, recruiters, etc. By customizing your efforts to the employer’s specific hiring approach, you can dramatically increase your chances.

  • Social Media Networking Works.

    Although it can be difficult to monitor the results of the time you invest in social media networking, studies indicate that actively following prospective employers’ social media networks increases your chances for an interview or a closer look by hiring managers – not to mention opportunities social media creates for inside networking. Approximately 10% of applicants whose resumes come through a referral are hired, compared to 1% of general (non-referred) applicants.

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