As one of the leading Charlottesville employment agencies, Adams & Garth knows if you haven’t held a job (at least one you’ve been paid for) in the last decade, the thought of re-entering the employment market can be intimidating. After all, job searches have certainly changed a lot in recent years thanks to technology.
To help you get your hunt off to the best start possible, here are 6 things you need to know beforehand:
#1: Gone are the paper resumes.
Today, most companies will have you apply online or submit your resume and cover letter via email. This can certainly save you on the cost of postage; however, keep in mind, not all employers have user-friendly online application systems.
#2: Resume rules have changed.
Don’t plan to pull out your old resume, insert your most recent contact information, send it out to employers and expect a call for interviews. You’ll need to do some serious editing and polishing first – including:
- Replacing your objective with a summary of qualifications;
- Focusing on accomplishments rather than tasks in your job history; and
- Getting rid of the “references available upon request” statement.
Also, don’t worry about cramming all your information into one page. A two-page resume is completely acceptable.
#3: Expect phone screens.
It used to be that a hiring manager would review your resume and if they were interested, call you in for an interview. Not today. Instead, phone screens are the standard first step in the interview process. This gives employers a chance to screen candidates and determine who the strongest contenders are – then invite the short list in for an interview.
#4: You’ll likely have multiple rounds of interviews.
In addition to the phone screen, many employers today also conduct at least two rounds of in person interviews. If you’re interviewing for a senior level position, expect even more. As a result, the hiring process can take several months – not the one or two months you may have expected.
#5: You’re asked to share a lot of information.
Many employers today will ask you to disclose a plethora of information – before they’ll even interview you. This includes everything from a salary history to references.
#6: You don’t always hear back.
The hiring process has become less personal over the years. That means even if you do get an interview for the job – and you don’t get the offer – you won’t always hear back from the employer.
The job search process can be a stressful one, especially if you’ve been off the market for an extended period of time. Let the employment experts at Adams & Garth help you get back up and running.
As one of the leading Charlottesville employment agencies, we partner with top employers throughout Central Virginia to offer you outstanding opportunities in a variety of fields. We can also help you craft a solid resume and polish your interview skills. Contact us today to learn more or search our Charlottesville jobs now.