I hope everyone is gearing up for Christmas tomorrow. As a Jew, I’m supposed to be going for Chinese food tomorrow or at least that’s the stereotype. Anyways, I have a very special holiday gift for all of you job seekers out there or friends/family of job seekers. Most of you are probably taking time to rest during Christmas/Chanukah and New Years, but I think the best use of your time is to search for jobs when everyone else isn’t. It’s very similar to launching a major PR campaign during a weekend, when other companies aren’t. It is a proven way to stand out!
As many of you already know, I do social media for EMC Corporation (disclaimer), which is a leading technology company and Fortune 200 global behemoth. A few months ago, I was brainstorming with Polly Pearson (VP of Employment Branding) about ways to brand the company as the best place to work, while giving value and putting a human face on the recruiting organization. The idea was to gather EMC recruiters from around the world (Ireland, China, etc) and from different recruiting levels (college through executive positions) and assemble a free eBook for job seekers.
This is the first eBook of it’s kind by Fortune 500 recruiters that gives job seekers an inside look at what it takes to get a job at a large company or any company. It comes at a time when people are desperately trying to get jobs, yet lack the necessary “behind the scenes” information to beat the recruiting process. That has changed as of today!
There are no registration forms at all. This is a gesture of goodwill.
What’s in the job search eBook?
This eBook is composed of the following sections:
- A forward by Jack Mollen, with general insights into how the dynamics of how job searching has changed and a summary of what’s included in the eBook. Jack is the Executive Vice President of Human Resources at EMC. He has decades of industry experience coming from both EMC and as a Vice President at CitiGroup with 80,000 employees. He’s also won a lot of industry awards, including HR Executive of the year, multiple times over.
- Ten pages of recruiter tips, with each page profiling a different recruiter. The pages brand each recruiter with a picture, their title and their LinkedIn profile. There are job search tips, recruiting stories from the trenches, common mistakes job seekers make (and should avoid!), as well as their top recruiting sources.
- Recommended resources by the recruiters, as well as Polly and I. These sites are being used by recruiters all the time to find new job seekers, in addition to networking.
Why is this so valuable to you?
You can read all the blogs you want offering career and job search advice, but you won’t receive the full picture because very few corporate recruiters have blogs and active voices online. I’m sure you’ve always wondered what goes through recruiters minds when they are discovering, selecting and hiring candidates, I know I have. For the first time ever, a single eBook will help you better understand what recruiters are looking for so that you can become a smarter job seeker. It will give you a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Some sample job search tips
- Don’t be negative: The interview process is slow and frustrating. Don’t let this shake you up.
- Be prepared. Do more research; study the company and the job. Prepare specific examples that can demonstrate
your skills and capabilities
- Use your personal network; let people know what opportunities you are looking for.
- Treat recruiters and prospective employers with the same courtesy that you expect from them. You may want to pursue another future opportunity with the same people, so leave a good impression.
- Build a skills inventory: Candidates need to know themselves and then know how to present themselves.
What people have said about it
“ Wouldn’t it be great if you could sit down with a bunch of Fortune 500 recruiters and find out what the hell they’re looking for from job candidates? Well, read this book.”
– Eve Tahmincioglu, Your Career columnist, MSNBC.com
“ Most job seekers have no idea what recruiters are actually looking for, which is why the advice in this book is so important!”
– Alison Doyle, Job Search Guide, About.com
“ This collection of stories and advice is absolutely brilliant. It should be printed out and read, multiple times, with a highlighter!”
– Jason Alba, CEO of JibberJobber.com and creator of Linkedin for Job Seekers, the DVD
“ This book is an invaluable resource for job hunters. What could be better than hearing directly from recruiters about what they want (and what they definitely DON’T want) from candidates? Reading this book will give you a major advantage in the job market.”
– Lindsey Pollak, author of “Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World”