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Why You Should Be on LinkedIn (And How to Do It)

Why You Should be On LinkedIn (And How to Do It)

             With 92% of employers checking out potential employees online, creating and maintaining a LinkedIn profile is a necessity if you are trying to find a job in the apartment industry. But the benefits go both ways: just as employers may be checking you out, you can likewise research them before applying for a job to get a leg up on the competition.

 

Why Should You Be on LinkedIn?

There’s really 3 main reasons to join the site:

1.)   Employers will be looking for you on LinkedIn

If the 92% of employers who are researching candidates on LinkedIn look for you online but can’t find you, this may be a disadvantage in your job search. Compared with candidates who have complete profiles highlighting their skills, if you are absent from the site you will lose a chance to make a good impression.

2.)   An increasing number of jobs are advertised on LinkedIn

Over the past couple of years LinkedIn has been making job searching through their site easier and easier. LinkedIn will now recommend jobs that  you may be interested in, as well as those that are within you network of connections. As the number one way to find an apartment job today is through referrals, knowing which jobs are in your professional network is a huge advantage.

3.)   Career Development

The last benefit to LinkedIn is not only true for when you are job searching, but over the course of your career. With a vast number of career-related articles, 8,000 professional groups created weekly, and 300 million total users, the opportunities for professional networking and growing your industry-related knowledge are limitless.

 

 

How to Make the Most of LinkedIn:

Hopefully by now we’ve convinced you that you should be active on LinkedIn, and the next step will be to fill out your profile to maximize what it has to offer. Here’s how:

  • Add a picture: profiles with pictures are 11x more likely to be viewed.
  • Complete your profile information: the more information you add, the more likely you are to show up when employers are searching for candidates
  • Make connections: LinkedIn suggests you need to have at least 50 connections for the site to be effective. If you don’t know where to start, begin by searching for members of your high school, college, or previous jobs.
  • Stay active: In order to make the most of LinkedIn, it’s best to be on the site often. 40% of users check LinkedIn daily—and we’d suggest doing so too.

If you are looking for an apartment job, one of the most advantageous tools at your fingertips is LinkedIn. While this shouldn’t be your only means of job-hunting, if you use it right it could be the one that ends up getting you the job.

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3 Ways Recruiting and Disneyland Are Similar

If your family does Disneyland right you know that it takes strategy to navigate the expansive world of castles and cartoons come to life. Surprisingly, several principles for a successful trip to the park are also required for employers to hire the right candidate for a job. Next time you’re hiring, remember these tips as explained with examples form Disneyland:

1. You must have a plan.

Disneyland is overwhelming without a plan. There isn’t enough time to ride every ride, so you have to pick and choose. Part of this plan is usually arriving early in hopes of beating the lines and packing in everything you want to do.

Recruiting successfully takes a similar strategy. Do you know exactly what you want from a candidate for an apartment job? Have you prioritized the steps you need to take to find this? Without a strategy beforehand, you will reduce your chances of accomplishing everything you would like. Just like in Disneyland—those who plan ahead will prevent headache later.

2. Take a time out.

In the land of Mickey Mouse and fairytale castles, you and your kids may be hesitant to take a break. But if you don’t, then you risk getting burnt out and tired sooner. Take a break, get a snack, re-apply some sunscreen, and you will be refreshed to enjoy the park once again.

When recruiting, employers must also take a break to step back and evaluate candidates. Too often, employers rush to make a hiring decision, which compromises their judgment. An employer may feel pressure to find a new employee and settle for someone who is less than ideal. On the other hand, an employer may get over-excited about a prospect, hiring before they have the chance to consider other candidates. A time out—in Disneyland and in the office—may be just what you need to get a fresh start and some perspective.

 3. Sometimes a long line is worth the wait.

One of the most disheartening feelings in Disneyland is arriving at a highly anticipated ride and discovering that you can barely see the ride from the end of the line. Usually, if a ride has a long line then it means that it is popular. And sometimes, these rides are worth the wait. Perhaps it will end up being you and your family’s favorite event of the trip, remembered for years to come while you quickly forget the wait it took to get there.

Candidates don’t usually physically stand in lines when employers recruit, but you may have a long line of job seekers who have submitted their resumes online. For some positions, the number of apartment job applicants can be overwhelming and difficult to sort through. As with the lines in Disneyland, sometimes it’s worth waiting for the right candidate rather than settling for one to avoid the wait.

 

The hiring process may resemble a roller coaster sometimes, but implementing these tips will make sure you are well prepared and do not rush into any hiring decision. As with a trip to Disneyland—you don’t want to go through the recruiting process too often; you want to find candidates that are a benefit in the long-term.

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My Story: Herman

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Three years ago Herman was job hunting with no success. He was looking online and applying to jobs but had an impossible time finding work. When an ad popped up in a Google search offering $10-12 per hour for Groundskeeping work, Herman hopefully applied and ended up in the Hire Priority office the next day for an interview.

Herman’s job search was finally at an end—the very next day after he came into the Hire Priority office he was out working at a property as a Porter. What began as temping for different apartment properties in Austin turned into greater and greater opportunities to move up the apartment job ladder for Herman.

From Porter work, Herman quickly accelerated his career, becoming a Make Ready and now Assistant Maintenance supervisor. “Hire Priority changed my whole life,” Herman says. “I don’t know what I would have done without them.” Over the course of three years Herman worked various temp and long-term positions around Austin, each time coming to Hire Priority for a job placement.

Today, Herman’s job search days are long gone and he has a job that he enjoys and feels challenged by every day. In the future, Herman sees himself opening up his own HVAC company, a dream that his maintenance career has prepared him well for.

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Does Your Job Search Seem Never-Ending?

Never-Ending Job Search? Maybe You’re Making These Mistakes

 

Drawn-out job searches take a heavy toll, both emotionally and financially. The median time it takes to find a job today is 16.3 weeks, which is relatively high compared to a decade ago. What’s more, if you are unemployed for more than 6 months, studies have shown that employers are much less likely to consider your resume.

If your job search feels like it’s never ending, perhaps you are making one of these 3 common mistakes. Here’s what not to do and how to bring your job searching days to an end:

 

Mistake #1: You Don’t Know What You Want

Some applicants approach the job search process by applying to a wide range of jobs all at once, hoping that they will get lucky with one. This idea usually backfires, with the applicant not getting any responses.

If you know exactly what kind of job you want, you can spend your time becoming the perfect candidate for the position. For example, if you decide you want an apartment job, narrow down what part of town, what size property, and what kind of environment you want to work in. Once you know exactly what type of apartment job you want, hone your resume and skills to become what that position requires.

Not sure what industry you want to work in? Check out this handy guide on finding your dream job from Careerealism.

 

Mistake #2: You Aren’t Changing Your Strategy

If your job search is dragging on but you aren’t seeing the results you’d like, then it’s time to alter your strategy. Try changing up these tactics:

  • Write a new resume from scratch
  • Deliver your resume in person if you’ve only emailed it
  • Take a training course to learn new skills for your resume
  • If you don’t have a skills section on your resume, add one
  • If you don’t have a good cover letter, write one
  • If you do have a cover letter, give it makeover
  • Follow up with employers by emailing or calling to make sure they’ve received your resume

 

 
Mistake #3: You Aren’t Asking for Help

Networking is one of the most effective ways to find a new job; but you will never find a new job through your network if you don’t ask them. Family, friends, and social media are all good places to start letting people know that you are job searching. If you haven’t already, pick up the phone, send a few emails, or post a status on Facebook asking for some help.

 

The conclusion: Job searching for weeks or months can be a drag, but don’t let it warp your perspective. You will find a job eventually, and it’s okay to take a step back now to re-evaluate your strategy.

Now that you know the mistakes not to make, here’s what to do instead:

1.)   Figure out what you want from your job search

2.)   Change what isn’t working in your job search to reach your goals

3.)   Ask for help from your personal & professional networks

With today’s average job search times being so long, don’t stretch out the process more than it needs to be by making the above mistakes. If you aren’t seeing the results you would like from your job search, now is the time to shift your strategy.

Ask Hire Priority for Help! Submit your resume for a job placement or free resume consultation here and one of our offices in Houston, Austin, or San Antonio will contact you.

 

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3 Ways to Avoid the Resume Black Hole

 

3 Ways to Avoid the Resume Black Hole

 

So many resumes end up overlooked by hiring managers, disqualified at first glance. What makes an employer reject a resume after a quick skim? One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is not tailoring their resume to a job posting. Sending out your resume to multiple job openings without altering it is one of the quickest ways for your resume to get sucked into the resume black hole, never to be considered by a hiring manager.

The average recruiter only looks at a resume for 6 seconds. With so little time, here are 3 strategies to make sure your resume isn’t overlooked:

1.)   Have someone proof read your resume.

Grammatical errors or typos are a sure way to turn off an employer. Some apartment listing jobs rake in multitudes of applicants, and the smallest error could put you behind your competition. No matter how many times you look over your resume, another pair of eyes will be the best way to make sure it’s flawless.

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2.)   Match the job posting with your resume.

Employers in the apartment industry can spot when you’ve given them the same resume that has already been used to apply for other positions. Make sure your resume stands out by including how your job experience and skills uniquely fit the position a property has posted.

How do you do this? One of the best ways is to use the same keywords that a job post has, as sometimes employers use a computer to scan resumes for word matches. This doesn’t mean that you should cut and paste from a job description, but make sure your resume speaks directly to an apartment job’s requirements.

3.)   Follow up with an employer.

While it is good practice to write an email or make a phone call to follow up with an employer after you have applied for a position, you also need to have a strategy for how you do so. A generic email is not going to go over well with an employer; but a heartfelt, original one might. Likewise, in a competitive job market like Austin, where apartment jobs are in high demand, dropping your resume off in person can make you more memorable. Don’t ever be pushy or demanding in these interactions, but to show genuine interest.

It may take just one wrong item on your resume to get it tossed into the black hole of resumes; but using these three techniques will make your chances of getting noticed exponentially higher.

 

*Recruiter statistics from The Recruiter’s Lounge.

 

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