Tag Archives: Austin

My Story: Herman

Austin apartmetn job

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.

Posted in Success Story | Tagged , , , , , |

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.

 

Posted in Career Advice | Tagged , , , , , , , , , |

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.

apartment job

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.

 

Posted in Career Advice | Tagged , , , , , |

My Story: Kristin

apartment job success story

Kristin Dumas, now a leasing consultant at The Meritage at Steiner Ranch in Austin, has a career that’s been on the rise and a bright future. What makes her so successful? She’s had a rising career in the apartment industry and a knack for sales, which holds a lot of promise for her in the future.

Since her first taste of apartment leasing years ago, Kristin has been drawn in and out of the industry. She got her break into an apartment job when she was encouraged to apply for a position at the apartment community where she lived. The woman who encouraged her to apply would end up becoming her mentor, and her leasing job would turn into her career.

After a brief break from the apartment industry, Kristin turned back to leasing through Hire Priority, while she was in school and looking for a part-time position. She went in and out of work as she needed it, and later applied for a permanent apartment job when the time was right.

Sales have always come easy to Kristin, and this is what helped her to walk on properties easily. ‘You can feel good about it at the end of the day,’ she says of helping to find people places to live. With all of the experience she has acquired, Kristin now works at a bustling, 500+ unit property in Austin. Kristin’s dedication and ability to thrive in this fast-paced environment have set her up for success as well as a promising future in the apartment industry.

 

Posted in Success Story | Tagged , , , , , , |

5 Ways a Job in Healthcare Wins the Career Lottery

 

5 Ways a Job in Healthcare Wins the Career Lottery

Healthcare jobs are some of the most sought-after in the nation, and for good reason. The perks of healthcare are unlike any other:

 

Perk #1: Job Growth

Healthcare jobs are booming at the moment–especially in Houston. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 8 of the top 20 fastest growing professions are in the healthcare industry. And the industry in total has over 13 million jobs. With the U.S.’s aging population and advances in medicine, these numbers will only keep rising. Job growth, job security, and being needed at your job are all perks of a job in healthcare.

 

Perk #2: Make a Difference in People’s Lives

In healthcare you will be able to make a difference in people’s lives unlike with any other career path. From helping save lives to bringing new life into the world—you can make an unforgettable difference in patients’ lives daily. A healthcare job offers you the unique opportunity to help people and get paid well.

 

Perk #3: Flexible Hours

Because many healthcare facilities run 24 hours a day, you can work at any time. Shifts at odd hours are perfect for those who are looking to spend more time with their family or pursue further education. Lots of shifts also means that it is relatively easy to switch with a coworker if you need to.

 

Perk #4: Dynamic Work Environment

No two days on the job are the same. The exciting and fast-paced nature of the healthcare industry is what makes it so adaptable to TV series and movies. There’s a reason healthcare jobs work so well on-screen: there’s never a dull moment. Time can fly while you’re working (and this can’t be said of many other jobs!).

 

Perk #5: Outstanding Pay & Benefits 

A healthcare job may not be as lucrative as winning the actual lottery, but it does pay well. For example, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare administration jobs offer an average salary of $85,000 per year. Most healthcare jobs offer salaries that are at least enough to live on, in addition to benefits that are above average.

 

There’s one more way that a job in healthcare is like winning the career lottery: there are many levels you can start at. Starting from the level of a GED and up, there are jobs that require no prior training. If you would like to get your career in healthcare started today, click here to find a job with Hire Priority in Houston.

Posted in Career Advice | Tagged , , , , , , , |