Employers really want to avoid hiring and re-hiring to fill the same positions, because the cost of hiring is high. With hundreds of resumes submitted for every position, it’s no surprise that employers are increasingly relying on people they know and trust to refer qualified candidates – to the point that 80% of jobs are not publically advertised.
You can maximize your job search and get trained professionals on your side by working with organizations that specialize in matching employers with employees that have the skills and experience necessary for open positions. These organizations can help expose you to new jobs and opportunities you might not have thought to explore on your own.
- American Job Centers help employers find qualified workers. Find your local American Job Center at www.servicelocator.org or call 1-877-872-5627.
- The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) is a community service and work based training program for jobseekers 55 and older. Authorized by the Older Americans Act, the program provides subsidized, service-based training for low-income persons who are unemployed.
- Staffing agencies are another great resource. Some staffing agencies specialize in temporary work, while others focus on finding employees for full time positions. Learn how staffing agencies can help you.
Use these tips when working with organizations that find job candidates for employers:
- Bring your resume with you.
- Ask about training opportunities, such as computer classes, job search/readiness workshops and job shadowing.
- Keep regular contact with your agency representative or employment specialist. Jobs come in daily, and this will show your readiness to work.
- Stay open to taking a job even if it is not your “dream” job. Being employed matters, and shows your willingness to work.
- Be clear about the jobs you will and will not accept. This will save time. Turning down a job because you were not clear about what you are willing to do will waste time for the agency and map place you in a bad light.
- Accept suggestions for improvement. The agency may want you to change your resume or take a training class to improve your chances of getting the job. Follow their guidance, even if you think you do not need the additional training.
- Think about contacting more than one agency to increase your chances of being placed in a job.
- Follow through with everything you are asked to do in a timely manner.
- Be prepared. You may be offered a job or job interview with short notice. You should already have a plan for things like transportation or child care.