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In Case You Missed It: How the Hiring Process Really Works

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What does $27 get you these days?  Depending on the place, you could probably get a drink or two with some friends after work and be able to remember the night the next day.  You might instead go on a date to Friday’s, choose from the $9.99 menu…and <gasp> pay for her, too!  Or you could spend your money and completely change your life, with advice you will remember for a lifetime; advice that could help you land your next job.

On Friday, April 16, 2010, teamed up with SixFigureStart to present another edition of its weekly seminar series aimed at providing job seekers and those looking to change careers with the intelligence they need for the career they want.  Caroline Ceniza-Levine was on hand for a webinar entitled “How the Hiring Process Really Works: An Insider’s Guide to Getting the Job” that provided a behind-the-scenes look at what the recruiter sees during the job search.

According to Caroline, because the economy is still in a state of flux, the employer continues to have the upper hand in the job search.  However, with companies now starting to hire more than before, the time is ripe for job seekers to get out there and be noticed.  Still, with the uptick in the economy giving employed people the courage to test the waters and change jobs, the market has become even more competitive than before.  Sharpening your job skills is of the essence.

The webinar, which you missed (yes…you!), focused on the 8 steps of the hiring process from the employer’s perspective:

1.  The job opening is defined.  Our company needs a new public relations specialist.

2.  The budget is approved.  The company gets the green light on offering $XX for the job.

3.  The search kicks off.  HR posts the job on the company site or through a job board, like on

4.  Resumes.  The handwritten ones ripped out of spiral notebooks are thrown out here, as are resumes that are too hard to read, too long, or have spelling errors.  You have been warned.

5.  The interview process begins. Remember, you only have a few minutes to make an immediate impression.  Develop your elevator pitch fast. Make sure you follow-up with a thank you.

6.  Finalists are selected.  Keep your energy up as you move through the process.  Each interview takes you one step closer to the job.

7.  An offer is made.  Everything is negotiable, including salary.  And if you didn’t get an offer, maintain contact with the potential employers, because if the offer isn’t accepted by the first place job seeker, the runner-up can still find him or herself with the crown.

8.  The new hire begins work.  This is where you want to be.

Caroline offers key advice on how your own job search should not begin with Step #3, but rather before then, through various networking possibilities.  This is what we often refer to as the Hidden Job Market.  For every job that gets on a job board, there are so many others that don’t make it because someone with the proper networking capabilities got to the company first.  These networking opportunities, such as friend referrals, can also help address issues with your resume, such as a gap in employment, or extreme career changes.

In addition, Caroline answered some of the following questions:

  1. I got laid off and my boss and my boss’ boss offered to help with my job search; how do I take advantage of this opportunity?
  2. What are the best ways to talk about gaps in employment?
  3. I sent my resume to 50 places and had two friends put my resume forth personally, but I have heard nothing.  Feels like a big black hole and I am getting very frustrated.  Why am I not getting any responses?

You can find out answers to these questions and other advice that will help your job search by purchasing a downloadable version of this webinar…or register for the next webinar and learn on Friday, April 23, 2010, from 12 – 1 p.m., how to Identify Your Ideal Job Targets.  This webinar will teach you how you can get your dream job when you don’t know what it is?  Go to to register today.

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