The most frustrating part of job searching is waiting by the proverbial phone for hiring managers and recruiters to get back to you.
If you rely solely on online job applications to help you land the interview, you’re likely to be waiting a long time. Why? Because when you apply online, you enter the same queue as everyone else who clicked “apply now.”
This week’s lead story offers a better way to get the hiring manager’s attention. That, plus the best job sites for gigs and how to attend job interviews when you work full-time, in our roundup.
Hannah Morgan at U.S. News: The Secret to Getting a Job Interview
Want to increase your chances of getting the interview and thus, the job? Get a referral.
Referred candidates are the top source of hires. Over 30 percent of new hires come from employee referrals, according to SilkRoad’s Sources of Hire 2017 study. Companies reported that employee referrals beat out the other hiring methods, including applications from Indeed, current employees, candidates sourced by company recruiters, candidates from the company career website, candidates from CareerBuilder and candidates from jobs posted on LinkedIn.
To learn more about job referrals and how to use them, read Morgan’s article. (And for information about how referrals can also work against candidates and companies, see PayScale’s report, The Impact of Job Referrals.)
Alison Doyle at The Balance: The 10 Best Sites to Find Gig Jobs
Looking for part-time work, either to supplement your full-time job or as a partial replacement for a salaried position? You can use the standard job sites like Monster and Indeed, etc. — but there are also niche sites out there that offer only part-time, contract or temporary work.
Doyle’s list of gig-oriented job search sites includes those with a focus on various industries, including IT and creative fields.
David Shindler at The Savvy Intern: How Do You Attend Job Interviews When You Work Full Time?
“It’s not easy to conduct your job hunt while working,” Shindler writes. “Finding the time to search and apply for roles, sneak glances at your emails and pick up calls from employers take enough time as it is. One of the biggest challenges, however, is being able to attend job interviews when you’re working a full-time job.”
You might be tempted to lie your way through, inventing illnesses so that you can use your sick time. But Shindler offers alternatives that don’t involve stretching the truth and setting yourself up to get caught.
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