Answering Job Advertisements

Answering job ads must be meticulous to get a job, and it becomes increasingly less likely that one will get a job as the level of jobs increases, if not applied in a comprehensive manner as per the job description. Answering ads, in other words, is fine for jobs that pay under Rs 200,000 per year, but it’s highly unlikely that as one moves up in management he is going to get the job by simply answering classified ads. Nevertheless, good sources of classified ads for professionals and managers include leading news papers like The Times of India that list job openings. All these sources may also post the positions online.

In responding to ads, be sure to create the right impression with the materials you submit; check the typing, style, grammar, neatness, and so forth, and check your resume to make sure it is geared to the job for which you are applying. In your cover letter, be sure to have a paragraph or so in which you specifically address why your background and accomplishments are appropriate to the job being advertised; you must respond clearly to the company’s identified needs.

Be very careful in replying to blind ads, however (those with just a post office box). Some executive search firms and companies will run ads even when no position exists just to gauge the market, and there is always the chance that you can be trapped into responding to your own firm.

Employment Agencies:

Recruiting Agencies are especially good at placing people in jobs paying up to a certain level but they can be useful for higher paying jobs as well. Their fees for professional and management jobs are usually paid by the employer. Assuming you know the job you want, review a few back issues of paper’s ads to identify the agencies that consistently handle the positions you want. Approach three or four initially, preferably in response to specific ads, and avoid signing any contract that gives an agency the exclusive right to place you.

Executive Recruiters are retained by employers to seek out top talent for their clients, and their fees are always paid by the employer. They do not do career counseling, but if you know the job you want, it pays to contact a few. Send your resume and a cover letter summarizing your objective in precise terms, including job title and the size of company you want to work, work-related accomplishments, current salary, and salary requirements. However, beware because some firms today call themselves executive search or career consultants but do no searches: They just charge a (often hefty) fee to help you manage your search. Remember that with a search firm you never pay a fee.

What sorts of things will the headhunter look for? Ten important items include. You have demonstrated the ability to get results; you come well recommended by your peers and competitors; you understand who the search consultant works for and what he is trying to do; you are likeable and presentable, your ego is in check; you think strategically and understand how to institute change in an organized direction; you have achieved the results you because of the way you treat others, not in spite of it; you can sell yourself concisely; you have at least some of the key specific experience that the job entails; you are honest, fair, and a good source and even take the time when somebody calls you as a source to give them other sources that you believe are high potential; and know who you are and what you want.

Executive Marketing Consultants manage candidates job-hunting campaign. They generally are not recruiters and do not have jobs to fill. Depending on the services aspirants chose, your cost will range from they charge reasonable fees to select a few right jobs. The process may involve months of weekly meetings. Services include resume and letter writing, interview skill building, and developing a full job-hunting campaign. Before approaching a consultant the candidate should definitely do in-depth self appraisal.

Then check out three or four of these firms. They are listed in the Yellow Pages or leading newspapers under “Executive Search Consultants”. The aspirant can consider by finding out their exact program, cost of each service, extra costs, such as charges for printing and mailing resumes, contract details etc. Review notes, check the Better Business Bureau, and decide which of these firms (if any) is suitable.

Employers’ Web Sites:

With more and more companies listing job openings on their Websites any serious job hunter should be using this valuable source. Doing so requires some special resume preparation. —