As the industry leader of staffing agencies in Houston, every year Clayton Services works with thousands of job seekers in Houston. Our Houston recruiters have compiled a list of things they recommend job seekers doing during their job search to increase the likelihood of landing their dream job.
Honesty Is Always The Best Policy
This seems like an easy one but it's a common mistake candidates make. Everyone has this idea they need to be 'perfect' candidate in order to find a great job. That is not the case and it's our recruiters job to help you look your best on paper. They can't do this if you'r providing them with false information. During the interviewing and throughout the qualifying process it is absolute vital to be as honest and transparent as possible. Don't sugarcoat or mislead recruiters regarding the reasons you've left past positions, employment gaps or your short/long term goals.
Maintain Constant Communication
Since not every applicant is placed in a job that same day, week, or month, it's extremely important to maintain a strong line of communication with your recruiter. Things to keep your recruiter updated on are: changes in your employment status, planned vacations, interview availability, etc. Not only will this help your recruiter personalize your job search but it also keeps you on the top of their mind.
Always Be Prepared To Phone Interview
The most important thing during a job search is making sure you're always ready to do a phone interview. We don't expect everyone to be able to interview in-person in a moments notice, but we do expect candidates to be able to do a phone interview. Whether you're working with a staffing agency to find employment or conducting your own job search - always being prepared to interview will pay dividends in the long run. You never know when you will be presented with a job opportunity that you don't want to pass up. The best way to prepare is to make sure you thoroughly know the content on your resume and to practice answering commonly asked interview questions. A simple search on Google can help you find some of the top interview questions employers are asking job seekers.
If a recruiter calls you with a job opportunity and you are unsure if you want it or not - be honest with them. Instead of not showing up to the job or ignoring your recruiters phone calls - be upfront and let them know if the job they're presenting to you is actually one that you want or not. It's better to decline a job opportunity than to not show up on the first day or leave an assignment early. No showing will often put you on a recruiter's 'Do Not Call List' - a place no job seekers wants to be.
As one of the most experienced staffing agencies in Houston, Clayton Services knows a thing or two about matching job seekers with great job opportunities at thriving companies in Houston. If you're stuck in your job search or simply don't know where to start, apply today at www.claytonpersonnel.com. Our Houston recruiters are ready to help!
Horrible bosses, toxic work environments, rude coworkers, no room for growth, low pay, feeling trapped, etc., at Clayton Services, one of the leading staffing agencies in Houston, we've heard just about every horror story imaginable regarding working for bad companies. As Houston recruiters, we completely understand not every company in Houston is one of the best places to work. However, we still highly encourage our job seekers (if possible) to follow the well-known adage of, 'don't quit your job until you have another one'. Below are some of the reasons why you should not quit your job before you've landed another one:
Avoid a State of Desperation
If you quit your job and don't have another job lined up you risk putting yourself into a state of desperation. When job seekers become desperate they often jump at any job opportunity not the best opportunity for them.
You Have More Leverage
When you receive a job offer from a potential employer and you're currently employed elsewhere you have leverage in salary negotiations. You'll likely even receive a higher initial salary offer from a prospective employer - if they aware you will need to be enticed to leave your current position.
You Can Evaluate What You Really Want
Since you still have a job and reliable income, you can be more selective in your job search. Being more selective in your job search will increase your likelihood of landing not just any opportunity but the right opportunity. Brainstorm and write down the things that you want or don't want in your next job then rank them in order of importance and conduct your job search accordingly.
You're More Attractive
Some of the best companies in the world only hire candidates that are 'passively' looking for a job (i.e. someone who currently has another job). Companies that do this believe the best employees are the ones who are currently working. At Clayton Services, we know this is not always the case especially if someone does not have a job because of a market downturn or company downsizing. But this is definitely something to be aware of if you're thinking about quitting your job.
The Transition Into Your Next Career Will Be Easier
In a perfect world, everyone would love to take a month off to travel the world or 'recharge their batteries' in between jobs. But, in reality this is not the best thing to do in between jobs. The transition into your next position can be more difficult if you've taken an extended period of time off. The learning curve at your next job may be steeper because you'll not only be dealing with the stress of changing jobs, but also relearning how to wake up in the morning, stay productive throughout the entire day, etc. for the first couple of weeks back in the work place.
At Clayton Services, one of the leading staffing agencies in Houston, we work with job seekers that are currently working and looking for a better job opportunities. We also work with job seekers who are not currently working and searching for great job opportunities. Contact us today to start working with one of our experienced Houston recruiters.
As one of the leading staffing agencies in Houston, Clayton Services knows that preparing for an interview can oftentimes be an intimidating task. Especially, if you have not had an interview in a while. Luckily, our recruiters in Houston have compiled a list of things that you should do before your next interview. This list will help you increase your chances of landing your dream job:
Research the Company - Do Your Homework
Be sure to do your research on the company that you're interviewing with. You can never know too much about a company before your interview. You will be better prepared to ask and answer questions about the company once you've scanned the internet for information.
Research Commonly Asked Interview Questions
Google, google, google - search for commonly asked interview questions and think about how you would answer them. Today, the internet provides more transparency than ever in regards to a company's hiring practices and interviewing procedures. Use this to your advantage and be sure to check out sites like Glassdoor to get an inside look at what types of questions were asked to previous candidates.
Preparation is the Key
When you start to think about how you would answer certain interview questions, take it a step further and write your answers down on paper. This will allow you to develop more thought out answers. This is a huge benefit if you plan on spending a couple of days prepping for your interview because you'll be able to frequently look over your notes.
Find someone that is willing to do a mock interview with you. Practicing for your interview will allow you to feel more comfortable during your actual interview. You will get used to the flow of the interview and what types of questions you may be asked. Don't forget about eye contact. Your mock interview is the most important part of your interview preparation so don't skip it!
What to Wear
This is crucial - being properly dressed for an interview is a must! Once again, do you research and get a good vibe for the company and how the current employees dress. You don't way to be way under or over dressed. But if you were going to error on one side - being over dressed is always better than being under dressed.
Clayton Services is one of the top recruiters in Houston. Since 1984 we have been helping Houstonians find great job opportunities. Apply with us today to see the Clayton difference.