Job hunting poses challenges in a competitive climate

The country’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in more than seven years, however, the job market is always competitive, and there are things that people need to remember when looking to get hired.

Masai Lawson is a talent acquisition consultant, who says employers are looking for the best talent, and they are not wasting time going though the process of finding candidates.

“Keep in mind, on average, most Americans have an attention span of seven seconds,” said Lawson. “When a hiring manager or recruiter is looking at a resume, you don’t have a lot of time to capture their attention.”

Lawson says it’s critical to avoid making the common mistake that can prevent you from getting in the door.

“I have had instances where managers were not interested in seeing someone who had spelling errors,” said Lawson. “Some people may look at that, as not paying attention to detail.”

Lawson says it’s ok to call after you send a resume, to confirm that it has been received.

It can be helpful before you go into an interview, to learn about the company and the person you will be meeting, and use the thank you letter to sell yourself again, says Lawson.

“Highlight your skills based on what you understand about the position after your interview,” said Lawson. “Take advantage of every opportunity to show why you are the best person for the job.”

Lawson says after two or three weeks, call to find out that status of the position that you interviewed for.


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