14 Strategies for an Effective Job Search

60 Minutes

It is no surprise that searching for a job can be a very stressful time. Some people believe the job searching process causes as much anxiety as buying a house or planning a wedding.

We highlight our top 14 job search strategies, including advice around best resources for identifying job leads, how to work with Recruiters, follow up protocol on your application/s, resume best practices, candidate branding/marketing, ways to differentiate yourself amongst other applicants, interviewing best practices, communicating with confidence, consideration criteria for evaluating your options, and more. You will walk away with 2-3+ suggestions that will make your job search more effective and less anxiety filled.

Speaker Cate Murray and Erica Woods

Cate is responsible for managing the nationally-based talent acquisition strategies of the Apex Systems PMO and Business Analysis Practice. During her time with Apex, she was previously responsible for leading our delivery function of the Ohio markets; which, included managing a team of skill-based recruiters as well as helping clients source and attract teams of proven performers across the IT spectrum. Throughout her 13+ year career in IT Staffing, Cate has performed various roles within recruiting and account management, including leading the efforts for supporting the needs of our clients’ PMO office. Her specialties include recruiting, management, and training around areas such as: recruiting best practices, career services, and other areas within professional development. Cate holds her PMP certification from PMI and she is a speaker at Project Summit*Business Analyst World conferences, as well as PMI and IIBA PDD events. Prior to joining Apex, Cate earned her BA in Mathematics and Economics from Boston College. Erica is the Director of Contractor Programs and Philanthropy at Apex Systems. Her focus is on overseeing programs, teams, communication channels, and other resources that support and add value to their IT Contractor Community of 16,000+. Erica also oversees corporate philanthropy efforts and acts as a technical community evangelist for various STEM programs/nonprofits. She has 15 years of experience in the IT staffing world and an MBA from Loyola University. She is a Professional and Career Development Author for the MSSQLTips.com online technical community, presents Career Development sessions for various communities, including SQL Saturdays, Code Camps, PMI PDDs, BA World conferences, and provides internal and external Team, Attitude and Performance Coaching. Erica is a Co-Founder of the ‘Baltimore Techies for Good’ Meetup group, and Co-Founder/Co-Organizer of the Tampa Tech4Good Meetup group, which are monthly events that bring together technical and marketing folks looking for skills-based volunteering opportunities with nonprofits in need of technology help/guidance.

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