What job-seekers should do before entering market

Staff, recruiting professional says this is healthy market with growing labor force

By Lauren Freeman - Anchor

HOUSTON - Looking for that perfect job but not sure where to start?

Jessica Munford, a staffing and recruiting professional, said this is a healthy market with a growing labor force.

"We are seeing a lot of growth in the construction industry, so any kind of skilled trades are in demand," Munford said.

There are a few things job-seekers should do before entering the market.

First, be strategic. How does the position align with your skills, goals, experience and most of all, your interest?

"It's pretty easy for an employer to determine how passionate someone is about a position. So if you're just kind of blasting your resume, that might not yield the results you're looking for," Munford said.

Second, make sure your brand looks good. Update your resume and LinkedIn profile, and don't forget about your social media sites. Make sure your posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram reflect the type of person a potential employer would hire.

Third, it's time to network. Leverage your former relationships from a job. Contact your peers, colleagues and former supervisor. Many times it's all about who you know.

Finally, get in touch with a recruiter. It won't cost you anything. Hiring companies foot the bill.

"Recruiters have line of sight into the opening. They know who is hiring, which customers are great to work for, and offer career advice (and) resume tips," Munford said.

Munford said a few of the top job websites right now are Indeed, Glassdoor and CareerBuilder. Also, check specific industry websites, which often have job postings.

According to a survey by CareerBuilder, there is more of a demand for employees during the summer, but don't wait to try to get hired.

"You definitely want to start looking now, because more and more companies have compliance they need to go through -- drug and background checks," Munford said.

Those checks take time and competition is growing.

"Candidates are more confident and clients are hiring more," Munford said.

The Greater Houston Partnership's monthly economic report shows our local job growth is driven right now by the health care, financial, computer and hospitality industries. So those are good places to start if you're looking for work.

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