You see 3 job board ads with almost identical wording for a job in the same suburb. You go online and find 3 social network ads that are almost identical from 3 more different companies. It has to be one job, not 6 different ones. What do you do?
First decide how much you want the job, then give it the time it deserves.
You have to set your priorities first. Would you quit your job just to apply for it? Then it will be worth a few phone calls and some research. Is it so marginal you would NOT quit your job if it paid 5% or 10% more than you are earning today? Treat it differently.
Low Priority Jobs
Look at all the ads. Are any by a recruiter you know and want to work with? Give them a quick call. Often you can get more information from a recruiter than from the company itself. Ask them if you have a chance at the job. Do you want the job? Commit the recruiter to submitting you for the job. Then call up in two days and ask what they have heard back.
If you can figure out who the primary employer is and don’t want to work with any recruiting agencies, just apply directly. For low priority jobs it isn’t worth stressing out about whether an agency or a direct submission will work best. Call the company in two days to see what happened.
High Priority Jobs
This is more involved. We’ll talk about it tomorrow.
Something To Do Today
Look online and find a job with more than one ad. Figure out which ones are from agencies and which is from the actual hiring company. Make this a habit.
Tomorrow: Job Boards: What if there are 6 ads for the same job? – part two