Ares Direct is a growing company, and our HR experts keep an eye on the economy and employment trends so we can strategically expand our operations. Thanks to our research, we know that if someone is currently trying to land his or her first professional role, or he or she wants to switch careers, there is no better time than now.

With the unemployment rate in the U.S. going down, the pool of talent that companies have access to is shrinking. This gives talented individuals a good amount of leverage when it comes to landing the positions they desire.

If this sounds like a situation you find yourself in, here are some Ares Direct suggestions from our hiring managers. First, use technology to multiply your efforts. A polished LinkedIn profile is a powerful tool in any job search initiative, and other social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook can be used effectively as well.

Then, follow up any leads you may generate with face-to-face interaction. Personal impressions carry a lot more weight than digital ones, and information gathering is more effective when you are physically interacting with another person as well. Body language and other nonverbal cues speak volumes.

Finally, make sure you know exactly what you hope to accomplish in your job search. Consider not just the position, but what direction you want your career to go in. We have a clearly-defined career path attached to each entry-level position so that when we consider someone for our team, he or she knows what the future could hold as well.

Whether with us or another firm, these strategies can help you find the role of your dreams. For more career advancement tips, follow Ares Direct on Twitter.