What a Recruiter Looks For When Reading Your Resume

Filed under: Job Search, Redfish Speaks, Resume

 

Jon Piggins, IT Recruiter

Jon Piggins – IT Recruiter, Sales & Marketing

What a Recruiter Looks For When Reading Your Resume

By Jon Piggins, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing

 

While I do not look through all of the 3M resumes that Google receives every year, my day often starts with resume review. I search our company database, various job boards, LinkedIn, etc; and just one search may bring back hundreds of resumes. For example, this morning 293 new or updated resumes came up, and out of those I only downloaded three.

 

Pundits say that your resume gets between 6 and 15 seconds of attention. So what I am and other recruiters looking for in those precious seconds? Read more »

Use Social Media to Make Yourself More Attractive in the Job Market. Part 2

Filed under: Job Search, Redfish Speaks, Social Media

Use Social Media to Make Yourself More Attractive in the Job Market

Part 2

Leah O'Flynn, Tech Recruiter

Leah O’Flynn, Tech Recruiter

By Leah O’Flynn Executive Recruiter & Team Manager, Tech Talent Division

 

Part one of this article focused on where you should spend your time making an online presence. Now that you know where to be, how do you make the most of your online presence?

 

Make the most of your social media in the job market –

 

As a recruiter, I look at social media pages to connect with people with the experience and skills I seek. Also, I use it to get an idea of who you are, what your personality is and if you will fit into a particular corporate culture. Employers and recruiters will find your profile more attractive if you follow some of this advice: Read more »

Beating the Tech Talent Crunch: Ways to Shore Up the Talent Gap

Filed under: Best Practices, Employer, Recruiter / Recruiting, Redfish Speaks, Talent Acquisition, Talent Retention

Beating the Tech Talent Crunch

Tech Talent Crunch

Ways to Shore Up the Talent Gap

 

The tech talent shortage has been compounding for some years, to the point we are hearing about the return of the candidate king. Sectors across various technology industries, engineering, and finance are experiencing difficulty acquiring and retaining much needed talent. Big talent gaps exist in software development and data science/analytics, and all across the science, engineering fields as well.

 

So what can you do to find the skilled talent you need? Read more »

Use Social Media to Make Yourself More Attractive in the Job Market. Part 1

Filed under: Redfish Speaks, Social Media

Use Social Media to Make Yourself More Attractive in the Job Market

Leah O'Flynn, Tech Recruiter

Part 1

By Leah O’Flynn Executive Recruiter & Team Manager, Tech Talent Division

 

Recruiting tools have come a long way since the days of file cabinets and fax machines. Today’s tools are social media and cloud-based applicant tracking systems. Professionals can make themselves more attractive in the job market by maintaining an active and professional online presence in the places where employers, recruiters, and colleagues are looking to connect.

 

Part one of this article will focus on where you should focus your online presence. Part two will address optimization of your social media in a competitive job market. Read more »

The Top 5 Secrets to Landing your Dream Job – By Tory Thomas

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Job Search, Redfish Speaks

The Top 5 Secrets to Landing your Dream Job

By Tory Thomas, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing

Tory Thomas, Executive Recruiter, Tech Sales & Marketing Division

I work with job seekers on a daily basis as a recruiter in the tech industry. Often times, candidates are unaware of a few tactics that can give them competitive edge in this market.

 

This difference between an active job seeker versus and passive job seeker is their work status. An active job seeker is unemployed, unsatisfied in their current role or a reduction in force is imminent whereas a passive job seeker isn’t necessarily looking for a new job. Read more »

Building Your Team from the Net Out – By Mike Curry, Tech Recruiter and x-ECHL Player

Filed under: Hiring Strategies, Recruiter / Recruiting, Redfish Speaks

Building Your Team from the Net Out

By Mike Curry, Executive Recruiter, IT Division

Mike Curry, Tech Recruiter Redfish Technology

As a former professional hockey player turned recruiter, I often find hockey terms and analogies relevant to technology recruitment. I left home at 17 to play hockey, played four years in the NCAA at Minnesota-Duluth, and then in the East Coast Hockey League. Fast forward, I am now a tech recruiter. I currently play for the Sun Valley Suns hockey team, with an occasional stint for the Idaho Steelheads, well okay only once so far, but I am available for more!

 

Build Your Team from the Net Out

 

In hockey the coaches talk of building the team from the net out. This means starting with a rock-solid goalie, then building the defense, then the forwards, and on. The theory is that by preventing goals with solid defense and goal tending, you minimize scoring. You then build the middle with good centers to drive your offense. You want centers who are reliable and multifaceted, to bridge the gap between the defensemen and forwards. Next build the wings, then the offense. Read more »

Six Recent Resume Mistakes

Filed under: Redfish Speaks, Resume

Stumble, Bobble, Snafu, Fumble, Clanger, Howler

By Rob Reeves, Executive Tech Recruiter

Rob Reeves, CEO, Tech Recruiter

Rob Reeves, CEO, Tech Recruiter

On an average day, I read about 100-200 resumes. Some are amazing, most are adequate, and some go down in flames. When you make mistakes on your resume, you are seriously inhibiting your career options. Here are some resume boo-boos I’ve seen recently – don’t make these!

 

  1. Stumble – Infographic resume!

 

If you are such a rock star designer that you figure your gorgeous infographic resume is all you need and you would never stoop to creating a rote, insipid text resume, well oops. Many companies use an ATS or CRM of some sort, and even if they don’t, their recruiter likely does. Infographic or other non-standard formats can’t be read by most ATS/CRMs and so your resume could get missed entirely in many searches. While the infographic may seal the deal, there’s no deal to speak of if you aren’t identified from the start. So have the mundane word document ready along with the extraordinary visual resume.

 

  1. Bobble – View my resume online

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Kaizen Recruiting: Calibrating for Success

Filed under: Employer, Hiring Strategies, Recruiter / Recruiting, Redfish Speaks

Kaizen Recruiting

Calibrating for SuccessNoah Hendricks, Sales & Marketing Recruiter

By Noah Hendricks, Executive Recruiter, Sales & Marketing Division

 

“Kaizen, Japanese for “good change”. When used in the business sense and applied to the workplace, kaizen refers to activities that continually improve all functions and involve all employees from the CEO to the assembly line workers. It also applies to processes, such as purchasing and logistics, that cross organizational boundaries into the supply chain. It has been applied in healthcare, psychotherapy, life-coaching, government, banking, and other industries.” – This concise definition and context courtesy of Wikipedia.

 

This tried and tested work philosophy of continual calibration to business processes in order to improve upon them led to many management strategies and workplace revolutions. It is a mindset that all great businesses share, whether they call it as such or not.

 

In recruiting, things are always changing: technologies, ATMs, job boards, social networking fads. And each and every hire is unique. Read more »

Decoding the Software Engineer: Code Testing in the Hiring Process

Filed under: Employer, Hiring Strategies, Recruiter / Recruiting, Redfish Speaks, Talent Acquisition

Decoding the Software Engineer

Code Testing in the Hiring Process

By Jon Piggins, Executive Recruiter, IT Division

Jon Piggins, IT Recruiter

Jon Piggins – IT Recruiter

 

Tech recruiting is all about matching culture and skill sets. We are not engineers or coders, we are business solution drivers. And let’s face it, even in a small startup tech company, not everyone is a techie. So how do we find the best technical & engineering talent out there for growth-mode tech companies?

 

We network with development talent, vet prospective candidates often before we ever reach out to them, and we onboard prospects from the get-go – which is easy to do as we only work with companies that we believe in and are excited about, a luxury we are proud and grateful to have.

 

When it comes time to verify the technical skills of the candidates we work with, there are a variety of methods. Read more »

Do I Have to Disclose My Salary?

Filed under: Interview, Redfish Speaks, Salary

Jon Piggins, IT Recruiter

Jon Piggins – IT Recruiter, Sales & Marketing

By Jon Piggins, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing

 

Salary Disclosure Questions Pre-Interview Process

There are a lot of opinions on salary negotiations and salary disclosure: Should you tell your current salary or just your desired salary? Should you give this up front if asked, or save it until you are at an offer stage? In our experience, most all companies are going to want to know both your current salary and your desired before investing in the interview process, some will even want your full salary history.

 

Reasons for the Salary Question

From the point of view of a recruiter working with primarily growth-mode tech companies, there are compelling reasons for the salary question. Read more »