November 18, 2013
Do You Really Want to Work There?
Get Your Questions Answered When Interviewing for a Job
Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager
By Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager, Redfish Technology
The interview process is the usually final step in a company’s selection and vetting process, contingent upon reference and background checks of course.
For candidates this is also the last step typically in the application process. And certainly it is the best opportunity to learn as much as possible about the work environment and company culture, the personalities on the team and the management style, the less tangible aspects that aren’t written on the job description or the company website.
Recruiters often ask candidates along the application process to gauge their interest in a specific opportunity. This is something the candidate should be doing throughout the process. (more…)
November 4, 2013
Navigating a Sea of Business Degrees
from Brown Mackie College
Among the multitude of business degrees and similar-sounding job positions, it can be difficult to navigate your way to where you want to be. Focusing your skill set into a job where you can utilize it is the key to successfully growing your career and reaching your goals.
Any combination of interests, skills and strengths can take you on a promising career path if you know how to use them. This infographic easily breaks down entry-level job opportunities with color codes and a map of relatable skills.
If you enjoyed this infographic by Brown Mackie, please feel free to share or repost.
October 14, 2013
September 30, 2013
You Know It Is Time To Look For A New Job When…
Beth Cliff, Tech Recruiter
Whether you are a true blue loyalist or an empowered rolling stone, it is not always about your generational or personal disposition. Sometimes the handwriting is on the wall, and sometimes there are no obvious outward indicators. But you know it is time to look for a new job when… (more…)
September 23, 2013
1,000 Strong: Senior Tech Sales and Engineering Pros Following Redfish Technology on LinkedIn
LinkedIn Follower Demographics by Function
Redfish Technology – Nationwide Tech Recruiters – announces that it has surpassed 1,000 followers on the LinkedIn Company page. The bulk of those engaging with Redfish are sales and engineering senior-level, managers, or directors in IT and software sectors.
As the premiere online community for professionals to network, LinkedIn offers a robust follower community where professionals engage, referrals are made, valuable content is shared, and business leads are generated and relationships strengthened.
“Our LinkedIn Company Page provides weekly updates on our career opportunities and hiring priorities, as well as engaging with hiring managers on best practices in talent acquisition,” affirms Rob Reeves, President and CEO of Redfish Technology. “LinkedIn is the main place online where technology professionals can engage directly with our expert recruiters to get advice and information on trends.” (more…)
September 16, 2013
Don’t Be Stymied In Your Job Interview
Image courtesy of Imagerymajestic FreeDigitalPhotos.net
By Anna Mathieu, Redfish Technology
Unless you are a reporter, a recruiter, or other special personality, you probably don’t interview on a regular basis. An interview is a sales presentation, the company’s goal is to purchase (hire) a new employee and you want to be the choice. Honing any skill set requires practice and preparation.
You can practice with a friend or colleague by using a list of interview questions and asking your mock interviewer to change them up and throw some curve balls. You can practice aloud in the shower or in your car, answering classic questions that are likely to be asked, varying your vocabulary and presentation while hitting your main points. You can prepare by researching interview questions in your sector. Ask.com has a list of 20 common interview questions, and Forbes a list of 50 questions, or search for your niche, ex. Java developer interview questions. (more…)
September 2, 2013
Happy Labor Day!
Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882
September 2, 2013 marks the 120th federal Labor Day! Break out the barbecues and celebrate!
In America we pay tribute to American Workers on the first Monday in September although in more than 80 countries May Day (first of May) is the day to honor workers. In the U.S. the holiday was initiated by the New York Central Labor Union and first celebrated in New York City in 1882. In 1894 Congress passed an act declaring the first Monday in September Labor Day and a legal federal holiday.
Barbecue this weekend!
Originally Labor Day was celebrated with a street parade and orations to glorify the power and spirit of the American laborer and trade organizations. The holiday has evolved but continues to encompass a celebration of the history and spirit of the U.S. economy and political ideals.
This holiday also marks the end of summer and the beginning of school. It’s the last hurrah for camping, barbecuing, and enjoying the fantastic weather over a nice long weekend. Sorry kids, it’s time to go back (pschew)!
Labor Day also signals the beginning of the fall or fourth quarter hiring season. There’s the obvious retail full court press in Q4, and there is end-of-year financial and budget maneuvering. And while December can be slow due to vacations and distractions, the final months of the year are critical to many sector’s strategic plan for the new year.
So if you are considering a new career, relax and enjoy this Labor Day. Then get your resume ready and your search in gear. Contact Redfish Technology – Nationwide Recruiters – if you are a highly skilled and accomplished professional looking for lead and managerial roles in high tech and clean tech.
August 12, 2013
The Best Cities To Work In
In the new Glassdoor survey respondents ranked the best cities to live in in terms of employment satisfaction. Overall employment satisfaction was compared by city, with factors such as compensation and benefits satisfaction, senior management satisfaction, expectations for company outlook, and the number of employers hiring per city taken into consideration.
San Jose and San Francisco took the lead at a score of 3.4 – Way to go brother friars! Each city is home to five Glassdoor’s Top 50 Best Places to Work for 2013 companies: San Jose (Google #6, LinkedIn #14, Agilent Technologies #30, Intel #31, Apple #34) & San Francisco (Facebook #1, Riverbed Technology #3, Chevron #13, Workday #19, Salesforce.com #22). The top five were in a photo finish! Seattle, WA also scored 3.4, with Salt Lake City, UT and Washington, DC nipping at its heels at 3.3 each.
Software Engineer was the top in-demand job in 4 of the top five cities, and among the top three in-demand jobs in 7 of the top ten cities on the report card. Program Managers, Systems Engineers, Business Analyst and Sales Associates ranked high in the top cities, and Personal Trainer was in the top three in San Diego, proving that the economy must truly be in recovery.
When you are considering relocation, employment satisfaction surveys like this are a great source of information among othes. For other important criteria to consider, read Redfish recruiter Leah O’Flynn’s article “Should You Move for a Job?”
Check out the complete results:
July 29, 2013
Leah O’Flynn, Tech Recruiter
Should You Move for a Job?
Moving is a big undertaking for most folks. There are a lot of things hanging in the balance when you get an offer that requires relocation.
The most important thing to consider is the job itself.
Is this your dream job? If not, what is the driver? It should be pretty compelling, for example: The job is in your dream location; the opportunity to grow your career is clear; the team dynamic is perfect. (more…)
July 15, 2013
Resume Dos and Don’ts
There are a number of things you want to consider when it comes to resumes.
Make sure your resume is up to date. Craft it to respond directly to the position or company you are trying to engage. Quantify your results. Brand yourself with the take-away you want your reader to retain.
Don’t forget your relevant contact information and make sure that your resume is easy to read. Don’t go off point, in most case people do not want to hear about your political leanings, religious beliefs, or personal campaigns. Don’t fudge dates or lie on your resume.
Your resume is your key to getting in the door, make sure you do and don’t include certain things. To read the top seven dos and don’ts and other articles on resumes, check out the Job Seeker Resource section of the Redfish website.
Tell us what you think the top resumes dos and don’ts are in your experience!
July 1, 2013
Jon Piggins – IT Recruiter, Sales & Marketing
Sure Fire Ways to Sabotage Your Job Interview
By Jon Piggins, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing
You Only Get One Opportunity to Make a First Impression
When the interviewer greets you, don’t wait awkwardly and immobile in your seat.
Make a great first impression, you only get one shot at this. When you meet the interviewers or any of the staff, look the person in the eye and say hello, offer your hand and shake hands confidently. (more…)
May 20, 2013
The ZOPA of Hiring
By Sandy Cavitch
The ‘Zone Of Possible Agreement’ is not a physical place, but rather an area where two or more negotiating parties may find common ground. It is this area where parties will often compromise and strike a deal.
Every hire is a negotiation about an exchange, make it a success. The employee will be dedicating time, brains, effort, focus, and loyalty. The company will be paying salary, employment taxes, benefits, and investing in training and career development. What are each of these exchanges worth? (more…)
May 13, 2013
April 29, 2013
Become the Solution To The Job Interviewer’s Problem
by Carole Martin, The Interview Coach
The absolute worst way to go to an interview is with the attitude of: “Please, please – hire me.”
When you go to an interview with that attitude you appear desperate. And even though you actually may be desperate in a difficult job market, you don’t want to appear that way.
The demeanor and attitude that you bring to the interview will set the tone for the entire interview.
Let’s look at it from the employer’s/interviewer’s point of view. (more…)
April 1, 2013
7 Different Ways You Can Be Job Searching Today
A nationally recognized resume expert, Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast and a former human resources manager and recruiter.
So you have this great, marketable resume that showcases your potential as an employee. You’re ready to launch your job search and start using your new resume as vigorously as possible. But where do you start and what do you do? I recommend starting with reading one of my most recent articles: I Have A Great Resume, Now What Do I Do With It? It shares advice on how to start social, professional, and in-person networking to jumpstart your job search. But what else can you do besides jumping on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter and networking with people in person?
Here are some additional ideas to really help you diversify your job search and make the most of your job search time (more…)
March 18, 2013
The Reality TV Career Shows for Job Seekers
The last thing anyone would suggest to a recent grad or seasoned professional is to spend their free time watching TV when they should be out building a new career, but the truth is most of us are going to watch from time to time.
Reality shows grew to become one of the most popular genres on television, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The “reality” within these shows needs to be taken with a bit of skepticism, but there are some lessons to be learned in the world of business if you know where to look.
The new competition show from CBS pits job seekers against each other to compete for spots with companies like the Palm Restaurant Group and Cosmopolitan. One of the twists in the show is that a trio of related businesses can swoop in and hire a candidate out from under each week’s featured company. (more…)
March 11, 2013
Rob Reeves, Recruiter, President, CEO
Negotiating Yourself Right Out of an Offer
By Rob Reeves, Executive Recruiter, President, CEO
So you fancy yourself a skilled negotiator? That will hopefully serve you well, just don’t negotiate yourself right out of an offer. We recently had a fantastic candidate who did just that.
It is important to understand that negotiating a job offer is the beginning of an important relationship between hiring manager and employee. “Don’t lose sight of the human part of negotiating.” cautions Rob Reeves, executive recruiter and CEO of Redfish Technology for over 17 years.
Salary negotiations can be challenging. The market is heating up for great sales, marketing and engineering talent in the technology sectors. Candidates often want a step up in salary when making a move. Even if you are the greatest thing since sliced bread, and you’ve got negotiating in your blood, listen up! (more…)
March 4, 2013
Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications
Giving Good Phone
How to Perform Well on a Telephone Interview
By Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager
Almost every tech company these days will hold phone interviews before any onsite is scheduled. While this means you can keep you comfy slippers on, it doesn’t mean you should get too cozy. To perform well on a telephone interview, first you must prepare in much the same way as for an in-person interview (slippers aside). Next, you must put on your phone etiquette and your listening ears. (more…)
February 25, 2013
4 Ways to Customize Your Resume Based on the Job Posting
By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez
I’m sure you’ve heard me say before that it’s critically important to customize your resume when applying for positions—especially to online job postings. Hundreds of candidates apply to positions posted on job boards, and employers have become very savvy at weeding out those candidates who are not qualified. Or who at least do not appear to be qualified because of what is or is not (in most cases) on their resume. So I’m going to share some tips for making key adjustments to your resume to target it exactly for the position based on the job advertisement.
Search for keywords
Look for keywords throughout the job posting related to the position and then include those keywords on your resume. For example, customer service resume keywords might include: account relationship management, customer retention, customer management, order processing, process simplification, relationship management, or service benchmarks.
Incorporate Required Skills
Most position descriptions include required skills or qualifications. Ensure that you address within your resume your ability to meet and exceed these required skills. For example, if one of the position requirements is service delivery, don’t just say “responsible for service delivery”. Show the employer how you successfully delivered this by saying something similar to this: Restructured service delivery procedures, improving staff field time by 35% and increasing customer satisfaction ratings by 92%.
Include Education & Credentials
Is a degree required for the position? Then make sure that you put this information front and center on the resume. Especially if you recently obtained the degree or credential required. If you possess an M.B.A.—and it’s required for the position—a great way to showcase that is to put the degree next to your name at the top of your resume.
Always Address Requested Information
If the job ad requests that you provide salary requirements, be sure to include these on your cover letter. Additionally, if the posting asks for any other additional information such as hours of availability, samples of your work, etc., make sure you always provide what they are requesting so as not to exclude yourself from consideration.
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About the Author:
A nationally recognized resume expert, Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast and a former human resources manager and recruiter. Author Website: http://www.greatresumesfast.com
Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.
February 18, 2013
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Ranking Yourself: Be Confident yet Self-Aware
By Nathan Stuller
A common interview tactic is to ask you, the candidate, to rank yourself on acquired technical skills, attributes, and aptitude. The interviewer may run through a list of them, asking you to simply “rank yourself from 1 to 10 on:”
• Leadership ability
• Getting along with coworkers
• How hard-working you are (more…)