July 3, 2014

Road Map Your Resume – By Leah O’Flynn, Sales & Marketing Recruiter High Tech

Road Map Your Resume

By Leah O’Flynn, Sales & Marketing Recruiter High Tech

Leah O'Flynn, Tech Recruiter

Leah O’Flynn, Tech Recruiter

 

Strategic thinking is key in plotting the course for a great career. In order to build a fantastic resume, thought needs to be put into creating the experience and accomplishments that great companies want. Here are some things to think about:

 

Diversification

 

Play the field but do so with some strategy when you are young and starting out.  Avoid more than three jobs within your first five years out of college. By year five, you should have a much clearer expectation of what you want from your job, what you have to offer, and what sectors are a good fit.

 

Startup experience makes you more marketable for many reasons. The primary reason is that working at a startup demonstrates the ability to be agile and wear a lot of hats. It shows that you are hands-on and roll up your sleeves. The higher visibility and greater expansion of your skill set provides opportunities to accumulate accomplishments more quickly than in a big department of a big company, where roles are often highly focused on more defined tasks and responsibilities.

 

Startups do represent higher risk. Typically professionals should take risks earlier in his or her careers rather than later. It is easier to work long hours for less upfront and bigger backend stakes before people have taken on the priorities of an expanding family.

 

Diversification is key but tenure is also important.

 

As you progress in your career, say five years out, it is time to take positions where you intend to stay at least three years. The diversification that you can build in the early years as you try your hand at various roles and sectors is very attractive. In the next phase of your career, you need to more fully develop your strengths and further build your accomplishments.

 

At this next stage, you should have a good idea of where you want to be. While it’s easy to stick with what you know, be careful not to pigeon hole yourself in one space. Know that what you do for the next five years of your career will set the course for the next fifteen in all likelihood.

 

If you have been in security for five years and you don’t love it, make the change now. If you have been in mobile for five years and you love it, mix it up and try different aspects or types of mobile technologies to strengthen and reinforce your growing skill sets. For example, you can start with a mobile company and be consumer focused. Maybe your next move is working for an enterprise mobile company. Now, you have a lot of mobile but you experience has grown to cover both B2B and B2C.

 

Skills and Accomplishments to Build Along the Way

 

Be strategic.

As you develop your skills, think about the big picture. Engage in the serious conversations about strategy and tactics with your colleagues and management. Delve into the organization’s vision and mission and imagine how your role can help the company achieve the company’s ambitions.

 

Leadership.

The skill of team building is huge. Your individual contributions will always be important, but the people who can bring others together to successfully deliver are even more valuable. Learning to provide inspirational leadership and build teams with superior performance results will differentiate you.

 

Scout for talent.

Spotting and nurturing talent is another differentiator. It takes a village, and if that village is made up of the best and brightest, it will have more wins. Take an interest in finding the talent around you, and in helping to support and mentor it.

 

Take responsibility.

Look for opportunities to take on responsibility and develop a wide range of skills. Plotting a career path means showing real accomplishments and milestones. If those opportunities aren’t presenting themselves at your current role, seek them out elsewhere.

 

Learn to interview.

Whether you are seeking opportunities internally or externally, or informally or formally, interviewing is an art that requires practice. Always be honest about your strengths and weaknesses; and take proactive steps to address your weaknesses whether via taking on new challenges, enrolling in a course, finding a mentor, or whatever it takes.

 

Be self-assessing.

Ask Yourself What You Want from Your Career. Is what you are doing now building the track record to get you where you want to go? Re-assess annually along the way, and make any changes necessary to correct your course.

 

About the author:

Leah O’Flynn, Sales & Marketing Recruiter High Tech

 

Born in Dublin, raised in New Jersey, Leah’s gypsy ways have taken her on many a random journey. Leah has two degrees; one in Journalism and Media Studies, the other in History. She is a natural recruiter who listens and is able to prioritize the needs and desires of both candidates and hiring managers.

 

Connect with Leah on LinkedIn:

http://www.linkedin.com/in/leahoflynn

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May 26, 2014

Should You Work for a Startup? – Redfish Tech Recruiters Share Their Perspectives

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Redfish Tech Recruiters Share Their Perspectives

 

Recruiting talent for big companies and startups in various stages of development usually means searching for talent with different profiles. The technical skills needed may be the same for both types of companies, but beyond skill sets, personality makes a crucial difference in terms of the talent sought.

 

Startups are not for everyone.

 

Every startup is different but regardless of the stage of the company, by nature these budding companies are typically not going to offer the same employment opportunities as large, established corporations.

 

Startups tend to be in unique niches in often untested waters, they are creating disruptive exciting technologies and new business models. They attract creative, confident risk-takers and strive to attract agile innovators who thrive on finding new solutions and making things happen. (more…)

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April 28, 2014

Letter of resignation Tips – How To Quit Your Job

 

Letter of resignation

1.    Put it in Writing

Write a letter of resignation and schedule a meeting so that you can hand-deliver it to your direct supervisor. Include the effective date by which you will conclude your tenure at the current company (typically two weeks). You should submit this letter as soon as possible, upon the settling of any contingencies in your offer.

2.    Thank Your Employer

Thank the employer for the opportunity over the period of employment. Do this in the letter and in person. Keep it short and positive. You have reasons for leaving but you obviously want to maintain a productive and professional relationship with all your colleagues past and present. Industry connections are important for future references, collaboration, and future employment.

3.    Why are you leaving?

Be prepared to give a short reason about why you are leaving but do not invite, nor feel obliged to enter into a lengthy discussion. Keep your reasons within the scope of the positive. Ex. The new position you have accepted offers a significant new challenge with a technology that you are passionate about. This is not an exit interview and it is not the time to air grievances.

4.    Non-Negotiable

Clearly state that this decision has been thoughtfully made and is final. For example: “This was a difficult decision but it is final and I do not wish to discuss counter proposals.”

5.    Counters end badly

Be prepared for a counter offer anyway because it is less disruptive and costly for the employer to keep you than have you gone in two weeks. Typically appeals to keep an employee turn out badly within that year. What happens often is that:
-    Other colleagues get wind that you resigned and then got raise or other benefits and they are bitter. You can be sure that you will not enjoy the same working relationships with these people afterwards.
-    If budgets get tight, you are in a highly risky position. Management wanted to keep you when they were taken unprepared but now they question your loyalty and mistrust you. Why retain the person who was going to walk?
-    When promotions are to be made, will you be among them? Will management be shy or unsure that you will have their back? Will they be wary of promoting you and then having you leverage that in the marketplace?

6.    Tense Goodbyes

Be prepared for a less than warm reception to the news. Some employers will ask you to gather your personal belongings, and turn in any company property such as keys, car, phone, or laptop. This is not uncommon in roles where there is sensitive information entrusted. It may be policy, it may be emotion, the key is to remember why you accepted another offer and remain calm and professional.

7.    Maintain your relationships

Let colleagues know where you have moved to and keep lines of communication open. Make sure and express your gratitude for the collaboration and any mentoring you had while there. Most industries are fairly small, you never know when you will be working with past colleagues in some capacity, consider these relationships as the gold in your rolodex and give them the respect they are due.

 

See also:

50 Ways to Quite Your Employer- A Sing-Along

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March 31, 2014

How to Green Your Job Search & Career Path

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No matter how many water bottles you’ve thrown away or lights you’ve left turned on, it’s never too late to live with eco-enthusiasm, starting with your career. Since you’ve already outfitted your home with eco-friendly solutions like solar thermal systems and panels, why not go green with your full-time job? Now you can live and work with eco-enthusiasm. The following guide can help galvanize your eco-conscious career.

 

Eco-friendly Job Searching Tips

Eco-friendly awareness and making simple, smart choices while job searching can support your green efforts. Here’s how.

  • Go digital.

Search for free job applications on job search sites, attach resumes as a PDF, submit online applications, and use LinkedIn tools. Even Skype interviews can reduce the carbon footprint of job searching by lowering gas usage.

  • Create a website as an online portfolio to showcase work samples.

Share it with an employer during an interview on your own tablet. You can even include a QR code on a business card, resume or cover letter to direct an HR manager to your Google+ page, for example.

  • Reduce the harmful environmental effects of PC consumption.

When you’re not job searching or networking on your computer, make sure it resorts to automatic sleep mode. Keep your monitor’s brightness low, and use a laptop over a desktop. Laptops are more energy-efficient because of the slim design and light weight.

 

Earth-friendly Jobs

The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines green jobs as “jobs in businesses that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources,” as well as “jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources.” Green jobs include green goods and services, technologies and practices.

If you’re searching for a new and more environmentally impactful profession, check out the following eco-friendly professions. Salary.com highlights these in-demand jobs that can green your future career path.

  • Organic Farmer

Demand for organically produced goods steadily inclines; industry experts estimate that in 2012, U.S. organic food sales reached $28 billion, according to the United States Department of Agriculture by the Economic Research Service. Organic produce and dairy led organic sales by 43 and 15 percent of total organic sales, respectively, in 2012. Meet market demand by providing your community with healthy foods free of pesticides and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

  • Landscaper

Make over green lawns with eco-friendly landscaping techniques that help reduce excess water and pesticides. As a professional landscaper, you can apply money-saving and energy-conserving landscaping methods, including shading, windbreaks, green materials, snow control and solar polar.

  • Renewable Energy Engineer

If you have a background in electrical, mechanical or chemical engineering, you can use your expert training to improve the use of natural energy sources and create a more sustainable energy future. Renewable energy engineers will make an environmental difference while meeting demands for cleaner wind, solar, bioenergy, geothermal and hydropower resources.

Other green opportunities include energy-efficient builders and architects, “ecopreneurship,” green investment adviser, alternative energy sales, and urban planner, identifies Salary.com. You can also increase your sustainability efforts by working for an ecocentric company. Greenbiz.com ranks the best global green brands, and The Globe And Mail highlights the greenest Canadian employers in 2013.

 

About the author:
Charlene Parks
Charlene is an environmental lawyer, runner, book lover.

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March 24, 2014

4 Ways to Upgrade Your Career: How To Be The CEO

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Visions of corporate leadership and more zeros on a paycheck can help an entry-level employee survive the workdays. It’s the “paying your dues” and “work hard” mentality that keeps employees on the lower rungs of the corporate ladder motivated for more. For someone who dreams of being CEO, how can you sprint to the top rungs of the ladder, rather than climb?

Justin Hutchens moved from being a resident assistant at an intermediate care facility at age 19 to CEO of National Health Investors at age 36. Hutchens shares with Forbes.com that his father’s advice helped him fast forward up the proverbial corporate ladder. Always do your best, despite the level of your responsibilities, and take the undesirable assignments others wouldn’t want. Broadening your skills, willingness to relocate, and flexibility are also top traits that can boost a person’s marketability, says Hutchens.

Even if you’re not making a steady vertical ascent up the ladder, lateral moves and positions offering growth opportunities can support career expansion, development and advancement. Here are more adjustments you can make in your profession to help charge ahead in your career.

Continuing Education

Continuing your education broadens your skill set and professional training. Complement you marketing background and entrepreneurial spirit with formal management as well as financial and organizational training. Especially since you’ve already experienced the workforce, you can return to school with clearer goals and sharper focus. Returning to school doesn’t have to be a full-time endeavor like your four-year, on-campus undergrad experience with high tuition costs. There are online college options you can research. Penn Foster, for example, equips students with a business management associate degree with up to 76 percent less costs than and traditional and online academic alternatives.

Goal Oriented

An indecisive career path and aimless job hopping can be a time-waster. If you’re bouncing around in your career like a pinball in an arcade game, you’re doing it wrong. Career coach Ford Myers emphasizes that you need a roadmap or blueprint to achieve your full potential, according to “How To Fast-Track Your Way Up The Corporate Ladder,” by Forbes.com. Create short-term goals along with a long-term vision. Think about the greater picture beyond your limitations. Determine the pinnacle of your career, and then establish the steps that will get you there. Keep in mind, performing like someone in a higher position can attract the potential for a promotion and showcase your abilities to take the next step. Don’t lose sight of your current role, but think and act a level higher, recommends business consultant Lynette Lewis.

Positive Work Behavior

Attitude and personality traits are just as pivotal as education and a plan. An extroverted CEO-in-the-making will possess the following qualities:

  • Communicates effectively; makes deals and decisions
  • Garners respect
  • Sees a cohesive vision and can create a strategy
  • Acts with self-confidence and self-knowledge
  • Adapts and accommodates to unforeseen changes
  • Works well independently and as a team
  • Listens and responds
  • Energizes, innovates and excites
  • Expresses appreciation and gratitude

Manager & Company Objectives

Understand the values and priorities of your boss and company. Do your efforts align with their goals and objectives? Completing your responsibilities and meeting (exceeding) expectations while taking initiative reflects exemplary leadership qualities. Don’t be afraid to step beyond your role to learn about the high-priority funded projects. Create visibility for yourself by having a hand in projects that greatly influence the business of your company. Not only should you execute, you should initiate as well. Over time, you’ll gain valuable experience that will teach you about risk, opportunity and how to move into not only a managerial position, but eventually a chief executive role.

 

About the Author:

Ruth Harris is a long HR consultant, service manager, and mother of three.

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