July 21, 2014

The Résumé is Dead, Long Live the Résumé

LinkedIn, and Facebook, and Dice, oh my!

The Résumé is Dead, Long Live the Résumé

Professional networking site LinkedIn is the leading social media venue for career networking and recruiting alike. The concise display of Experience, Education, Skills, and Projects, peppered with Endorsements and Recommendations, ensures easy accessibility and searchability in a well-packaged graphic format.

 

Monster, Dice, CareerBuilder, The Ladders, Glassdoor, Execunet, etc. all offer a digital compendium of candidate’s qualifications. Not only can you search for jobs, but recruiters and hiring managers can use keyword search to land on your profile. One click applications make it easy peasy lemon squeezy to apply for a job.

 

Personal websites, GitHub, Slideshare, and visual résumé sites, all offer personal vehicles of expression for your story, your apps/code, your publications, your projects, and your curriculum vitae. And any recruiter worth their salt, has mad google x-ray search skills that will bring hither all kinds of rare talent finds.

 

Social recruiting is the buzzword of choice these days. Bullhorn Reach, Jobvite, Tweet a Job, Facebook apps for job searching. It is mind-numbing how many social networks exist and no one can be everywhere. So if everything is on the web, the résumé must be dead. … Right?

 

Wrong.

 

All of the above are important communication and networking tools, to be utilized with finesse, creativity, and professionalism. Nonetheless the Applicant Tracking Systems that companies and recruiters use cannot absorb all of these various media and formats. Most still process mostly standard résumé formats.

 

And while everyone’s social media presence had better be up to snuff, developers’ GitHub portfolio full, and Sales executives’ SlideShow presentations ready to go, the likelihood is that you’ll still need to email or upload a résumé at some point.

 

While the internet is just a click away, perusing a résumé when you are screening candidates, making interview selections, and checking references is easier than chasing down information in multimedia presentations and other sites.

 

Even if recruiters were the last to want a résumé, guess who is in charge of screening and selecting you! So differentiate yourself, augment your professional brand via the social and professional networks, take advantage of the awesome new technologies available, but keep that résumé handy. Long live the résumé!

 

About the Author:

Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager, brings together in-the-trenches recruiting experience as well as years of marketing and sales success in a variety of industries from software to real estate development. She thrives on evangelizing the Redfish brand and communicating Redfish’s expert recruiting services, to drive bottom line results.
 

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July 14, 2014

50 Ways to Quit Your Employer – A Sing-A-Long

50 Ways to Quit Your Employer

50 Ways to Leave Your Employer

Click here to listen to 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover on YouTube
or, …
if you aren’t into the tongue in cheek version,
see some straight up tips on resigning from your job

(Sing to Paul Simon’s 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover)

 

“The job offer has arrived”, my recruiter said to me
“The next steps then follow logically
I’d like to help you on some scenarios to foresee
There must be fifty ways to leave your employer”

She said, “It’s my role to make this smooth
Furthermore, you should call me if there are any issues
But I’ll repeat myself, to prepare for the interlude
You must give a letter of resignation to your employer
Two weeks’ notice to your employer”

Just stay on track, Jack
Advise on your new plan, Stan
You don’t need to contain your joy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Talk to your boss, Gus
You don’t need to discuss much
Your decision is final, Lee
And get yourself free (more…)

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May 26, 2014

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

Should You Work for a Startup?Should-You-Work-For-A-Startup

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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May 19, 2014

Wabi Sabi Job – Hunting for the Perfect Job?

Wabi Sabi Job SearchWabi-Sabi Job Search

Hunting for the Perfect Job?

By Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager

 

Is there a perfect job? What would and how could it be? What is Wabi Sabi job search?

 

As headhunters, i.e. corporate matchmakers bringing together the right candidate for the right position, you might expect to hear us say that there is a perfect job. But really no job is perfect on its own, no company is perfect in isolation, and no candidate represents the pinnacle of perfection.

 

The Wabi Sabi concept is abstract and hard to pin down but has been boiled down by some as “everything is imperfect, incomplete and impermanent”. This applies to jobs, bosses, companies, products, and, well ‘everything’. (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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