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.
 

About Redfish Technology:

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Founded in Silicon Valley in 1996, Redfish Technology has been a leading provider of high tech professional and executive talent. Partnering with growth mode companies, small and large, Redfish staffs executive functions and builds out the teams below. Call today to see how we can get your top tier talent now!

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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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July 15, 2013

Resume Dos and Don’ts

Resume Check ListResume 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!

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February 25, 2013

4 Ways to Customize Your Resume Based on the Job Posting

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker,Career Building,Resume — administrator @ 6:00 AM

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.

Additional job search and resume-related advice is available on our blog or by following us on Twitter or Facebook.

 

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.

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December 3, 2012

Jumping Back Into the Employment Marketplace. By Greg Schreiner, Technology Recruitment Manager

Jumping Back Into the Employment Marketplace

Greg Schreiner, Recruiter Redfish Technology

Greg Schreiner, Technology Recruitment Manager, Redfish Technology

By Greg Schreiner, Technology Recruitment Manager

 

 If you’ve been unemployed, is this the right time to jump back in? The short answer is yes. In our view, it is always the right time to be employed! If you are a manager or executive, unless you are pursuing an advanced degree, nursing a loved one, climbing Everest, or making a lifetime trip across the globe, what would you rather be doing than keeping your skills sharp and making an impact in your favorite industry?

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