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 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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April 21, 2014

Why Employers Should Include a 48-Hour Expiration Date in an Offer Letter

By Meredith Dean, Executive Recruiter, IT Division

Meredith Dean, IT Recruiter

The whole point of any hiring process is to fill a current hiring need. The hiring process isn’t done until it’s done. That means getting the offer letter signed and assuring that the candidate arrives at the new employer on the appointed day.

 

So as soon as the ideal candidate is identified: make the offer, manage the variables, and minimize the risks to successfully hiring him/her. (more…)

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March 3, 2014

What to Include in Your Cover Letter

 

Two weeks ago, we published “What NOT to include in Your Cover Letter” and got more hits in a week than many of our articles have gotten all year! Thanks for the read!check

This week, let’s look at what you should include in your cover letter.

Excitement

Convince the hiring manager that you truly want to work there. Tell them specifically why this is your dream job or why you think the company is the best thing since sliced gluten-free bread. Make it personal, make it compelling, tell a story that makes you stand out. If you can paint a picture that makes you look like the ideal candidate and the best thing since sliced bread, you’ve got an in. Show your excitement and make the hiring manager excited to meet you. (more…)

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September 16, 2013

Don’t Be Stymied In Your Job Interview

Don’t Be Stymied In Your Job Interview

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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…)

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