Resumes – Lipstick on a Pig

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Career Building, Redfish Speaks, Resume

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If you Embellish, it will be a Blemish – or Much Worse

 

The results of a recent Career Builder survey have been splattered all over the internet in the last several days. The responses reveal that 58% of employers have caught a lie on a resume; and 33 % said they have seen an increase in resume embellishments post-recession.

 

The poll found that this transgressions include embellished skill set (57%), embellished responsibilities (55%), dates of employment (42%), job title (34%), academic degree (33%), companies worked (26%), and accolades/awards (18%). It is very interestingly the industry that finds the most fibbing is financial services (eh-hem) at 73%! But Information Technology came in a 63%, and Health Care at 63%.

 

HireRight.com, a provider of on-demand employment background screening, found that 34% of job applicants lie on resumes. Read more »

10 Things You Need to Do In Your Job Search

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Job Search, Redfish Speaks, Social Media

Ten Things You Need to Do In Your Job Search

Ten Things You Need to Do In Your Job SearchDo you find yourself looking for a new career opportunity? Has it been a while? Here are ten things you should do in your job search.

1. Set aside time every day to perform your job searching activities.

An active job search requires dedication. How much time will it take? That depends on your situation and your motivation. If you are working, it may be only 30-60 minutes per day; if you are out of work and are motivated to find a job soon, then you should consider your job search a full-time activity.

2. Do Some Self-Assessment.

Take a good hard look at yourself. What are your best attributes? What are your least developed ones? Where do you excel? What do you bring to the table? What are you accomplishments?  Quantify these. This exercise is imperative for re-vamping your resume and preparing for interviews, but more importantly this type of self-assessment should allow you to take a fresh look at the kind of work and industries that you want to pursue. Read more »

The Résumé is Dead, Long Live the Résumé

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The Résumé is Dead, Long Live the Résumé

LinkedIn, and Facebook, and Dice, oh my!

By Anna Mathieu
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. Read more »

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

Filed under: Best Practices, Candidate / Job Seeker, Job Search

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 Read more »

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

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Career Building, Recruiter / Recruiting, Redfish Speaks, Resume

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. Read more »

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

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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. Read more »

Wabi Sabi Job – Hunting for the Perfect Job?

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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’. Read more »

Letter of resignation Tips – How To Quit Your Job

Filed under: Best Practices, Candidate / Job Seeker, Career Building, Job Search

 

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 Read more »

How to Green Your Job Search & Career Path

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Career Building

Green Job Search graphic

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. Read more »