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!
This week, let’s look at what you should include in your cover letter.
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. Read more »
Spelling and grammar mistakes
This should be obvious, I know. But really, please re-read your letter don’t just count on Microsoft spell check and proof your grammar for you. There are many mixed up homophones and cognates, abused apostrophes, and careless typos that can slip in. Like brushing your hair and teeth before leaving the house, your cover letter should be properly proofed to ensure it’s ready to go out.
Incorrect title for the position you are applying for
Job seekers often use a cover letter they have previously written and then re-edit it when applying to a new position. This is ill-advised as it can be quite risky if all the variables are not updated correctly, such as the title of the job you are after. If you can’t take the time to make sure the letter targets the position you want, do you think you are conveying true desire for the position? Read more »
Do You Really Want to Work There?
Get Your Questions Answered When Interviewing for a Job
Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager
By Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager, Redfish Technology
The interview process is the usually final step in a company’s selection and vetting process, contingent upon reference and background checks of course.
For candidates this is also the last step typically in the application process. And certainly it is the best opportunity to learn as much as possible about the work environment and company culture, the personalities on the team and the management style, the less tangible aspects that aren’t written on the job description or the company website.
Recruiters often ask candidates along the application process to gauge their interest in a specific opportunity. This is something the candidate should be doing throughout the process. Read more »
Market Yourself by Creating Your Image and Telling Your Story
Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications
By Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager, Redfish Technology
As you start circulating your resume around for companies to see, keep in mind almost 40 percent of employers now search social networks when screening applicants, writes Forbes. Another 34 percent said they passed on a candidate because of content they found on the social media sites. These stats say you need to create an image, and be in control of it. Otherwise, the image people find of you online may not be the one you want.
Decide What Image You Want to Portray
The three questions to understanding the image you want, according to the Daily Muse in Forbes, include:
- How do you affect the people around you?
- Who benefits from what you do?
- What actions do you take to generate that benefit? Read more »
You Know It Is Time To Look For A New Job When…
Beth Cliff, Tech Recruiter
Whether you are a true blue loyalist or an empowered rolling stone, it is not always about your generational or personal disposition. Sometimes the handwriting is on the wall, and sometimes there are no obvious outward indicators. But you know it is time to look for a new job when… Read more »
1,000 Strong: Senior Tech Sales and Engineering Pros Following Redfish Technology on LinkedIn
LinkedIn Follower Demographics by Function
Redfish Technology – Nationwide Tech Recruiters – announces that it has surpassed 1,000 followers on the LinkedIn Company page. The bulk of those engaging with Redfish are sales and engineering senior-level, managers, or directors in IT and software sectors.
As the premiere online community for professionals to network, LinkedIn offers a robust follower community where professionals engage, referrals are made, valuable content is shared, and business leads are generated and relationships strengthened.
“Our LinkedIn Company Page provides weekly updates on our career opportunities and hiring priorities, as well as engaging with hiring managers on best practices in talent acquisition,” affirms Rob Reeves, President and CEO of Redfish Technology. “LinkedIn is the main place online where technology professionals can engage directly with our expert recruiters to get advice and information on trends.” Read more »
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. Read more »
Happy Labor Day!
Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882
September 2, 2013 marks the 120th federal Labor Day! Break out the barbecues and celebrate!
In America we pay tribute to American Workers on the first Monday in September although in more than 80 countries May Day (first of May) is the day to honor workers. In the U.S. the holiday was initiated by the New York Central Labor Union and first celebrated in New York City in 1882. In 1894 Congress passed an act declaring the first Monday in September Labor Day and a legal federal holiday.
Barbecue this weekend!
Originally Labor Day was celebrated with a street parade and orations to glorify the power and spirit of the American laborer and trade organizations. The holiday has evolved but continues to encompass a celebration of the history and spirit of the U.S. economy and political ideals.
This holiday also marks the end of summer and the beginning of school. It’s the last hurrah for camping, barbecuing, and enjoying the fantastic weather over a nice long weekend. Sorry kids, it’s time to go back (pschew)!
Labor Day also signals the beginning of the fall or fourth quarter hiring season. There’s the obvious retail full court press in Q4, and there is end-of-year financial and budget maneuvering. And while December can be slow due to vacations and distractions, the final months of the year are critical to many sector’s strategic plan for the new year.
So if you are considering a new career, relax and enjoy this Labor Day. Then get your resume ready and your search in gear. Contact Redfish Technology – Nationwide Recruiters – if you are a highly skilled and accomplished professional looking for lead and managerial roles in high tech and clean tech.
The Best Cities To Work In
In the new Glassdoor survey respondents ranked the best cities to live in in terms of employment satisfaction. Overall employment satisfaction was compared by city, with factors such as compensation and benefits satisfaction, senior management satisfaction, expectations for company outlook, and the number of employers hiring per city taken into consideration.
San Jose and San Francisco took the lead at a score of 3.4 – Way to go brother friars! Each city is home to five Glassdoor’s Top 50 Best Places to Work for 2013 companies: San Jose (Google #6, LinkedIn #14, Agilent Technologies #30, Intel #31, Apple #34) & San Francisco (Facebook #1, Riverbed Technology #3, Chevron #13, Workday #19, Salesforce.com #22). The top five were in a photo finish! Seattle, WA also scored 3.4, with Salt Lake City, UT and Washington, DC nipping at its heels at 3.3 each.
Software Engineer was the top in-demand job in 4 of the top five cities, and among the top three in-demand jobs in 7 of the top ten cities on the report card. Program Managers, Systems Engineers, Business Analyst and Sales Associates ranked high in the top cities, and Personal Trainer was in the top three in San Diego, proving that the economy must truly be in recovery.
When you are considering relocation, employment satisfaction surveys like this are a great source of information among othes. For other important criteria to consider, read Redfish recruiter Leah O’Flynn’s article “Should You Move for a Job?”
Check out the complete results:
Leah O’Flynn, Tech Recruiter
Should You Move for a Job?
Moving is a big undertaking for most folks. There are a lot of things hanging in the balance when you get an offer that requires relocation.
The most important thing to consider is the job itself.
Is this your dream job? If not, what is the driver? It should be pretty compelling, for example: The job is in your dream location; the opportunity to grow your career is clear; the team dynamic is perfect. Read more »