Resume Dos and Don’ts

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Job Search, Resume

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!

Sure Fire Ways to Sabotage Your Job Interview, by Jon Piggins, IT Sales & Marketing Recruiter

Filed under: Best Practices, Candidate / Job Seeker, Interview, Redfish Speaks

Jon Piggins, IT Recruiter

Jon Piggins – IT Recruiter, Sales & Marketing

Sure Fire Ways to Sabotage Your Job Interview

By Jon Piggins, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing

 

You Only Get One Opportunity to Make a First Impression

 

Flames  (Don't)When the interviewer greets you, don’t wait awkwardly and immobile in your seat.

 

Bull's eye (Do)Instead:

Make a great first impression, you only get one shot at this. When you meet the interviewers or any of the staff, look the person in the eye and say hello, offer your hand and shake hands confidently. Read more »

The ZOPA of Hiring

Filed under: Best Practices, Candidate / Job Seeker, Employer, Hiring Strategies

Zone of Possible AgreementThe ZOPA of Hiring

By Sandy Cavitch

 

The ‘Zone Of Possible Agreement’ is not a physical place, but rather an area where two or more negotiating parties may find common ground. It is this area where parties will often compromise and strike a deal.

 

Every hire is a negotiation about an exchange, make it a success. The employee will be dedicating time, brains, effort, focus, and loyalty. The company will be paying salary, employment taxes, benefits, and investing in training and career development. What are each of these exchanges worth? Read more »

“Should I Stay or Should I Go?” by Logan Knight, IT Recruiter at Redfish Technology

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Offers / CounterOffers, Redfish Speaks

“Should I Stay or Should I Go?”

Logan Knight

Logan Knight, IT Recruiter

The Sweet Counter Offer – When Your Employer Doesn’t Want You To Go

By Logan Knight, Executive Recruiter, IT Division

I am a big music fan and I just can’t seem to help hearing Joe Strummer rip through the chords of this classic every time I hear a candidate pose the question “Should I stay, should I take the counter offer?”

While it can be a tough decision, here are some things to consider.  Much of the time I am recruiting candidates who weren’t actively looking for a new role, there is a reason they went into an interview process. From the start of this process, I ask candidates to honestly evaluate the company and the opportunity, and I give them all the information I possess about the pros and cons, the challenges, the rewards, the culture, the perks, the work. And we discuss whether they want to move forward if offered a job.

As the tech sector continues to boil, it is only natural that companies are trying to retain employees with counter offers. But that doesn’t mean it is a good idea. Not for the candidate, and not for the company.

Please read my article on the pitfalls of taking a counter offer:

Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer

The Sweet Counter Offer, When Your Employer Doesn’t Want You To Go
The great majority of professionals who accept a counteroffer to stay are gone within a year, whether of their own volition or being asked to leave. There are a variety of reasons that staying for a counter offer goes so wrong!

 

 

 

Let me know what you think!

Become the Solution To The Job Interviewer’s Problem

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Become the Solution To The Job Interviewer’s Problem

by Carole Martin, The Interview CoachCarole-Martin-the-Interview-coach

The absolute worst way to go to an interview is with the attitude of: “Please, please – hire me.”

When you go to an interview with that attitude you appear desperate. And even though you actually may be desperate in a difficult job market, you don’t want to appear that way.

The demeanor and attitude that you bring to the interview will set the tone for the entire interview.

Let’s look at it from the employer’s/interviewer’s point of view. Read more »

7 Different Ways You Can Be Job Searching Today

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7 Different Ways You Can Be Job Searching Today

A nationally recognized resume expert, Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast and a former human resources manager and recruiter.

http://www.greatresumesfast.com

So you have this great, marketable resume that showcases your potential as an employee. You’re ready to launch your job search and start using your new resume as vigorously as possible. But where do you start and what do you do? I recommend starting with reading one of my most recent articles: I Have A Great Resume, Now What Do I Do With It? It shares advice on how to start social, professional, and in-person networking to jumpstart your job search. But what else can you do besides jumping on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter and networking with people in person?

Here are some additional ideas to really help you diversify your job search and make the most of your job search time Read more »

The Reality TV Career Shows for Job Seekers

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

The Reality TV Career Shows for Job SeekersTV addict

The last thing anyone would suggest to a recent grad or seasoned professional is to spend their free time watching TV when they should be out building a new career, but the truth is most of us are going to watch from time to time.

Reality shows grew to become one of the most popular genres on television, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The “reality” within these shows needs to be taken with a bit of skepticism, but there are some lessons to be learned in the world of business if you know where to look.

‘The Job’

The new competition show from CBS pits job seekers against each other to compete for spots with companies like the Palm Restaurant Group and Cosmopolitan. One of the twists in the show is that a trio of related businesses can swoop in and hire a candidate out from under each week’s featured company. Read more »

Negotiating Yourself Right Out of an Offer – By Rob Reeves

Filed under: Best Practices, Candidate / Job Seeker, Offers / CounterOffers, Redfish Speaks, Salary

Rob Reeves, Recruiter, President, CEO

Rob Reeves, Recruiter, President, CEO

Negotiating Yourself Right Out of an Offer

By Rob Reeves, Executive Recruiter, President, CEO

 

So you fancy yourself a skilled negotiator? That will hopefully serve you well, just don’t negotiate yourself right out of an offer. We recently had a fantastic candidate who did just that.

 

It is important to understand that negotiating a job offer is the beginning of an important relationship between hiring manager and employee. “Don’t lose sight of the human part of negotiating.” cautions Rob Reeves, executive recruiter and CEO of Redfish Technology for over 17 years.

 

Salary negotiations can be challenging. The market is heating up for great sales, marketing and engineering talent in the technology sectors. Candidates often want a step up in salary when making a move. Even if you are the greatest thing since sliced bread, and you’ve got negotiating in your blood, listen up! Read more »

Giving Good Phone: How to Perform Well on a Telephone Interview

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Interview, Redfish Speaks

Anna Mathieu

Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications

Giving Good Phone

How to Perform Well on a Telephone Interview

By Anna Mathieu, Marketing Communications Manager

 

Almost every tech company these days will hold phone interviews before any onsite is scheduled. While this means you can keep you comfy slippers on, it doesn’t mean you should get too cozy. To perform well on a telephone interview, first you must prepare in much the same way as for an in-person interview (slippers aside). Next, you must put on your phone etiquette and your listening ears. Read more »

4 Ways to Customize Your Resume Based on the Job Posting

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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.

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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

 

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