The Dos and Don’ts of Interview Follow-Up

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

The Dos and Don’ts of Interview Follow-Up 

Beth Cliff

By Beth Cliff, IT Engineering Recruitment Manager, Redfish Technology

  Do call your recruiter.

When working with a recruiter, let that person know how it went. Give them a call shortly after the interview to give your impressions, discuss anything unexpected that came up, affirm your interest, and discuss next steps in the process. Read more »

How to Deal with Job Search Frustration

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Job Search

How to Deal with Job Search FrustrationCollegeRecruiter.com

By William Frierson, staff writer for CollegeRecruiter.com
Author Website: http://www.collegerecruiter.com/

Is your job search getting the best of you?  With so many people competing for jobs, it is understandable that you are frustrated about not having landed some opportunity.  However, you can’t give up on your search.  Instead, learn how to deal with frustration productively.  Remember these tips:

Create a goal list which includes target companies, people you have networked with, and any follow ups with job applications you have completed- By knowing what you want to do and tracking your progress, you will have this information for future reference and a reminder of your goal, which is getting hired.

Have your resume reviewed by a professional recruiter or resume writer and make the adjustments needed- It can’t hurt to have someone else look at your resume for mistakes that could make a difference in getting more interviews.

Take a day off- While you should spend much time on your job search, it might be beneficial to take a day away from it.  Focusing on something else will loosen you up, and release any stress you’re feeling before returning to the job search.

For more tips on dealing with job search frustration, see the source below.

Experiencing job search frustration is a possibility.  How you handle it will factor in to whether or not you land a new job.

Information provided by Paula-Anne Sherron.

-Source-
http://thecareernews.com/newsletter.php?news=2656

 

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.

Job Search 101: Without a Well-Written Resume, You Won’t Get Results

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

Job Search 101: Without a Well-Written Resume, You Won’t Get Results

By Christina Archer, Executive Recruiter, Resume Writer, Social Media Consultant and Author

Author Website: http://icareersearch.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/job-search-101-without-a-well-written-resume-you-wont-get-results/

I often hear candidates say they’ve been applying for numerous jobs, but all they receive is an auto-responder message from the employer or recruiter, stating their resume has been received. As a candidate, you need to realize that you won’t get answers to every application; neither employers nor recruiters can respond personally to each and every resume they receive.

If you do not get a response, re-evaluate your target and approach. It may be that you did not meet the exact specifications for a position. It may be that your resume isn’t properly presenting your experience, talent, and qualifications.

As a job seeker, your resume is your marketing brochure, with the goal of selling your skills and experience. I review many resumes that simply list in chronological order, all of the positions an individual has held over the span of their career. Does that really market you?

A quality resume has to spotlight and focus on your most relevant skills and experience, to the position you are targeting. One of the biggest mistakes I see candidates regularly make, is creating a one-size fits all resume, and actually thinking this will land them interviews. It can’t.

Here are 3 tips to ensure your phone starts ringing with interview appointments, today!

1. Know what your target job is. You cannot apply for every position out there, when you don’t meet the qualifications. Be deliberate in your approach, and know what position you want to get. Don’t give up too quickly; if you meet the qualifications, and your resume is crafted appropriately, you will receive calls.

2. Do your research before writing your resume. They can vary greatly, based on your industry and specialty. If you’re writing your own resume, look at the job description for the position you want, and include keywords you see within that description. In order to get results, your resume must be very focused and specific.

3. Consider hiring a professional resume writer. When you’re out of a job, it may seem like an unnecessary expense, but it’s literally one of the most important investments you can make in your career. Once you have a well written and impactful resume, you can easily update it as your career expands. Many candidates who utilize the services of a professional resume writer, find they obtain interview invitations and job offers exponentially faster than candidates who did not.

 

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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.

How Jim Got a Job, or The Long and Winding Road to Employment

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Job Search

How Jim Got a Job, or The Long and Winding Road to Employment

This is a thought provoking info-graphic on today’s hiring process.

It describes a fictional person’s job search starting online and spending a bunch of time filling out forms, only to get an automated email (Ug, yes another one of those – we use them too!) and a long wait. Success at last, someone from the employer he applied to calls about a different job. Next is a lengthy wait, then interview, then another waiting period, then another interview with an on-the-spot offer, followed by a wait and an official offer with a different title, manager and salary than was verbally offered!

While the road to new or re-employment can be long and twisty, does this process ring true for you? What crazy hiring processes have you been subjected to?

Jim Gets a Job - Recruiter.com

What are Your Interview Takeaways?

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

Thumbs UpWhat are Your Interview Takeaways?

Job Interviews are not the most natural situation for most of us. Typically you are meeting the interviewer(s) for the first time, most likely in a new place with a company you don’t know intimately. You need to convince the person that you are the best person for a job that you have not practiced with that employer. And hopefully you only do this every few years, so you may not have had a lot of practice lately. Ug.

Whether you are speaking with a recruiter or a hiring manager, there are proven ways to make a good impression and effectively communicate who you are and what you have to offer. First of all, prepare several talking points (and don’t forget the last one like happened in a recent political debate). Have the main points you want to make to the interviewer down pat. This will allow you to say on point.

Identify the company’s or the hiring manager’s priorities ahead of time if possible, or at the outset of the interview. If you work with a recruiter or have an opening conversation, ask what those priorities to prepare for the interview. Dialogue with colleagues and industry professionals to learn about what the company/position/sector really needs to succeed. Research the company’s culture, track record and mission/vision. Now tailor your talking points to how your skills and abilities will fit the company’s needs and strategic vision.

Armed with your talking points, you should relax and dialogue naturally incorporating your message into your responses. If you are asked about your track record, know how your successes will match up with what the hiring manager needs from his next hire. If you are asked about previous challenges and how you overcame them, choose an example that shows that your decision making would be an asset for this company’s needs. Align your answers to support the takeaways that you want to leave with the interviewer.

Remember, this isn’t a social call, it is a sales pitch. You must sell yourself, your experience, your abilities, and your fit, while demonstrating how you meet the company’s needs and effectively communicating your takeaways.

 

Redfish offers a number of job serach and career managment articles on the Redfish website in the Candidate Resource Library. Check it out!

Will a Recruiter’s Fees Impact My Salary? by Rob Reeves, Redfish Technology – Nationwide IT and CleanTech Recruiters

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

Rob Reeves

Rob Reeves,            CEO – Redfish

Will a Recruiter’s Fees Impact My Salary?

By Rob Reeves, President, CEO Redfish Technology

 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked by a candidate if working with a recruiter will lower his salary. Some people think that a recruiter’s fee comes out of the same budget that a candidate’s salary comes from. “Isn’t the money for a new hire going to be split between the candidate hired, referral fees, headhunter commission, and Sally over at H.R.?” Read more »

Happy Holidays from our team to yours!

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Employer, Human Resources / Capital, Recruiter / Recruiting, Redfish Speaks, Work-Life Balance

Happy Holidays from our team to yours!

Whether you will get merry at Christmas, illuminated at Hanukkah, or dec’d out for Kwanzaa, we hope you have a great yearend!

 

Redfish is celebrating a great 2011.

 

Rob Reeves

Rob Reeves, President, CEO – Redfish Technology

Amid the Noise and Haste of 2011, we’ve managed to stay the course we set and solidify our partnerships in both the Tech Sector and the Clean Tech Sector. Read more »

Resume Review: Your 15-Second Sell

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Resume Review: Your 15-Second Sell

Joanna Bradley

Joanna Bradley

By Joanna Bradley, IT Sales & Marketing Recruitment Manager

 

The perfect resume may exist, luckily there is a whole lot of variety in the way we can craft a resume. No matter how you slice it, the key objectives are the same however. Your goal is to seize the average 15 seconds that a recruiter or hiring manager will accord your resume, and be the one he/she calls.

How do you do that?  Get answers to this question by reading Joanna’s article Resume Review: Your 15-Second Sell on the Redfish Technology website.

 

About Joanna Bradley:

Joanna leads the Technology Sales & Marketing team. Her passion for high tech and high paced demanding sales & marketing roles drives her find the brightest stars in the sector. She is motivated and perseverant and highly regarded by her peers and clients.

‘Tis the Season … for quitting your job!? By Jonyt Meyer

Filed under: Candidate / Job Seeker, Career Building, Employer, Human Resources / Capital

‘Tis the Season … for quitting your job!?Jonyt Meyer

By Jonyt Meyer, guest contributor

 

If you aren’t happy in your job, or your organization suffers from retention issues, this may be worth reading.

For the first time in years I find myself foregoing a tradition that has for me been a very valuable career drill. Each year as the Holiday season approached, I would sit down and create a Pros/Cons list, the list covering considerations for remaining with or moving on from my current company.  Instead of using this to drive a year end career decision, it was meant to remind me of the positives while creating a “to-do” list for the year to come. My intent being that if I was ever incapable of significantly improving the cons list based on my to-do activities, that would be my indicator that it was time to move on to new opportunities.  Read more »