Market Yourself by Creating Your Image and Telling Your Story

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

Market Yourself by Creating Your Image and Telling Your Story

Anna Mathieu

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… by Beth Cliff, IT Engineering Recruitment Manager, Redfish Technology

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

You Know It Is Time To Look For A New Job When…

Beth Cliff, Tech Recruiter

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 »

Happy Labor Day from Redfish Technology – Nationwide Technology Recruiters

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Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882

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!

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)!

 

Career Search

Career Search

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 Reality TV Career Shows for Job Seekers

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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 »

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.

Additional job search and resume-related advice is available on our blog or by following us on Twitter or Facebook.

 

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

 

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.

Ranking Yourself: Be Confident yet Self-Aware

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

Nathan Stuller

Nathan Stuller

Ranking Yourself: Be Confident yet Self-Aware

By Nathan Stuller

 

A common interview tactic is to ask you, the candidate, to rank yourself on acquired technical skills, attributes, and aptitude. The interviewer may run through a list of them, asking you to simply “rank yourself from 1 to 10 on:”
• Leadership ability
• Getting along with coworkers
• How hard-working you are Read more »

The Type of Employee That Employers WANT to Promote

Filed under: Career Building

The Type of Employee That Employers WANT to Promote

Global resume authority Jessica Hernandez of http://www.greatresumesfast.com is a former HR Manager who partners with professional- and executive-level candidates to create authentic, branded resumes and cover letters.

 

Are you the type of employee that your employer wants to promote?

I heard an interesting statistic on the radio awhile back that really sparked my interest … it stated that 90% of people who do this are promoted. Read more »

Discover the Best Graduate Degrees for Emerging Careers, by Sharon Wiatt Jones, careerthoughtleaders.com

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

Discover the Best Graduate Degrees for Emerging Careers

Sharon Wiatt Jones, M.S., CPRW

by Sharon Wiatt Jones, careerthoughtleaders.com

 

Are you looking for a way to qualify for “hot jobs” in a poor economy?

Instead of aiming for a graduate or professional degree which personally interests you (folklore or film, anyone?) or impresses friends and family (M.D, MBA, J.D.), let’s consider more objective criteria:

  1. New and emerging occupations
  2. Positive job market outlook
  3. Good return on investment
  4. Breadth and depth; interdisciplinary with focus
  5. Experiential (internship, co-op, or capstone component)

The Occupational Information Network (U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration), has prepared a list of emerging occupations by industry. Some of the career fields generally requiring a master’s degree are listed here: Read more »

What are Recruiter Referral Fees?

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

Beth Cliff, IT Recruiter

Beth Cliff, IT Recruiter

What are Recruiter Referral Fees?

By Beth Cliff, IT Engineering Recruitment Manager, Redfish Technology

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Did you ever get a message from a recruiter in your voice mail that goes something like:
“Hi [your name]. This is Beth Cliff from Redfish Technology, nationwide IT recruiters. I am working with the VP of Engineering for a Network Security company Read more »