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 »
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 »
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?”
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The 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 »
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.
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 Run Off” – One Week From Today. Who Will Be the Winner?
Win a $100 Starbucks Gift Certificate as the Redfish Recruiters Square Off to Settle the Office Squabble Once and For All
One week from today, the recruiters at Redfish will put to rest the office debate of “Who Can Run Farther” Play on Redfish’s Facebook page to enter drawing for a $100 Starbucks gift certificate.
How often does an office squabble result in a $100 Starbucks gift certificate for the audience and a run to the finish for our local heroes? “Not often enough,” stated Leah O’Flynn. “The winner of the race will earn eternal bragging rights, and maybe the rest of us will get a little peace.”
Taking it to the street, in an all-out race to the finish, Greg Schreiner and Logan Knight, IT Recruiters, will face off to settle the question of who can run farther once and for all in “The Run Off” on March 22. The last man running will earn eternal bragging rights.
“I’ve voted. Have you?” chuckled colleague Jon Piggins. “Just “like” the Redfish Facebook page, join “The Run Off” event and vote for one of these guys and you could win a $100 gift certificate.” Read more »
Recruiters Square Off to Settle the Redfish Office Squabble Once and For All in “The Run Off”
The Run Off – One Recruiter Will Be Left Standing
Win a $100 Starbucks Gift Certificate
Eight days from today, the recruiters at Redfish will settle the office squabble once and for all. The Redfish debate “Who Can Run Farther” will be settled in “The Run Off”. Play on Redfish’s Facebook page to enter drawing for a $100 Starbucks gift certificate.
Office squabbles are common-place enough, but at Redfish Technology the squabblers are taking it to the street. In an all-out race to the finish, Greg Schreiner and Logan Knight, IT Recruiters, will face off to settle the question of who can run farther once and for all in “The Run Off” on March 22. The last man running will earn eternal bragging rights.
You can win! As the recruiters at Redfish Technology prepare a race to the finish, the public is invited to participate – the lucky winner will receive a $100 Starbucks gift certificate. Read more »
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 »
Recruiting, Staffing & Employment News
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Redfish made placements at the Director, Executive and Project Manager levels in January. The preponderance of the hiring was in the Cloud, Software-as-a-Service, Enterprise Systems & Network Management, Intelligence Software, and Solar Technology industries. The biggest challenges to January hiring was candidates receiving multiple offers. “We expect to see this trend continue,” states Logan Knight, IT Recruiter at Redfish. “The pool of talented candidates is drying up with all the current growth, leading to good engineers getting multiple offers.”
Execunet reports that a recent survey found that recruiter expectations of job creation increased in at the end of 2012, recruiters indicated that they anticipate approximately one in five companies adding executive jobs in the next six months. Contingency search firm confidence reached 41 percent in December, its highest in eight months; retained recruiter confidence dropped to 31 percent, its lowest since the debt limit crisis in late summer of 2011. Read more »
Resolve to Hire the Best Talent in 2013!
Hiring Advice from the Experts at Redfish Technology
Human capital, the most important asset of most companies, comprises the totality of competencies, knowledge, social and personality attributes, and creativity, embodied in the employees’ ability to perform labor so as to produce economic value.
Recruiting the right talent to advance your company’s mission and goals requires finding the right fit for these myriad of considerations. As the demand for leading talent continues to increase, there is more competition over top talent. Companies that are winning at attracting and on boarding the best talent are those who survive and thrive.
The recruiters at Redfish are in the trenches everyday with hiring managers and their teams, and with passive and active candidates, putting together winning combinations. Based on their in-depth experience building out teams, here are their suggestions for hiring managers in 2013.
The Top Resolutions every hiring manager should make in order to hire the best talent!
“Identify 6 to 10 traits you’re looking for in a candidate and then narrow it down to 4 “must haves”. Read more »