The Best-Kept Secrets of Successful Job Seekers

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The Best-Kept Secrets of Successful Job Seekers

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

By Jessica Hernandez

Do you ever wonder why other candidates are bombarded with calls for interviews and are fielding offers for jobs left and right … while you’re struggling to garner any attention at all from hiring managers? It could be as simple as the resources these candidates have available to them and how they utilize them. Read more »

Puffing, padding, lying, – What a yahoo!

Filed under: Best Practices, Candidate / Job Seeker, Recruiter / Recruiting, Resume

Puffing, padding, lying, –

What a yahoo!

 

The Merriam-Webster Online defines the noun yahoo as a boorish, crass, or stupid person. And while we certainly wouldn’t want to call former Yahoo! CEO Scott Thompson a yahoo, he did make a very stupid decision.

 

How his bio dating back to his PayPal tenure came to include a computer science degree from Stonehill College is still unclear. This fictitious degree has replicated itself throughout two companies’ bios and into corporate documents recently filed with the SEC.

 

Scott Thompson tried to blame the introduction of the fictitious degree on the executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles. “We’ve are often asked to help candidates with resumes, to give feedback on organization, content, style,” said executive tech recruiter Rob Reeves, Redfish Technology. “However a recruiter would never add or invent information. It is absolutely an absurd claim.”

 

Ultimately, whether you puff, pad or lie, a day of reckoning will come. And the loss of credibility that comes on the day of reckoning will be severe. The collateral damage in this case is pretty large, disrupting a large company, interrupting focus on business, calling into question judgment, and undoubtedly damaging morale at Yahoo!.

 

Between the internet and background checks, it is never a good idea to puff or pad, and certainly never to lie. Interestingly, with the public-ization of resumes via the internet, especially sites like Linkedin, there has been an improvement in the honesty practiced on resumes.  At least in terms of prior work experience and responsibilities. This is according to a Cornell article “The Effect of Linkedin on Deception in Resumes” by Jamie Guillory and Jeffrey T. Hancock. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. March 2012.

 

“Compared with traditional resumes, Linkedin resumes were less deceptive about the kinds of information that count most to employers, namely an applicant’s prior work experience and responsibilities, but more deceptive about interests and hobbies.”

 

Staffing & Employment News: April showers?

Filed under: Recruiting, Staffing & Employment News

Staffing & Employment News

April Showers Turn Out to be a Drizzle. 

 

April didn’t shower us with an abundance of jobs; with an increase of only 115,000 net, and 130,000 in private payrolls. This slow-down disappointed after March’s 154,000 new jobs and February’s 259,000. The biggest gains were in professional & business services at 62,000, retail trade increased by 29,000, health care rose by 19,000, and leisure & hospitality added 12,000. Goods-producing jobs increased by 14,000 after a 38,000 rise in March. 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

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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.

 

Receive your complimentary resume analysis now, and receive feedback via email with specific instructions on how to improve its performance.

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

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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

Recruiting Success Stories: Patricia O’Hear, Software Engineer – Web Applications

Filed under: Featured Placements, High Tech / IT / Software, Jobs/Employment

Recruiting Success Stories:

Featured Placement – Patricia O’Hear

Patty O’Hear
Patty O’Hear

Software Engineer Web Applications – Integrated Workplace Management System

 

This privately owned global enterprise real estate software company tasked Redfish with finding a Software Engineer to grow their global development team. The company is on the leading edge of advanced Web 2.0 development and has been recognized as the fastest growing Integrated Workplace Management System on the Software Magazine’s Software 500 List Read more »

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!

Staffing & Employment News: Recovery Gaining Speed

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Staffing & Employment News

Recovery Gaining Speed

 

The economy produced more jobs than expected in January, with an overall net increase of 243,000 and a private sector addition of 257,000. The last two months of 2011 had a net upward revision of 60,000. Private-sector gains were led by professional and business services (+70,000), leisure and hospitality (+44,000), and manufacturing.

Unemployment dipped as well, falling to the lowest rate in three years. The household survey indicated a drop to 8.3 percent from 8.5 percent in December.

The U.S. Economy grew by 2.8 percent in Q4 2011 according to the Commerce Department. This was 1% higher than A3. The Federal Reserve’s Business Outlook Survey showed regional manufacturing activity continued to expand moderately in January, and firms continued to report hiring increases. The survey’s broad indicators stayed in positive territory again this month.

Recruiters in specialized sectors are staying busy. Greg Schreiner, Clean Tech Recruitment Manager at Redfish Technology, reports that 2011 finished off with a bang and January 2012 hasn’t showed any signs of slowing. “The hiring managers I work with a expressing continued optimism overall” stated Schreiner, “it is an exciting time in CleanTech recruiting, especially in Solar, ESCO, and renewable technologies.”

A recent survey by Talent Technology reveals that 63.4% of respondents see signs of economic pressure letting up within their organization in 2012, and 51.4% expect to increase in size within the next 12 months (by about 12%).

The Vistage CEO Survey reported the largest quarterly gain in confidence since 2009 as of Q4, and the employment picture in 2012 is looking rosy. Starting off the year with strong signs of improvement in the economy, hiring too is on the rise. The Q4 2011 CEO Confidence Index reported 94 percent of CEOs expecting their firm’s total number of employees to increase or remain the same in the next year.