Jon Piggins – IT Recruiter, Sales & Marketing
What a Recruiter Looks For When Reading Your Resume
By Jon Piggins, Executive Recruiter, IT Sales & Marketing
While I do not look through all of the 3M resumes that Google receives every year, my day often starts with resume review. I search our company database, various job boards, LinkedIn, etc; and just one search may bring back hundreds of resumes. For example, this morning 293 new or updated resumes came up, and out of those I only downloaded three.
Pundits say that your resume gets between 6 and 15 seconds of attention. So what I am and other recruiters looking for in those precious seconds? Read more »
How to Find Top Talent
without Being Inundated with Resumes
Most corporate jobs receive 250 resumes per opening.
Everyone wants to cast their net wide and access all the best talent out there, but no one wants a tsunami of resumes flooding their desk and email inbox.
How can you access a wide array of talent but refrain from being accessed yourself non-stop by respondents?
There’s a lot of folks out there, actively and passively looking for their next job.
There are 25 million resumes on Indeed.
There are 332 million LinkedIn users, 107 million of them in the US.
The average number of daily LinkedIn mobile job applications is 44,000. (ExpandedRamblings.com)
There are 140 Million unique visitors on Indeed.com monthly. (Indeed.com)
There are a lot of folks sending resumes.
Google gets over a million job applications each year and the company only hires about 0.5% of applicants. (About.com)
Procter & Gamble Inc. got nearly a million applications last year for 2,000 open positions. (WSJ.com)
Most corporate jobs receive 250 resumes per opening. (Recruiterbox.com) Read more »
Ten Things You Need to Do In Your Job Search
Do you find yourself looking for a new career opportunity? Has it been a while? Here are ten things you should do in your job search.
1. Set aside time every day to perform your job searching activities.
An active job search requires dedication. How much time will it take? That depends on your situation and your motivation. If you are working, it may be only 30-60 minutes per day; if you are out of work and are motivated to find a job soon, then you should consider your job search a full-time activity.
2. Do Some Self-Assessment.
Take a good hard look at yourself. What are your best attributes? What are your least developed ones? Where do you excel? What do you bring to the table? What are you accomplishments? Quantify these. This exercise is imperative for re-vamping your resume and preparing for interviews, but more importantly this type of self-assessment should allow you to take a fresh look at the kind of work and industries that you want to pursue. Read more »
The Résumé is Dead, Long Live the Résumé
LinkedIn, and Facebook, and Dice, oh my!
By Anna Mathieu
Professional networking site LinkedIn is the leading social media venue for career networking and recruiting alike. The concise display of Experience, Education, Skills, and Projects, peppered with Endorsements and Recommendations, ensures easy accessibility and searchability in a well-packaged graphic format.
Monster, Dice, CareerBuilder, The Ladders, Glassdoor, Execunet, etc. all offer a digital compendium of candidate’s qualifications. Not only can you search for jobs, but recruiters and hiring managers can use keyword search to land on your profile. One click applications make it easy peasy lemon squeezy to apply for a job. Read more »
Spelling and grammar mistakes
This should be obvious, I know. But really, please re-read your letter don’t just count on Microsoft spell check and proof your grammar for you. There are many mixed up homophones and cognates, abused apostrophes, and careless typos that can slip in. Like brushing your hair and teeth before leaving the house, your cover letter should be properly proofed to ensure it’s ready to go out.
Incorrect title for the position you are applying for
Job seekers often use a cover letter they have previously written and then re-edit it when applying to a new position. This is ill-advised as it can be quite risky if all the variables are not updated correctly, such as the title of the job you are after. If you can’t take the time to make sure the letter targets the position you want, do you think you are conveying true desire for the position? Read more »
Market Yourself by Creating Your Image and Telling Your Story
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 »
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 Top 8 New Year’s Resolutions for Finding a New Job or Advancing Your Career
From Redfish Technology Recruiters
At this reflective time of year, the Redfish recruiters have made their personal New Year’s Resolutions. Next, they offer some ideas for you, whether you are actively seeking a job or not.
Here are the top 8 resolutions for active and passive job seekers:
“Be available. Oftentimes, candidates looking for a new career opportunity are surprised by how much time it takes to find the right fit. When starting a career search, try and set aside a predefined block of time every day for interviews, follow up emails and resume submittals. Doing so will help to land the right opportunity, quickly.” – Joanna Bradley Read more »
5 Reasons Why You Need More Than a Good Resume to Stand Out from the Crowd
“It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.” – Whitney M. Young
You’ve probably heard hundreds of times that your resume is the most important document in your job search, and, that is so. But if you want to stand out from the competition, I say you need more than a great resume. In the end, only technically qualified candidates will get to interview for any open job. And, while your resume may (or may not) help you get in the door, you will need more than your resume to get the job. So, you may ask, what else do you need? Lots of research, interview preparation and (unfortunately), additional “documentation”. Read more »
The Best-Kept Secrets of Successful Job Seekers
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 »