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October 2015

Top Resume Tips for Entry Level Candidates

1) Be careful about advice from college career services professionals and family members. They often use form resumes or templates created months/years/decades ago. Many career service professional or family members aren’t able to keep up with ever changing job market trends for resume tools and ideas. 2) Address must be close to the job. Many candidates use their family home addresses for applying to new jobs. You will often be screened out based on location. Instead, find a friend who lives [...]

September 2015

3 Additional Ways to Avoid Offer Turn Downs

As it becomes more challenging to find qualified candidates for open positions, here are 3 additional ways to avoid offer turn downs. 1) Avoid a long interview process. Keep your interview process to 2-3 interviews max. First round should be a phone interview and second being an in-person interview. In the current job market, top candidates receive offers quickly and your company could miss out on hiring a great person, due to timing. An overlying long or arduous interview process [...]

Top 5 Ways to Chase a Hiring Manager Away from your LinkedIn Profile

According to Jobvite, 93% of recruiters will review a candidates social media profiles before making a hiring decision. You should consider LinkedIn as an important extension of your resume and professional history. From a hiring manager’s prospective, here are 5 things to avoid doing on LinkedIn: Photo that is too personal. Keep in mind that LinkedIn is different than Facebook. Photos from a night out with friend or wedding photos are all red flags to hiring managers. Top employers who are [...]

5 Secrets to Attract the RIGHT Candidates to your Job Posting

Job openings were at a record high in July of 5.75 million according to CNBC. With the increase in job openings, competition is strong between companies to find the right candidates for their open positions. Below are 5 secrets that will attract the right candidates to your job postings: 1) Create a marketing AD, not a job description. Most companies simply take a job description that may be 5 -10 years old and post this job description. A job description is designed to hold [...]

How to Access the Hidden Job Market

Experts estimate that 50 to 80% of all jobs are filled on the hidden job market.   This means that the jobs were filled without a public job posting.  There are many reasons why companies post jobs in this way.  The reasons include: confidentiality, time to sort through applicants and privacy of the company’s contact information.  Here are 4 ways to access this hidden job market: Research and watch– Research a list of 20 top dream employers.   Next, utilize a service [...]

August 2015

Top 5 Ways to Avoid Offer Rejections

Ensure a proper reason for leaving their current job. This shouldn’t be simply about the money. The new position should offer something that their current job does not. Avoid low ball offers. Ask an expert, or research what a correct salary bump should look like. According to The Wall Street Journal, about 5.6% is a typical pay increase. Low ball offers are not only insulting, but gives a candidate a warning signal not to take an offer. Ensure that your online [...]

4 Ways to Fill in Resume Gaps

There are many reasons why one might have a gap on their resume. Although, that gap can potentially cause issues when one is applying at their next job.   If you find yourself without employment and trying to explain resume gaps, check out these 4 solutions on how to handle it:   1) Do charity work. Charity work is a great addition to a gap in a resume. Charities, even the top ones, are always looking for new volunteers. You can gain new [...]

Top 5 List for what Makes Happy Employees

72% of people say respect for all employees at all levels is very important to them to be satisfied in their current position. Although, only 33% of people are currently happy at work according to SHRM. Below is the top 5 list for what makes happy employees: 1) Treating employees with respect. Respect from leaders and peers can improve the employees health and well being; greater enjoyment and satisfaction in their current position; as well as greater focus and prioritization of work. The [...]

4 Key Ways to Save Money in your Hiring Process

Here are 4 key ways to save money during your hiring process: 1) Research and complete personality profiles. Personality profiles shouldn’t be the entire hiring decision, but can greatly increase the chance of someone being successful in a role. Finding the right person the first time saves money. $4,000 is the average costs that employers will pay to hire an employee according to the Society for Human Resource Management.  2) Tap into referral networks before posting your job on the job boards. Many companies [...]

July 2015

New Record- 27.5 days to fill a job

Why it takes employers a record 27.5 days to fill a job It is officially a candidate’s job market again.  Many employers who are looking to fill open positions are finding it much more challenging to hire, with offer turn downs and no-shows for interviews becoming very common.  In fact, it now takes an average of 27.5 days to fill an open position, according to DHI Group/ Dice.com.  This is higher than in the booming economy of 2007, where the [...]