Job Seekers

June 2017

Artificial Intelligence in Hiring and the Candidate Experience

Artificial Intelligence in Hiring and the Candidate Experience

We use the term Artificial Intelligence quite liberally these days, maybe without fully having an understanding of what it means, and how we are already affected by it in 2017. In his book The Quest for Artificial Intelligence: A History of Ideas and Achievements, Nils J Nilsson describes Artificial Intelligence as “that activity devoted to making machines intelligent, and intelligence is that quality that enables an entity to function appropriately and with foresight in its environment.” We have seen [...]

When your resume portrays you as a specialist rather than a jack of all trades, hiring managers will find you easier. You can land an interview and quite possibly a job.

5 Ways to go from Jack of All Trades to Specialist using your Resume

You’ve probably heard the phrase “jack of all trades” to describe a person who has a vast quantity of skills. While this can often be viewed as a high compliment, unfortunately the second part of that phrase, “master of none,” is the element that keeps many candidates from getting an interview. As recruiters, we have yet to receive a request from an employer for someone who has dabbled in a little bit of everything. Employers want specialists who will [...]

May 2017

How to explain your termination in an interview

From Fired to Hired: How to Explain Your Termination in an Interview

Being fired from a job is among the top ten most stressful life events an adult can experience. Besides the obvious financial concerns that come with being dismissed from a positon, it’s a huge blow to your ego and self confidence. No one wants to be told that they are not good enough, but it happens to the best of us. According to Business Insider, some very successful people were let go from their jobs before they went on [...]

Hands typing on laptop in the grass to illustrate spring cleaning your resume

Spring Cleaning: 5 Ways to Enhance Your Resume

As the weather gets warmer and we get more hours of daylight, we get a little more motivated when it comes to housekeeping and organization. We clean out closets, cars and garages to prepare for summer, dust off the cobwebs and get out there into the world. While you’re feeling this new sense of motivation, it’s great time to do some resume maintenance. A study by online job search service provider, The Ladders revealed that recruiters spend an average [...]

April 2017

High Turnover Jobs

Seeing the Signs: How to Identify and Avoid High Turnover Jobs

Whatever job site you frequent, you’ve probably seen a job post or two that looks oddly familiar. It may be because it’s been posted and reposted month after month because the organization is having trouble filling it. It could be because it was filled, and now it’s inexplicably open again. Whatever the case may be, this scenario is justifiably concerning to job-seekers. A reputable staffing agency can spot a high turnover job a mile away, and will do whatever [...]

Best Laid Plans: 5 Things to Do Before Starting a New Job Search

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the number of people who quit their jobs reached 3.2 million in January of 2017. The unemployment rate is steadily dropping this year as well. Job-seekers are feeling justifiably confident in their ability to make a career change in this current market. According to a recent Gallop poll, 51% of employees are actively looking for new positions or watching for job openings.  It’s not surprising that many employees would be eager [...]

March 2017

Turning the Tables: Using Personality Tests to Size Up Your Interviewer

Personality tests are widely used across every industry. Consider this: you can actually use this approach to read your interviewer!  One of the most frequently used personality tests is the DISC assessment.  You can identify your interviewer’s DISC style and provide answers in a manner that is appealing to his or her personality.  Here is a crash course on how to recognize and approach each behavioral style to help you win the position you’re seeking. D Style The D Style personality [...]

5 Reasons You Should Always Speak to a Veteran Recruiter

As recruiters contacting potential candidates, we are met with a vast array of responses that range from genuine curiosity to a curt brush-off. It is understandable that not everyone is actively looking for a job, or a career change. However, any experienced recruiter will tell you that the best time to conduct a job search is when you are happily employed. Candidates who wait to start a job search until they are unemployed relinquish valuable negotiating power in the [...]

The “In” Crowd: 5 Ways to use LinkedIn Professionally

One of the top questions we get from candidates is “do I really need a LinkedIn profile?” The answer is a resounding YES! According to an article in US News & World Report, your LinkedIn profile is more than just your resume; it’s the story of who you are. You should include promotions, achievements and even career aspirations in your profile to impress recruiters because you better believe they are looking! According to MTVNews.com, 98% of recruiters use LinkedIn to [...]

December 2016

5 Signs You Should Leave Your Current Job

“Love what you do and do what you love” – Ray Bradbury “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”- Bob Marley “Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have meaning.” – Malcolm Gladwell     What do all of these quotes have in common? They are encouraging to enjoy your everyday life which includes your personal life, financial goals, and career goals. In the case that your current job position does not make you feel fulfilled, here [...]