Job Seekers

October 2015

5 Ways to Trick the Resume Screening Robots

75% of recruiters and talent managers use some form of recruiting or applicant tracking software according to capterra.com. These resume screening robots, also termed applicant tracking systems (ATS)’s, are used to upload an applicant’s contact information, application, resume, and cover letter to a database.  The database ranks candidates based on the best fit for the position based on a number of factors.  Beware; these screening robots can even cause great candidates to be overlooked for several reasons: Here are 5 ways [...]

Top 5 Halloween Costumes to Wear on an Interview

Of course, there are a selective few job interviews, where wearing a Halloween costume would help us in the hiring process. We should only be so lucky to work for one of these companies. Here are a few costume ideas for your next interview, or office Halloween party. As a general note, it is best to stay away from controversial characters, religious leaders or any outfits that would fly in the face of an HR dress code.   1) Dominoes. This is [...]

Top 5 tips for writing a resume- Candidates with 5+ years of experience

1) Watch the length.There are many schools of thought on the length of a resume.  According totheladders.net recruiters on average only spend 6 seconds on each individuals resume. We believe that resumes should be fewer than 2.5 pages in length; otherwise you could be passed over. 2) Fill in the Gaps.  Many of our clients are concerned when seeing major gaps in resume of 3+ months.  We recommend doing volunteer work, or taking an interim part time job in order [...]

Top 5 tips for writing a resume- Candidates with 2- 5 years of experience

Here are our top 5 tips for writing a resume if you have 2-5 years of experience: 1) Watch your version of MS Word. When using an older resume document and adding new experience to an older resume, make sure that the format is saved in the most current version of MS Word. Otherwise, the formatting and font may not come through correctly when opened by a hiring manager. 2) Employers look for job stability. Employers look for candidates with more stable work [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

July 2015

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 3 ways to access this hidden job market: Research and watch- Research a list of 20 top dream employers.   Next, utilize a service [...]

3 Job Search Tips to Avoid the Social Media Screen

According to a recent study by CareerBuilder, 51% of employers found reasons not to hire an applicant after researching them on social media sites.  Employers are using these sites as screening tools before the interview even begins. Here are a few job search tips to avoid the social media screen: 1) Keep your social media posts clean.  Employers who view negative comments on social media sites may think twice before moving forward with an interview.  Companies look to hire candidates with [...]