Job Seekers

November 2015

4 Tips to Set Goals for Success in 2016

83% of the population does not have goals according to personalplan.com. It is important to be a part of the 17% of people who do set goals to ensure success! Goals should be identified by writing them down every quarter throughout the year and kept track of on a daily basis. Below are 4 tips for setting your 2016 goals: 1) Think “S.M.A.R.T.” How specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound are the goals you are setting? If your goals are [...]

3 Reasons to Look for a Job at the End of the Year

Many people hold off on their job searches until January. Here are 3 reasons to keep working hard on your job search. 1) Hiring and recruiting for open positions does not slow down during the holidays.According to theladders.com “many companies say they feel increased pressure to fill open slots before the end of the year.” Jobs have to be filled no matter what time of the year it is. 2) Hiring managers are serious. Hiring managers are looking to hit their [...]

Breaking These 5 Interview Etiquette Rules Could Cost You an Offer

1) Addressing business superiors incorrectly. When addressing supervisors or someone else in your company, it is important to know how to properly address your supervisor. It’s best to use their last name preceded by the title “Mr.” “Ms,” “Miss” or “Mrs.” according to Emilypost.com. 2) Introduce yourself with your full name. Especially since this is most likely the first time you are meeting your interviewer, you should introduce yourself with your full name. Although, we recommend leaving out your middle [...]

To Call or Not To Call – Pre-Interview Etiquette

Call etiquette during a job search has been debated for many years by both applicants and hiring managers. According to The Wall Street Journal “Only 19% of hiring managers at small companies look at a majority of the resumes they receive, and 47% say they review just a few”. With the amount of job applications that recruiters and hiring managers receive for each position, it is important under certain circumstances to follow up with either an email or phone [...]

5 Tips to Keep your LinkedIn Profile Picture from Hurting your Job Search

With 277 million users on LinkedIn according to Marketwatch.com, placing a profile picture is a necessity to stand out in this professional network. Although, having the wrong LinkedIn profile picture can hurt your job search.   Here are 5 tips to improve your LinkedIn profile picture: 1) Avoid the “Selfie”. The “selfie” and the “selfie in the mirror” pictures are two choices that may hurt your job search. LinkedIn is the social platform for your professional network. “Selfies” have the stigma of low quality [...]

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 [...]