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Although I have blogged about resume writing before, this time I would like to include new information that will help you update your resume for future submittals.

There are innovative ways to present your resume that look great; however, they are not working for you if they lack key pieces of information.

Contact Information

What should you include?

First Last Name
Street Address
City, State, Zip
Phone (Cell/Home)
Email Address

Many of you may be skeptical about including your address in your resume, but you are making it harder for the recruiter to include you in their search. You may be willing to drive 30 miles one way to work, however that distance could be the deal breaker for the employer.

Degree v Skills

Education

What is the salary difference between a degree from XYZ prestigious university and a degree from ABC state college? According to Riviera Partners’ placement data, the difference is about $12,482. The difference is not as much as what most people assume it is; however, those that graduated from prestigious universities had to pay more tuition than those in state and jr colleges.

Skills

Resumes are parsed into a database that recruiters are able to access and browse by field. The recruiters browse through hundreds and thousands of resumes in search of a candidate with skills specific to a job order.

The skills and experience content in your resume will determine your qualifications for that specific position.

Experience

Recent graduates should read our post on the importance of internships.

Gaps in employment are not uncommon, but should be filled with relevant information such as volunteer work. Doing volunteer work is fulfilling and beneficial to your career. A cover letter may be used to explain employment gaps, but they are often not parsed.

Don’t forget to give examples!

 

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Avoid making these mistakes during your interview, and increase your chances of closing the deal.

Being Late

Being Unprepared

Second, being unprepared for interview questions can cause you to digress from the question by  rambling on and on…. Rehearse! Be ready to answer questions like “why are you looking for a new job?” or “tell me about yourself” and be specific.

  • Being under dressed to the interview

What you should do to avoid this mistake? First things first, go to the interview dressed appropriately. It’s better to be over dressed to an interview than being dressed too casual. The job may not require a suit and tie every day, but if you can look your best then you have made a positive first impression.

  • No examples that demonstrate your skills

What you should do to avoid this mistake?  Avoid giving general answers like “I’ve worked with balance sheets, income statements, Microsoft Office…” Instead you should respond by giving specific examples that have quantitative data. You’ve probably worked on a project, so explain what you did. Let the interviewer know how much money you saved the company. “I saved the company $10,000” sounds better than “I saved the company money.” Other candidates may be leaving out details that can make you stand out.

  • You have not researched the company & you do not have any questions

 Once the interviewer is done asking you questions they’ll ask you if you have any questions for them. If you don’t have any regarding the company itself, ask the interviewer how he/she has been able to progress. You should definitely have looked up the company before your interview on their website, LinkedIn and other social networking sites.

Bad Mouthing Your Bosses/Company

In the news we’ve heard about people being fired for social media updates bad mouthing their bosses. Similarly, it is not the best idea to bad mouth your boss because you may come across as a disgruntled employee.  It is in your best interest to come across as positive .

The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

Winston Churchill

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Last week we were started to discuss what you do after you have been interviewed for a job. Today we continue the discussion and we’ll try to help you cover your bases.

References

Your potential employer will ask you to submit a couple of references. I have been put down as a reference by people, and sometimes they forget to tell me what job they’re trying to get. In case they don’t tell me, I always ask because I’m one of those people who doesn’t answer calls (when it comes from a strange looking number).

Tip:

  • Give your references the basics on the job.
  • Let them know when your interview takes place.
  • Ask them to have a window open before and after the interview
  • Double check you have their correct contact information

LinkedIn offers its users  opportunity to request recommendations, and give recommendations. It’s another way for employers and recruiters to learn about your skills and qualifications.

Thank You

Many people know they should do this, but how many of us actually send a thank you e-mail, or card? If you don’t you should. It doesn’t take much time. You can search “thank you cards” using your favorite search engine, and you’ll get over one hundred thousand results. The greenest form is a e-mailed thank you.

  • Remind them who you are
  • Thank them for their time
  • Don’t make it generic

The “thank you” should be sent after the interview. It reminds them of who you are, and it might just be that the other candidates haven’t sent them anything–making your name stand out.

Getting the News

By now you have marketed yourself as best you could. Your recruiter and you can now discuss how the client felt about you and why you did or didn’t get the job. Remember to stay positive!

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Waiting by the phone

You walk out the door after your interview, and the first thing people ask you after you had a job interview is, “how did it go?”  Candidates who work with a recruiter get a call after the interview to debrief (by the way, it’s okay to ask your recruiter how many candidates they’re interviewing). They ask you how you felt, what they asked you and other questions about the interview. Everyone is different in the way they deal with interviews, you may feel the interview went fine, you felt confident, or you may be unsure about it. Walking out the door from the interview to the time you wait by the phone for their call is nerve-wracking because you want to know right away if you got the job or not. 

Are they still looking at other candidates?

Recruiters typically call the client a few hours after the interview to follow-up.  Afterall, companies have to look at many candidates before they can make a choice.  You may contact your recruiter 24 hours after the interview–it’s not too soon–and it will show that you have initiative. However, you don’t want to be overly aggressive by calling all the time. Proper etiquette changes the way people feel about you.

“I’m shy. I don’t want to call, is it okay to send them an e-mail first?”

Yes, it’s fine. E-mails can convey your message in a professional matter–as long as you spell check–and the message is clear (who, what when, etc). We all have those moments when we don’t know what we’re going to say, we practice what we’re going to say before, but when you call you forget everything. There’s also that possibility that they can’t get to the phone and you leave a voice mail but it wasn’t clear. If it’s been days since you had your interview and you haven’t received a phone call, voicemail or an e-mail from the recruiters or the company, it doesn’t always mean they’re not interested.

Getting/Not Getting Hired

We will continue next week on this subject. We’ll go into references, thank you notes, and more… Subscribe to our blog & tell your friends!

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Job Growth in 2010    

Not a day goes by that we don’t hear or read about jobs. Most of those reports have been of job losses for months now; however, recent reports have been promising. According to U.S. Department of Labor, the current job market has been growing.    

THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION – APRIL 2010 (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/empsit.pdf)

 

One of the leading indicators that the market is on the rise from temporary job postings to full-time jobs. Online job sites like CareerBuilder and Dice predict this hiring trend to continue.    

Pro-Tem Solutions, Inc. offers staffing solutions for our clients with contract (long or short-term),  contract to hire, and full-time positions by filling them with the right people. In correlation with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Pro-Tem Solutions has experienced this job growth.  We have been busy posting new jobs for our candidates as well as connecting them with the right client in the professional fields Pro-Tem Solutions specializes.    

Successful Ways to Approach Today’s Growing Job Market    

1) Find a Recruiter    

  • Recruiters work directly with line managers.

  • They offer consulting and will prepare you



2) Research the Recruiter    

  • Find them on LinkedIn
  • Read their recommendations
  • Look for their field of specialization (e.g. Finance, Accounting, and IT)

3) Prepare    

  • First impressions matter to recruiters.
  • Phone interviews are just as important as any other, so don’t take them lightly. Try to find a quiet place to take their calls.
  • Don’t forget to LISTEN. 

Pro-Tem Solutions will help you whether you are a candidate looking for a job or a client looking for the right candidate. You can find us on LinkedIn, find one of our many talented recruiters, as well as many more career insights.

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