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5 Job Search and Resume Mistakes

May 13th, 2014

While some may think that the job search is easier than ever thanks to technology, the truth is that it has become quite difficult and robotic. It is rarer for people to walk into buildings and introduce themselves along with their resume and application. Instead, applicants are performing their job search at a computer and simply hitting the “Send” button. How does that set you apart from the rest?

The biggest problem about bad job search and resume habits is that there is a high possibility that you aren’t even aware that you are making mistakes. The old saying, “What you don’t know, won’t hurt you,” is not appropriate in this case; on the contrary, what you don’t know might cost you the job.

Are you focused in your job search?

Are you focused in your job search?

5 Job Search Mistakes You Might Be Making 

1. Relying on your resume to land you the job. 

As stated earlier, simply handing in the same resume and only slightly tweaked cover letter has become the status quo. So many people are competing for jobs these days, and while they may not have the personable skills that you do, their resume might look better. More likely, someone else is taking the time to write a specific cover letter or personally call and/or visit the office to talk directly to the hiring manager.

2. Filling your resume with light facts instead of hard accomplishments, success and skills. 

Job searching is stressful and it can be exhausting; it’s not normal for someone to have to sell themselves on a daily basis. Have your resume do some of that work for you by stating professional accomplishments, actual success numbers and critical skills that you have learned. This will help you more than “Microsoft Office savvy” or “Excellent customer service.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Staffing Agency Interview Tips: 4 Things They’re Looking For

May 6th, 2014

If you’re preparing for an interview at a staffing agency, it’s important that you treat it as a real interview that could put you in the position of your dreams. Why, you may ask? The staffing agency that you interview with is going to become your advocate and put you exactly where you need to be to reach your goals; so it’s important that you dress the part.

Every staffing agency wants to help and, like any other prospective employer, they are going to ask many questions to find out about character, experience and work ethic. But there are a couple of different things that recruiters will look for as well. staffing agency interview

4 Interview Tips from a Staffing Agency 

1. Do you know what you want? 

Staffing agencies deal with so many different opportunities, ranging from full-time to holiday gigs. If you can define exactly what kind of work you are looking for, it makes the recruiter’s job a lot easier. Are you looking for something to pay the bills or venturing into a new field? Be clear about your goals and recruiters will do their best to put you on the right path.  Read the rest of this entry »

Image is Everything: Social Media and the Job Hunt

May 10th, 2012

You know what they say: Image is everything.

You got the degree, the experience, and the motivation to move forward and establish your career.

You hit a home run on the resume and even dazzled prospective employers at the interview. They’re ready to hire you to represent their company.

Then they Google your name and the first picture that pops up is you doing an Ultimate Beer Funnel challenge.

Clearly, despite all of your preparation and experience, you are not ready to be an employee at XYZ, Inc. Or at least that’s what the executive who wanted to hire you thinks now.

Social media has really revolutionized the way we interact with one another and nothing is all that private anymore.

Here are some tips on how to avoid a social media-induced disaster when it comes to landing and sticking to that job you want.

  1. Make sure all of your privacy settings are up and updated regularly. This is pretty simple and it can keep some photos of you from being found. It may also be wise to set your settings to where you need to approve a picture’s tag before it appears on your wall or timeline. And check those setting regularly! There have been times when a sites updates have wiped out certain settings you thought you had all along.
  2. A good rule of thumb? Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want your parents to see. Think about those disapproving looks parents give when you do something a bit extreme. Now apply that to some of the things you may write online.
  3. Assume you can be found even with the best of security settings. I don’t think anyone expects you to live like a saint, but if you’re on the kitchen floor and clearly hanging on for dear life, you’ve gone a bit far.
  4. Don’t be afraid to direct employers to the professional networking sites. LinkedIn has become a great resource to show off your professional side. Posting links to things relevant in your field also makes you look knowledgeable beyond the classroom.
  5. They notice how you type and they remember it. This goes for how you spell words and how you use those words. Vulgar language is bad. What’s worse is if you misspell said vulgar language. Remember that how you type in the social sphere says how you might use language in public, and as a representative of the company.

Just remember, the things you write online are there for the world to see. Even if you have your privacy settings on total lockdown, just remember that there is someone who can take a screen snap shot and then link your name to that.

For more information, contact Josephine’s Professional Staffing to get more tips on how to deal with social media do’s and don’ts when looking for work.