Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Resume Information

There are a multitude of websites and books out there that discuss the proper format of a resume, so I'm not going to touch on format here other than to say, "Make sure that your resume is easy to read and follow even by someone who doesn't have the same expertise as you do." My focus today is going to be on content.
Many job seekers make the mistake of drafting a resume that looks like their current job description. This is a huge mistake. Hiring managers know what the standard job description for their open position looks like. When they see your resume and they read your title (for example, Process Engineer) they already know what the duties of a Process Engineer are. What they need to know is what you've done while in that role. Many job seekers make the mistake of under valuing their skills and experiences.
It is imperative that you include in your resume what you've accomplished. By this, I mean put in the numbers. If you've improved on the product yield, or the run time, or if you've decreased the amount of waste associated with the production of your product you need to include this in your resume. What percentage of improvement did you facilitate? Put it in your resume. Did you write and implement new Standard Operating Procedures? If so, put it in your resume. I can not emphasize the importance of this enough. Hiring managers want to know what you can bring to their company and the only way that you can let them know these things is if you can convince them that it is worth their time and money to bring you in for an interview. Resumes won't get you hired. You have to get to the interview phase of the hiring process for that to happen. How can you convince the hiring manager to bring you in for a face to face? By making your resume stand out.
Another way to make your resume stand out (and get past HR) is to make sure that you include any and all of the buzz words associated with your position. You know what they are. You use them everyday. You'll find them in your job description (although don't use this as an excuse to copy your job description into your resume). Just make sure that you include the buzz words in your resume.
Lastly, don't get sucked into the myth that a resume shouldn't be longer than two (2) pages. If you have 15 years of progressive experience it is going to be extremely difficult to pare your experience down to two (2) pages. You shouldn't have to and you simply shouldn't do it. Chances are if you've forced yourself to make your resume fit on two (2) pages you've left out some pretty important information and more than likely you've left out many of your accomplishments. Don't make your resume into a novel by any means, but don't sell yourself short in order to fit on two (2) pages.

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Networking

A great way to find a new career opportunity is through networking. Throughout your career you've met people who've come and gone from the company that you are currently (or previously) employed by. Granted, not all of them are going to be a good source for networking (lets face it, some of the people that you meet at work can be a little scary) but most of them are going to be great networking assets.
Networking will help you to get your foot in the door of a prospective employer and it doesn't hurt that you're coming with a 'stamp of approval' from someone that they've already hired.
Now how do you do it? How do you network? Easy. Just keep in touch with the people that you work with and/or have worked with in the past. With social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, microblogging sites like Twitter, and professional networking sites like Linked In it has never been easier to keep in touch with people. Of course good old fashioned phone calls work too.
Once you're ready to start your career search make sure that you let those people that you've been keeping in touch with know that you are looking for a new opportunity. While they may not have a job for you themselves, they more than likely will have heard of someone who is looking to hire.

Feel free to visit our website McCabe Group. Or you can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In. We're always happy to network.

Good Luck and Happy Hunting!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What Every Job Seeker Should Know About Using Job Boards

Job boards can be a great way to get your resume out in front of multiple companies and recruiting firms in the shortest amount of time. However, I strongly recommend keeping your resume confidential (most if not all job boards allow this). There are a couple of reasons for doing this. First, if your resume is confidential recruiters will be unable to submit it to jobs without first contacting you for your consent. (I know it's hard to believe, but recruiters have earned the nicknames of head hunters and flesh peddlers for a reason.) This may not seem like a big deal to you, however, imagine this scenario. A recruiter calls and tells you that they've found your resume on a job board and that they have an opportunity with a client company that they think you will be interested in. After discussing the opportunity and the client you decide that this is your dream job, and yes, you would love to have your resume submitted. The next day the recruiter calls and tells you "Sorry, but my client has already received your resume from two other recruiters and they cannot accept the referral from me. Also, just so that you are aware they are not considering you for the job, because it appears that do not know where your resume is (where it has been submitted to) and they see that as a lack of professionalism. Or worse, (this one happened to a friend) you've recently been hired by a new company that you love, but you've forgotten to remove your resume from one of the job boards. A recruiter finds your resume (which doesn't have your new employer listed on it because you didn't update the job board since you aren't looking for a job any longer, remember?) and he/she submits your resume to a division of your new employer, oops!
Second, if you are gainfully employed while conducting your job search keep in mind that many (if not most) companies have access to the major job boards. It only takes a couple of minutes each day for someone in HR to search the job boards for all resumes posted containing your company name. Now they know who is looking to leave. Is this grounds to fire someone? No, it isn't. That doesn't mean that it isn't grounds to pass someone up for a promotion, a raise, etc.
Moral of the story? Always know who has your resume, where it has been submitted to, and what the result of that submission was. Even if it is not positive feedback, it will allow you to polish your resume so that the next time the feedback will be positive.

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Thursday, September 02, 2010

What Every Job Seeker Should Know About Recruiters

Searching for a new job can be one of the most daunting tasks that any of us ever faces. Even if you are gainfully employed while conducting your search it is still a frustrating and time consuming endeavor. Some people feel that looking for a new position is a job in and of itself.
Many of us remember the days of newspaper ads and hand delivering a paper resume directly to a hiring company. In most cases this approach is no longer advised as most companies now use ATS (applicant tracking systems) which require that resume be submitted electronically. While this makes sending your resume into a company easier, it also makes it more difficult to follow-up with the hiring company because you are unable to find out to whom you should be speaking. This is where using a recruiter can be helpful.
In most instances recruiters are in direct contact with the hiring manager and are able to provide feedback on your resume once it has been submitted and reviewed. However, it is your job to follow-up with the recruiter or else you may fall by the wayside if the feedback was not positive. Here's a note of caution. If a recruiter calls and informs you of an open position currently available but refuses to tell you who the client is, you should think long and hard before allowing them to submit your resume. Think about it. Would you send your confidential information into a blind address? In most cases companies that are in search of qualified applicants do not make the position confidential (in some cases they do, especially if the incumbent is about to be terminated) however recruiters typically use this "confidential posting" ploy in order to guarantee that the candidate doesn't tell other people (thus allowing that other person to apply on their own without going through the recruiter) or other recruiters (thus informing the competition of an open position). There is nothing wrong with telling a recruiter that you won't give your consent to submit your resume without knowing who the client company is (if the recruiter believes you to be a strong candidate for the position, they'll tell you who the client is in order to make sure that they are the ones who get your resume in).
Utilizing recruiters can be one of the easiest ways to conduct your job search. A good recruiter will do all of the leg work for you. They'll call you whenever a job is available that looks to be a good match for skill set, and they'll have inside information on some jobs that aren't even posted on the job boards yet. Most importantly, most recruiters get paid on commission (by the hiring company of course, using a recruiter doesn't cost you a dime). What does this mean for you the job seeker? It means that the recruiter is going to work hard to make sure that you find a job in a timely fashion, and that you get paid a salary that is in your best interest (and the recruiters best interest, because the more money you make, the more money he/she makes).
Moral of the story? Use a recruiter when possible, because a good one will make the job search seem a little less daunting.