In a tough job market, hiring managers’ attention span for reading resumes gets smaller and smaller. Typically, an employer spends all of about 10 seconds looking at any resume. To make this time count, you need to make sure you create a concise, attention grabbing profile.
So where is their attention going first? The top. The first third of your resume is where they will spend the most time reading. If there is too much text, and doesn’t cater to the position they are trying to fill, you’re sure to lose their interest.
The top third portion of your resume should include the most noteworthy details about yourself and your career. Tell them why you’re most qualified for the job, by showing your career highlights. Make sure you include the exact position you are applying for, and if you are currently employed explain why it relates to the position you are applying for. Don’t fill your career summary with generic statements that don’t speak directly about who you are. Think of it as your sales pitch. Sell yourself as the hardworking, qualified candidate you are!
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An interviewer will start off with this statement for several reasons. The main reason they may ask this is to find out what you feel is important about yourself. The most important thing to do is highlight your achievements, and emphasize what you can do on the job. Don’t talk about where you’re from or what you do on the weekends. List your strengths or skills, and tell them about your past experiences and proven success. Keep your answer short, but make it count. Conclude with a statement about your current situation and explain what you are currently looking for in a company. And remember, practice! Even if you are not asked this question, your preparation will help you focus on what you should mention in other aspects of your interview.
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It can be difficult to focus on your job-searching while the weather is warm, and applications get in the way of beach days and barbeques. However if you can get past these summer distractions, this is a great time to boost your job search. While your competition is lying by the pool, take advantage of this opportunity to accelerate your search efforts. Set goals on a weekly basis to keep your job hunt on track. During your free time, improve your work skills with a new book. Read up on things that will fill in any knowledge gaps in the workplace. While you are at those fun barbeques or baseball games, use this as an opportunity to network. Adjust your elevator pitch to suit your audience and situation, and you could land some pretty significant contacts. Lastly, don’t forget to mobilize your job search! If you know you won’t be home as often as usual, download apps to help you manage your network and access your resume. You never know when an offer will come up, and it’s always best to be prepared.
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Have you felt like you are at a standstill in your career, and wonder how to rise up the corporate ladder? We have some helpful strategies on how to finally win that big promotion.
- Pursue new skills. Show your employer that you are marketable for more responsibility by volunteering to take on more projects or assignments. Don’t overwhelm yourself, but show that you are willing to expand your knowledge.
- Separate yourself. While it may be comforting to complain and gossip at work, don’t do it. To get ahead, you must differentiate yourself from your competitors. Focus on networking with key influencers of your career success. Network with upper leadership and don’t be afraid to use common interests for future conversation.
- Keep track of your work. When it’s time to discuss a possible promotion, you will be able to prove your tasks and accomplishments.
- Be yourself! Focus on producing great work, and commit to yourself and your goals.
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As a recent grad, you’ll be going on interviews for your first “real job” soon. While you may be prepared, we have a few questions that you should ask during your interview.
1. What is a typical day for someone who holds this position? It’s important to know what your daily tasks will consist of. This will help you decide whether this position is right for you.
2. What type of management style would I be working under? Before you go into the interview, recognize which office environment you see yourself being the most successful.
3. What are the biggest challenges of this job? Make sure you are prepared for any upcoming challenges. You do not want to accept a job you are not capable of doing.
4. How did you become successful with this company? This is where you can get firsthand advice on how to be successful with this individual company. Asking the interviewer about their career path will give insight as to how your future could look with the company.
5. Where do you see the future of this company? Determine if your future goals align with the company’s future goals. Asking this question will also allow you to see how much of a future you have with the company.
We hope you find these helpful and good luck in your post-college job search!
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Do you love to travel? Does the thought of sitting at a desk for work make you cringe? Fortunately, many job opportunities require frequent travel, and one of them might be right for you! Don’t just rely on your vacation or retirement days to see the world. Check out these jobs that allow you to travel while you work.
1) English teacher- There is always a demand for English teachers in non-English speaking countries. The good news is that you don’t have to earn an entire Bachelor’s Degree in order to teach overseas. Many of these jobs only require a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification. You don’t have to know the native language in order to teach there and you can teach children or adults.
2) Tour Guide- There are always open opportunities for knowledgeable and friendly tour guides to help fulfill both their own and others’ desire for adventurous journeys. In order to be a successful tour guide, you need to know your city (if not several) inside and out and also communicate well with people. It definitely helps to speak another language, but it is not required!
3) Traveling Nurse- With a recent shortage of nurses, this can work to your advantage if you’re qualified and capable. This opportunity allows you to travel from one hospital to another, caring for people in many different cities. Since you’d be working for a company, a big plus is that you will be provided with accommodations such as a furnished home and travel stipends.
4) Event Coordinator- Being in charge of coordinating large scale events such as trade shows could be a wonderful opportunity for a travel lover. You can meet with vendors from across the country, and travel to different locations to manage everything from event setup to clean up.
5) Consultant- Many companies hire consultants to handle specific problems. Since their knowledge is specialized, their client base is usually spread all over the country (or world). Frequent on site visits will allow any traveler to get their fix.
6) Fashion Designer- What could be better than expressing your creativity at work and being able to travel? Fashion designers who work abroad have the opportunity to not only meet and work with talented people from around the world, but can also introduce new designs in different places.
Did you know that we are currently looking for fashion designers to work with one of our clients, a fast fashion brand from Turkey? If you are interested in a great opportunity to work in Turkey for up to a year, contact us at email@example.com. There are so many perks of working with a recruiter, including negotiating visas, covering travel expenses, etc. Give it a shot, we look forward to hearing from you!
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Unfortunately not all of us are in jobs that we love. Many times, a job is for the obvious reasons- to pay bills and afford our hobbies. In a tough job market, quitting without another job lined up is just too risky. If you are unhappy with your current job, we have some helpful advice on how to cope when quitting isn’t an option.
- Don’t complain. Focus on the positives and try to think about how lucky you are to have a job in the first place. Steer clear of workplace dram and avoid argumentative people. Surrounding yourself with friendly and happy energy will put you in a better mood throughout the day.
- Choose a better perspective. Remind yourself that this job isn’t permanent. Changing jobs every few years has become very common, so don’t think you’re stuck forever.
- Be a better worker. Instead of wasting your time feeling unhappy, enhance your skills. Take advantage of training programs if your company offers them, or maybe even take an online course. Find a way to acquire new information and let it inspire you.
- Set job hunting goals. The best way to get through a hard time is setting goals for the near future. When you reach these goals, you have something to feel good about.
Take responsibility for your own happiness! You’ll be working where you want to be before you know it.
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We received another question for our team of recruiters, thanks Dan! Remember, you can leave your questions in the comment section of our blog, or contact us through Twitter or Facebook! Here is Dan’s question:
Do you think I should only use past supervisors as references? Can I use co-workers? I’m asking because my supervisor doesn’t know that I’m looking for a job, so I can’t really use them as a reference.
I highly suggest using a past supervisor as your professional reference! You don’t want to jeopardize your current position, but ask a previous supervisor. Your direct supervisor will be able to properly assess your performance and work ethic and can give specific examples to support these. A coworker or personal reference may not be able to give an unbiased reference or speak to your professional experience. A positive reference can help you secure a job, so ask someone that can speak most thoroughly to your efficiency and effectiveness in the workplace.
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Our style expert Rachel Levin, of Rachel Levin Style, is here again to answer another fashion question! Here is Rachel’s advice about dressing for summer interviews.
I think it’s hard to dress for interviews during the summer. Do you think sleeveless dresses are ok? What about sandals, is that a no no? Looking for any advice for summer interviewing!
The combination of high humidity and temperatures over the summer make it challenging to adapt your professional dress, especially when you want to be cool, calm, and collected for interviews. Though it can be tempting to dress for the weather, my best advice is to keep the culture of the company first and foremost in your mind when selecting interview looks. Great sources to determine the culture are company websites, stores, Facebook and Linked-In profiles, and of course your amazing partners at Pyramid. If the company you are interviewing with has a more formal dress code, choose suiting in lighter weight natural fibers like cotton or linen that will breathe, sleeveless underpinnings, and carry a jacket or cardigan to layer over top once indoors in the air conditioning. In this case also select shoe styles that cover your toes and make sure to finish your look with accessories. If the company you are visiting has a less formal dress code and you are going to go with sleeveless or open toes options, finishing your look becomes key. Head to toe grooming is always essential to look fresh and pulled together despite the heat, and the outfit should be completed with statement accessories that take the place of your jacket as a “third” piece. In the heat it’s important to bring water, arrive early, and cool down in the air conditioning so you can feel comfortable to put your best foot forward. All my best wishes for your summer interviewing and please let me know if you have any more questions!
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It’s tough to figure out how to make yourself stand out during a group interview, especially when the other candidates seem more qualified. You might feel intimidated or worried about speaking in front of a group of people. Many times companies use group interviews to see how candidates interact and problem solve with others. Here are some ways you can move past the first round and secure a one on one interview.
- When candidates are waiting for a group interview to begin, they tend to stay quiet and keep to themselves. Resist the urge to look at your phone, and introduce yourself. Show the others that you know how to network, and that you are confident, even if the interviewer isn’t present yet.
- Include the other candidates. After introducing yourself and speaking with the other candidates, you’ll be able to address them by name during the interview. For example, if the interviewer asks you a situational question, you can answer with “Brian and I were just discussing a similar situation. Under those circumstances I would…” This will allow you to build off the other candidate’s answers, and show your leadership skills.
- Listen carefully. Make sure you are always attentive and alert. While someone else is talking, nod or smile. Show you’re a team player and be kind and supportive towards the other candidates.
- Speak with a purpose. While this is difficult for a shy person, it is important to be confident in each of your responses. Don’t let your voice trail off during your answer and don’t give someone the opportunity to talk over you. You don’t have to constantly speak, but make sure what you say is unique and contributes to the conversation.
- Thank your interviewer and co-interviewees. Shake hands with the interviewer and the others. This shows you are both polite and respectful.
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