Going through school, it seemed your grades were going to determine the kind of job you receive. But what are recruiters really looking for when they are hiring besides grades? Surprisingly, your GPA isn't top of mind for recruiters. Chances are they are more interested in your soft skills. So, what are soft skills exactly and how can you best showcase them?
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January 13, 2021
Some of you may know the parable about the two woodcutters. There are several variants of the tale, but it boils down to this: two woodcutters decided to have a competition to see who could cut more wood in a single day. One chose to chop away at their fastest possible speed. The other chose to take breaks. The first woodcutter assumed he would have won because he went at the task relentlessly. He was astonished when the second woodcutter had chopped more trees.
March 18, 2020
Spring cleaning and updating your resume: two ideas that probably invoke feelings of dread. While the tasks are comparable in enjoyment to waiting at the DMV or visiting the dentist, they are nonetheless equally important. So, what are some ways we can clean the cobwebs out of your old, dusty resume and help you spring into that new job?
January 8, 2020
Let's face it, we have all enjoyed the holidays and probably let our work priorities and structural regimes slip. I find myself overwhelmed when I don’t have a good consistent level of organization whether it’s in my home, my car, workspace or even how I approach business opportunities.
November 27, 2019
Starting the hunt for a new job? Or putting feelers out to see what's available? Whatever the case may be, your resume needs to properly reflect not only the jobs and work you’ve done but also targeted on what you are looking for.
There are many certification programs that can increase your probability of working in a specific industry. However, they range from programs that only require you to study some information and pass a test to receive the certificate, to more in-depth programs that require years of industry experience to qualify for the certificate.
June 26, 2019
Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Just getting an interview can already be a tremendous hurdle to clear. If you are serious about trying to obtain a new position, there are a few steps to keep in mind.
Starting a new job and relocating at the same time is potentially one of the most stressful endeavors you can take on if not planned out correctly. Just because people apply for jobs that would require relocation, doesn't mean they always do the necessary research on the location prior to getting a job offer. Here are a few things to think about before that job offer comes.
There is a problem in the world of salespeople, and that problem is that they are often talking too much. If a salesperson asked a question every time they opened their mouth, more sales would be closed. Let’s take a step back for a second and think of a stereotypical used car salesman with their, “I’ll tell you what I’m going to do for you.” That is just a bad sales presentation, and everyone knows it. This salesman’s mouth is constantly moving, trying to force a sale. We all want a professional salesman, someone who lets the client or prospect do the talking by "reversing" to keep the conversation flowing in the direction of a closed deal.
November 21, 2018
Years and years ago, people tried to get the attention of a recruiter by making their paper resume/CV “stand out.” They’d try fancier paper, special fonts, columns, formatting, bold headlines and putting their picture on their CV. I personally like the fellow who mailed one new shoe to an employer with his resume and a note stating, “I’d like to get my other foot in the door.”
November 7, 2018
As a recruiter, I often hear candidates complain about not receiving responses to their job applications. The first question I always ask is, "Have you checked your resume to make sure your contact information is correct?" Most will say, "Yes" or "I’m pretty sure it’s correct," and that’s when I walk them through their resume.
October 24, 2018
I’m a big believer in tailoring your resume for the job opportunity you want. As you look at a job description, you see the skill and technologies requirements for the job. Why would you not add some of those keywords if you have that experience in your background?