Is Your Resume Finding The Trash?

Resume-in-trashIs your resume hitting recruiters’ inbox like junk mail and spam? You know what it’s like to get advertisements for products you’ll never use, or ads so poorly done you wonder if the company is real. Recruiters and HR feel the same way when they get resumes for candidates who don’t seem to fit the positions they’re trying to fill. The best case scenario is that they put you into a “just in case nothing else works out” folder that they go to when none of the other resumes fit the bill. The sheer number of resumes recruiters receive means that you need to stand out if you want to get their attention. Continue reading “Is Your Resume Finding The Trash?”

So… tell me about yourself

Most often, after a little small talk – the first question you’re going to get in an interview is, “Tell me about yourself.” This doesn’t mean you should recite your entire life story or regurgitate your resume. Instead, it’s your opportunity to sell the hiring manager on why you’re the right one for the job.handshake over signed cotract

A simple formula that works is the Present-Past-Future. You start with the present—where you are right now. Then, segue into the past—a little bit about the experiences you’ve had and the skills you gained at the previous position. Finally, finish with the future—why you are really excited for this particular opportunity.

This takes practice – practice – practice! you should create a written presentation and rehearse until you’re comfortable and it flows naturally.

Here’s an example:

Hiring Manager: Hi Kelly. Why don’t you start by telling me a little bit about yourself? Continue reading “So… tell me about yourself”

Networking Still On Top!

Over the past decade job hunting using employment agency recruiters, job boards and networking sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn have become commonplace choices. Guess what? the real truth is that “old fashion” direct networking still remains the overall winner when it comes to actually getting leads that convert to actual hires.

Continue reading “Networking Still On Top!”