A Recruiter’s Perspective

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If you’ve never worked with a recruiting firm in your job search, applying for jobs at XYZ Company could seem intimidating.  But what if you could ask a recruiter any question you wanted? From interviews and resumes, to what it is recruiters actually do; we sat three of our top recruiters in on a roundtable discussion and asked them some of these questions. Here are the first four questions we asked them.

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Question 1: You receive or find resumes from two different people who have the EXACT experience and qualifications you’re seeking to fulfill a client’s job. What would make one resume stand out over the other?

“Personally, I like a resume that is clean, thought out and not thrown together. As a recruiter, I see hundreds of resumes a day. For me, it’s important to find your experience quickly. I shouldn’t have to search through paragraphs or pages to find your experience. Bullet points are always a plus compared to paragraphs.” – Michelle

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Question 2: What makes one job seeker stand out in a phone interview compared to others?

“Personality. This is their opportunity to sell themselves. For instance, if I’m hiring for an HR Coordinator position, the nature of the job requires you to be friendly and personable. If you’re dull and giving me one word answers, then I might move on to the next job seeker.” – Irene

“Attention and Professionalism. If I call you to talk about a job opportunity, I want to know that you are giving me your time and focus, without having the TV blaring in the background.” – Michelle

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Question 3: What advice would you give to a job seeker on how to successfully work with a staffing/recruiting firm?

“Be open minded when working with a staffing firm. You never know where a job opportunity might take you.” – Jackie

“Treat the staffing firm as your actual employer. We work directly with the company you’re trying to get a job with and at the end of the day, with a temporary or contract job, we will be your direct employer.” – Michelle

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Question 4: What would you say are the advantages of taking a temporary/contract assignment?

“It’s an opportunity for you to get more experience and exposure in an industry you’re looking to work in. You can build your experience and skill sets that might open up more opportunities in the long run.” – Jackie

Do you have a question for our recruiters? Email your question to [email protected] and it might get featured on the next Recruiter’s Perspective.

The Best Tools for Success for Job Seekers

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Once a week we feature a “Tool for Success” that can help in your career, job search, and more. Here is a roundup of five tools we previously featured that can specifically help job seekers be successful in their job hunt.

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1. Job Dash – A free program that can help set goals in your job search and organize your applications and interviews.

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2. Wix – A free website creator you could use to create a website and show off your skills and experience.

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3. Photofeeler – A free program that rates your professional photos so you can find the best picture to represent you.

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4. About.Me – A free tool where users can create a profile that pulls their contact information, bio, and interest. Use this tool to increase your professional online presence.

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5. Prezi – A free website dedicated to making presentations interactive. Create a presentation version of your resume and share it to potential employers.

Tools for Success: JobDash

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If you’re in the market for a new job, you have to try this week’s tool for success: JobDash. JobDash is a free online tool that helps you set job search goals and keep them. You can keep track of the jobs you applied for, interview’s you’ve attended, and JobDash even offers coaching courses for best practices during your job search.

To start, you have to request permission to sign up for a free account. They will send you an email once you are accepted and you’re free to create an online profile. Once you’ve added some of the basics to your personal profile, JobDash will recommend goals and jobs to apply for.

This is a great tool if you consistently find yourself confused on what jobs you applied for, who you have interviewed with, and if you’ve sent a thank you letter or not. Have you tried JobDash before? How does it help you become successful in your job search?

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Tools for Success: Unroll.Me

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Does your inbox get cluttered with junk email and now it’s so overwhelming that just the thought of unsubscribing from each one is exhausting? If you’re looking for an easy way to clean up your inbox, this week’s Tool for Success: Unroll.Me is for you. Unroll.Me is a free tool that makes organizing your inbox a breeze.

In just a few clicks, choose the emails you don’t want anymore and Unroll.Me will unsubscribe from them for you. The emails you do want to keep are added to a digest called “The Rollup.” Once a day, “the rollup” appears in your inbox with all the subscriptions you decided to keep. No need to look through multiple emails, just one email with all your favorites.

What tool do you use to help organize your email?

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Tools for Success: Dropbox

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Have you ever found yourself trying to attach something to an email and it won’t send because the attachment is too large? Or what about trying to send a lot of information (Pamphlets, flyers, brochures) to a client or customer? This week’s Tool for Success: Dropbox, is a free service that offers cloud storage so you can easily share your documents, videos, and photos.

For the free account, you get 2GB of storage. If you or your business needs more than 2GB, you can pay extra to receive more storage space. This is a great tool when needing to send a lot of paperwork or store content for a project. Another great way to utilize Dropbox is when you are interviewing for jobs. Upload your portfolio to Dropbox and share it with the person conducting the interview before hand. Especially if you have a bigger portfolio, trying to send it over an email can get messy. With Dropbox, you simply send them a link to give them access to the folder and they can view everything in your portfolio.

The best part about Dropbox is you can access is it anywhere. From your phone, any computer, or tablet, just sign in to your account to access your online storage.

Have you used Dropbox before? What ways do you use it?

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