13Aug 2017

Having a professional and optimized LinkedIn profile is great for your personal brand, as it is one of the first places prospective employers and colleagues go to learn more about your background, education, skills and qualifications. Your profile should sell you well as a viable candidate and qualified professional who has something to offer any company you choose to join. Here are some steps you can take to make a good impression on LinkedIn: Continue reading

23Jul 2017

It is very important that candidates do everything within their power to ensure job search success. Many job seekers take this process very seriously, even going above and beyond to improve their resumes, practice their interview skills, and network to gain access to more job openings. Unfortunately, that is not always enough, as candidates realize it often comes down to who you know… and who will give you a chance. Many employers are fair and ethical, but there are some that use unfair, unethical and downright discriminatory practices they know are very difficult for candidates to prove. Continue reading

09Jul 2017

It’s easy to become frustrated or discouraged during the job search process, especially if the job search has been long and uneventful. Your personal attitude will make a difference in how the job search progresses, so make sure you stay positive and optimistic throughout the process. It is important that you stay positive and motivated so you get your desired results. Your positive energy will not only help you while searching for jobs, but will also resonate with recruiters and hiring managers. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression, so your positive attitude and energy is everything.  The tips below will help you stay positive so you put your best foot forward. Continue reading

25Jun 2017

No matter how diligently companies advertise they abide by Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws, many still can’t avoid the personal and cultural biases their HR and recruiting staff bring to the workplace. EEO sounds ideal in theory, but is hard to enforce since most people do not willingly admit to their innate biases. With that said, it is imperative that job candidates at risk for these types of biases protect themselves. The candidates most affected by this vicious form of discrimination typically fall within a protected class. In the United States federal anti-discrimination law, a protected class is a group of people with a common characteristic who are legally protected from discrimination on the basis of that characteristic. Continue reading

11Jun 2017

Losing one’s job is one of the most stressful experiences an individual can go through other than divorce and the death of a loved one. The impacts of downsizing and reduction in workforce can be unnerving and scary for everyone involved.  While it may be difficult for the HR professionals responsible for delivering the bad news, it is even harder for employees on the receiving end. Companies have found it can make a world of difference offering outplacement services instead of the traditional handshake and last pay check. This is the reason many companies offer outplacement services to employees, to ensure a smooth transition for those negatively impacted. In times like these, outplacement services provide valuable resources and support to help job seekers successfully maneuver the job market. Continue reading

28May 2017

A Recruiter’s job is very fast-paced and often times a thankless job.  The job of a recruiter is to source and identify qualified candidates which can be like searching for a needle in a hay stack. Though as a job seeker it may seem as if recruiters don’t care and never respond to you, think about all the jobs they fill with candidates on a daily basis.  Sometimes it takes a little patience on your part and some timely follow up to ensure you grab the attention of recruiters in a positive way. Believe me, recruiters want nothing more than to fill open positions so they can move on to filling other positions. Not only do they have to try to please candidates, but they also have hiring managers with a different set of demands directed at them. It is your responsibility to try to work with recruiters and become their ally in ensuring you get their attention and ultimately the job you desire.  Here are some steps you can take to build a favorable relationship with recruiters Continue reading

14May 2017

Most job seekers do not give themselves the best chances for success during the job search and hiring process. They often use generic and uninspiring resumes to market themselves. Job seekers typically get just one chance to wow recruiters and hiring managers with their resumes. Recruiters usually take only 10 to 15 seconds to scan resumes in order to make a quick decision as to whether or not a candidate is a good fit for open positions. For that reason, it imperative that job seekers invest in resumes that will market them to the best of their abilities. Resumes need to set candidates apart, and must be eye catching, unique and tailored to the positions employers are seeking to fill. Recruiters and hiring managers do not have time to waste reviewing candidates that are not qualified. Continue reading

30Apr 2017

Many employees and job seekers fail to keep their skillsets sharp and up to date. Ongoing training ensures that employees are prepared when promotion opportunities arise. Most job seekers do not place great importance on training and preparing for a new job placement in advance as they should. The decision to proactively learn more to improve job chances is just as important as hiring a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) to help craft a resume and prepare for job interviews. Investing in your career development is extremely important in improving your chances of career growth.  Here are a few reasons below to support why you should proactively gain new knowledge. Continue reading