Your Job Search Could Be Maligned By Your Resume

Your Job Search Could Be Maligned By Your Resume

Written by Nick Curtin

In today’s job search, people seeking employment are judged by their digital presence. This presence covers a myriad of areas, but is mainly encompassed by your resume. Whether it is posted in a job aggregator, job board, or emailed into human resources – that digital piece of paper will be scanned, scrutinized, and settled in 60 seconds. The resume is a double-edged sword – it can be the key or the obstruction to the doors of opportunity. In 2014, there are some key aspects to keep in mind before sending out a resume: location, key wording, grammatical errors, technology, achievements, and formatting.

 

Location

Every open space on a resume is a valuable piece of real estate. Take advantage of it! Do not bother with your address or the address’s of your places of work. These are often only negating factor, as it will be ASSUMED that certain job sites are too far of a commute for the individual. In my experience, I expect that when a candidate applies for a position, they know where the job site is located and are prepared for the commute. Therefore, do not give a recruiter a chance to deny you based on your location. If you are a qualified candidate, the unknown location will only fuel them to follow up with you.

Key Wording

Before you hit the ‘Apply’ button be sure that you have incorporated the job description within your resume. Not only should you have read the job description you are applying to, but  other company’s descriptions of similar positions as well. Then use their key words against them and immerse them within your resume.  This tactic is especially important when you are posting the resume on a job board. The more industry related keywords you use in your resume/profile, the more traffic that will be driven to it.

Grammatical Errors

How can you say you are ‘detail oriented’ if your resume is abound with grammatical errors and nonsensical phrases. I have worked with many hiring managers that will throw out your resume on the first error.  Your resume is an extension of yourself.  Have it reviewed by your family, peers, colleagues, etc. Opinions are like butts elbows we all have them. You do not have to heed everyone’s opinion, but the important part is that you are now cognizant of many points of view dealing with your resume. Thereby allowing you to make informed decisions on the content.

Technology 

As technology goes, so does the world. We are obligated to be familiar with certain softwares as a foundation block for most position. Upon which, we build and familiarize ourselves with the specified technology that is incorporated within our given fields.  Be sure to list any all and technology that you were exposed to, along with your level of expertise. (You can gain degrees of competency for many software programs if you watch YouTube Tutorials on them – food for thought).

Achievements

As important as listing your duties for each job may be, writing out your achievements for each position is just as important. No matter how small, if you are proud of a contribution at your past employment, list it! Preferably, with data/numbers aligned with your achievements to reinforce it.. Recruiters/Hiring managers love numbers!

Formatting

Unless you are applying for a Graphic Designer position, we would recommend sticking with the traditional black typeface on a light sheet of paper. Furthermore, you should only use one size typeface throughout the whole resume (except for your name), emphasize your job titles – not the companies you worked at, and align everything to the left. Many, but not all, are taught to read left to right, thereby streamlining your resume to those natural tendencies will only aid your resume review.

 

There  may be different opinions on the key aspects of building a resume, but these 6 should provide a solid foundation for you to build upon. If you would like to debate any said points, please feel free to tweet at us or post on our Facebook. We would be more than happy to hear your opinions!

 

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Success Story: Rewarding a Leap of Faith

Success Story: Rewarding a Leap of Faith

Apollo’s CEO, Gayle Williams, took a leap of faith leaving her job in order to start up her own staffing firm. Since Apollo’s infancy, we have been a major supplier of quality talent to the aerospace industry. Over 30 years later it is safe say, Gayle’s leap paid dividends! We have grown in size and diversified our talent pools to fill an assortment of fields, but we never forgot where we started. To this day, Apollo still maintains strong relationships with some of the biggest commercial and military aircraft producers in the United States.  Our success story this week, Ben Trussell, has been in the aerospace field as long as Apollo has been a company and he has known about Apollo for years, without ever working with us.  In 2014, Ben took a leap of faith and accepted one of our engineering positions, and we are so happy he did! Below is a chapter from Ben Trussell’s success story.

 

Prior to working with Apollo, what were you looking for in a career?  

Actually, after graduating from college (1978) and with my machinist background I thought I could do just about anything. I envisioned myself being the first Manufacturing Engineer in space. Since that did not happen, I’ve gone on a long career path in the U.S., Australia and Europe. All through my career I’ve tried to excel in furthering my field of knowledge in Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering. I was and still am fortunate to be paired with some of the most knowledgeable  people I’ve ever met. For people not knowing what a Manufacturing Engineer does, my reply is “I make engineers dreams come true”.  They can design and envision, then I tell them what’s real in making and building those projects. I’ve worked on a lot exciting projects past, present and will be in the future as a major player. Some of those are B-1 bomber, B-2 bomber, 747/767/757/737/787/777, F-18, F-16, F-22 and the list goes on. From detail part fabrication to the final deliverable product.

How did you find about Apollo? 

I’ve known Apollo for years and was approached on occasions with this being the first time working for them.

How did your experience with Apollo compare to what you expected or experienced with other staffing firms?  

That’s a good question, my experience with Apollo is limited to the past two months. The people are both professional and determined to get them working and support their clients. Other agencies did a good job, but Apollo does that and more. By more, I mean, a more personalized and caring approach.

What excites you most about your current job?

The challenge and drive to get into a new position and take charge of whatever your assigned. One thing that is most prevalent in contracting is “have fun and enjoy the job”.

In there anyone specifically at Apollo that you would like to thank?

To all the people I’ve come in contact with – everybody is friendly and willing to help.

 

Ben Trussell is just one of the many people’s lives we touch and we are so happy to help contribute to each and every person’s individual success story. If you are curious how you can accelerate your story feel free to give us a call here.

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Contracting and How to Avoid Co-employment

Contracting and How to Avoid Co-employment

Written by Lilly Segura

Contracting can be confusing. A number of different issues can arise in the workplace and it is often difficult to make a decision about whom you should consult with for a solution.  In all cases your employer is your staffing agency. Co-employment refers to an employee-employer relationship with two distinct entities. In short, Apollo is your sole employer. You are placed on assignment at a facility where you will be working with and taking direction from associates who are a Supervisor or Hiring Manager for your client. Co-employment should ultimately be avoided. Here are some tips to help you steer clear of co-employment.

Who should I go to if there is an issue with a co-worker or project?

There are a number of things that can go wrong in the workplace. Perhaps your project is being hindered because of a tardy associate.  Perhaps you are in between two co-workers who have negative things to say to one another. Perhaps you think it is about time some one approaches a co-worker about an offensive perfume. These are all problems that can be taken care of on-site. These kinds of issues can certainly be brought up to your supervisor. Together you can both reach solutions that are hopefully constructive! Similar issues can include a late arrival, switching shifts, or taking time off. Project related issues should also be discussed with your supervisor. Basically, any time you have an issue or question that would be taken care of on site, you should go ahead and have that resolved by your supervisor.

Who should I go to if there is a problem with my payroll or benefits?

HR related issues should always be brought up to your employer. When it comes to any problems with pay, insurance, or if you are unclear on certain HR related protocols you should seek the help of your recruiter. Asking your fellow co-workers on site for advice or information can be helpful as long as they are also with the same staffing company. It is generally a good idea not to ask contractors from other staffing agencies, as they would not provide you with the correct information. Policies and procedures vary from company to company.

Lastly in the case of an absolute emergency, please try and contact everyone you would report to including those on site and at the staffing agency. That can mean having to contact anywhere from 3-5 people, but it is always a good idea to keep everyone in the loop! When in doubt about anything at all do not hesitate to call your recruiter. We are here to help!

 

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Success Story: Never Give Up

Never give up. That was the motto of Eric Cox as he attacked the job market in search for his future employment. When Eric reached out to Apollo, his enthusiasm was apparent in our initial interaction. We realized that Eric was the type that would work to a task and not to a clock, so we sought out the openings with our clients and got him to work as soon as possible. The following is his success story.

Interview

1.Prior to working with Apollo, what were you looking for in a career?   

Before discovering Apollo, I found myself exhaustively looking for work in Computer Aided Drafting and Design only to be passed over several times and it just got to the point where nobody was willing to give me a chance. Not even working at Auto Zone was in the cards.

2.How did you find about Apollo? 

I discovered Apollo at a posting on a bulletin board outside the office of my Director of Career Services at ITT Technical Institute in Desoto, Texas, virtually by accident. Pitney Bowes was in need and the holidays were about a month away. Right away I submitted a resume to Bill Carriveau and the next thing I know, I’m going through the preliminary process before starting the job.

3.How did your experience with Apollo compare to what you expected or experienced with other staffing firms?  

I just did not know what I was getting into at first, but Apollo put me to work in less than a week, although because of security reasons at Pitney Bowes I wound up waiting one week. Four months later, I went from a temp to a direct hire after, yes, many hardships and several obstacles, but not giving up.

4. What excites you most about your current job?

The only exciting thing was the knowledge I picked up along the way and being able to use that knowledge from the time I had been hired with Pitney Bowes. I learned how important it was to continue production and learned to have an understanding about certain procedures, as well as how important organization was.

5.Is there anyone specifically at Apollo that you would like to thank?

I only have one person to thank, Mr. Carriveau. He gave me the opportunity when nobody else would. From time to time I put him through some degree of hell, but he kept me on track and eventually I earned a permanent position with Pitney Bowes!

Eric is one of the many people we have contributed a chapter to within their success story. We are excited as ever for him and all of our contractors. If you would like to see what Apollo can add to your success story, please contact us. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter!