Greg’s Top 10 Rules For the Job Hunter

Written by Greg Johnson

You see it on the news every day. You hear it on the radio and in conversation at the coffee shops. You do not have to go very far to hear negative news about the world and US economy. But the problem is, everyone is so focused on the millions of Americans that are unemployed that they aren’t looking at the 94% of Americans that DO have jobs.

With over 320 million people living in the US and the unemployment rate just under 6%[1] – what makes you different from the millions of other people looking for work? There are jobs are out there and this article is going to equip you with the arsenal necessary to make sure that you stand out from the crowd.

 

Greg’s Top 10 Rules

 

Rule #1:

Decide TODAY that you are going to get a job and eliminate all other options. While filing for unemployment might seem like the smart thing to do, more often then not it kills your drive to get a job. Once your drive is dead, you will stay unemployed longer, which makes your chances of getting a job decrease dramatically with the passing of time.

Rule #2:

Change the way you look at your situation. You are not unemployed. Your new job is getting a job. Spend as much or more time replacing the lost job than you spent at the job you lost! Have an attitude that if you have to spend 40+ hours a week doing that, you will get a job!

Rule #3:

Even if you have to take a job you consider beneath you, it is better to stay connected in the workforce with less pay than disconnected from the workforce with unemployment benefits (see step #1)

Rule #4:

Do not listen to the hype and gossip that no one is hiring! There are always companies looking for hard working, solutions oriented people that can help their company grow. While there are millions of people without work, most companies have not gone out of business. Keep the attitude that you will find a job and stay away from other negative, unemployed people because they could contaminate your attitude.

Rule #5:

Do not rely solely on your resume. Just because you have your resume on CareerBuilder, Monster, Dice, or any other number of job sites, a resume will not get you a job. A resume will never get you a job. Companies hire people, not resumes.

Rule #6:

Do not rely solely on others to get you your next job. Staffing companies are an incredible source to place your resume in front of hiring managers; however, whether or not the recruiter can help you – the task stills falls to you to get your job. Take matters into your own hands and remember Rule #2

Rule # 7:

The fortune is in the follow up. Make sure you are always following up; whether that is with a recruiter or directly with the company. This communication will make you stand out immediately because it shows that you are excited and that you actually want the job. After an interview take 5 minutes to write a thank you email (not a letter because speed is crucial).

Rule #8:

In the interview, do not just talk about what you have done in the past – talk about what you can do to help the company grow and achieve their goals. Sell yourself and your skills.

Rule #9:

Never. Talk. Smack. There is no bigger turn off to a hiring manager than someone who is negative about their past employers or bosses. On that same note, do not tell them a story about how you were let go because your boss or co-worker had it out for you. You do not want to ever mention anything negative about your last position.

Rule #10:

Get Engaged! Check the Apollo website and connect with us through our social media profiles regularly because we are ALWAYS posting new and exciting positions throughout the United States.

To learn more about the job market or see some of our openings please check out our Facebook and Twitter.


[1] http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000

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!

 

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for next week! For more help on your job search go to our contact page. 

THE IMPORTANCE OF SOFT SKILLS

 Written by Lilly Segura

When searching for candidates, be it for entry-level or executive positions there are always underlying characteristics that we, the recruiters, seek out. These characteristics fall under the term soft skills. Soft skills are rarely found on resumes. For instance, as a job seeker comes across a job description, they might find the employers stating a need for individuals who will, “posses the ability to make independent decisions,” or, “the ability to interact with all team members across the company.”  Qualities of this nature are defined as soft skills. These are often times skipped over by candidates and not included on resumes. It is hard for a recruiter to assess those skills by simply reading a resume since they are more personality based as opposed to a technical skill such as autoclaving a laboratory instrument. How are such skills assessed?

While screening prospective candidates recruiters look for enthusiasm, excitement, and professionalism. The best way for you to show a recruiter or employer your interest is by remaining on the phone with them and take the time to engage and ask questions which show you are interested not only in the type of work but also interested in becoming a part of their team.  This can be accomplished by demonstrating your social habits and expressing that you enjoy team work (if the position calls for a team work environment) or by telling the recruiter about the most recent team project you took part in.

Company culture is also a key indicator. Once you head to your face to face interview you want to show the hiring manager that you took the time to research what the company and their products are all about. Go on the company website, see if they have a blog or news section, or a section where your interviewing managers, supervisors, or peers, are highlighted. Perhaps you can even Google them to see if you can find information that exists outside of theirs. It is also imperative to remember if you go through an agency, you are representing their name. We send over candidates when we believe that they will all around get the position, and will represent the star work ethic which Apollo stands for. When you succeed, we also succeed.

Demonstrating your soft skills both through your resume and demeanor is an easier task than you might think! For example, the perfect Entry Level Manufacturing Technician with a leading Biotechnology company is a person with a BS in Biochemistry with only Hot Dog on A Stick experience! These intangibles are definitely qualities that should not be ignored.

 

Happy Hunting!