Tag: Resume

The Elephant in the Room

What’s “old”? Some insights (and tips) on DEFLECTING age bias A vital, intelligent middle-aged woman with much to offer recently told me: “A friend who works in HR said I should plan on this being my last job.” Ouch.  I’ve also heard this: “I’d like to look for a new...

Tell a Better (Professional) Story

For many people, writing (especially a resume) is right up there with a root canal. Assembling details, knowing what to include, and finding the right words to describe one’s professional achievements is…tedious. It can feel like (uncomfortable) self-promotion. Also, there might be awkward gaps and regrettable choices, and now they’re...

5 Quick Tips for Bias-Proofing Your Professional Brand

I recently watched a TED talk given by a fellow recruiter. In it, she quoted a study done by The Ladders, the first-ever of its kind, which measured the amount of time recruiters spend looking at a resume. Do you know how much time that is? Six seconds.  All...

Hope is Not a (Job Hunting) Strategy

The old ‘post-and-pray’ model (where Talent Acquisition publishes a job on the company ‘Careers’ page and HOPES that the right candidate applies) doesn’t work well. We still post, of course, but we’re also reaching out to candidates and actively recruiting them. ‘Apply-and-pray’, the job seeker’s equivalent to ‘post-and-pray’, doesn’t...

To Cover (Letter) or Not?

The real scoop on using cover letters today QUIZ: use a cover letter (pick one): a) always; b) never (they’re old-fashioned); c) to hammer home why you’re a perfect fit for the job; d) a and c; e) b I know, right? Back when resumes were snail-mailed, a cover...

A RECRUITER’S GUIDE TO LAUNCHING YOUR SEARCH FOR THE RIGHT NEXT JOB

Sure, you can find jobs online and apply to them, crossing your fingers and HOPING you’ll hear back…. But mapping your job-seeking journey using mindfulness, preparation and some initiative will more likely get you to the right destination: a job and company you really like. Here’s a step-by-step guide: Update your resume....

Search 101

24 recruiter-tested Tips for Job-Seeking Success A fortunate few never actually look for jobs: they’re recommended by superiors or recruited by former co-workers. For the rest of us, here’s a toolbox of best-practices to make job-hunting easier and more productive. On your professional brand: DO have a recently-updated resume....

A Recruiter’s Guide to Professional Branding

10 Tips for Enhanced Clarity (+ better job-seeking results) There are people with such in-demand skills (ie. web developers) that a simple ‘I’m ready to look for something new’ brings a flurry of job interview activity. Yet even these folks can benefit from the long view of professional branding....