The 5 steps recruiters use to select the best résumés

This year my son wanted a Christmas tree, despite the fact he's allergic to them. I was game. Besides, we know this great tree farm that isn't well known by other Christmas tree buyers. (You may skip this story and go right to the 5 steps recruiters use to select the best resume to present … Continue reading The 5 steps recruiters use to select the best résumés

10 reasons why recruiters and hiring managers dread reading a résumé

Here’s a fact: Very few people like reading résumés, especially those who read hundreds of them a week. Ask any recruiter or hiring manager (HM). I critique and write résumés as part of my job. I’ve read hundreds of them and have conducted numerous critique sessions, but I've got nothing over recruiters and HMs. The only bright … Continue reading 10 reasons why recruiters and hiring managers dread reading a résumé

Dear recruiters and hiring managers, the truth is better than…nothing

A customer came to me exasperated because he hadn't heard from the recruiter who was trying to place him at company for an engineering position. My customer told me the process had been going really well. He and the company were in the final stages, the hiring manager told him it looked promising, it was just … Continue reading Dear recruiters and hiring managers, the truth is better than…nothing

Dear recruiter, 15 reasons why you lost the best candidate ever

As a career strategist I'm privy to conversation from job candidates who are at the mercy of internal and third-party recruiters. I say mercy because before they can sell themselves to the hiring manager, they have to get past the recruiter. In the grand scheme of things there seems to be a misunderstanding of the importance … Continue reading Dear recruiter, 15 reasons why you lost the best candidate ever

4 ways to break down your time in the job search

There’s been speculation as to how jobseekers should segment their time for the job search. Some embrace the idea of dedicating a certain amount of time to their job search methods; They have a well-devised plan. Others don't give much thought to how they'll spend their time and energy on the search. This can be … Continue reading 4 ways to break down your time in the job search

5 things to consider for an interview; it’s not all about the hard skills

Recruiters and staffing agencies are not only concerned about job candidates' hard skills; they're also concerned about their soft skills. And this makes sense. Who would want to hire a dud who brings the operation down with his attitude? Jon Prete, “Who would you hire: Charlie or Ashton? It's all about attitude!” and Jeff Haden, … Continue reading 5 things to consider for an interview; it’s not all about the hard skills

5 rules not to break in the job search: in response to a dismayed recruiter

A recent entry, The Angry Young Job Seeker written by Amy Ala, speaks of the ignorance and downright audacity of a talented gentleman this recruiter was trying to place. Demanding, belligerent, arrogant, are just some of the adjectives I would use to describe the subject of Amy's account. In reading the article, you get a sense that … Continue reading 5 rules not to break in the job search: in response to a dismayed recruiter