Hire a Veteran

All About Recruiters
The hiring process is never easy. With varying levels of education and experience scattered among thousands of area job seekers, hiring managers spend a lot of time reviewing resumes and looking for the perfect candidate. Among the sea of applicants are returning veterans, who if given the right opportunity, can help lead a team to great success! We've had the pleasure of meeting several returning veterans who have extensive backgrounds in areas such as technology and medical care, well qualified for positions in the region. (more…)
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Staffing During Sandy

All About Recruiters, Behind the Scenes
This past Monday, many area businesses opted to play by the "better safe that sorry" rule and dismissed staff early, while others were forced to close due to power outages and other Superstorm Sandy-related issues. Many mothers and fathers checked out of the office early as local schools dismissed around noon, while others scurried to make arrangements with relatives, friends and neighbors to pick kids up, provide lunch and/or dinner, and ensure the kids' safety during the storm. At the office, we treated Sandy as a touch-and-go situation by keeping tabs on weather forecasts as we plugged along, business as per sort-of usual.  As the trees swayed and clouds loomed over head, we pieced together our emergency plan should Sandy decide churn to her heart's content in Albany during the evening…
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Spicing up the Average Resume

Spicing up the Average Resume

Resumes & Cover Letters
Ideally, the resume should be an ongoing project. Whether you're happily employed, a successful professional at the top of your game, or you're just starting out at entry level, your resume should be revisited on a regular basis (not just before you hit the market, or the day after you've been laid off.) Updating a resume isn't the most exciting of tasks, and a complete revision is about as tedious as watching a coat of sealant dry on the back porch floor - but there are ways to spice things up a bit. And we're talking, hot spice. Really, really spicy. For you, we present, some of the most creative resumes crawling career pinterest boards and blogs to date: Charts and graphs, subway maps and infographic-style resumes? We're inspired! What…
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Sharing your URL with Recruiters

All About Recruiters
We receive a number of resumes from applicants with web development, graphic design, and many other technical backgrounds. Eagerly seeking opportunities, they are confident in their work, and on occasion, proudly display the URL of their portfolio within the header of their highly stylized, impressively formatted resume. We love and appreciate this. Applicants may often wonder if we visit the URLs they provide. The answer is: yes! We look at every website, blog, online portfolio, and anything/everything else included within the resume. It's actually one of my favorite stages in reviewing a technical resume, as I "get to know" the applicant through his or her work in addition to the summary typed out on a piece of paper. I certainly learn a thing or two in the process; there's amazing…
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A Recruiter’s Take on Job Hoppers

All About Recruiters
The cover letter is phenomenal: the applicant has taken the time to write a clear, to-the-point document expressing interest in a position, and has included important details, even a career goal or two. The applicant has somehow managed to answer nearly all of the questions we commonly ask, before we've asked them! A fantastic first impression has been made, and we're eager to know more. And then, we take a peek at the ever-so-important accompanying document: the Resume, which includes an extremely lengthy "professional experience" section. Unfortunately, the perfectly written cover letter has been created by an individual known as a "hopper". The amount of experience listed in the resume is extensive, but it is also scattered about. A year there, three months here, another 6 months with another company,…
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Finding the Spark

General Job Search Advice
To truly be successful in any line of work, you've got to honestly believe in what it is that you're doing. Are you involved in work that is somehow beneficial to others? Are you spending the majority of your week performing in a field that's satisfying and gratifying in addition to producing a paycheck? Do you want to get out of bed in the morning? Many impressive resumes pass through the Walrath Recruiting office. We essentially get to know a person on paper, read about his or her experience and wide array of skills and accomplishments, and cannot wait to pick up the phone and "meet" for the first time. It's this initial phone contact that, as short and simple as it may be, can reveal one's enthusiasm for a…
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A Thank You Goes a Long Way

Acing the Interview, All About Recruiters
Many components of a successful job search depend on written expression. From cover letters to concise, well organized resumes and general email correspondence regarding appointment scheduling and other matters, an applicant’s job search largely depends on various forms of written communication. One of the top ways an applicant can leave a lasting impression is by sending a handwritten “thank you” note to those who’ve helped along the way. From career and resume counselors to the companies you’ve interviewed with, each person helping you in the job search should be thanked the good old fashioned way. So, why not thank someone via email or text message? And what about utilizing the private messaging capabilities of Facebook and LinkedIn ? While there are many quick, free ways to thank someone, the handwritten…
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Joining the Saratogian

Behind the Scenes
We at Walrath Recruiting, Inc. are excited to announce our new blog relationship with The Saratogian! Published in both print and online, The Saratogian primarily serves the Saratoga Springs, NY area. Though our main office is based out of Albany, we frequently provide staffing and recruiting services to those in Saratoga Springs. We look forward to publishing some great content that our new Saratogian audience will find both valuable and enjoyable! In addition to our new blog at the Saratogian, we finally get to launch a project that has been waiting in the wings for the right time. "Coffee Break" is our new blog portal, where all of our blogging goodness can be found; visitors of the Saratogian will be directed straight to Coffee Break when clicking on active post…
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