Work / Life Integration – A Trend or Here to Stay?

General Job Search Advice, How to Survive the '9-5'
[caption id="attachment_350" align="alignright" width="276"] Photo Credit: rwentechaney via Compfight cc[/caption] Work takes up a large amount of time in our lives—40 hours or more a week for many of us—and as a result we are constantly seeking the perfect work/life balance. Traditionally, this meant a strict separation between work and personal life. Finding that balance has proven to be a tough feat and is continuing to get harder, especially as technology improvements have us constantly connected, making businesses active and accessible at all times. This has resulted in an integrated personal and work life for many people, changing the way many of us seek out balance. So, what creates the perfect balance or is seamless integration even attainable? This will be different for everyone, but knowing the goals and priorities…
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Tripping the Filter: The SEO Guide to Resume Writing

Resumes & Cover Letters
SEO – Search Engine Optimization is what many websites are utilizing to broaden their visibility on the internet, and reach the top of the search results on search engines such as Google. Keywords and content relevancy are two major factors taken into consideration in SEO: what keywords you want your website/pages to be found by and what relevant content is on your site that is of interest and beneficial to users. In many ways a resume should optimized similarly; what are the skills and experiences you want to highlight on your resume, and what content are you using to support your claims of skill and experience? Search engines display webpages in their results based on the outcome of complex algorithms which intend to best match the intent of a user…
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A Millennial’s Reflections – Take 2

All About Recruiters, Behind the Scenes
Much like my last addition to the Walrath Recruiting Blog I have been doing some more reading and thought I'd add my thoughts on the millennial in the work place this time around. In the LinkedIn article Recruiting in the Time of Millenials, author Mikal C. Harden describes her experiences in working with the millennial generation in the workplace.  First, she explains her realization about the millennial views of communicating via technology.  Even though they rarely pick up the phone to make a call, they are still able to constantly keep in touch with clients via text, social media, and email often more efficiently.  Also, she states that many of the motives for millennials differ from her traditional expectations.  She explains that they are often times more motivated by aspects…
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A Millennial’s Reflections

All About Recruiters, Behind the Scenes
As a new intern at Walrath Recruiting I have been asked to contribute to the blog discussion and add a few of my own thoughts about the workforce of today. To start off I did some industry related reading and thought I would add my thoughts about some common topics. I first read the following article and recommend that you read it as well. http://www.business2community.com/human-resources/post-college-crisis-10-tips-students-transitioning-workforce-0885481 Here are my thoughts: Through ten useful and practical tips, the authors of this blog article give college graduates ideas on how to make their transition into the workforce less overwhelming.  These tips advise students on behaviors such as the pursuit of internships to open the door to new companies, emulating their coworkers’ behaviors, dressing professionally, arriving timely and prepared, and relying less on cellphones…
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Job References – Choose Wisely

General Job Search Advice
When a potential employer, hiring manager, or recruiter look at your resume, they are looking at your past work experience,  qualifications and skills as they pertain to the specific position you are applying to; however, your resume and interview are not going to show the full scope of your employment history and experience.  In order to confirm the claims you have made on your resume and in interviews, employers rely heavily on feedback from your references. This makes your decision of whom to use as a reference very important, as it could easily make or break you. When choosing your references, choose people who know you well, that you have worked with closely, and who will be able to discuss your work related qualities. Take a close look at the…
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Get Experience – Internships, Externships, and Apprenticeships

General Job Search Advice
Are you trying to enter or re-enter the job market?  Not exactly sure how to begin your search, apply, and get hired when you are lacking the experience needed to get on the right career path? You are not alone. For many people, lack of experience (most often for recent college graduates) makes it difficult to find employment in the field they desire. So how do you go about getting the experience you need? A few Options to Consider - Internships, Externships or Apprenticeships Internships: One of the most common ways for inexperienced, entry-level job seekers to gain necessary work experience is by acquiring an internship. Interning during your college career or even in high school can help you gain relevant, hands-on experience in your field. What many people do not…
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Social Media & Job Searching – A 5 Step Crash Course

Social Media & Job Searching – A 5 Step Crash Course

General Job Search Advice
Want to start using social media to assist in your job search? Here is a quick crash course to get you headed in the right direction: Professionalism on all profiles – The social media profiles that you are using in an effort to job search should be extremely professional in nature. In fact, any social media that you are using should be kept at a professional level if they are able to be searched by potential employers. This means cleaning up your profile language and information and removing tags on unprofessional posts and photos. Accessibility - Make your profiles accessible. If you are truly trying to use these social media profiles as a way to promote yourself, they will need to be visible to others. You can still maintain a…
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Find a Mentor

General Job Search Advice
Mentorships can assist you a great deal throughout your career which makes them something often sought after by professionals. Mentors can help you at many points in your career, giving valuable resources and guidance that can aid in advancement to the “next level”. [caption id="attachment_295" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo Credit: Brian Ujiie via Flicker cc[/caption] Many people ask how to find a mentor, since they do not just come knocking at our doors (at least not often anyway). So, how do we go about finding a mentor and how can we make it something that is truly beneficial to us? Here are a few things to help in the process. What do you want from your ideal mentor? Going in blind is not an option. You need to be driven and show your…
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Career Transitions – Preparation Counts

General Job Search Advice, How to Survive the '9-5'
Many of us reach a point in our careers where we uproot and change what we are doing. Sometimes this is a planned change, where the career we once had was just not working for us and we need change for the sake of our own sanity. At other times necessary career transitions come out of the blue, leaving limited time to prepare and ready yourself for the changes to come. How do you best prepare yourself for a career transition, whether it be planned or unexpected? A well planned career transition can allow for us to smoothly move on to something different, and often allow for the time to learn new skills and prepare for the tasks that will come next. [caption id="attachment_287" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo Credit: Chris Potter,…
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Tips for Graduates

General Job Search Advice
[caption id="attachment_281" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo Credit: evoo73 via Compfight, cc.[/caption] It’s the beginning of May 2014, the flowers are beginning to bloom and the weather is getting nicer. Its also the time of year when many young adults will begin their search and enter into the workforce. For many new and recent graduates, this will be the first "job" of your career. A job that you went to school for, a job more than the part time job you had during high school and or college, it will the first job of your career. Hopefully throughout your years in college you completed internships, networked, and are well on your way to employment, some of you may even already have a job lined up. For those of you that do not already have a…
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