How to Turn a Social Event Into a Networking Event

General Job Search Advice
Networking is very important to your career but in most cases you are not going to be attending “Networking Events” every week. You will, on the other hand most likely attend other forms of social gatherings that you can use to your advantage, especially now that it is sunny and warm out! There will be plenty of opportunities to socialize with a variety of different people, who knows if they might turn out to be someone who can be benefit your career. There is no guarantee that you will make a professional connection with someone at each social event you go to but with a little effort and a positive attitude you just might! Keep these in mind to help along the way. Enjoy yourself Remember you are choosing to…
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How to Reach the Next Level – Resume Writing Services Will Help

General Job Search Advice
Everyone has a different idea of what a resume should look like, including hiring managers.  No matter how much research you do and information you find on resume writing, you never really know if it’s effective unless you get the job. That’s where we come in. Hiring a professional to write your resume usually offers the same type of unclear guideline as to what the best option is—a multitude of opinions on what is right and wrong. That is where professional resume services, offered by a recruiting company come in handy.  As professionals in recruitment and staffing, who better to tell you what your resume should say and how it should read. Another speed bump for job seekers is their inability to accurately describe their skills. While it is hard…
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How to Improve Your Bottom Line Through Employee Retention

All About Recruiters
Although there is a significant amount more applicants than there are jobs in this day and age, it is extremely hard to find quality employees that meet all the skills positions require.  With that said, when you do hire quality people you want to take the necessary steps to retain your employees.  Although job seekers and employees are looking for more than just a healthy paycheck these days, here are some key attributes to not only finding the right people but improving employee retention rates as well. Although career development is quickly becoming the front runner, pay and benefits have always been #1 for job seekers.  And benefits don’t just mean a 401K and a week of paid vacation anymore-it means on site physicians, maternity and paternity leave, education reimbursement,…
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How to Dress for the Big Interview… Industry Matters!

Acing the Interview, All About Recruiters, General Job Search Advice
[caption id="attachment_369" align="alignright" width="199"] Photo Credit: Vladimir Yaitskiy via Compfight cc[/caption] [caption id="attachment_370" align="alignright" width="199"] Photo Credit: Vladimir Yaitskiy via Compfight cc[/caption] The evolving landscape of today’s workforce has resulted in company culture reaching from corporate environments, to organizations holding fast to the benefits of mid-day naps, and hacky sack tournaments.  Knowing what to wear to an interview, based on the traditional rules of thumb may have you over or under dressed.  With that said, I don’t believe in the term over dressed, however being too severely dressed may give the impression that you would not be happy in the company culture a laid back office environment.  You should always aim to look put together and professional, but different industries give you the opportunity to add some flair to what…
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Salary Negotiations – How to Make the Most of the “Money Conversation”

General Job Search Advice
[caption id="attachment_364" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo Credit: kaje_yomama via Compfight cc[/caption] Equal pay is such a hot topic lately, but who is to blame? Linda Babcock’s recent book Women Don’t Ask, outlines the overwhelming lack of negotiation when it comes to women and salary.  According to her study, 7% of women negotiate salary, compared to the whopping 57% of men who do.  If we don’t ask, how will they know we want more money? In all fairness, studies have also shown that when men negotiate salary, they are looked at as respected employees with go-getting qualities -- when women step up to the plate, they are viewed negatively by both male and female hiring managers and sometimes penalized in a way their male counterparts would not be (Harvard Business School). So…
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Does the Company “Fit”?

General Job Search Advice
People in all stages of their careers end up questioning their path at some point. “Am I on the right track in my career path? Have I really found the company and position that is the best ‘fit’ for me?” Some may be just starting their career search and have researched and found some jobs they like; others may already be working and have been approached by a recruiter who would like to send them as a potential candidate to one of their clients. The next step is getting the interview, and if selected, to impress and prove to the company that they are the best candidate for the job. But how can you know if it’s really the right job? Regardless of your position in your career path, there…
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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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