How to Ask Someone to Be a Reference

How to Ask Someone to Be a Reference

General Job Search Advice
Just like any other favor, asking someone to be a reference can seem daunting. You’re putting yourself out there and there is always the rare chance that the person may turn you down. We can’t predict the person’s response, but the more thought you put into the person you ask, the better the chances of them helping you. Choose people you work/worked closely with and trust. Once you’ve decided on who to ask, it’s important to approach the topic with these helpful tips below! (more…)
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Link Roundup: All About Resumes

Link Roundup: All About Resumes

General Job Search Advice, Link Roundups, Resources for Job Seekers, Resumes & Cover Letters
Your resume is your first impression before meeting a hiring manager or recruiter face to face. Make it stand out and count! This means no errors, accuracy, and an easy to read template. If you need some help with that, we’ve got you covered! Check out the links below for tips on building your resume and more. (more…)
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7 Components of a Strong Resume

7 Components of a Strong Resume

Resumes & Cover Letters
There is a lot that goes into building a compelling resume. Everyone has a different background, so the way you set up your resume will always be somewhat unique. However, there are certain basic rules that should be followed, and components that should be present. Today, we'll walk you through what those are, and how you can implement them in your resume. 1. Legible Font No matter how amazing your resume is, it won't do any good if recruiters can't read it. When you are deciding which font to select, don't get too crazy. Go back to basics with common fonts that are recognizable and legible. Stick with serif, or sans serif fonts. Common serif fonts include Times New Roman, Georgia, and Garamond. Common sans serif fonts include Arial, Tahoma,…
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How to Make Your Resume Computer Friendly

How to Make Your Resume Computer Friendly

Resumes & Cover Letters
Working in recruiting, we see hundreds of resumes every week. It can be hard to keep up with all of them, so we utilize an Applicant Tracking System (ATS). This machine pulls all of the relevant pieces off of a resume, and processes the data. Instead of having to read the whole resume, it's conveniently placed into a database. The way your resume is formatted greatly impacts how well the information is processed. Taking certain steps to format your resume will make it significantly more 'friendly' to these programs. Since most large companies are using the systems to help them manage their job applications, making your resume computer friendly is a smart move! (more…)
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3 Points Your Cover Letter Should Make

3 Points Your Cover Letter Should Make

Resumes & Cover Letters
Writing a cover letter can be overwhelming, because you are trying to accomplish so much with so few words. Trying to think of everything you want to say and trimming it down to fit into a short note can be challenging. So in today's blog, we'll explain three core points that every cover letter should make. No matter the industry or field, these points are the foundation of a strong cover letter. (more…)
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3 Proofreading Tips to Keep Your Resume Mistake Free

3 Proofreading Tips to Keep Your Resume Mistake Free

Resumes & Cover Letters
It goes without saying that your resume is one of the most important documents you will write. It's the item that an employer will use to judge whether or not they should interview you. So your resume could be the path to many great opportunities in your career. However, if there are mistakes on your resume, that path will be much longer. Today, we're going to share some of our favorite proofreading tips for keeping your resume mistake free. These don't take too long, and while some of them may seem odd, they are effective! (more…)
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Utilizing Your Network During Your Job Search

Utilizing Your Network During Your Job Search

General Job Search Advice
One of the most powerful tools you have available to you during your job search is your network. A strong network enables you to have access and sway with job opportunities you wouldn't normally have. It's is also important to remember that the strength of your connections is entirely dependent on you. The amount of work you put into developing and checking in with your network will decide how powerful it is when you begin to look for a job. We'll begin by discussing who you can consider in your network, and then make some suggestions about how you can put it to work for you! (more…)
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How to Prepare for a Phone Screen

How to Prepare for a Phone Screen

Acing the Interview
Has a recruiter ever asked if you'd be willing to have a 'brief phone conversation' after you applied for a job? If so, that recruiter is most likely going to phone screen you. Phone screens are short 10 - 30 minute calls that help recruiters get a better idea of if you are worth interviewing or not. It's not formal or comprehensive enough to be considered a job interview. However, your performance during a phone screen will greatly impact whether or not you are considered further. So it's in your best interests to perform well during that phone screen. We'll explore the purpose of the phone screen, what you can expect, and how to prepare for one. (more…)
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The Anatomy of A Job Description

The Anatomy of A Job Description

General Job Search Advice
In this week's blog we will be breaking down the anatomy of a job description. The better you understand how the average job description is built, the easier it will be to assess if you are qualified and interested in a position. We will also give a few tips and tricks on each of the specific sections of the job description, so look out for that. We hope you come away from this article much more efficient at analyzing any job opportunities! (more…)
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