How to effectively work with Recruiters

What are the things you need to know about how to effectively work with a Recruiter:

1. Don’t be afraid to use your recruiter as a resource to find out information about the market. Recruiters have their fingers on the pulse of what is happening with their niche market.

2. Always be 100% honest with your recruiter about everything from your academic credentials to your past employment. If a recruiter finds out you lied to them, they will likely not work with you again or worse, black-list you.

3. Work with your recruiter to help them understand your ideal job that way they don’t waste your time by sending you out on positions that are not the right fit. Come up with your own “Wishlist” and work with your recruiter on making sure they understand what is on your “Wishlist”

4. ALWAYS keep a running list of where your resume was sent and by whom it was sent. This includes even your own resume submissions. The only time you should not know where your resume has been sent is if it was submitted for a confidential position.

5. SCREEN YOUR RECRUITERS-there are good recruiters and there are bad recruiters out there. It is fine to work with more then one recruiter, but be careful who you choose to represent you. 

6. Expect that your recruiter will likely call you anywhere from a couple of times a week to once a month depending on how hot your industry is.

7. Most recruiters should prepare you for interviews by giving you inside information about what to expect and interview tips, but not all do.

8. You will be expected to meet with a recruiter in person and in some cases they may test you if you are more junior or if the client requires it. If you are looking to get a position out of area then you should get Skype so that you can interview with out of state recruiters.  

9. DO NOT waste your time or your recruiter’s time by going on interviews that are not of interest to you. If a recruiter presents an opportunity to you that does not interest you, DO NOT have them submit your resume in the first place. Also, if you are confirmed for an interview, you must give at least 24 hours notice to cancel the interview (unless an emergency comes up), however, cancelling interviews in general can make you appear flakey and unreliable. If you cancel or reschedule more then one interview, a recruiter may not want to represent you again.

10. Recruiters will negotiate your salary and will present you opportunities as they arise. Be clear with your recruiter about your current compensation and what you expect to be compensated in your next position.

11. Do not expect your recruiters to always call you. There may be 100 or more recruiters in Los Angeles, however, there are thousands of job seekers. The phone goes both ways and don’t be afraid to check in every now and again.

12. Do not take it personally if you recruiter does not call you for a position that they called someone else for. They may have not gotten around to calling you yet or they might not have thought it was the best fit for you based on your “Wishlist.”

13. Call or email your recruiter once a week to check in if you are unemployed or every other week if you are employed.

14. Always check your recruiter’s website for new postings and email them if you see something that might be a fit or that would potentially interest you.

15. RECRUITERS DO NOT WORK FOR YOU THEY WORK FOR THE COMPANIES WHO ARE PAYING THEM. It is important to remember that recruiters work for free for the job seekers and that we do our best to accommodate everyone that we can. Please be considerate and respectful of a recruiters time when working with them and if you treat your recruiter well they can be your best ally.

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Sample Cover Letter

I am always getting asked about what a good cover letter should look like. Below is a sample you could use as a reference when drafting a letter:

Dear Sir or Madam:

 I am very interested in working with XXX in a XXX position. Enclosed is a copy of my resume for your consideration and review. I feel that my X and Y skills could be a tremendous asset to your company.

I have spent the last 10+ years xxx and xxx as a Title Here in the xxx field. Though I thoroughly enjoyed my time in my last position, I am ready to pursue new horizons.  

I am committed to contributing my expertise to XXX, while learning and developing new skills that will facilitate company growth and expansion. My combination of in-depth skilled training and practical experiences at various companies makes me a unique candidate to contribute to the efficiency of the organization. I pride myself on fostering a positive mental attitude both in myself and the team around me.

Should you have any additional questions about my background, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to meeting with you in person to discuss my qualifications and to discuss how I can be a resource for your team. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

 

Signature

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What is missing?

What is missing? Why is it some people seem to have all the luck when finding jobs? What are the key contributing factors that differentiates those who get hired from those who don’t?

The number one reason people do not get hired when they go in for an interview is a lack of proper preparation. A few years ago you could get away without being properly prepared because there were an abundance of open jobs. Now that the market has shifted and there are more people looking then jobs available, you really have to bring your A-game if you expect to get an offer. Spend at least 30 minutes to an hour researching the firm and the position before you go in for your interview.

The second reason people do not get hired is because they misrepresent their skills on their resume. Lately, this has been happening a lot of more often. People are getting desperate and starting to blatantly lie about their skills on their resume.  Employers are quick to realize when a candidate has fluffed up their skills and doing so will definitely hurt you. PLEASE-be honest on your resume. It does no good to lie.

The third reason people do not get the job offer is a lack of professionalism in the interview. This can mean the way you dress, the way you act and/or your overall appearance and demeanor. I just had someone go in for an interview recently where she looked at her reflection in the window during the duration of the interview. I have also had people who just have a bad attitude who get passed on and also have seen many people lose job offers over something as simple as not wearing a suit.

Keep these three things in mind the next time you get ready to go in for an interview. Always prepare, be 100% honest about your skills and bring you best attitude and wear your best suit the next time you have an interview.

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Social Media Do’s & Don’ts

Don’t post something on someone else’s profile or your own that could get you or them in trouble (even if your profile is set to confidential information can still get out!)
Do post messages on people’s profiles related to special occasions-this is a great way to show you care
Don’t over post on your own wall or site-people hate information overload!
Do carefully choose what you post and how often you post it (see 30-30-30 rule below)
Do keep a consistent “voice” that authentically expresses who you are across all social media sites
Don’t try to be someone you are not-people see right through inauthenticity!

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Countdown…Top 101 reasons candidates didn’t get the job

The other day my husband and I were driving to dinner. I was feeling a bit frustrated because one of the job seekers I was working with didn’t get the job she was applying for and the reason was something silly. This happens more often then I like to remember and so my husband suggested, “Honey, why don’t you start a list of some of the silliest and simplest reasons people have not gotten hired and share it with your candidates before they go into their interviews.” At first I thought that some of these reasons might be too simple to mention, but it is the little things that make the biggest difference in an interview. Over the next few months I will begin compiling a list of the top 101 reasons people didn’t get the job. Here are the first 10:

1) A job seeker went in for an interview and was wearing too short of a skirt, needless to say the client passed.
2) A legal secretary misspelled the word “litigation” on a legal spelling test.
3) A male showed up to an interview and WAS NOT WEARING SOCKS on the interview-the client was so disgusted they immediately passed.
4) In the final stages of an interview, a candidate got the company name wrong
5) A job seeker went in for an interview and looked everywhere except at the interviewer (good eye contact is always critical!)
6) After looking for a job for over 2 years, a job seeker finally got an interview and showed up 15 minutes late
7) A candidate passed every test, however, on one test, she second-guessed herself and changed a few of her answers at the last minute which led to her failing one of the necessary tests and being passed on.
8) During a phone screen a job seeker was asked to describe her typical day and was unable to clearly communicate what she did on a day to day basis.
9) During a 3rd and final interview a candidate decided to wear perfume and the perfume was so overpowering that no one in the office thought they could work with her.
10) A candidate went through 5 interviews with everyone in the company and after the final interview received an offer, however she sent a thank you letter that looked something like this:

Hi ___!

I am really super excited to work for you! This is exactly what I have always wanted to do) Cannot wait to work with you!!!!

Job Seeker

Needless to say, the company rescinded the offer.

As you can see, there are many silly little things that can easily lose you the job. Stay tuned for more of my top 101 reasons why people didn’t get the job offer…

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Red Rover, Red Rover it is time to switch jobs over…

It is that time of year again. The time of year where everyone makes their New Year’s resolutions: find the perfect mate, lose 10 pounds and of course…find a better paying and more rewarding job! January through March is often the busiest time of the year for employers and recruiters alike. Christmas bonuses have been received, raises have been given, or not given, and people are ready to jump ship. What are the top 3 things you need to know if you are looking to make a move this January?

1)   There is more competition then ever before. In 2010 the people who were employed were just trying to keep their jobs, but now they feel underpaid and undervalued and are willing to fight for what they are worth. This said, it is more important then ever to prepare even more thoroughly before you next interview. Get a coach or ask a friend to go through the typical interview questions with you. If you know a recruiter, ask them to send you tutorials to brush up your skills.

2)   There is finally room to negotiate again. Last year, whatever jobs were available were simply out of necessity and therefore the money just was not there. This year, employers are actually considering adding on additional talent. It is because of this that there will finally be more money on the table. For the first time in 3 years I am beginning to see people get offers for what they are really worth (not quite as good as 2005-2007, but definitely better!)

3)   Linkedin is the hottest new place to find a job. Fortune 500 companies and private companies alike are turning their recruiting departments towards Linkedin. It is one of the fastest growing and most cost effective ways to find new talent. It is important that you put together a full profile which includes: a summary of your work history, a picture, recommendations and groups.

If you do these 3 things you will be ready to ring in the New Year with the job you have been waiting for.

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How important is it to ask questions at the end of your interview?

One of the most overlooked pieces of an interview is the opportunity for you to ask the potential employer questions about the job. The two things that can leave the most lasting impression on the interviewer are how you start the interview and how you finish it. When you reach the end of the interview and the interviewer asks you: “Do you have any questions for me?,” it is imperative that you have questions readily available.Not just any questions either, good questions. If you do not have questions prepared, the interviewer may think that you are not interested in the position. So what are good questions? I have several of my favorite questions that I recommend to ask which I have shared with you below. Additionally, I have started discussions in various forums to see what other people felt were good questions:

“Give me three words to describe the company culture…” This was a question shared with me by the VP of HR of a major corporation.It is his favorite question to be asked at the end of an interview and can often give you insight into the company.

My favorite questions to ask at the end of an interview are:

“What sort of ramp-up period do you expect for someone coming into this positions?”
“What qualities does your ideal candidate possess and how do you see me fitting into those parameters?”
“Of the people who have had this position in the past what have you found worked most effectively about those individuals and what, if any, were the areas that you would have liked to have seen improvement in?”
“What has been your biggest challenge with filling this position?”
“What is it that you like about working for XYZ company?”

Additional questions shared with me from the various discussion include the following:

What are the primary goals you see for the individual you hire for this role in order to be successful – in other words what are the challenges that currently exist that needed to be dealt with first and foremost? This gives you an opportunity to expound on how you could go about dealing with those challenges or how you’ve dealt with similar challenges in the past.

After discussing my qualifications etc., is there anything that would concern you about my ability to take on this role? This gives you an opportunity to address any areas that you may not have covered well previously.

I’m excited about the potential within this position and particularly with XYZ company, what are your next steps in the interview process? You need to know what to expect next. 

What has been the extent of change in the firm’s policies and procedures due to the recession?

What is your leadership style?

What are your communication preferences (i.e., email, vmail, text, IM, cell, in-person, etc.)?

What are the learning goals you would like your team to accomplish
(i.e., technical proficiency, current expense policy, in-house intranet,
etc.)?

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Top 10 Interview Do’s & Don’ts

DO…

Show up 15 minutes early
Bring 3 copies of your resume and of your references
Thoroughly and completely fill out your application
Dress professionally
Listen intentionally for what the employer is saying, as well as what they are not
Bring your best attitude (no complaining about past employers)
Prepare yourself for the interview
Have a firm handshake and good eye contact throughout the interview
Take occasional notes during the interview
Send “thank you” letters

DON’T…

Bring too much with you to the interview (you do not want to be distracted by having too many bags, props etc…)
Take excessive notes, which can distract the interviewer
Interrupt the interviewer!
Justify or defend why you left your last position-keep it upbeat and positive
Memorize and repeat information from your resume, keep it original and interesting
Bring up salary or benefits
Pretend you know something you don’t
Chew or eat anything during your interview! (unless of course it is a lunch interview)
Wear perfume, scented lotion, or any distracting colors or jewelry
SHOW UP LATE

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What are some sample interview questions I will be asked…

Here are the most basic interview questions you will be asked during an interview:

Tell me about yourself…
Why did you leave your last position or why are you looking to leave your current position?
Why should we want to hire you?
Why would you like to work for us?
What is your biggest weakness?
Tell me about a time you worked with a challenging boss or co-worker and how you handled it…
What is your greatest achievement?
Do you prefer to work as part of a team or independently? (this is a trick question-the answer is always BOTH!)
What is your bottom line salary requirement?
Do you have any questions for us?

For a list of additional interview questions I suggest the following websites:

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewquestionsanswers/a/interviewquest.htm

http://www.quintcareers.com/career_doctor_cures/job_interview_questions.html

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Should you send a “Thank You” Letter?

I often get asked by job seekers whether or not they should send a “thank you” letter after their interview. The answer is always YES! I highly recommend sending at least one, if not two “thank you” letters. Ideally, you should send one “thank you” letter via email the same day as your interview. Then, you should send a follow up, hand-written “thank you” letter via snail mail the day after your interview. This way the company will think of you at least twice after the interview.

The next question I get asked is: What should go into the “thank you” letter? The answer is simple, keep it short, sweet and to the point. Below is a sample of a generic “thank you” letter. I would encourage you to modify it and make it your own or come up with your own version that expresses you.

Dear Mr. Jones,

It was a pleasure meeting with you today. I thoroughly enjoyed discussing the position you have available at ABC company. After speaking with you in depth about the position, I am even more interested in the opportunity. I think my skills make me uniquely qualified for this position and I think I could be a tremendous asset to your team.  I look forward to being a resource for your company.

Thank you again for the opportunity to interview with your company.

Sincerely,
Jennifer K. Hill

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