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Getting the Interview: 5 Things That Will Make Employers Ignore Your Resume

September 26th, 2011

As a job seeker, it’s generally common sense to put your best foot forward to garner positive attention from recruiters. The problem is that oftentimes candidates may do things that cause hiring managers to avoid them, without actually realizing it. If you aren’t getting the kind of responses you need from the companies you are applying for, perhaps you are doing one of the 5 things that can make employers ignore your resume?

  1. Failure to Follow Instructions – When responding to a job advertisement found on a career board or online job posting, you should really take the time to read the instructions and follow them. It’s surprising then that many candidates fail to follow this first easy step when inquiring about a job, which makes them look careless. Take the time to read the job ad and visit the company career page for more information before making this mistake.
  2. Not Qualified for the Job – You may see a job that appears to be interesting, and besides it’s with a company you’ve been dying to get on with. Before you click “apply”, read the job description and requirements before firing off your resume. Why? Because if you get in the habit of applying for jobs you are not qualified for and waste the recruiters’ time, they will ignore you on all future jobs.
  3. Generic Resume/Cover Letter –In an effort to save time, often well-meaning candidates will develop a form letter cover sheet and a generic resume, which applies to all jobs. While this may seem like an efficient way to search for work, it’s a real turn off for recruiters who can spot a cover letter or resume like this from a mile away. To avoid looking like a thoughtless job seeker, put some time into crafting an original cover letter for every job you apply to.
  4. Unprofessional Email Address – Whether you realize it or not, the email address that you use to send out your resume speaks volumes about you as a person. Avoid using an email address that sounds cute, sexy or funny. or are NOT appropriate emails to use, nor should you use your current workplace email addresses or a friend’s email address. Instead, opt for an email address that simply states your name so the recruiters can easily track you down to call you for an interview.
  5. Over-Applying for the Same Company – You may think that sending your resume to the same company umpteen times will get the attention of a recruiter there eventually, and in fact you are right. Only, you won’t get the kind of attention you want. Instead, you will give the impression that you are highly desperate and annoying at the same time. Be careful and don’t re-apply for a company more than a few times a year.

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7 Steps to Ensure Retention of Top Performers

September 13th, 2011

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Did you know that in an average workday, over 80% of all employees are actively engaged in the pursuit of other employment, according to a recent career post on Monster? While this may seem sneaky, it’s actually the norm because it can be challenging to leave one job without having another lined up. That’s especially true in this day and age when top performers are proactively seeking greener pastures. Having a solid employee retention strategy is absolutely vital for the success and growth of your organization.

How can you hang onto your best employees and deter them from seeking opportunity elsewhere? Here are seven steps to ensure retention of top performers.

  1. Identify Skill Sets and Talents – The key to keeping the best employees on board is realizing what knowledge skill sets and talents are needed to get the job done company-wide. Each job type has specific requirements, and top performers exist at all levels. Do an inventory of these skills and you will easily identify your best employers who you can groom for bigger responsibilities and assignments that are more rewarding.
  1. Focus on Employee Development – Once employees are on the job, it’s not uncommon to become frustrated by a lack of development support. Give all employees the chance to learn new skills, take on higher responsibility, be part of progressive projects, and work into new and better roles within the company. This can eliminate the need to seek career development elsewhere.
  1. Provide Mentoring Opportunities – Mentors can be a great source of inspiration from within a corporate environment. Immediate supervisors can often become overburdened with managing so many employees at once, so they can forget about employee development initiatives unless they are continually reinforced. Instead, utilize the skills of more experienced employees to help newer or struggling employees find their permanent spot within the organizational chain.
  1. Develop Continual Training Methods – Enough cannot be said for corporate training as a way to prevent employee dissention. Training gives all employees the ability to learn new skills that they can immediately apply to the workplace, to make it more productive. Additionally, being an education driven company can increase the likelihood that employees will stick around to work on certificates and degrees so they can take on better internal jobs.
  1. Keep Top Performers Challenged – The main reason, besides financial needs, that top performers move on is that they are not challenged enough in their current role. Overachievers tend to need something to keep their attention and without enough stimuli at the office, you can expect them to leave very quickly.
  1. Offer Stepped Promotions and Incentives – Employees need a reason to be at work every day, besides a paycheck. By offering a series of stepped promotions and regular employee incentives, you can give your top performers something to strive for. Therefore, they may just hang around a lot longer if they know they can expect positive feedback and praise for a job well done.
  1. Promote Work Performance – Lastly, make sure your corporate environment is one that promotes performance for pay. Instead of allowing employees to slack off or take advantage of others, establish clear paths for success in the office that all employees can achieve. Encourage friendly competitions, set periodic goals for employees, and make sure that your top performers feel challenged at work.

Want more information about developing a workable employee retention strategy? Contact Concorde Personnel for support and guidance.


Volunteer: Use Your Unemployed Time to Build Your Experience and Enhance Your Resume

September 5th, 2011

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Have you recently found yourself unemployed? Have time on your hands and not sure what direction to focus on? While you are looking for a new and better job, now is the opportune time to explore ways in which to stand out from other candidates through volunteerism.

Being a volunteer can help you to stay active on the job market, while earning valuable career skills. Additionally, you are likely to enhance your resume, as you will demonstrate the ability to contribute to society while you search for gainful employment. Here are some ways to use your unemployed time wisely as a volunteer.

Get involved with religious and civic volunteer efforts. Every religious and civic organization has the need for volunteers to handle a number of duties. These can range from providing extra people for events, to managing various technologies and projects. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn a skill in a certain area, but have not had the time to do so while working full time. Contact a local church or non-profit organization and find out what volunteer roles are available.

Join an industry association and get active. A great way to garner valuable experience in a particular career is to join an industry association and then volunteer to help out on an important activity. This is especially helpful if you are a new graduate, a career changer or hoping to land work in a new career field. Learn valuable work skills and put yourself in the right place at the right time as a volunteer on a new project. The network you develop as a result will help you throughout your future career, and it looks great on your resume.

Participate in community service. In every neighborhood, there are thousands of ways to get involved in community service events. Take part in food and clothing drives, provide a service to less fortunate neighbors, or improve the beauty of a poorly maintained lot through lawn and garden services. By doing this, you are not only making your community a better place to live in, but you will gain positive attention from employers who may be looking for someone with your initiative and creativity. You’ll also learn valuable lessons about managing something yourself.

While you are volunteering, be sure to keep a list of people who can vouch for your service and your performance in this role. Just as you would references for a paid position, you may ask for letters of reference to include with your resume in terms of the volunteer work you’ve accomplished. Add your volunteer work experience along with your paid work experience, including your major accomplishments while in that role.

Volunteerism is growing as one of the best ways to earning more work experience and a sense of responsibility that employers look for in candidates. When you list volunteer roles on your resume, you appear to be someone who sees the “bigger picture” about your career, and someone who’s motivated enough to make positive changes in the world.

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