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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Who's Hiring?

Being in the recruiting industry for the past 11 years I've been asked a lot of job related questions. The most common question I receive is, "how's the job market"? With the unemployment rate at 9.4% (Bureau of Labor Statistics, May, 2009) it's easy to paint a grim picture. However, there are jobs out there. It's just knowing where to look and how to get started. Three top sectors hiring right now are Health Care, Education and Government.

Health Care

Health care is the top industry. According the the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this industry has added 369,000 jobs in 2008 and more than 250,000 jobs already this year. There are so many jobs categorized under health care and choosing a career path is sometimes confusing. I focused on two solid long term career opportunities.

*Medical Assistant: Median Salary $28,429 (Salary.com)

Medical Assistants work as part of a diverse health care team in medical offices and health care practices. They perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of physician. Being a Medical Assistant isn't going to get you rich, but the relatively low amount of time it takes to become a Medical Assistant makes it a good choice if you are looking to change careers. While the training and education required to work as a Medical Assistant vary by state, below are a couple of links to get you started.

American Association of Medical Assistants

http://www.aama-ntl.org/becomeCMA/how.aspx

Link to find Medical Assistant Schools:

http://www.medical-assistant-training-schools.org/medical-assistant-schools.htm

*Registered Nurse: Median Salary: $62,089 (Salary.com)

Nursing is projected to add more jobs than any other career over the next decade. Nurses provide medical care and treat patients in a variety of settings. To become a Registered Nurse there are two degree options, including the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), and Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Both degrees offer the broad training necessary to enter into a solid long term career.

I think nursing is such a wonderful choice because of the countless ways your nursing career can grow. You can work as an RN in a hospital, physician's office or other direct patient care environment. You can earn an Advanced Practice Degree or earn a specialty certification. You can also grow into Nurse Management, Case Management, and various non-direct patient care nursing roles. One of the coolest nursing paths is to work in clinical research. You can work as a Clinical Research Coordinator for a University or Hospital, and progress into the pharmaceutical industry to work as a Clinical Research Associate. From there you can move up and become a Director of Clinical Operations for a Pharmaceutical company. Literally thousands of jobs can come from earning a nursing degree and becoming a Registered Nurse.


For information on nursing schools and where to get started go to:

http://www.allnursingschools.com/

Education

Another industry that has had recent job growth is Education. The education industry added over 125,000 jobs last year (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Within education jobs there has been a rising demand for qualified teaching professionals.

*Teacher: Median Salary: $42,120 (Payscale.com)

Teachers assist the learning process through classroom activities and interactive discussions. With state budget cuts there may be some regional concerns about the short term stability of teaching jobs. However, overall teaching careers have shown proven long term sustainability. What you need to get started is a Bachelor's Degree and a state-accredited teacher training program. The link below can get you started on the right track in your state.

How to become a teacher:

http://www.teacher-world.com/teacher-education/become-teacher.html

Government

The Federal Government has already added over 45,000 jobs this year. President Obama's stimulus plan hopes to create more than 3.5 million jobs by the end of 2010.

For 2010, the Census Bureau is hiring hundreds of thousands of temporary workers to fill a variety of census positions across the country.

Census Bureau Job Link: http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/index.html

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is seeking to hire more than 11,000 people this year.

*Border Patrol Agent: Median Salary: $38,196 (Payscale.com)

To apply for a Border Patrol Agent you must be a US Citizen, physically fit and under the age of 37.

Here is the link to Border Patrol Jobs:

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/careers/customs_careers/border_careers/

Official US Government Job site: http://www.usajobs.com/

These are just a few examples of current available jobs. Bottom line is there are jobs available across all categories. You just need to figure out what you want to do and get out there. Resuwe.com, fight unemployment.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Why a boring resume yields best results

A boring resume? These are tough times and job seekers need to stand out in the crowd within this competitive marketplace. Yes, but they must also get through the crowd with a well written resume. The following emphasizes how a boring yet content rich resume will yield best results leading to more interviews and offers.
  • Your resume must be easy to read and will be judged by a combination of humans and Applicant Tracking Systems.
  • Your resume content is most important and must be displayed in the correct places.
  • It is easy for a resume screener to hit the delete button based upon distractions and nuances.
  • A well written resume gives the impression you are a top candidate, knowledgeable, and easy to work with
How will I stand out from the crowd with a boring resume? Companies, search firms, and HR departments use Applicant Tracking Systems as part of the resume screening process. ATS's use boolean search strings and keyword matching technologies to score how well your resume matches specific search criteria set for a position. So your resume is screened by a combination of computer and human judgment. A human recruiter will quickly scan your resume in 5-10 seconds to find out the following info:
  • Career history containing your last 2-3 jobs, dates of employment, job titles, and responsibilities
  • Your education background including your degrees and schools attended
  • A quick snapshot of your skills, experiences, certifications, and awards
Your resume content is the meat which drives the decision determining if your resume fits the criteria of a job listing. Your career history must contain accurate and easy to read descriptions of your positions integrating as many relevant keywords within the context of well written sentences.

How can I build a boring/content rich resume?
  1. MS Word doc only! MS Word doc files are the standard and easiest for Applicant Tracking Systems to upload and parse.
  2. List your resume reverse chronologically - Most recent positions on top
  3. One font throughout your resume - Arial, Times New Roman, Georgia, and Garamond are best
  4. Black font color only
  5. 10pt, 11pt, or 12pt font size only. Stick with one font size throughout your entire resume.
  6. Let your resume flow to 2-3 pages if you have the experience (usually 10+ years or more)
  7. List all start and end dates for your positions in the Month, Year format (ex. January, 2006 to June, 2009)
  8. Optimize your resume content by including as many keywords relating to your skills, experiences, technologies, or activities you have worked with.
  9. Proofread. Every text editor, MS Word, and Google Docs all have built in Spell Checkers. There are no excuses for typos!
  10. Links to your professional blog or Twitter page to promote your personal brand. Only if you are 100% sure the content is professional.
  11. Optimize your resume (coming soon) with ResuWe at http://www.resuwe.com
Job seekers today need an edge to grab the attention of hiring managers, recruiters, and HR professionals. Adding extraneous info, flashy borders, tables, or photos is not the best way to gain positive attention. Hiring managers, recruiters, and HR professionals are challenged with the task of weeding through hundreds of resumes per multiple jobs a day. They look at any distracting elements with scrutiny and interpret any nuances as a reason you are detracting from the content of your resume. A resume screener is looking for any reason to reject your candidacy and a video, text box, or blue font is an easy reason to hit the reject button.

What will get my resume deleted?
  1. Multiple fonts and font colors
  2. Headers and footers - This messes with HTML which Word resumes are often converted to within an ATS
  3. Tables, text boxes, and divider bars
  4. Multiple columns
  5. Page borders
  6. Backgrounds
  7. Photos, videos, or images - Many companies have policies not to accept resume photos for EEOC compliance reasons.
  8. Hobbies, interests, or activities
  9. Page breaks mentioning "continued" or "resume continued next page".
  10. Providing just a web-link instead of a Word document. Most Applicant Tracking Systems require resumes be uploaded from a Word doc.
A well written resume gives the impression you are a top candidate, knowledgeable, and easy to work with. Your content should drive excitement from an employer and turn your resume submission into an interview. Good luck!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Importance of a Cover Letter

In this day and age of click and apply HR folks, Recruiters and Hiring Managers really like to see that you actually read the job description before applying to a job. This can best be demonstrated in a brief cover letter sent to the job advertisement along with your resume. A cover letter doesn't have to be literature...In fact, your cover letter should only be 1-2 paragraphs at most. The basic cover letter should let the company know which job you are applying to as well as a few sentences letting the company know why you are a good fit. The cover letter should also be keyword rich. In the job requirements section of the job ad there is usually a descending order of wants and needs by the employer. If you have expertise in these requirements you should also include this in the cover letter. Remember, the individual reviewing the resume usually only spends a few seconds scrolling through your cover letter to determine if you are a viable candidate. You need to be both brief and specific. You can also include in the cover letter that you have met or exceeded the educational requirements for the job. If you don't match the job specifically, you need to include your relevant experiences and how it ties to the job. Lastly, you may want to emphasize why you are looking for a job (downsizing/lay-off) so that you can let the potential employer know of your immediate interview and job start availability.

Here is an example:

Let's say you are a Quality Engineer with a Masters Degree in Engineering and over 7 years of experience working in the Medical Device field. You are applying to a Sr. Quality Engineering job for a pharmaceutical company. The job requires a Bachelor's Degree and strong knowledge of FDA regulatory guidelines and working in a GMP environment. While you have not specifically worked in the pharmaceutical industry you have worked in a similar industry.

Your cover letter can read:

Dear Name,


I am applying for the Senior Quality Engineer position with ResuWe Pharmaceuticals. I hold a Master's Degree in Engineering and I have over 7 years of medical device industry experience as a Quality Engineer. I have a strong understanding of FDA regulatory guidelines as well as expertise in a GMP environment. Due to a recent lay off at my company I am searching for a new full time opportunity and would like the opportunity to work at ResuWe Pharmaceuticals. Attached is a Word copy of my resume. Please give me a call / email with any questions.

Thank you,

First and Last Name
Phone Number
Email Address

Monday, June 8, 2009

Job Search - How to Guide – Start to Finish - ResuWe

One of the key advantages to job seekers using ResuWe.com will be the Expert Tips section of the website. Prior to the upcoming release of ResuWe we will be posting job search tips on our Blog. We will provide full start-to-finish job seeking scenarios and give you the ability to ask us questions directly through our blog. We will also inform you of the advantages and disadvantages of current job seeker's tools and websites. We welcome your questions and feedback and look forward to assisting you on your job search.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Google Apps Cloud Challenge - Anyone up for the Challenge?

Google Apps Cloud Challenge - Anyone up for the Challenge?

I just signed up for the Google Apps “Day in the Cloud” Challenge. If you are like me you never thought you would be spending hours exploring Google but are drawn to the almost endless tools and applications. You also have to check out the Lab. Some of the new apps include the ability to view a YouTube video inline (Bada Bing), message translator, undo send (Oops). Let the games begin!


From the Google Blog:
You're invited to take the Day in the Cloud Challenge, the first-ever online scavenger hunt to be played simultaneously in the air and on the ground. We've teamed up with Virgin America to sponsor this challenge on June 24, 2009, the "Day in the Cloud." At Google, we've gathered a small group of gamers extraordinaire to come up with unique puzzles, trivia, and brain teasers, many of which use Google Apps. So if you're game, get ready for the Day in the Cloud Challenge.

More and more people are storing their data (such as documents, calendars, email, and photos) online "in the cloud" with services like Google Apps. All that you need is an Internet connection to access and share that information with friends, family, and co-workers. With airlines like Virgin America offering in-flight Wi-Fi, it's now even easier to stay connected while you travel, even when you're flying through the sky.

Those of you paying close attention might remember that we've held a puzzle extravaganza in the past. The Day in the Cloud Challenge will be different in that each contestant will have just one hour to play the game. Everyone is encouraged to take on the challenge between 12:00am and 11:59pm PDT on Wed, June 24, 2009. And if you happen to be flying on Virgin America, in-flight Wi-Fi service will be complimentary on June 24th so that you can play during your flight.

The top five scorers in the challenge will receive a "Year in the Cloud" prize package, which includes a year of free flights and free in-flight Wi-Fi from Virgin America, an HP netbook computer, and 1 terabyte of Google account storage for all of your photos and email. Not a puzzle fanatic? Don't worry. The questions come in various difficulty levels so there will be some easy puzzles and others that might drive even the most experienced competitors crazy. A final note on eligibility: You must be a legal resident of the U.S. and at least 18 years of age to be eligible for a prize.

Check out www.dayinthecloud.com for more information. While you're there, sign up for an email reminder to receive practice clues and tips.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Google Wave for Recruiting? What are the Possibilities?

There is a new swell coming in...no, not the 4-6' waves hitting the south facing beaches. Google just announced Google Wave, a new model for communication and collaboration on the web. Google Wave is a real-time communication platform comprising of Waves, Wavelets, Blips, Documents, Extensions, Robots, and Gadgets.

http://code.google.com/apis/wave/guide.html
http://code.google.com/apis/wave/extensions/

What does all this do? The Google Wave will run within a standard web browser, be easy to use like email (or Gmail), allow for easy document collaboration, allow the use of 3rd party applications (extensions), and integrate with social media...all in real time!

We've been brainstorming multiple ways Google Wave can be applied to recruiting processes. Here are a few:

1 on 1 phone interview/prescreening - A phone interview is often the first step of the recruiting process where a recruiter or hiring manager gathers preliminary info from an applicant and adds notes written directly on a printed resume or typed into an ATS/Applicant Tracking System. The interviewer also shares the job description with an applicant and will discuss additional info on the position and company.

Using drag and drop file sharing within Google Wave, the interviewer and the applicant can easily conduct this phone or Wave interview within a Wave. Interview questions can be discussed and embedded onto the applicant's resume document in real time. The Interviewer can also share the job description, company information (benefits info, photos from the holiday party, equipment specs., etc.) with the applicant within this Wave.

Group interview - Similar to a phone interview, multiple interviewers from a company can participate in a Wave real-time via a conference call or through the use of an online voice support gadget (Skype, Google Talk, etc.). The applicant can give an online presentation and multiple interviewer participants can ask a series of questions about various subjects while easily referring to the applicant's resume, product portfolio, technical specs, job description, etc.

Interviewer participants can also take notes in the form of private replies and easily schedule an applicant review meeting to discuss applicant feedback. The ability to schedule online group interviews with immediate applicant review meetings will surely speed up recruiting processes.

Connecting with candidates - Everyone has their preferred communication method including email, IM, twitter, Facebook, and other social media. Google Wave extensions will allow the ability to boolean search candidates from multiple online sources and make contact with candidates quick and easy. A recruiter can search for candidates utilizing Twitter and invite the candidate to a Wave interview via a Twave.

Applicants with online resumes or blogs can embed a link, "Interview me via Wave". The interviewer will have the applicant's resume ready to go and share the job description from the company. Both the applicant and the interviewer will
instantaneously work within a Wave which will contain the applicant's resume plus the company job description.

Wave career fair - A company can create an online career fair booth with company info, job descriptions, video presentations, and company representatives. Hiring managers and Human Resource professionals can be available to answer questions and receive drag and drop resumes.

International recruiting - Google Wave integrates real-time character by character foreign language translation.

The Google Wave gives us a lot to digest over the next few months. Google Wave will also work on iPhones and Android phones. Now I just need a waterproof case so I can review applicants from my surfboard between sets.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Why ResuWe?

Why ResuWe? Why another new career site?

We are experienced agency recruiters continuously reviewing resumes needing improvement. We see firsthand what formats, styles, content, and layouts produce the best results through our workings directly with HR professionals and hiring managers. Too often we see top applicants with exceptional experience fall short in the job search process due to a poorly written or formatted resume. In many cases it is an applicant with a stable work history who is not experienced as a job seeker.

We feel the need to leverage our knowledge directly to applicants. At the same time, we will help other recruiters, HR professionals, and hiring managers search and receive higher quality, fact rich resumes without compromising content, integrity, or privacy.

We also see firsthand the frustration job seekers go through, whether being out of work or employed. ResuWe's features will span beyond Resume building and fine tuning. It will also help job seekers manage their search utilizing the best information and technologies available. ResuWe is open and 100% free.

We look forward to launching ResuWe and helping applicants, companies, and recruiters see better results.
 
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