There is no doubt that finding a job can be an arduous task that takes a long time. From sifting through listings, preparing applications, sending them out, to waiting for a response-- this whole process is inefficient and can be extremely discouraging. In essence, partnering with a staffing agency means that you no longer have to go through this process alone. The agency works to benefit both the applicant and the potential employer because the agency will help applicants as well as deliver candidates to employers. We’ve compiled a list of our top 3 reasons why you should be working with a staffing agency:
1. 10 PRO TIPS FROM HEADHUNTERS ON GETTING FOUND
The average job applicants spend days meticulously crafting their perfect resumes. The average recruiter spends a brief amount of time looking at a resume before deciding if a candidate is worth an initial phone screen. It’s a harsh reality, but fortunately for you, most applicants play it safe and stick to generic templates when showcasing their experience. The following tips aren’t designed to revolutionize the resume. Flashy colors and unconventional visuals stand out, but they don’t show that you are qualified for the job. Instead, each tip focuses on maximizing the impact you have on the people responsible for getting you in the door.
2. LIST YOUR CORE COMPETENCIES FRONT AND CENTER.
The top third of your resume is prime real estate. This is the first (and maybe only) part of your resume a recruiter might bother reading. Most candidates include an objective at the top of their resume. Everyone already knows the objective of your resume. You’re trying to get a job! Instead, use this space to list keywords that describe your areas of expertise. These should be one or two words each (i.e.: project management, candidate sourcing, change management, etc.) If you really want to stand out, rephrase your keywords using similar language to the job description you are applying for. If a company uses the phrase “People Operations” instead of “Human Resources,” match your language accordingly.
3. QUANTIFY YOUR EXPERIENCE.
It’s common practice to include a handful of bullet points to elaborate on each job you’ve held. Most candidates simply restate elements of their job description. This information may tell a recruiter what your responsibilities were, but they don’t show why you’re the best candidate for the job. Instead of recalling your job description, include some tangible results from your hard work. For example, if you are “responsible for all talent acquisition across the organization,” show your accomplishments by stating “Scaled the organization by X% in 2016 by leading the talent acquisition strategy.” Not only are you telling a recruiter that you are qualified for the job, but you’re showing it, as well.
4. FORMATTING, GRAMMAR, AND SPELLING MUST BE FLAWLESS.
If you can’t be bothered to create a proofread resume, why would you bother being a detail-oriented employee? Recruiters are on the lookout for poor grammar, glaring typos, and formatting inconsistencies. Spelling is easy to correct, but it’s common to see differences in formatting, as well as grammar mistakes, on many resumes. Find someone who can be brutally honest and objective about your resume, and ask them to rip it apart. If something doesn’t look or sound right, consider rephrasing a thought or simplifying the format. Make sure your resume is easy to understand, and ask your reviewer to describe your talking points back to you. If your resume is easy to understand, they should be able to recite it back in their own words. In addition, double check that formatting carries over when you’re finalizing your resume. In some cases, a document may lose some formatting when converting over to a PDF. Don’t simply assume it’s correct before submitting your application. You don’t need to reinvent the wheel when building your resume. Remember, the goal is to communicate your qualifications and competencies. A recruiter’s time is limited. Always consider how much information you can deliver in a brief amount of time. With a little luck, you can land that dream job you’ve been waiting for.
5. TOP 5 PIECES OF ADVICE TO SURVIVING YOUR FIRST JOB AFTER UNIVERSITY.
University teaches us everything we need to know to survive in the real world- researching, writing papers, how to stay up all night studying for an exam and how to live on a student budget. But what about how to apply everything you’ve learned in that textbook into real life situations? When it comes to surviving and thriving at your first real job post school, it’s important to remember that while you might have aced all your exams and papers- you are a newbie when it comes to the workforce. That means paying your dues and climbing your way up the corporate ladder, one late night and extra coffee at a time. Here are 5 pieces of advice that could help those preparing for their first experience in the corporate world.
(1) Always bring a pen and paper:
Sure, you were able to memorize your entire Core course pack and your Organic Chemistry textbook, but that doesn’t matter. By carrying around a pen and paper, you will show others that you are not only there to work, you are there to observe, take notes and learn from others. Invest in a quality pen and a gorgeous notebook and you’ll also have a great ice breaker.
(2) Ask Questions:
You know that old saying that no one actually believes, “there is no such thing as a silly question”? Guess what? It’s true! When you don’t know something, ask! You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much you can learn and grow as a professional if you just ask! Also, you never know where the conversation can lead, which can also be a great learning experience for you.
(3) Be flexible:
9-5 is so 2001! In a time where mental wellness is a number one priority for most, why not offer flextime? Offering employees a more flexible schedule will allow them to balance their work and personal lives and ultimately make them feel like they’re in charge (even though your name’s on the door).
(4) Have confidence:
The most important way to keep your millennial engaged, is to make sure they know that you are listening. Not just nodding your head, while checking your emails. Really listen to what they are saying and asking for and try and find a happy balance.