Monthly Archives: July 2014

Make Your Job Postings Count

Make the most out of your time, effort and money while ensuring that you will find the best candidate for your position.  These simple tips will help you find the perfect candidate for your jobs:

  1. Use common titles.  While many companies are coming up with creative and fun titles for their employees, the job posting isn’t the place to implement this.  Use clear and concise titles to show specific functions of the position.  For instance use the title Sales Associate as opposed to the futuristic possibility of Retail Jedi.
  2. Have clear and detailed job postings.  Use easy to understand language to write your job postings, but make it exciting and enticing.  Break up the text with bullet points.  Use underlines, bolding and italics to highlight the most important aspects of the job.
  3. Use keywords in your postings.  Within your ad the job title, company name and other related keywords should be used at least three times if possible.  For example:  If your job title is Sales Manager and your company name is ABC, Inc., the ad could read as follows:

Join ABC, Inc and become part of our growing team as a Sales Manager. The Sales Manager is responsible for growing new business and developing accounts within ABC, Inc.  If you have a knack for customer service and a history in sales, don’t let this opportunity pass you by.   Apply with ABC, Inc today!

  1. Be sure to utilize as many keywords as possible that relate to the position for search engines to use.  For instance, if you were posting an elementary school science teaching position some keywords would be:  education, classroom, K-12, curriculum, and science.
  2. Set-up alerts to be notified when a potential candidate uploads a resume with the skill set you are interested in.  Be proactive and contact these applicants if they appear that they will be a good fit for your company and position.
  3. Share your job postings on your social media sites and invite your fans to share them.  The more you spread the news the more likely you will be to find multiple good candidates to choose from.
  4. Post the pay so job seekers know if it is within their range, as well as anything that makes your company unique, such as culture or history to improve applicant traffic.

Remember, it is all about informing possible candidates and standing out from the masses.

Hiring Team Players

Are you ready to hire for your business or organization and are searching for a real team player?  There are behavioral questions that you can ask applicants to determine if they would be a good addition to a team.  Some examples are:

  1. Can you describe a team situation that was challenging and you were able to add value to the team by reaching a particular goal?
  2. Tell me about an instance when you had to discuss a difficult subject with a manager or team member that you knew could cause conflict.
  3. Have you been involved in a team project that did not turn out as you had planned or hoped?  How did you try to turn the situation around?
  4. How would you react and what would you do if you had a team member who was not contributing enough?
  5. Describe your best and worst experiences of working in a team.
  6. What is the most important thing you have learned from working on a team?  How did you gain this insight?

There are many more questions that can be asked than simply, do you get along well with others? It’s about asking probing questions which will garner responses that demonstrate the candidate’s ability or inability to exhibit the essential characteristics of team work.

Good luck with hiring your next team player.

Am I Qualified for that Job?

Have you applied for a job that you feel under-qualified for?  What happens when you land an interview?  If you find yourself in this situation, there are simple steps you can take to sell yourself for a position you may lack some credentials for.  Here is how:

Research the job and company

Although duties typically change once you are actually in the role, looking at the job description before an interview is a great way to prepare.  Having solid, overall knowledge of the company’s product or service will also help you understand the areas of the position you will be able to excel at to highlight during your interview.

Also, try locating other individuals within the industry in a similar position.  Find their resumes and examples of their work if possible to gain insight into a typical day and to better understand what the duties of the role will actually look like.

Update your resume and cover letter to reflect the position

Many job seekers do not alter their resumes for each job they are applying for.  This is a mistake.  By customizing your resume for the job you are applying for you can include any transferable skill relevant to the position as well as areas you are involved in outside of work that would be an asset in the position you are interviewing for.  Be sure to include volunteer activities relevant to the position as well.

During the interview, highlight your relevant experience

Take the time during the interview to highlight the skillsets you do possess that the company is looking for.  Explain how all your other experience can also benefit the organization if you’re offered the role. Also, include information you have gained from your research to demonstrate that you are knowledgeable about the company, product/service and industry, which will help you be successful in the position you are interviewing for.

Be confident

Confidence is extremely significant. Even if you’re unsure about your background and/or qualifications for the role, be confident. Do your absolute best to sell yourself for the position, highlighting that you’ve already began conducting research about the company, possible team members and industry experts’ advice on what it takes to be successful in this kind of role.

Be honest.  If you don’t have the skills listed in the job description, explaining that you’re a quick learner who is always eager for a challenge and has a proven record of excelling on the job. Display that you’re confident in your abilities to do whatever it takes to benefit the company in this position.

Networking to Find Employment

Networking is not a new thing; it is a proven method of connecting with people in order to expand your career contacts.  As a job seeker, it is extremely important to attend networking events to continue to grow your professional network in a strategic manner.

Effective networking is a continual process.  Even if you are a happily employed individual, there is always the off chance of a layoff or downsizing.  Actively expand your connections and nurture the current relationships you have.

If you find that you are a naturally timid individual at social gatherings, it is important to find a mentor to help you become more comfortable in a networking setting.  Confidence is a key part of networking.  You must be able to sell your abilities if you are asked, but don’t oversell, this is an opportunity to connect, at this point.

Even though these events can feel awkward it is important to not become a wall flower. Make it a goal for you to connect with three people before you leave.  Make sure they are solid conversations and you leave with their business card.

Don’t ask for a job, ask for advice.  Smile.  Shake hands and make a good first impression.  Be friendly to everyone you come in contact with and always ask questions.