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  • 3 Best Ways to Find a Job Candidate

    By Jessica Rayburn


    One of the most common questions we come across in this industry is, “How do I find a GREAT candidate?”


    Sure, there are plenty of options when searching for a new employee. But how do you save time and make sure that you are conducting an efficient search? 3 best ways to find a job candidate


    Searching for a candidate is time consuming, expensive and often frustrating. We advise our clients to start with these three areas to conduct a fruitful job search:


    1. Networking – Candidates who attend events, whether they are educational or job search specific, are ACTIVELY seeking new positions and doing their best to put themselves out there and grow professionally. Both are good qualities in a potential employee, right?


    2. Social Media – Whether it be Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google + or any other social media outlet, a good candidate should be active on social media. Our two favorites are LinkedIn and Twitter. Candidates who are posting on these sites, showing their expertise in their field and providing others with quality content are showing initiative and commanding the attention of the social media world. Personal branding and marketing should be important components when considering the quality of a potential employee. Do you want an employee who actively promotes your business or one who represents your business in a negative light? 


    3. Referrals – This is HUGE, reach out to your greatest resource when searching for the next great employee…YOUR employees. Ask employees who you trust and have shown loyalty and dedication to your organization if they know of anyone they would recommend for the job. After all, they know what it takes to be successful within the organization and what it takes to get the job done. These employees will be unlikely to recommend ...

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  • 8 Tips to Write a Resume Cover Letter

    By Ray Blush

    In my coaching practice, I am often asked by clients what a job seeker can do to make a cover letter stand out and get an employer to seriously consider them for a job. As a start, if you do an Internet search on “how to write a cover letter,” you know there is plentiful information and advice about what works in putting something together that presents you best. How do you sort out the information so it makes sense for you in writing your cover letter?  8 tips for writing a resume cover letter

    Here is some useful information based on coaching clients and conversations with HR practitioners who make decisions on the first pass of your resume. Keep in mind:  no matter your experience level or what kind of position you are seeking, creating a well-written cover letter in responding to a help-wanted advertisement or through a networking contact can greatly improve your chances of landing an interview.

    1. Keep the letter brief with five to six tightly constructed paragraphs. The length may lead to a letter that is longer than one page, but write no more than one-and-half pages. Always proof read the letter and have someone else read it before you send it to an employer.

    2. Your letter should follow the basic format of a typical business letter. It should be formal and address it to a specific person when you can obtain the contact information. If you don’t have the name of a specific contact, use “Dear Hiring Manager” in your salutation. The letter should contain six general pieces of information:

    1. Your contact information
    2. First paragraph – Why you are writing
    3. Second and third paragraphs – What you have to offer
    4. Fourth paragraph – An attention grabber
    5. Concluding paragraph – How you will follow-up...

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  • 3 Buzzwords to Avoid on Your Resume

    By Jessica Rayburn


    I know you’ve heard it:  Resumes are your first impression when applying for a job. And even if it isn’t your first impression, it’s an important marketing tool when applying for a position.  3 buzzwords to stop using on resumes


    Job seekers spend hours reading, studying and learning about what they must INCLUDE in their resume. But they often don’t spend enough time learning what to leave out—namely, buzzwords! Overused phrases and vocabulary can detract from all of the hard work you’ve invested in your resume. 


    Although we see many buzzwords on resumes, here are three that must get the heave-ho immediately:


    1. “Familiar with” – This phrase implies that while you might know a system or process, you are not an expert at it. And what are employers looking for?  Experts!


    2. “Spearheaded” – Yes, action verbs are important on a resume. But in the process of searching for original action verbs, many job seekers have started using the same language entirely too much —like “spearheaded”—thereby stripping the word of all originality. It’s been turned into a trite phrase that employers see on too many resumes. If you use this word, please use it in moderation and consider using other action verbs like “lead,” “directed” or “supervised” as well.


    3. “Experienced” – Chances are, when you are applying for a position that requires experience, each applicant who is applying is also experienced. Avoid using the actual word and inducing eye-rolls from the hiring manager. Instead, explain HOW you are experienced. Talk about what you have done in the past and use stories and examples to show your qualifications. 


    Resumes are tricky and must constantly be tweaked and adjusted for each position for which you are applying. Don’t let your hard work and qualification be ...

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  • 12 Useful Tips for Job Seekers

    By Ray Blush, OI Partners - Hugh Anderson Associates, Ann Arbor, MI

    For the past several years, I have coordinated monthly job networking meetings in my community. In the meetings, participants want to know different techniques and tools they can use to “give them an edge” in finding positions. Here are 12 useful tips I have presented and discussed recently in our meetings: 12 useful tips for job seekers

    1. Free job search information and expert advice. Two Internet sites that provide good job search advice, information and resources are www.job-hunt.org and http://jobsearch.about.com. There are also links to job boards and state directories on these sites.

    2. The top 15 most popular job websites. Go to eBizMBA.com to obtain the top 15 most popular job web sites. The information is updated monthly.

    3. Get a smartphone / tablet. Owning a smartphone or tablet can help your job search.  ob seekers should store copies of their resumes on their mobile devices or tablets so they can respond to recruiter requests immediately. This also shows employers that you are comfortable with new technology.

    4. LinkedIn’s advance people search. A very helpful feature found in the site’s “People Search” area lets you tap into a nearly 200-million-user database. This feature locates companies that hired your former colleagues. You can access this feature by: Find the Advanced People Search screen by clicking on “People” on the drop-down box at the top of your LinkedIn display; Click “Advanced” to the right; From this screen, enter in the “company” field; Next use the drop down box next to the company to choose “Past not current”; and Click on “Search” to see the results.

    5. Take a career / personality assessment. A career assessment is a tool which gives you an indication of what jobs are a match ...

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