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  • Three Things Recruiters Won’t Tell You

    By Holly Ewart

    You’re deep in your job search, you’re rolling along on your own when you get a call from a recruiter about a position that you3 things recruiters won't tell you would be “perfect” for. You have considered working with a recruiter but were not sure how it would affect your search or how you would be presented to a potential employer. 

    Recruiters are well-connected in the market and have “ins” to companies that you may never be able to uncover on your own. So there is also an upside to working with them. 

    Here are three tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your experience with recruiters:

    1. The Anticipation:

    “You’re perfect for the job!” They will tell you this, but what they won’t tell you is that they are saying the same thing to the other candidates they are presenting as well. Don’t let the recruiter make you feel that you’re a shoe-in for the position. Be yourself and be confident in your skills and work history.

    2. The Interview:

    The recruiter will have company intel that the normal job seeker may not, but don’t utilize their information only. Make sure you do your own research into the company and have as much information as possible prior to the interview. If you are able to uncover information about the company that was not supplied to you by the recruiter, this will go a long way with the hiring manager. You always want to enter an interview situation over-prepared! 

    3. The Feedback:

    You may feel frustrated with the feedback you are getting from the recruiter either in response to your resume or an interview that you have gone on.  Always keep in mind that the recruiter is the middle man and the companies they work with from time ...

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  • How Volunteering Can Positively Impact Your Resume

    by Robyn Crigger

    Whether you have been provided with executive outplacement services or choosing to go through a career transition of yourHow volunteering can positively impact your resume choice, a professionally written resume is critical. When going through a job search, your resume is one of your most important marketing tools.

    Your resume should be a reflection of you (the job-search candidate) and thus needs to be a complete sharing of “pertinent” and accurate data, which relays:

    -      what position you are seeking

    -      skills, training and education that qualify you for the position

    -      all work experience that supports your professional/career capabilities for that role

    -      extra-curricular or voluntary experiences which have attributed to your key competencies for this particular work

    Employers receive so many resumes that it is important to distinguish yourself from others through your resume. Your past work experience obviously should support why you are qualified for the new position. Your education and training are also ways of supporting why you are qualified.

    However, do not overlook any voluntary service you have done. It can be a very valuable and credible factor by giving you “real-life” work experience that enhances your expertise. Getting involved in a voluntary role, outside a normal work environment, can open your eyes to different perspectives regarding your chosen career.

    You learn a lot through your education and training, but if able to experience, even indirectly, a “real life” situation as a volunteer, it could help you be better mentally prepared for a new role and what to expect. Often employees experiencing management or leadership training are asked to volunteer in other roles in order that they might see a different perspective of that position.

    Therefore, when talking to that next employer, share with them where you have volunteered. It could distinguish ...

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  • How Outplacement Can Help Veterans Transition Their Careers from the Military to Private Sector

    By Patrick Lynch

    The outplacement industry actually canhow outplacement can help military veterans transition their careers to the private sector trace its roots back to the post-World War II era when military veterans needed to learn job-search skills to help them re-emerge into civilian society.

    Similar to the way they counsel today’s veterans, outplacement professionals were able to help maximize WWII veterans’ professional experiences of pre-war employment as well as the professional experiences of their military duty. The process of teaching veterans how to assess their past professional experiences and market themselves to potential employers still is in effect today and still provides a great service to the deserving veteran community.

    In 1945, Bernard Haldane – the founder of the outplacement industry – created a process to teach returning veterans how to identify their greatest skills, strengths, interests and then to use that knowledge in finding satisfying and productive jobs.

    The system created by Haldane would constitute the beginning of a new adult learning process that OI Global Partners outplacement professionals practice today.

    How do outplacement professionals help those transitioning from military to civilian life?

    1. Translate military experience into similar experiences in the civilian world. Outplacement and career transition professionals have the knowledge and experience that can help a logistics officer in the military restate his experience in a way that can directly relate to the appropriate customer operations or supply chain positions for which he is most appropriate.

    2. Update veterans on the latest career-marketing tools. The job search process is quickly evolving and many career military veterans do not know how to effectively navigate LinkedIn, networking sites, job search databases and recruiters. Trained career transition experts can provide the veterans with the tools to succeed.

    3. Help veterans sell value. Military experience is a great training ground for future leaders. Many forward-thinking organizations know this. The job ...

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  • 15 Ways to Clinch a Job Offer

    OI Partners surveyed its career professionals to uncover key language, tactics and strategies that are proving to be most effective in helping job seekers successfully land and respond to interview opportunities. Below is an overview of the top 15 things to do and say to help you clinch a job offer:

    1. Desire – how much do you want the job? Emphasize to the interviewer things like, "I can see this position is exactly the kind of opportunity and challenge I've been looking for,” or "I'm confident I could hit the ground running." 15 ways to clinch the job offer

    2. Leave-behind: Prepare something to leave behind at the end of or to use during the interview, like your analysis of the company’s needs or a portfolio of your work that demonstrates how your skills align with the position’s requirements and needs. 

    3. Unusual questions: Be ready for strange or unusual interview questions. They are not being asked to trick you, but to reveal qualities that can't be determined from your resume. The questions are designed to discover how you think, handle unexpected problems and situations, whether you are a good fit for their culture and how creative you are. For example: “How many trees would you say are in Yellowstone National Park?”

    4. Tell a story: Job applicants are more often being asked to tell interviewers a story. Compose it in advance and relate it to the needs of the organization or job for which you are applying. It’s an opportunity to showcase your humor as well as your creative side.

    5. Compliment the company: Find an aspect of the organization's work to which you can offer a compliment, such as the quality of their products or services or their involvement with charitable causes. Have facts and figures available to include in your compliment.

    6. ...

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The vOIce is written by many of the managing partners of OI Partners. Topics include our ideas on how you or your organization can be effective in areas related to career development, executive development, workforce development, career transition and more.

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