10 questions to ask a recruiter (and 1 to avoid)

Posted by Guest Contributor

April 17, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Are you so flattered when a recruiter rings you that you forget to ask them critical questions? Take this quiz to see if you’re covering your bases.

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Every once in a while, the phone rings, and it’s a recruiter on the other end. While you might not be interested in what he is offering, you have to admit that it’s flattering to get the call. (“Someone thinks I might be right for a job!”)

Once you get past the initial compliment, though, you have to get down to the serious business of determining if you are interested. The recruiter wants to know about you, but before you turn over your resume, there are things you should know about him.

Here are 10 questions to ask a recruiter and one question to avoid. See if you can figure out which is which. (Answer at bottom.)

Topics: Interviewing, Working with Recruiters

Resume renovations for your spring job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 15, 2014 @ 04:32 PM

Use these tips to dust off your job application materials and spruce them up for spring.

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Here in New York it’s finally starting to feel like spring! Many of us use this season as an excuse to unclutter our closets and reorganize our work spaces. It’s also a great time to reevaluate our job-search tactics and give them a thorough cleaning.

If your current resume isn’t delivering results, it might be time to spruce it up or even start fresh. Below are articles with top tips to help you renovate your resume this season.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Resume & Cover Letters

Tips from a recruiter: How to stand out at your next career fair

Posted by Mike Deissig

April 15, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Make a splash at your next career fair with advice from TheLadders’ recruiter.

TheLadders_Job_FairIt’s easy to feel like a small fish in a big pond when you’re at a career fair. With hundreds of candidates all vying for the attention of the same recruiters and employers, you feel like you don’t stand out. 

And I’m going to let you in on a secret: You probably don’t. As a recruiter, I can easily talk to more than one hundred different job seekers at a career event. At the end of the day, the names, faces, and occupations all blur together. The most important thing you can do at a career fair is take steps to distinguish yourself from the crowd.

After years of recruiting quality hires from these events, I’m giving you the top ways to distinguish yourself from the other candidates. They’re surprisingly simple.

Topics: Networking, New to the Workforce, Working with Recruiters

13 ways your resume can say 'I’m unprofessional'

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

April 15, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

Hiring pros share the faux pas they find in real resumes, including wacky e-mail addresses, defunct phone numbers and cookie-cutter templates.

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No offense, thebigcheese@domain.com, but if nobody has told you yet, we’re telling you now: That e-mail address is not making you look particularly professional.

Unprofessional e-mail addresses are just one way of sending hiring managers the wrong message. If you want to be taken seriously when you apply for jobs, you need to put some polish on your resume, your cover letter and everything contained therein. Hiring professionals repeatedly run across these red flags that scream “unprofessional.” A number of recruiters and HR managers shared with TheLadders common errors from their own professional experiences.

Topics: Resume & Cover Letters

Leonardo da Vinci's resume

Posted by Marc Cenedella

April 14, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Before he was famous, before he painted the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, before he invented the helicopter, before he drew the most famous image of man, before he was all of these things, Leonardo da Vinci was an armorer, a weapons guy, a maker of things that go "boom".

And, like you, he had to put together a resume to get his next gig. So in 1482, at the age of 30, he wrote out a letter and a list of his capabilities and sent it off to Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan.

So to celebrate Leonardo's birthday tomorrow on April 15th, I'd like to share his wonderful resume with you. You can click on the link below to see the full-size version.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Quitting time: 5 signs it's time to leave your job

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 07, 2014 @ 02:53 PM

Before you resign, make sure you're leaving for the right reasons.

Skippy_Peace_GoodbyeQuitting is never easy. And while the unemployment rate is holding steady, the thought of quitting can be frightening with many still facing a tough job market out there. There will always be high and low points in your job, but how do you know when the bad aspects outweigh the good?

Here are some signs that will help you decide when it’s time to look elsewhere for work.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Career Management

❶ Train our robot + ❷ It'll fetch jobs = ❸ Less work for you

Posted by Marc Cenedella

April 07, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Remember watching the Jetsons and thinking how robots were going to make your future cool?

Yeah, so did we.  

Use our easy robots to do your work in the job search and you'll find out when Spacely Space Sprockets, Cogswell Cosmic Cogs or over 60,000 real employers on TheLadders are hiring:

1) Train our robot on what you want in a job here: your job preferences.

2) It'll fetch jobs based on your preferences and send them to you. (If you want even more control you can also create your own, very specific, keywords searches and save them here on the jobs page).

3) Seriously, if you want a lot less work and stress in your job search, we've made these robots for you.  Take advantage of them, they won't mind!

Topics: Marc's Newsletter

Resume, meet Technology: Making your resume format machine-friendly

Posted by TheLadders Contributor

April 03, 2014 @ 08:00 PM

How to format a resume so that the software recruiters use to store resumes doesn’t garble your document – and your chances.

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You’ve probably heard this advice for making your resume stand out: Sprinkle in plenty of juicy keywords so recruiters will pluck your document out of the pile.

But these days, the first review of your resume is more likely to be a software program, known as an applicant tracking system (ATS), than a human being interested in the quality of your paper stock and the power of your prose. While those qualities will be important in subsequent rounds, your first challenge will be to win over a very sophisticated machine that plays by its own complex rules.

In these competitive times, is a grab-bag of keywords really enough to ensure your resume rises out of that mysterious electronic swamp? If not, what else do you need to know about the processes that happen inside these ATSes — systems that are, in fact, fueled by sophisticated data-warehousing technologies — to stand the best chance of getting your resume in front of human eyeballs?

Topics: Resume & Cover Letters

How to target top employers in your job search

Posted by Amanda Augustine

April 01, 2014 @ 02:03 PM

Land a job with the right employer by building a strong target company list.

Target_Company_List_iPadEven when you start your job search with a very strong “in” at an organization, landing a new job will likely require you to pursue multiple job opportunities at the same time. In fact, I recommend that job seekers continue pursuing new job leads even as they’re entering the final interview round of another opportunity. To help you streamline this process and ensure you land a job with the right company, I encourage you to develop a target company list based upon your job goals.

Below are tips on how to research and vet prospective employers as you build a strong target company list.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Job Goals

Hired!

Posted by Marc Cenedella

March 31, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

Thousands of your fellow subscribers have found their new jobs in March on TheLadders!

We've had more activity from employers and recruiters on TheLadders this quarter than ever before.

Why? Because TheLadders professionals are interested in a new job, and behave respectfully.  While the typical job posting on LinkedIn or Monster gets hundreds (thousands!) of unqualified applications, the typical job at TheLadders gets just 21 applicants that are targeted, relevant, and interesting to the HR person or recruiter.

Topics: Marc's Newsletter