Career Breaks and The Comeback

Career breaks and the comeback

Career breaks occur for all sorts of reasons.  Some may choose to take a step back in favor of dedicated family time.  Others come by a career break following redundancy in the company.  Perhaps you’ve decided to enjoy different experiences, such as traveling or to rediscover your interests. Whatever the reasoning, here are 6 tips on navigating career breaks and the comeback.

Whatever motives got you there, the time may come when you decide to jump back onto the career ladder.

Getting a job can be daunting enough, but it can be even more unnerving once you’ve taken a break from work. You may feel anxious about starting a new job or you may worry that your skills are a little rusty because a lot has changed since you’ve been away from the workplace.

If you feel you’re in this situation, below are six effective tips to help increase your chances of getting hired following a career break.

Six Tips to The Comeback

1. Assess your situation

Many people make the mistake of jumping straight back into the first job they can find. Firstly, if you’re not sure about a job, the interviewer may sense your uncertainty and will be unlikely to take you further in the hiring process.

Secondly, if you secure a job that isn’t suitable for you, you could even find yourself job hopping frequently before you find the right one. It’s therefore important to take some time to assess your situation first and decide what you want to do. Open your mind and remember, what was right for you before your career break, may not be what the best fit is for you now.

2. Update your resume with your career break.

It’s common for a candidate to believe that a gap in their resume will ruin their career.

However, instead of seeing it as a handicap, see it as something positive that can differentiate you from other candidates. If you haven’t been working for a long period of time, don’t hide it. A break can provide lots of benefits that can make you just as, if not more hireable, even if it’s just been a chance for you to take a step back and re-evaluate your future career.

Add all the new skills you may have developed during your break, and explain how these can relate to the job you’re now applying for. 

For example:

Did you take a diploma course specializing in new technology?

Did you do volunteer work and develop your leadership skills, which will help you to lead a team more effectively? 

Or perhaps traveling the world helped to give you a much-needed confidence boost?

3. Network

When looking for your first job after a career break, don’t forget to use your existing connections. Spend some time reaching out to your previous colleagues, clients, friends, and family. Let them know that you’re seeking a new position.

They may have the perfect job for you or be able to point you in the right direction. This is also a good opportunity to prepare any potential references that could support your new job applications.

4. Be prepared for your interview

Before you attend your first interview, make sure you’re prepared to answer questions about your career break. You may be asked why you have a career gap and what you did with your time. Honesty is the first step. Make it clear what you did during your break and why you decided it was the right thing for you to do.

You could tailor your answers to demonstrate how your break will benefit the role you are now applying for. Think critically about some of the concerns an interviewer may have. They may wonder whether you’re ready to get back on the career ladder for example. In this case, explain why you have decided to re-join the workforce, whilst emphasizing your passion, drive, and focus.

5. Look for career returner programs

As well as using job boards to search for jobs, research the various career returner programs that may be available. Deloitte is just one example of an organization that runs this kind of scheme. Their return to work program lasts for 20 weeks and is aimed at men and women who have taken a career break. Whether the break has been for family or other reasons, the scheme provides tailored support and experience to help you readjust to being back at work.

JP Morgan is another business offering a similar scheme. Their global ReEntry Program provides networking and mentorship opportunities to senior executives who are looking to re-join corporate life after taking a career break.

6. Be confident

Whether you’ve been away from work for 12 months or 2 years, getting back into the hiring pool can be nerve-racking. However, the most important thing is that you remain confident in your abilities.

Without confidence, you can easily undervalue what you can offer an employer. Write down your skills and strengths on a piece of paper. Refer to this during your job search, to help give you a boost of energy.

If you’re uncertain, ask friends and family to share their feedback on where your strengths lie. They may offer some suggestions that you had not previously considered.

If you’re concerned that your skills are no longer up-to-date, take a refresher course. Make sure you do your research too. Look at the employer’s website and social media channels.

You should also look at their competitors, read the latest industry news and research industry trends. Knowing you have all the information you need, will help you to be much more confident, especially during interviews.

Everyone has their own career path

Taking a career break is more common than you may think, despite the stigma that is sometimes attached behind how potential candidates will fill that void. Everyone has different career ladders they climb at their own pace depending on what their goals are in life.

So if you’re feeling apprehensive about jumping back into the workforce after a career break, remember these tips to put you on the right path with renewed confidence.

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Where Do You See Yourself?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

For many people, answering the interview question “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” can be overwhelming. If this is you in a nutshell, worry not. Hiring managers aren’t really that concerned with the specifics of your answer anyway. 

What they want to know is a glimpse into your ambition, goals, focus, and drive.

They want to know you’ve at least considered your future and what you’d like to accomplish. 

Even if you don’t know exactly where you see yourself in five years, there’s still a right way to answer this question during an interview.

Why ask this?

Asking “Where do you see yourself in five years?” is more about getting insight into your hopes and aspirations. Interviewers are seeking objectives to give an inside look into how you operate and structure your thoughts.

Naturally, a potential employer wants to understand your career goals to assess how their position fits into your grand plan. Companies want trustworthy, detail-oriented, and dedicated team members who are willing to take a leap — not a noncommittal employee who is only sticking around until a better opportunity arises elsewhere.

The question itself can be phrased in a multitude of ways. All of the below examples aim to uncover similar information for hiring managers to review: 

  • What are your long-term career goals?
  • Do you have an ideal job at this stage in your career?
  • What are you looking for?
  • How do you define success?
  • What is most important to you in your career?
  • Do you have goals planned for the next five years?
  • Where will you be in five years?

Tips: Before the Interview

Life gets tricky and, ultimately, no one person knows completely where they will be in five years.  Hiring managers are aware of this. Focus on what your dreams are, where you would like to take your career, and how you plan to do this.

Also, be sure to focus on how you plan to help the company. Show yourself as someone who will add value to the team and help advance the company. 

While developing your answer, keep in mind what the interviewer wants to know when they ask you this question: your work-related goals, ambitions, desired training, and so on. What type of positions do you see yourself occupying? What type of training? Are you interested in leadership positions, or would you like to keep your focus on the technical aspects of your work? Provide direct and relatable answers.

If the answer doesn’t come to you at first, think about how you have grown over the last five years.

Consider the natural flow of progression in your career thus far and what aspects sparked joy and curiosity in your daily efforts.  These aspects are a great benchmark for navigating the direction forward. 

During the interview

Answering “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

When answering this question, be honest and be yourself. Sharing what you think the interviewer ‘wants to hear’ may seem like a good idea, but if it’s out of alignment with your truth, you can get in trouble down the road if you do get hired. Plus, it’s much easier to be yourself than to try to be someone you’re not.

Be specific and keep it work-related.

The interviewer doesn’t need to know that you plan on having two kids and a white picket fence in five years. Keep your answers to-the-point and about your work goals and visions.

An example response:

Let’s say you’re interviewing for an HR position at an organization and are asked, “Where do you see yourself in five years?” You might answer as follows:

“I’d like to expand my horizons by jumping in feet first and learning as much as I can, as quickly as I can, with the organization. From there, I’d seek out opportunities — at least one to two a year — to expand my knowledge through training and educational opportunities to support my job. I’d love to participate in at least one project geared toward leadership training if the opportunity arises. I also understand that the organization has a strong volunteer team, and I’d like to be an active participant in that team, as well. At some point, I’d also like to be considered for a supervisory or management level role.”

Keep it primarily work-related, show ambition, show that you’ve done your homework, and provide quantifiable goals. The key is to be confident, honest, clear, and succinct, and, of course, to answer the question.

What Not to Say.

Whatever you do, do not respond with, “I don’t know.”

To answer “I don’t know” shows that you haven’t given any thought to your future with the company or life in general. Again, one of the main reasons this question is asked is to find out if you have goals, ambition and a good work ethic and that you’ve considered how you might handle the position should you be hired.

So there you go. While the chances are good that you’ll be asked this question at some point during your career, the ball is in your hands to answer like a touchdown pass from inside the red zone. 

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Executive Job Search Strategy

Executive job search strategy

Remember when you were early in your career and you’d apply for a job then go home and wait?  You knew you had all the required skills and experience, so it was just a matter of time. A few days go by and the call comes in. The next day is the interview.  3 days later you have the job and you start next week. Well, those days are long since gone! Nowadays if you don’t have an executive job search strategy, you come close to setting yourself up to fail.

Truthfully, now that you’ve positioned your career higher up the salary chain, those quick job search turnaround days are non-existent. The path to senior and executive-level job placement is an extended process that requires patience and good strategy.

Pro Tip: Manage Expectations

The challenge is to manage expectations that meet the reality of your job search. On-average an executive-level job search requires 4 months to 1 year from the initial point of contact to an actual first day of employment.

The average time it takes to find a job depends on many factors such as:

  • Time of year
  • Geographical demand for your skills
  • Whether you encounter ageism
  • Experience and salary requirements
  • Professional network
  • Job search skills

Time of Year

Q4 is traditionally the slowest hiring period so don’t go rushing into October with high hopes of December placement. However, in contrast, the busiest season for hiring is the first quarter. Manage expectations and remain positive to keep pushing on through slower times of the year.

Geography

All across the country, there are region-specific industry dominants. Depending on your career path, your advancement could depend on your flexibility towards a potential move of house and home.  Consider your chosen industry and region when outlining your timeline for ideal job placement.

Experience & Salary

Aim for your goals, however, do a little research into the companies you are applying to. You want to ensure they have the capacity and need for your set of skills and salary requirements.  Are they in an upswing or decline?  Have their social media channels just blasted news of a hiring fair? These elements can either hinder or expedite the hiring process and in turn, your job search strategy.

Your Network is Gold.

We’ve mentioned this in previous posts and it’s worth rehashing. Your network is solid gold.  At the Senior and Executive career levels, your LinkedIn profile should already be well polished with several years of connections to draw from. When it comes to job searching, this is your ideal go-to for making quick work of landing a job with ease and accuracy. 

Your job search skills.

How’s your job search game?  Ultimately, your drive dictates how fast a job can be obtained.  The steps are defined, now it’s on you to get organized and progress with confidence.

A quick note on ageism.

If you’ve been in the workforce for a while, the chances are good that you’ve seen or experienced age discrimination at work—as two out of three workers between ages 45 and 74 have at some point, according to AARP. From a recruiter’s perspective, there are concerns that older employees not only require increased salaries but will be with the company for a shorter period.   Recruiters and hiring managers are looking for the big picture. 

Ageism can slow your job search process by the assumption that retirement is near.

If you are in a category susceptible to ageism, be prepared to talk about how much longer you plan to work.  Make sure you’re up to speed on technology and current education, as applicable.

Additionally, find the right company by considering what work environment is ideal for your own daily routine. Some company cultures trend younger – startups, for instance- and you may not want to be significantly older than everyone else in the room.  Or that could be exactly what you seek. Either way, due diligence is highly beneficial.

Resume specifics: To show yourself in the best light, hire a professional resume writer to modernize and retool your resume. Seriously, at this stage, a professional is a value-added investment to career advancement.

Extensive work history can begin to look muddled on a resume, as can the skills section after a few decades of career growth. Allowing a professional to optimize your resume, and LinkedIn for that matter will give you the leg up with ATS and recruiter processes.

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How To Negotiate Salary and Benefits

how to negotiate salary and benefits

When it comes to hiring negotiations employers rarely make their best offer first. Like all business practices, the negotiation process is strategic. Additionally, candidates who intentionally negotiate salary and benefits generally earn more than those who don’t.

Plus, a well-thought-out negotiation shows the strength of your character which, in turn, portrays the powerhouse employee you plan to be.

Prior to the interview, make time to do research. Know the industry salary standards and learn about the company’s current salary and benefits ranges. These understandings will be valuable when asked for your ideal salary.

During the interview, hold off on the money talk.

Honestly, discussing financials too early can be a major cooling point. The time to talk about money is when they’ve fallen in love with you. Once the employer has decided you’re right for the job, then all focus can move to the big money.

Inevitably, of course, you will be asked about salary expectations. It’s a common tendency for people to lowball their salary range. We get it.  Everyone wants to stay in the game when this question comes into play. It helps to specifically know in advance what you want from the position.

Know your worth and consider not just your short-range salary goals but also your long-term career momentum.

The Offer Is On The Table: 3 Tips for Next Steps

Don’t Commit Too Quickly: Employers often offer the job and salary simultaneously. Never say yes right away — even if you like the offer. Tell them you’ll give them an answer within a certain time frame. There is nothing wrong with coming back to try and get more.

Articulate Your Expectations: Consider whatever has a perceived value to you.  This could be time off, flexibility about where you work, autonomy or ownership over a specific area or the basics of job title. Tell the employer what you want from the job, in terms of salary, benefits, and opportunity.

Negotiate Extras: If the employer can’t offer you the salary you want, think about other valuable options that might not cost as much. Remember, education is a great benefit which not only costs employers less to offer but can make a big difference in your long-term marketability.

You also can add a few contingencies showing your confidence in your performance.

You could ask the employer to give you a salary review after six months rather than a year. You could open the discussion for a year-end bonus if you achieve certain goals. It shows that you believe in yourself and are committed to bringing significant value to the organization.

Now, the first step is to get yourself out there! Whether you’re needing a Resume update, Cover Letter, Recruitment Services or LinkedIn optimization, our team at PWU has what you need.

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7 Stats You Should Know About Hiring and Recruiting Millennials

Millennials and hiring trends

As the baby boomer generation eventually moves on to retirement the millennials will be filling in the ranks.  This article shares some insight into how the influx of millennials is changing the employment landscape.

 

Original article from Huffington Post click here.

Millennials in the workforce has been such an overhyped subject of late that it was tempting to write about something else. However, this new generation of the American workforce makes up an increasing part of it with each passing year. So, in the hopes of dispelling a couple myths and lending some insight to employers and hiring managers, here’s a list of 7 (actually quite a few more) statistics that you need to know before hiring and recruiting millennials.

40-50% of millennials don’t plan on spending more than 3 years with their employer.

The number varies depending on the source, but it’s apparent that at least close to half of all millennials have no intentions on sticking with their current job, and it shows – the most recent Gallup poll reports 21% of millennials have changed jobs in the past year and 60%are open to new job prospects. The numbers may lead you to believe this generation doesn’t want to remain at one company and move up the ladder, unlike generation X, but neither of those statements are entirely true.

To begin with, gen X isn’t what it used to be. The baby-boomers have grown up and yes, they are now statistically more likely to remain with their employer and seek out long-term or permanent positions than their younger counterparts. However, when you compare gen X in its youth to the millennials, the numbers start to look surprisingly similar. And when it comes to millennials not wanting to find a lasting position within an organization…

83% of millennials say they would prefer to work for one company for a long time.

That number is courtesy of EdAssist and to add to it, Boston College reports that just 26% of millennials feel job hopping is the best way to further their career. To put it simply, our young workers don’t want to job hop, they just don’t have a compelling enough reason to stay where they are.

64% of millennials say they’d rather make 40k a year at a job they enjoy than 100k at one they don’t.

– according to Intelligence Group. And a quick glance at the Gallup poll will show you an overwhelming 71% of millennials do not feel engaged at work.

The Boston College Center for Works and Family(BCCWF) tells us that 82% of millennials view the opportunity to take on increasingly challenging tasks as one of their main career goals. Likewise, an article in the Harvard Business Review points out that millennials are 50% more likely to desire feedback on their work than previous generations. Finally, a survey by Workplace Trends tells us that millennials view “growth and development” as the best reason to stay at a job.

66% of millennials prioritize life outside work over their careers.

Another stat from BCCWF. Millennials have grown up in the ago of YOLO and FOMO – “you only live once” and “fear of missing out” – so it should come as no surprise that they put their personal lives first. Employers who recognize that, offer a reasonable amount of flexibility and take a healthy interest in their millennial employee’s personal lives will find it much easier to keep them around.

77% of millennials say that a company’s sense of purpose is an important factor when comparing jobs.

That number comes from Deloitte. Our youngest generation has grown up hearing about the importance of climate change and corporate social responsibility. Your financial bottom line doesn’t relate to their bottom line – your “social bottom line” does.

Almost 37% of the US workforce works remotely

That number increases when you focus solely on millennials according to an article in Fast Company. That shouldn’t be a big surprise, we’re living in a digital age and millennials have it mastered.

An international survey by PWC found that over 50% of millennials used digital technology at work and 75% believe that access to technology at work makes them a more efficient employee. More importantly, millennials want to work from home if at all possible.

That same survey found that 64% of millennials would like to work from home(at least partially) and 60% felt they’d be more efficient if they could work from home(whether or not that’s true). Regardless, employers can use remote workers to their advantage to both attract young talent and reduce brick-and-mortar costs.

82% of millennials believe it’s easier than ever to start a new business.

– according to UpWork. Additionaly, 79% of millennials would leave their job if they saw a real opportunity to go into business for themselves. Employers, especially startups, should take note of those numbers. If you offer the necessary tools and training your employees need to start a business of their own once their time with you comes to a close, you’ll have your pick of motivated millennials.

In conclusion, millennials are expected to make up 75% of the American workforce by 2025. Employers who start making the necessary changes now to attract and retain millennials will be at a major advantage in the years to come.

Article by Casey Wright, Contributor

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Top 10 Trends Shaping the Workplace in 2017

Millennials and Workplace Trends

This is a great article and infographic from the HR industry that sheds some insight on current hiring and workplace trends.  As we all know the influence of millennials is expanding, but what’s the effect on the workplace?  Read on…

Original article click here.

With the war for talent heating up, companies are competing harder than ever to attract top talent for their growing teams. But how are they doing it? Employee experience and workplace wellness are front and center in the conversation on how to attract and retain talent across all industries.

From info we gathered at SHRM a few weeks back, to current trends in the media, we have compiled a list of top workplace trends for 2017.

The rising millennial workforce is one of the hottest topics when considering the modern workplace. Not only do millennials have a particular management style, but they are also more in-tune with modern technologies and are the most socially connected generation of our time. This means workplaces need to evolve to serve the needs of younger generations, which include more flexibility and unique benefits.

Technology companies are a great example of organizations that align their benefits to millennials’ lifestyles. This is a huge reason why tech is the most desirable industry to work in for younger generations.

New technology is also important to keep in mind when talking about workplace trends. In the upcoming years, HR professionals will need to embrace and leverage new technologies by thinking of creative ways to incorporate them into their existing recruiting and performance management frameworks.

Original article by Christina Ashbaugh

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Interview tips: 10 Tips to Improve Interview Performance

Can't get an interview without an awesome resume!

Power Writers USA will definitely help you get the interview you want by working with you to create a stand-out, professional resume written by a Certified Professional Resume Writer.  This is a good article from Monster with some advice for what to do once you do get that interview you are hoping for!  

Do you know how to make your case to an interviewer? Follow these 10 interview tips to boost your chances of landing the job.

Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for job interviews. Why, you ask? Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no second chances to make a great first impression. So study these 10 strategies to improve your interview skills.

Practice good nonverbal communication

It’s about demonstrating confidence: standing straight, making eye contact and connecting with a firm handshake. That first nonverbal impression can be a great beginning — or quick ending — to your interview.

Dress for the job or company

Today’s casual dress codes do not give you permission to dress as “they” do when you interview. It is important to know what to wear to an interview and to be well-groomed. Whether you wear a suit or something less formal depends on the company culture and the position you are seeking. If possible, call to find out about the company dress code before the interview.

Listen

From the very beginning of the interview, your interviewer is giving you information, either directly or indirectly. If you are not hearing it, you are missing a major opportunity. Good communication skills include listening and letting the person know you heard what was said. Observe your interviewer, and match that style and pace.

Don’t talk too much

Telling the interviewer more than he needs to know could be a fatal mistake. When you have not prepared ahead of time, you may ramble when answering interview questions, sometimes talking yourself right out of the job. Prepare for the interview by reading through the job posting, matching your skills with the position’s requirements and relating only that information.

Don’t be too familiar

The interview is a professional meeting to talk business. This is not about making a new friend. Your level of familiarity should mimic the interviewer’s demeanor. It is important to bring energy and enthusiasm to the interview and to ask questions, but do not overstep your place as a candidate looking for a job.

Use appropriate language

It’s a given that you should use professional language during the interview. Be aware of any inappropriate slang words or references to age, race, religion, politics or sexual orientation — these topics could send you out the door very quickly.

Don’t be cocky

Attitude plays a key role in your interview success. There is a fine balance between confidence, professionalism and modesty. Even if you’re putting on a performance to demonstrate your ability, overconfidence is as bad, if not worse, as being too reserved.

Take care to answer the questions

When interviewers ask for an example of a time when you did something, they are asking behavioral interview questions, which are designed to elicit a sample of your past behavior. If you fail to relate a specific example, you not only don’t answer the question, but you also miss an opportunity to prove your ability and talk about your skills.

Ask questions

When asked if they have any questions, most candidates answer, “No.” Wrong answer. Part of knowing how to interview is being ready to ask questions that demonstrate an interest in what goes on in the company. Asking questions also gives you the opportunity to find out if this is the right place for you. The best questions come from listening to what you’re asked during the interview and asking for additional information.

Don’t appear desperate

When you interview with the “please, please hire me” approach, you appear desperate and less confident. Reflect the three Cs during the interview: cool, calm and confidence. You know you can do the job; make sure the interviewer believes you can, too.

Author: Carole Martin, Monster Contributing Writer

Article was originally posted here: https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/boost-your-interview-iq

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5 Job Trends to Look Out for in 2017

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There is always a level of uncertainty when it comes to looking for a new gig, but having the information you need to make the right decision is key.  A great resume will also help!

 

To that end, Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, job-hunting platform Glassdoor’s chief economist, recently released a report detailing his predictions for the factors that will shape hiring practices and the job market in 2017. Read on for the five trends that emerged from his research.

 

  1. Data science will find its way into human resources.

Many companies have hired data scientists to better streamline the way they approach things such as marketing and logistics, but in the year ahead, Chamberlain expects that more HR departments will take that tack when they are dealing with employee engagement, from utilizing A/B testing to tracking their feelings.

 

  1. Automation will be everywhere.

While technology won’t make jobs disappear entirely, multiple industries including retail, finance, transportation and, of course, manufacturing will see automation augment existing roles. To offset these changes, Chamberlain recommends professional development — on both a personal and a company level — focusing on building skills that will be complementary and separate from the machines that will become an integral part of the work.

 

  1. Say farewell to ostentatious office perks.

In critiquing the startup world, there is often the concern that companies that provide cushy perks — ping pong tables and video games, catered lunches, on-site spa treatments — are more style than substance. In the year ahead, Chamberlain sees those kinds of bonuses beginning to recede from view in lieu of more of an emphasis on things such as paid leave and comprehensive healthcare packages.

 

  1. There’ll be efforts to close the gender pay gap.

In 2017, Chamberlain predicts that companies will be more transparent about what they pay their employees, and armed with that knowledge, there will be an uptick in businesses working to ameliorate wage inequality. In a Glassdoor survey earlier this year, 67 percent of American employees said that they were not likely to apply for a position at a company known to pay men and women differently for the same work.

 

  1. The idea of the “gig” economy will be reshaped.

In the coming year, Chamberlain writes that while Airbnb and Uber are widely known, the reality of the gig economy is that it likely won’t expand beyond the current task-oriented phase it is in now. However, the ethos of the gig economy, especially with regard to flexibility in making your own hours and working from anywhere, will become more prevalent in more established fields.

Credit to Nina Zipkin, staff writer at Entrepreneur.com.

Seasonal Hiring Trends

Seasonal Hiring Trends

Understand Recruitment Cycles to Give Your Job Search an Edge

Does hiring actually slow down during the holiday season in the US?

Based on our experience as a resume writing company, yes.

Seasonally, professionals tend to stop thinking about resume updates this time of year, and start focus on the fun stuff…like holiday shopping, cooking delicious food, family, and friends.

But what happens come January?

BOOM!!!!!!

We are bombarded with a million requests for urgent resume updates that are needed yesterday and need done ASAP.

It’s a great time to plan in-advance for this. Whether you think you may possibly look for a new job, get recruited, have been actively looking for a while, or are considering applying for a better paying, higher up position… we suggest you get your resume professionally updated now… instead of waiting for the rush.

You never know when your resume will be needed for a potential opportunity. Prepare, plan, analyze, strategize, and get it done ahead of time.

This seems to happen every year, and honestly, we love January, because we are busy non-stop for the entire month… but we love our clients even more and would love to see them be prepared for this surge of recruitment and new hiring activity, which we KNOW will come.

Do you know someone who needs a resume update? Do you know someone who is looking for jobs, but not having any luck with callbacks?  Do you know someone who is a professional seeking greater opportunity? Do you know someone re-entering the job market? Do you know a college graduate who just got their degree in December?

What a better gift than a new, fresh, compelling, updated resume

Give the gift of opportunity. Call or email now… before the rush in Jan. We will be booked solid. 

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Blending your Job Search and the Holiday Season

Job Search

We wanted to share a personal blog today, contrary to the usual, and address some questions and concerns from recent clients about how to best handle the challenges of blending your job search and celebrating the holidays, guilt free. 

  1. If I have been out of the job market for a short while (6mo – 2 yrs) what is the best approach to re-enter? Does this lapse in work history make me less hireable? 

Lately, many of our mid to late career clients have at least a small gap in their employment, so this is not uncommon to see on a resume anymore. There are so many reasons as to why you stepped out… family illness, childbirth, adoption, health, or just wanting a break from it all. Regardless, with the extensive and frequent communication we keep with clients, we cannot report an increase in trouble landing interviews & jobs. This is good news! In fact, a good sign that employers are more open to understanding, circumstances, and life all together. Things happen, right?

However, if you’re an entry-level/recent grad who has 1 to 2 years of employment history on your resume (perhaps your only jobs) and then a big gap of 2-3 years again, this would be questionable to some. When you’re in your early to mid twenties, you are probably expected to work, or go to school, one or the other, so a large gap would need to be addressed. I would suggest using a chronological resume to clearly show that those 2 years without work were filled with degree-earning activities and education. If you were not in school, and have no other reason besides not wanting to work, then you may have to start at a very entry-level position and work your way back up. But hey, everyone has to start somewhere, and we have all been there. Be strong. Be committed. Be professional.

  1. If I am currently employed, but looking for a new company, when is the best time to start my job search?

We have found that companies tend to interview and hire less frequently than in the start of a year, or even mid-year. Our busiest times of the year are Jan and July, which tell you more people are actively looking for change during these times, and tend to land more interviews, faster, than at other times of the year. Plus, who wants to miss out on holiday bonuses?

  1. What is the most professional dress code during an interview?

What to wear for an interview? That really depends on where you are at in your career. Are you applying for a leadership position (manager/supervisor/director)? Then you’ll want to portray that image. I always say “dress as if you already got the job”. Act as if you are the one so that you become the one. Be confident. Professional dress is 100% necessary and can be a determining factor to hire someone, especially if you are majorly underdressed.

If you’re stepping into a more hands-on role, like Laboratory Technician, Mechanic, Laborer, etc, then jeans and a collared shirt may be acceptable, it really depends on the feel and tone of the interviewer. It is better to overprepare than to underprepare.

Remember, it is OK and ACCEPTABLE to ask. When that person calls you to schedule an interview, ask him/her! That way, there are no surprises.

Thanks again for all the questions!

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