27 November 2013
A career in cybersecurity may not be the first choice for some information technology professionals, but a recent study has shown that despite a demonstrated skills gap within that particular industry sector, the generation most likely to benefit from open positions would prefer to focus on being actors or entrepreneurs
26 November 2013
26 November 2013
Job seeking certainly isn’t easy, and even the smallest of details can be confusing at times. Though it may seem like a straightforward process, picking a position to apply for and actually applying appropriately is often easier said than done. So in order to help you avoid any errors during your job search, we have compiled a list of frequently asked job searching questions. What should I name my resume and cover letter? When sending out your resume and cover letter, it’s important to never label these crucial documents generically, so sending your resume out as “resume.doc” is a definite don’t. Instead, personalize the files with your name, such as “JillSmithResume.” Since hiring managers are constantly inundated with applications, personalizing your file names makes it much easier for hiring managers to find your resume instead of letting it get lost in the shuffle. Is it okay to apply to several positions at one company? Depending on the company, applying to several positions may be acceptable, especially if the employer is a large corporate firm. However, when applying for multiple jobs at one organization, make sure to tailor your applicant materials to each position. If your background and qualifications really do make you a good fit for all those positions, don’t miss out on highlighting your most relevant skills accordingly for each application. You don’t want it to look like you just quickly sent a generic resume without paying attention to the required skills for each position. How long should you wait to follow up on a job application? Most employers won’t take kindly to being harangued by potential candidates regarding the status of their job application. However, it’s perfectly appropriate for job applicants to send a short email a few days later to underscore their interest in the position. For example, you might say “I just recently submitted my application for ___ position, and I just wanted to be sure that my materials were accepted. I also want to reiterate my interest in the role, for which I feel I might be a great match, and would love to sit down and talk to you about it.” How do I gather references? Great question! Since you never know what the hiring manager might request, it’s a good idea to come to the interview prepared with a list of references you’ve hand selected and briefed about the position. To pick the most winning assortment of references, start by thinking about prior experiences in which you worked alongside others to accomplish a goal. Next, you’ll want to organize your pool of possibilities in an Excel document. When making the spreadsheet, be sure to add columns for the title of each individual, their relationship to you, their contact information, and the projects you worked on together. Seeing all your potential references in one document will allow you to easily choose the most relevant references for each job you are applying for. With all the ins and outs of the hiring process, it can be hard to discern what’s acceptable and what’s not. With these answers to FAQs, we hope you can kick-start your job hunt with a fresh perspective.
26 November 2013
In the relatively short space of time that social media networks have existed, they have become an essential part of modern life. Erroneously portrayed as evidence of a me-first society, they are an essential part of recruiting and a powerful tool that can help candidates find the right job.
21 November 2013
When you start an interview, more often than not, you can expect it to begin with something along the lines of “Why don’t you tell me a bit about yourself?” Despite the seemingly open-ended phrasing of the question, the interviewer is looking for a specific type of answer—not your life story. Conversely, they aren’t asking you to rehash your resume, either, as they likely have it in front of them. Rather, the hiring manager who asks this question is usually really asking, “Why are you here? What makes you a good fit for this position, and why do you want it?” If you’re preparing for an interview, you can probably expect to come across this question. Much like an elevator pitch, your answer should be about a minute long and include what you do, what your goals are, where you currently stand in your career, and why you’re excited to be interviewing for that opportunity. When devising your answer, keep these guidelines in mind: Good Answers: Are concise and informative Are relevant to the interview and the position Are well-prepared ahead of time Tell the truth Bad Answers: Are long and rambling Focus on irrelevant information Are unplanned, improvised at the last minute Are embellished The worst answers you can give to this question are “I don’t know” and “What do you want to know?” Answers like these will only show that you are unprepared and haven’t given much thought to why you think you’d be a good fit for the position. In order to prepare yourself with an informative and succinct answer, try writing it out the night before the interview. Outline some main points you want to address, such as big accomplishments, skills that may not be listed or expanded upon on your resume, and the reasons you think you’d excel in this role. If you have a hobby that is related to the duties of the role and believe that it’ll illustrate how passionate you are about what you do, include that as well, as long as it doesn’t make your answer too long. Then write out a mock answer and practice it in a variety of ways. The more familiar you become with the material and how it sounds out loud, the more confident you will be in the actual interview.
20 November 2013
Continuing to network is one of the most important facets of keeping your professional presence strong during the holiday months. After all, others might be holding off until the New Year to renew their job searches, but if you stay on top of yours, you could be getting a leg up on the competition—and the best way to do so is to make sure you have the right contacts. But with everyone attending holiday parties, taking winter vacations, and thinking about the gifts they still need to buy rather than about work, how can you meet the right people to push your career forward? Here are some Do’s and Don’ts geared specifically toward networking during the holiday season, no matter where you may find yourself. Do take advantage of those parties. They may seem like the least likely places to find and forge business contacts, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to strike up a conversation about work. Meet new people, talk about your careers, and get the word out that you’re looking or at least open to new opportunities. You never know: you just might meet someone in your industry! Do get festive with communication! Reach out to your existing contacts and wish them happy holidays. This is a great way to renew conversation if you haven’t spoken in a while. You could even get creative and craft personal e-cards to email out if you feel it’s appropriate. Do leverage your social media. You don’t have to stick strictly with email and phone calls; using social media to reach out to your contacts, wish them happy holidays, and catch up is another great way to liven up your network. Also be sure to add the contacts you meet this season to your social networks to make keeping in touch even easier. Don’t make it all about yourself. As we’ve mentioned before, tactful networking involves a give-and-take relationship. Approaching people just to tell them you’re looking for a job isn’t very socially or professionally acceptable, and most won’t go out of their way to help someone who is clearly just looking for gain. Do keep business cards on you at all times. Most aren’t going to want to discuss work too extensively at a holiday function, so offering a business card is a great way to bookmark your more professional conversations for later. Then, keep in touch and follow up. Don’t stop your search because the New Year is just around the corner. Many companies want their new staff hired and trained prior to January 1st, not after. So while others are waiting for the ball to drop to start polishing their resumes and dusting off their LinkedIn profiles, you could be making connections and networking your way into a new position. Don’t be discouraged if your networking doesn’t turn into instant job opportunities. Building relationships through networking can take a while, and in order to forge quality ones that will be mutually beneficial, you have to be willing to invest some time. Know that, eventually, all your hard work will pay off! Whatever you do, don’t fall into the myth that the holidays are a bad time to search for a job. While you network, keep up your job search. Just like summertime, hiring may be slowing down, but there’s still a need for dedicated professionals. And with so many people kicking back during the holidays, you may just stand out even more than usual if you just put in some extra effort.
18 November 2013
The end of another financial year is normally a moment for companies to look back at what has been achieved and make plans for the next 12 months. While this is an important step to take when getting your business plan ready for 2014, there are various trends that are predicted to strengthen in 2014
15 November 2013
On Wednesday, November 13th, at the Morris County Chapter of Dress for Success’ Volunteer Gratitude Breakfast, Lisa Carver and The Execu|Search Group were recognized for all their volunteer efforts with the organization.
15 November 2013
Being comfortable with the demands of a digital environment and an ability to write code at lightning speed may not be enough for the next generation of IT professionals, as employers are increasingly aware that soft skills are an essential part of a harmonious and efficient workplace