23 September 2015
Author: The ExecuSearch Group
Social media is a fun way to stay in touch with friends and family, but it can also be a beacon of networking opportunities. As the world of hiring becomes increasingly technological, employers are taking more of their hiring activities online. That being said, don’t assume you’re “safe” from social networking mistakes because you’re not posting inappropriate content; there is a multitude of subtle mistakes that influence how employers and peers can view you. Here are 3 not so obvious social networking errors to avoid while building your online presence: Being too personal… or not personal enough Incorporating aspects of your personal life such as your creative writing, appropriate photos, and hobbies can add a three dimensional aspect to your social network presence. However, there is a fine line between making your profile accessible and oversharing. Sharing highly personal or possibly controversial ideas and photos may ostracize you from hiring managers. Your personality is unique and a big factor in whether or not you may get a job, so be judicious when deciding what to post. If you wouldn’t want your current supervisor to see it, don’t post it! Engage in the conversation While many people utilize at least one social networking platform that can serve as a professional development tool, many of them don’t actually take the time to be an active participant. Showing an active interest in the events and conversations happening around you demonstrates to future employers that you don’t just have an account because it’s a seemingly ubiquitous part of 21st century life, but because you care about the market and new ideas. It’s essential to show that you’re a participant in your industry by contributing to forums on sites such as LinkedIn, responding to blog posts, and participating in group discussions. Making your interest apparent on social media will demonstrate to future hiring managers that you’re not only knowledgeable, but enjoy contributing and learning about your field. Hunt for spelling and grammar mistakes While this tip may seem obvious, it’s worth mentioning that auto-correct and spellcheck don’t catch everything. In fact, they can confuse something you meant to type for another (such mistaking “dessert” for “desert”, for example). Before posting online, take a moment to read your contribution out loud. Even if you don’t see any red squiggles signifying an error, there may be one hiding in your post as another word. These mistakes can make you look unprofessional and sloppy, so taking a few extra seconds to be 100% sure that your post doesn’t read awkwardly will be appreciated by all.
23 September 2015
As the technological landscape continues to evolve, organizations are in search of IT professionals who possess a strong technical background as well as demonstrate effective communication skills. In today’s highly competitive job market, your ability to illustrate your technical and soft skills while showing you are the best fit for the position, starts with a well-crafted resume. While it can be tricky to find the best way to highlight your experiences and strengths on your resume, before you apply to your next role, be sure to keep the following tips in mind: Less is more Your ability to explain your professional attributes in a concise and well-organized resume is what will separate you from others. Often times, IT professionals highlight their experience in great detail without providing a clear takeaway for the hiring manager. However, most hiring managers will prefer a resume where the candidate communicates their strengths and experiences in an accurate and concise manner. Erica St. Pierre, Managing Director of The Execu|Search Group’s Information Technology division in New York City, stresses the importance of having a concise resume as an IT professional in today’s job market. “A concise resume demonstrates your ability to highlight the most relevant aspects of your career that align with the needs of the role you’re interested in,” notes Erica. “Hiring managers rely on resumes not only to gauge a candidate’s overall technical experience, but also to see how well they can translate their technical knowledge into a concise explanation.” Therefore, to ensure the information you want to be seen stands out, aim to have a resume no longer than two pages in length, using bullet points to list responsibilities/accomplishments. Tailor your skills to each position The most successful IT candidates are those that tailor their resumes specifically to each position they apply to. The goal of having a well-crafted resume is to strategically display your professional background and highlight the main skills and strengths you possess that show a hiring manger how your experience makes you the best fit for the position. Jed Pillion, Managing Director of The Execu|Search Group’s Information Technology division in Waltham, Massachusetts, finds that too many candidates are focused on quantity rather than quality on their resumes. “Many job seekers are making the mistake of listing every project they’ve ever completed, instead of highlighting the skills/accomplishments they’ve gained from particular projects,” says Jed. If the resume doesn’t accurately depict the skills the job requires, it will be difficult for a hiring manager to see the value in moving forward with your resume. For that reason, IT professionals should stray away from using one resume template for every position they apply to, and instead, think strategically about how to tailor your resume to each position before applying. Keep it simple Whether you have two or ten years of experience, hiring managers typically choose to move forward with a candidate’s resume based on how easy it is to find information most relevant to the role they’re trying to fill. Therefore, IT professionals should focus on making your resume as balanced as possible, including the right amount of detail for your skills, experience, and accomplishments at an appropriate length. To grab the attention of a hiring manager, candidates should include certain keywords from the job description that can help your resume stand out more. “Typically, hiring managers will scan a candidate’s resume for relevant keywords to ensure you meet the basic requirements of the position,” says Jed. For example, a hiring manager in search of a network engineer might skim a candidate’s resume for buzzwords such as “design” “develop” “implement” “supervise,” all of which speak to key responsibilities of the role. Ideally, IT professionals should keep your resumes simple, using text styling sparingly and concise language to show hiring managers you are the best fit for the position.