25 January 2016
Author: The ExecuSearch Group
If you’re seeking a new position or think you may be in the near future, now is the time to take a closer look at how you’re presenting yourself to potential employers. It’s been estimated that, on average, 118 people apply for any given job, and of those applicants, only 23% move onto the interview process. In other words, that’s a lot of competition! With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you become a more marketable candidate: Develop an impressive resume Did you know that on average, a hiring manager only spends about six seconds reviewing a resume? For that reason, it’s important to make sure that yours is not only an accurate representation of your experience and skills, but attention-grabbing as well. Though bright colors or non-traditional fonts may seem like a good idea, a memorable resume has more to do with its content than quirkiness. Before you send in your resume, take a look at yours and make sure that it is: An appropriate length Cleanly formatted Printed and proofread for typos Free of cliché phrases such as “team-player” or “hard-worker” Be technologically savvy Regardless of what field you’re working in, it’s always a big plus to be proficient in the latest forms of technology that are relevant to your profession. Since the success of a company is undoubtedly linked to its ability to stay up-to-date with the latest technology, it’s important to do a little research into the most up-to-date and widely used systems in your field. Hiring managers are seeking candidates with the technological know-how to push their company forward, so if you’re feeling a little rusty or want to master a new program, brushing up on your skills is a great way to boost your marketability. Utilize the hidden job market Using LinkedIn or any other professionally relevant networking site is essential, but how you use it could make all the difference. To better uncover the hidden job market, it’s important to interact with peers and reputable professionals in your field. By connecting and maintaining contact with your network, you may be privy to information that you may not have heard of otherwise such as seminars, private events, and unposted job openings. Consider volunteering Employers generally place a high value on volunteering because it demonstrates that you’re proactive, possess leadership skills, and are compassionate to the needs of others. If you’ve been unemployed for a period of time, volunteering can be a great way to show that you’re staying involved within the community while continuing your job search. That being said, regardless of your employment status, finding the time to volunteer to a cause you find worthwhile can be a great way to help others while strengthening your interpersonal and professional skills.
25 January 2016
Last week, The Execu|Search Group’s Lisa Carver and Lisa Morano partnered with Angela Kubisky, Executive Vice President of Morris County Chamber of Commerce, to teach a networking class to women enrolled in Morris County’s chapter of Dress for Success. To help the class of 30 women learn about the fundamentals of networking and how it can be critical to landing a job, Angela, the special guest speaker, presented on: The appropriate place and time to network The people you’ll want to aim to connect with How to overcome common networking challenges The importance of following-up and maintaining professional relationships “Dress for Success is an amazing organization that I am proud to be a part of,” comments Lisa Morano, who serves on the nonprofit’s Steering Committee alongside Lisa Carver. “It allows us to apply what we do on a daily basis to an incredible group of motivated women who are making the effort to advance their careers. It’s a unique opportunity to leverage our professional guidance and industry insight, and in return, are rewarded with the ability to make an impact and build gratifying relationships.” Dress for Success is an international organization that aims to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. To learn how you can get involved, please visit: http://www.dressforsuccess.org/home.aspx.