Recruiters and employers use common terminology when speaking with a job seeker. Familiarizing yourself with these terms will give you better insight to the hiring and interview process. There are 10 commonly used terms you should know:
Background check – A background check verifies one’s personal information and checks references, credit history, criminal records and more. Some companies may not partake in background checks, however, it’s important to consider the possibility.
Benefits – Benefits are advantages that extend beyond the set salary. Benefits can include health insurance, paid vacation time, maternity leave, and much more. Similar to background checks, not all company’s provide extensive benefit packages.
Compensationpackage –A compensation package is combination of salary and benefits an employer provides its employees.
Company culture – You can get an idea of what it is like to work for a certain company based on their company culture. Many companies go above and beyond to provide a culture that emphasizes teamwork and development. Other companies may not invest enough energy into establishing a company culture.
Temp – A temporary worker . Temps usually fill in for employees on vacation, to pick up the slack while a company replaces someone who has quit or to lend an extra hand during particularly busy periods.
Temp-to-hire – This title is through an agency. Agencies place temp-to-hires in temporary assignments for a company. If they do well in the assignment, they may be hired as a permanent employee.
Contract worker – A contract employee is not considered a permanent employee, but unlike a “temp worker” is highly skilled in a particular area. They are often hired for special projects and paid higher than temps.
Employment contract –An employment contract is a legal document that lays out binding terms and conditions of employment between an employee and an employer.
Soft skills – These are interpersonal skills rather than job-related skills such as the ability to use Microsoft Word or the ability to code. Establishing strong soft skills is as equally important as having technical skills.
Transferrable skills – These skills such as time-management and communication core set of skills and abilities, which can be applied to a wide range of different jobs and industries.
Some of these you may recognize. Nonetheless, knowing your recruiting terminology will help you prepare for an interview and help you make important decisions during your job search.
Applying for a job has become less cumbersome and more on-the-go. The following phone apps are free and user-friendly. Here’s how to apply for the job you want quick and easy:
1. LinkedIn Job Search
LinkedIn offers two very useful applications. One allows users to view and edit their profile, search connections, and accept connections. The other allows users to conduct an actual job search. If you have the profile application, all your information is automatically resourced. Users can search for jobs based on keywords and location and view available positions based on search criteria. In addition, you can discover recommended jobs based on your profile and track positions you saved as well as positions you applied to.
2. Indeed Job Search
Similar to LinkedIn Job Search, Indeed allows you to search a job title in a certain region and explore a vast amount of open positions. Usually, each position comes with a detailed job description and company information. Indeed allows users to keep track of saved jobs, jobs applied to, companies that have extended an interview, and companies that have offered a position.
GlassDoor not only allows users to search through jobs but calculate market value. View company ratings and see how much you are really worth and how your pay compares with others in your area.
4. Jobr by Monster
This is a fun way to sort through available positions. Based on your entered information, Jobr generates results that are relevant to your current position and location. If you’re not interested in the position, simply swipe left. If you’re interested, swipe right. Once you find a match, you will be asked to fill out a quick application or attach your resume through an external application.
Using these job apps saves a lot of time and makes the application process a lot less stressful! Interested in viewing the entire list of job search apps? Click here.
How To Be Found On LinkedIn
Is it possible to be discovered by a potential employer among the millions of LinkedIn profiles? With the correct keywords, yes it is.
You can check out how easy you are to find on LinkedIn by acting as the hiring manager. Search words and phrases a hiring manager may search to find a candidate like you. For example, if a hiring manager is seeking a Product Management Specialist, they might type in “product manager” to find someone with relevant skills and experience. Use words and titles relevant to your network.
If you discover that your information is not appearing in this test search, there are ways to optimize your LinkedIn presence. Here are few ideas on how to find important keywords to include in your profile:
Be the hiring manager – Imagine what the person who would hire you might type into a LinkedIn search to find someone with your skills and experience, e.g. “Product Management Specialist” in the example above.
Job postings – Look at job postings that represent your job target. Find the words most often used in these postings by reading them or going to a free “word-cloud” site like tagcrowd.com to get a frequency count of the words.
Other LinkedInprofiles– Search and scan LinkedIn profiles of people who do what you want to do. In particular check out the “Skills” section.
Network – Talk to people. For example, join an association that represents your target audience.
Blogs – Read online publications and follow bloggers whose content is relevant to your field. See what they’re talking about.
Pinpointing useful words and titles are essential to being discovered on LinkedIn. Once you pick several keywords, carefully place them in appropriate sections on your profile. Adding them should enhance your professional profile not diminish it, so make sure that placement of these keywords are sensible.
Why You Didn’t Get The Job
It happens. Sometimes you don’t get the job you applied for. Take advantage of this loss and turn it into a learning opportunity. Even if you think all your application materials are “perfect” think of this as a challenge of your flexibility and willingness to consider constructive assessment.
Cover letter/ intro email
Typos & misspellings – You only make a first impression once. Place care into your introduction whether that be a cover letter or introduction email. Use full words not abbreviations.
Length – This should not be too long. No one realistically is going to read a five paragraph “about me” in great detail. Demonstrate that you can be influential and interesting with a reasonably sized paragraph.
Personality – Try and find out the name of the person to whom you are writing and address it to him or her personally. If that is not possible, at least make it friendly and relatable to the extent you can.
Show you can do the job – Some like to supervise their staff closely, but many do not. Be the person that is capable, responsible, friendly, and smart.
Be a good fit- People want to know if they will like working with you eight hours a day, every day. It is your job to know company culture and demonstrate how you reflect that culture.
You surpass what’s expected- Let the interviewer know that you can, and are more than willing to, help out in all sorts of ways. Show you can not only do the job you are being hired for, but that you are willing to take initiative and help out as needed.
Turn a “no” into an offer by incorporating these points into your resume and next interview. Need more tips on how to generate a positive first impression? Consider this list of influential words that should be used during the application process.
Attitude Makes A Difference
Being successful, whether as a CEO or as a manager, whether as an entrepreneur or as an employee, takes work. What are some common characteristics of successful people? Our new blog series, “Keys to Success”, will provide professionals with insights into specific traits and characteristics of successful people.
It can be easy to let a negative situation affect you at work, which often causes a sour attitude to persist throughout the day. However, a leader of integrity chooses to be proactive about the attitude he or she carries from day-to-day.
Dr. Dave Martin introduces two important concepts of what can make or break an attitude:
Make a choice to look for the good things – Make the choice to be better. Instead of thinking of the reasons you can lose, think of the reasons you can win. This requires a pro-active mindset to look past negativity and make way for positivity.
Don’t let someone else control you – You have the choice to allow someone to get the best of you or cause you to act angry or distressed. Sometimes we feel the need to be confrontational with someone so we can feel like we have the upper-hand. If you are able to choose between causing internal chaos over a trivial situation or calmly walking away, go with the latter.
Although these concepts may seem simple, applying them to your daily life requires effort. Now you have the tools to take control and create a more constructive and happier environment for yourself.
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The 6 Second Resume Challenge
How long does it take to look at a resume?
You may have spent a lengthy amount of time re-reading your resume. Are hiring managers investing the same amount of time? Not always. According to a recent study, hiring managers spend an average of 6seconds reviewing a resume.
Take on the role of a hiring manager by completing the 6 second resume challenge where you’ll be shown a series of resumes. After a swift 6 seconds, you’ll be asked to keep or drop the candidate’s resume. Be sure to pay attention because time passes quickly!
What can we take-away from this 6 second challenge?
There are key sections to focus on if you want to elevate your resume’s chance of staying in the “keep it” file. Recruiters spend 80% of their review time on the following points:
Previous position start and end dates
Current position start and end dates
By knowing what hiring managers are looking at, you’re a step ahead of the competition! Be sure to make these points eligible by using one of these fonts.
Would You Win A Gold Medal For Your Job Search?
We’ve been watching the 2016 Olympics in awe! Each sport has been exciting and the athletes are amazing. All the time they put in, the day after day practice, the stress they endure… Does that sound a little like your job search?
Sometimes the job search process feels like it could be an Olympic sport in itself. The job market competition is tough and it takes dedication and follow-through to be successful. The gold medal? A new job that’s perfect for you.
Mediabistro has created a quiz to tell you if you’re a gold, silver or gold medal job seeker. See how you measure up here:
How To Create Your Personal Brand
You’ve probably heard about building your “personal brand”, but do you really know what that means? Your personal brand is how people see you or how they would describe you, similar to how people would talk about a famous brand.
For job searchers, a personal brand is less of a buzzword and more of a necessity. Use these tips from Career Builder to proactively create your personal brand.
Define your brand by writing down words that people would use to describe you. It’s important to be honest and use words that are positive and true to who you are. Specializing in a skill will help you stand out from the crowd so note why this makes you a better candidate than others.
Now it’s time to write a short, professional bio. This may include your education, work experience, awards and certifications. You can use this bio on your LinkedIn profile, at networking events and on a personal website.
Social media is a good platform for promoting your personal brand. You can share industry related articles, blog posts, work achievements and more. Follow people in your industry to participate in relevant conversations. Remember that what you post on social media should be a good representation of your personal brand.
To build your personal brand, networking is a must – both online and in-person. Take advantage of opportunities to meet new people who may be able to help you in your future career.
Simply put, your personal brand is what makes you, you and being in control of your personal brand is an important part of your career success.
Spring Clean Your Job Search
This is typically the time of year when people spring clean their house, scrubbing from top to bottom and getting rid of what’s old. If we spring clean some aspects of our lives, why not spring clean your job search, as well?
Giving your job search strategy a good “scrubbing” will help harness more job leads this season. Use these tips to get your job search in sparkling condition:
Declutter your resume – When was the last time you reviewed your resume? Now is a good time to give it a polish. The Ladders recommends rearranging the information to showcase your more relevant experience and qualifications. Clear off any experience beyond the past 10 to 15 years.
Spruce up your elevator pitch – Job seekers should always have a quick introduction speech to use when they meet someone who may be able to help with the job search. Think of this as your job search mission statement.
Dust off your network – This season is a good time to take stock of your network. Repair the connections you’ve lost touch with and plant the seeds for new connections by joining professional associations and groups to meet new people.
Scrub your online presence – Have you Googled yourself lately? Type your professional name into the search engine to see what results come up. Monitor your name and clean up or delete anything outdated or harmful to your professional brand.
How do you spring clean your job search? Leave your best tips as a comment below.