May 1, 2017
Cover Letter

Your Cover Letter: How To Stand Out Among The Masses

Your resume provides a hiring manager with your qualifications and experience, but your cover letter is what makes the first impression. When a pile of resumes comes in, many with similar qualifications, it’s important that your introduction – your cover letter – stands out among the rest. Use these tips to help grab the hiring manager’s attention with your cover letter to help land the interview.   Make it tailored. Your cover letter should be completely tailored for the position to which you’re applying. First, make sure you address the specific person at the hiring company. This may not always be easy to find, but it’s worth the extra effort to track down. Second, if you’re responding to a job posting, tailor your cover letter as closely as possible to the ad.   Be specific. Do your due diligence in researching the company and position, and address it from the start. Yes, some parts of your cover letter may stay the same from one application to the next. But, the hiring manager wants to know you’re interested in a role specifically at that company, not just a generic position in the field.   Demonstrate your benefit to the company. Your achievements and skills are important, but don’t leave it up to the hiring manager to connect the dots. Make the connection between your successes and what you can do to directly benefit the company. If this is potentially your next dream job, don’t just focus on why you want it, […]
April 20, 2017

5 Unconventional Approaches To Spice Up Your Job Search

It is becoming common knowledge that the majority of available jobs are never posted. And for the ones that are, sometimes hundreds of applications are received. With anecdotes like this, job seekers may wonder how best to find opportunities and stand out among the masses. Consider these five less-common job search tactics to help you land that role you’ve been searching for. Search companies, not jobs. We all have our pie-in-the-sky ideas of what our ideal job might look like. But if you consider why this dream job would be a great fit, chances are, it’s not just the role itself. Consider what type of job you’d like to have and the ideal culture where you’d like to work. What’s important to you in the company you choose to work for? Start there, and then consider working your way up in an organization that fits the bill. Further, because such a large portion of jobs are never posted, by taking this approach, you also have the chance of landing the job you want – not just the one that’s advertised. Market yourself. While your resume and cover letter are certainly important places to showcase your skills and experience, don’t let it end there. Nowadays, most employers utilize multiple avenues to find candidates, such as social media and online job boards. Use these as an opportunity to further market yourself, beyond just the typical resume on paper. Consider highlighting your accomplishments and professional recommendations on your social profiles or starting a […]
February 15, 2017
Virtual interviews are becoming more of an option for recruiters when distance is a factor

5 Tips To Prepare For Your Virtual Interview

Virtual, or online, interviews are becoming increasingly common, allowing employers to reach a more diverse applicant pool. As companies expand across states and countries, or embrace a virtual workforce, this enables employers to find ideal employees, while offering job seekers more opportunities beyond their geographic location. While many of the traditional interview rules still apply, keep the following tips in mind to help prepare for and ace your virtual interview.   Test Your Technology Don’t wait until the day of your interview to set up your equipment. You’ll need a computer with camera and speakers, as well as a microphone to efficiently carry out a virtual interview. Make sure these are all in working order prior to your interview by checking you have an appropriate volume, as well as an angle to display a portrait view of your head and shoulders with clear view of your face. It’s a good idea to double check your internet connectivity as well to make sure your network is fast enough to handle the live feed of your interview. While you should absolutely do everything you can to prevent any technical glitches on the day of your interview, stay calm if any do arise. Getting flustered may be more of a red flag to employers than a simple glitch – particularly for a role that requires technical expertise.   Stage Your Interview Environment When setting up your computer and other equipment, take care to set up your virtual interview environment as well. If possible, […]
February 15, 2017
social media do's and don'ts for your career

Social Media and Your Career: Do’s and Don’ts To Protecting Your Online Reputation

  In recent years, as social media has continued to grow, it’s come to have another new function: recruiting tool. This can have many benefits to both recruiters and job seekers. Recruiters can access a deeper and more informed talent pool, and job seekers can often find that coveted personal connection with the recruiter. Meanwhile, both groups have a more direct connection to one another. However, this can also present some challenges for job seekers. Just as there are certain things you would never do or say in the workplace, you now need to consider what potential employers might be able to glean from your online presence. Keep these simple dos and don’ts in mind to ensure you’re putting your best, most hirable foot forward online.   DO: Maintain a professional online profile Nowadays, it is expected, more often than not, for a job candidate to maintain some level of online presence. In fact, if you can’t be found anywhere online, some employers may question whether you’ve kept up with digital trends, or if you’re qualified for a job that requires any level of digital or tech savvy. The best way to project a professional presence is by sharing content relevant to your industry and showcasing your expertise. For example, you might share and comment on relevant industry articles, or even start your own blog to discuss industry trends.   DO: Provide consistent background Don’t assume employers will only be checking you out on LinkedIn. Look at all your social […]
January 30, 2017
How Do You Mentor Your Career? With ISG's Help And Books Like These.

No Mentor? No Problem! 6 Books To Mentor Your Career

Making a career change can be a bit daunting. Whether you are looking to make a complete shift, take on new responsibility or just find a better fit at another company, the decision is always a big one. Most would be smart to do research or consult with others they trust in their field. While not everyone is lucky enough to find a real-deal mentor to guide them through the many stages of their career, there are other resources to help. The following book recommendations can help as you transition. Whatever your motivation, this list provides guidance for most all types of career changes.   Do What You Are: Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type by Paul D. Tieger This classic guides both new and midlife jobseekers alike. Using a Myers-Briggs type of personality assessment, Do What You Are examines how you make decisions, process information and interact with others to identify your ideal careers options. It also offers workbook exercises and real-life examples to underscore strengths and weaknesses of the 16 personality types demonstrated in the book, as well as how to tailor your career search to these strengths.   The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success by Nicholas Lore A less formal assessment than Do What You Are, The Pathfinder focuses more on the personal. Written for both recent graduates and seasoned professionals alike, the author directs readers in assessing their talents through […]