Being the Candidate Recruiters Want to Talk ToWritten by Scott Brown
Finding people through job sites can seem like a daunting task for many recruiters. If you reply to a recruiter's job listing on one of popular job sites like Monster, HotJobs or CareerBuilder, chances are you'll be one of 200 or more people responding. Most recruiters will only look through first 20 or so resumes. As we've mentioned in previous articles, one way to distinguish yourself when replying to a job ad is to use a unique and catchy subject for email message.
HOW RECRUITERS SEARCH FOR CANDIDATES
Another way to increase your odds of being selected by a recruiter, which can be even more powerful, is by taking steps to increase chances your resume will be found when recruiters search job sites. The best way to do this is to optimize your resume for keywords recruiters might be searching for. Because there are so many resumes on job sites, many recruiters use complex boolean search strings to try to find someone who matches job description they're trying to fill. Just as an example, let's say job recruiter is trying to fill calls for an administrative assistant who can write letters, edit spreadsheets and handle email and scheduling. The recruiter might search for "Word and Excel and Outlook and administrative assistant." The resume that will come up first will probably be one that mentions those 4 things most. Guess what happens to an administrative assistant who knows Outlook but didn't mention it on his/her resume? They wouldn't even come up in search.
Especially during an economic downturn, many companies ask recruiters to find people who can essentially handle tasks of what might have previously been more than one position. So recruiter may be looking for someone who primarily has one set of skills, but who also has another set of skills that most people with first skillset don't have. Many recruiters and HR people are not familiar enough with positions they recruit for to know that skill combination company's seeking is unlikely to exist in a single person. So they take on task of searching for someone with wide range of skills hiring manager is seeking. When they find someone who mentions all skills on their resume and whose current and prior job titles fit with job they're trying to fill, they're excited and eager to recruit that person! This puts you, job candidate, in a much better position than being one of several hundred people replying to a job listing.
A Coaching Book Review: Written by David Hone
Win-Win Partnerships takes Coaching and Partnering to a new level. This book explores much more than employer/employee relationships. One gets a sense of power that can come only through synergistic partnerships whether they be in or out of workplace. The coaching process is given extensive, in-depth treatment. Each of eight steps is given a full chapter with detail and clarity. Chapters one through four explore partnering and coaching through an in-depth look at our values and getting a feel for synergistic partnerships in general. Chapter five introduces Coaching Model and is a good