This Blog has been moved………

5 04 2011

Thank you for following Dean Hansen’s Recruiting Blog. I have decided to move the blog and change the name, not that one name is any better than the other, but I changed it and I hope that you’ll follow me on my new Hire Helper blog.

http://hirehelper.wordpress.com

All posted can be read on the Hire Helper Blog. Thanks again for reading!





Blasting your resume will hurt your job search

1 04 2011

You can ask any recruiter, internal or external, if they have a list of candidates who they know by name and will “NEVER CONSIDER FOR ANY OPPORTUNITY” and I’m sure they will tell you they have a list. Our firm has a list of candidates we by heart who apply for every opportunity we post. I’m not sure how they do it but it seems as though they have a program written to apply every time there is an update on our career page. These candidates will never be submitted for any position that I am working on.

Just think about it for a minute. Today’s recruiters are able to store every resume that is ever presented to them. They can then go and conduct a key word search for each job that they are working on, thus producing a list of candidates who may be qualified for the position. If they have your resume then they will call you if you are a match. If not, they will not waste your time.

I suggest limiting your submissions to every 6 months with any company. This is enough time most companies will assume that you have found a new opportunity and would only reapply if you were still looking.

Aside from annoying your potential employer, you are also sending a message that you are not willing to fully read the job descriptions that they have posted, so why should they read your resume. There is no one person who is ideal for every opportunity within any company. While I’m confident there are some CEO’s who could do any job within their company well, there is no way that they would work for the pay offered at each position.

Your resume submission is your first opportunity to meet a company. Make sure that it’s a meaningful conversation and you are only asking for a meeting to discuss a position that you are truly ideal for. Blasting our resume will only help the recruiter recognize your name and associate it with the “Not Interested” stack of resumes in their trashcan.





Should your LinkedIn profile say you’re a consultant?

27 03 2011

There are a lot of people out there looking for opportunities. Many experienced professionals take consulting assignments in order to pay the bills or keep them active in the industry. This is great and many consultants end up receiving job offers from the companies they work for upon completion of their assignments. Others do well and gain valuable experience that builds their resumes and contributes to landing future positions.

What I often notice as I browse LinkedIn profiles is many people in this situation post their current roles and place “Consultant” in the job title. Unless you are a true consultant who wishes to jump from company to company working on special projects do not put Consultant as your job title on LinkedIn. I suggest using the title that would be assigned to the role that you are filling. I’m in no way suggesting that you be at all misleading. I feel that you should include the fact that you are in a temporary role in the details for your position.

My reason for not using the word “Consultant” in your title is that it’s directly going against your reason for updating your profile, assuming you are looking for future full-time employment, is that when staffing professionals search for you on LinkedIn they will often assume that you are seeking future consulting roles.

As with most web-based searches there are weighted elements that are used for quantifying results. In the case of LinkedIn job title is the most heavily weighted. To prove this try doing a LinkedIn search for someone with your exact job title and I’ll bet that you’ll come up in your search. Further evidence can be seen when you conduct a search and your result yields profiles of people who have only included job titles in their profiles. Surely, with over 8,000,000 LinkedIn profiles, your key words would come up in thousands of completely filled out profiles, yet people with job titles matching your search always come up.

If you want to get hired you must think like the people looking to hire. How will they search for you? What words will they choose to find people doing what you want to be doing? Once you’ve thought about it take a second look at the job titles in your profile.

I’d love to hear your opinions regarding this and other post on this blog.





You got the interview, Now what? “Read your Cheat Sheet”

27 03 2011

Most of my previous post discuss how to find jobs or make yourself easy to be found by the people working to fill openings. So, what do you do if you have an interview? Do you run out and make sure your interview suit is dry cleaned, read up on the company you’ll be interviewing with, and get a good night sleep before your interview? Those are all great things to do. But will that be the determining factor of your placement? Perhaps the suit may impress, the preparation will certainly help if they ask you questions, and the good night sleep could make you more energetic, but will the person(s) interviewing you notice?

The thing to remember about and interview is that it’s as much about you meeting with the company as it is about you meeting with the company. As a recruiter I’m always expected to provide pertinent information that the candidate should have prepared for their big day. The fact is that there is typically very little I can provide in detail. Interviewers judge candidates on an unlimited amount of factors when determining who they would hire. We all talk to people who were members of the teams who interviewed us when taking a job. I’m sure that you’ve all heard stories regarding the discussions that took place when your candidacy was considered. Most of the ones that I’ve heard about myself are hardly relevant to the job.

My point is that 80 percent of the interview process is out of your control and half the decision has already been made. The people who are interviewing you have already decided if they like you or not. They are meeting you for one of only two reasons. They are speaking with you because they feel that you are really worth speaking to and they WANT to give you the job or someone in HR told them that they should really interview at least three people before making any hire because it’s the right thing to do. In either event, it’s either a good thing or a bad thing right from the start and you can’t control it.

The only thing that you can do is to be prepared to discuss the items that are on your resume. Your resume is what got you to this point. What more could they want to know? Just think back on every interview you’ve ever been on. They will ask you about things on your resume every single time. I give this advice to every candidate that I send in for an interview. “KNOW WHAT’S ON YOUR RESUME, IT WILL COME UP. Your resume is your INTERVIEW CHEAT SHEET!

So next time you have an interview scheduled sit down and read your CHEAT SHEET!





LinkedIn Groups, Are you using them to your advantage?

27 10 2010

Some people may ask me if my blog is about recruiting of LinkedIn because of my numerous mentions of the great professional social networking giant. This is because LinkedIn is an essential tool for giving you the edge in the job search. Today I’d like to discuss LinkedIn groups and what you may or may not know about them.

LinkedIn Groups are all joined by networkers voluntarily. This means that everyone in any given group is there because they choose to be and are interested in the subject mater of that group. This means that each and every member is in some way connected to the subject mater in some way, thus having a vested interest in preserving the group and its’ goals.

As we all know the value of LinkedIn is based on being connected to people, and more importantly, the right people. The groups feature on LinkedIn is the most effective way to connect with the people that matter to you. The importance of groups is that when you join a group you are given the option to accept messages from other group members even if they are not connected to you in any other way. LinkedIn sets the default option to accept messages. This is great because most people will not deselect this option. Meaning you can search members of the group and send them messages directly without them approving an invite, introduction, or using a valuable InMail.

There are two ways to join a group. You can be invited because someone in the group thinks that your expertise would be an asset to the group. You can also submit a request to join. Some groups allow you open membership where a group owner is not required to accept invitations. Many groups will require the group owner to review your profile and manually approve your membership.

Now that we know how you get in groups and some of the value in being in a group there are some other things you should know about LinkedIn groups. The single most important thing is that you NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF 50 GROUPS at all times. By having membership in 50 groups you get the most out of your LinkedIn account. You always have to remember that the more people that you are connected to, the more potential you have to be noticed by others as well as notice opportunities posted by members of your network, which includes group members.

I would like to mention one last point. Use care in choosing your groups. LinkedIn lets you view the membership numbers of each group prior to joining. You always want to be in the largest group, granting you connections with the most people. Also, use different search terms when searching for a group. For example if you are a scientist working on an Oncology projects within the Biotech or Pharmaceutical industry and you are seeking new opportunities try, Biotechnology Jobs, Biotechnology Careers, Biotech Jobs, Biotech Careers, Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Medical Device, Careers, Jobs, and so on. For a majority of these examples you may even see one of my groups “Oncology Jobs In Biotech and Pharmaceuticals”.

Best of luck and enjoy your groups!





2 Great FREE job search Apps for your Android Phone

25 09 2010

If you are in your job search or just interested in keeping up with opportunities in your industry or geographic area I have two great FREE apps for your android phone that will help you keep up with opportunities.

Job Search Hire*A*Droid (Bostone Consulting)

This application lets you set your search criteria and search 5 major general job boards used by employers across the country.  While this application doesn’t send alerts to your phone when new jobs are posted it’s a great way spend a few moments a day making sure you aren’t missing your dream job.  With this application you can scroll through LinkUp, Beyond, Simply Hired, Indeed, and CareerBuilder with one query.  I would expect more job boards to be added in the future!

Craigslist (BuzzBox Inc.)

Craigslist is one of the nation’s leading job boards.  It’s free to search and the regional approach that Craigslist uses makes it ideal for job searching.  While some of you will think that craigslist is limited to sales and personals ads you will be surprised if you have never checked out their jobs search.  You will find jobs at all levels on craigslist.  Employers love it because in most areas it’s Free for them to post jobs.  With the Craigslist app for your android phone you can set up alerts to let you know the moment a new job is posted meeting your search criteria.  The craigslist application is not limited to job search functions.  It will also let you keep up on the latest ad posted for anything that you can think of.  Don’t ever miss a great craigslist deal again!

I’m confident that the iPhone has similar apps, if not identical to the ones mentioned here.  There may also be some other valuable apps out there for your search.  If you know of any please let me know and I’ll share them with everyone.





Is your incomplete application going straight into the recyle bin?

23 09 2010

I was just reading a great question presented by a LinkedIn connection of mine in a group that we share.  The question was, “Incomplete online applications, Do you give them consideration equal to completed applications?” The overall response from internal recruiters was overwhelmingly consistent.  Across the board, they were stating that they give less consideration to candidate who does not take the time to fully complete the online application.

This does come to a surprise to me.  When you are looking for a new job there is the tendency to start out and apply to as many opportunities as possible.  Most applications are done on line and it seems like they ask you everything.  They all start out by asking you to upload your resume.  The computer does its magic and “poof”, it fills in the entire job application, leaving you to just confirm and submit. I wish!

These systems always result in making you go through everything three times moving information into the proper boxes after the system placed it out of order.  It can be frustrating and make you say, “They are really only going to look at my resume anyway and it’s all on there.”

The reality is that most HR professionals are taking the lack of complete applications personally and perhaps sending your resume to the trash when your resume is good enough to be sitting in the short pile of resumes on the hiring manager’s desk.

You must understand where the frustration comes from.  The HR personnel are looking at you as a lazy employee.  You are creating work for them.  They will now have to call you and ask you information to fill in the blanks and then actually fill your application out before their system will let them move forward.  It wouldn’t be so bad if they weren’t receiving hundreds of other resumes from candidates that are nowhere near as qualified as you, but it’s typically the case.

One thing I try to tell candidates that I speak with is the HR personnel are the “Gate Keepers”. They are human and have emotions, get tired at the end of their work day, have daydreams while at their desks, and are not interested in creating additional work for themselves.  Take care of the HR staff and they will take care of you.  Always complete your application or you may just run into one who is tired of doing your job.

You’re not only applying to a position with a company, you are trying to make a first impression!  Show you can follow through and do it on the first job you have with a company, your job application!