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Get your Resume to Stand Out

If you’re like many others, you scour job opportunities online, find the job you think you’re perfect for, then complete the online application process.  Then you wait and hope you’re resume will be selected from the many other applicants.  Albeit that many live that same reality, there are ways to make sure your resume makes it to the top of the pile. Here are 5 tips to get your resume to stand out from the crowd.

  1. Use keywords

The first scan of your resume is not always human. Some organizations rely on Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to manage the influx of applications to quickly filter qualifications and experience. To make sure your resume passes this automated step, customize it to include keywords found in the job posting to allow the ATS to scan your resume and pick up on the experience that is in line with the role — making sure you don’t get filtered out.

  1. Make the link

It’s vital to make the link between your skills and experience, to the role at hand. Simply acknowledging your years of experience in a similar position won’t cut it. Rather, showcase how your experience and skills translate into you being the ideal candidate for the job. By simply finding the link, hiring managers will be able to determine your potential and suitability for the role.

  1. Find your style

Selecting a style for your resume should be mindful. Choose to lay out your experience and skills in a manner that speaks to your professionalism and personality. For example, if you’re applying for a marketing or designer role, the layout you choose should showcase your creativity by using colours and out of the box layouts that capture your vital information. However, if you’re applying for a role where creativity isn’t a criteria, then try to keep it classic. Keep in mind; solid black fonts and distinct sections will guide the reviewer to find the information they need to assess your suitability.

  1. Focus on achievements

Your achievements are as important as your past work experiences and skills.  It’s your achievements that provides an organization with insight into what you’re capable of. Key achievements to highlight can include how you positively impacted revenue, launched process improvements, implemented best practices — the list goes on. Think strategically when compiling this list as it paints the picture of how you can provide added value to the role and company.

  1. Customize

Every job testing tells a story.  Companies tend to put the most important elements of the role up front — and your resume should be no different. From experience, to skills, to education — mimic your resume to highlight what is important in the role to catch the attention of the person reading it.  From everyone else who has applied, it may just be what makes you stand out.

A lot of time is spent preparing a resume and applying for jobs, so don’t go unnoticed. By tailoring your resume for each job and ensuring you provide the information that will show a future employer what you bring to the table, you will increase your chances of landing an interview.


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Employment Allies: How Recruiters Help Shape a Positive Impression of a Candidate

When working with a recruiter for the first time, it’s common for applicants to feel a little hesitant or unsure. Many job seekers are used to traditional ways of applying for jobs—hand-delivering resumes, searching job boards, applying online and following up with Hiring Managers. While these may be perfectly acceptable methods for landing a great job, there are ways of making your job search more efficient—and using a reputable Recruitment Agency is one of the best approaches out there. In an ever-increasing online landscape where employers have access to qualified candidates across the country (and often—the world), you need a personal advocate to shine a spotlight on your unique profile, skill set and fit for a company.

An experienced and specialized recruiter is an invaluable asset for your job hunt. They can help shape an employers’ positive impression of you through myriad ways:

They know how to “sell” you to their clients

Recruiters have strong and long-standing relationships with their clients (the very organizations with whom you’re looking to secure a job). They understand exactly what Hiring Managers look for when reviewing an applicant—the keywords that jump out at them and the deal breakers that make them turn away. This allows the recruiter to recommend small adjustments, diction and format changes to your resume and profile to ensure they meet their client’s expectations and starts their impression of you off on the right foot.

Employers trust their recommendations from previous successes

It’s a recruiter’s job to intimately understand the types of candidates their clients are after, the skill sets that lead to success in their roles and the personality traits that are needed in their organization. Based on previous hires, the client has good faith in a recruiter’s ability to know their business and company culture, and secure lasting candidates that fit within it. Employers take a second look at a resume they would otherwise pass on when presented by a recruiter they trust.

They act as a “live” cover page for candidates

Have you ever submitted an online application and wished you could have a direct conversation with the Hiring Manager about why you are the perfect fit? Well, that is exactly what recruiters are hired to do! Recruiters spend their time getting to know the candidates they work with—above and beyond checkboxes on an application—and have an ear with the client when it comes time to advocating for a good match. Recruiters present clients with complete candidate profiles and make personalized recommendations of best-fit candidates. They can speak to your education, experience, professionalism, presentation and personality traits, and mitigate any shortcomings you may have “on paper”. This makes all the difference for getting talented candidates through the door.

Career Builder, 2016

Career Builder, 2016

Additional benefits that recruiters provide to job seekers include:

  • Knowledge of company culture: Based on previous placements, site visits and communication with Hiring Managers, recruiters are able to give you an inside look into an employer’s culture and values—information otherwise not available to candidates.
  • Interview tips: Recruiters can prepare candidates on commonly asked interview questions, go over employers’ priorities, recommend appropriate attire and suggest which documentation to bring to the interview. They’re also a dedicated point of contact for all your interview questions and concerns. When you come prepared and dress like you already belong, it helps employers envision you working there. And recruiters can help with that prep!
  • Salary negotiation: Recruiters from leading Staffing Firms have access to the research reports, national salary guides and internal pay databases their companies put together. Top firms even offer their recruiters training on professional negotiation techniques. They study fair market compensation and go to work to negotiate a salary that meets both your expectations and their client’s pay range (and as experts, can even successfully persuade clients to raise it).
  • Assistance on job preparation & training: Based on the position’s requirements, recruiters can administer testing that identifies your strengths and weaknesses, your personality profile and your work style in a team environment. Recruiters can then offer online training or refresher courses to strengthen your knowledge. At Adecco, we provide free online training course to all our Associates on various software, customer service & office skills, health & safety, and many others. Your resume gets a boost from these new courses and you come off as an expert when it’s time for the interview.
  • Feedback from previous placements: Recruiters can share insider tips and tricks they learned from past candidates they’ve placed with a company. This can help you have a smooth transition into your new role and company, and set you up for success.

Recruiters are experts at cutting through a slurry of applicants and identifying the most suitable handful who will exceed expectations, gel with the company culture and excel in a role. For all these reasons, recruiters are true allies of both candidates and employers alike.

Benefits of Submitting Your Resume Online

Looking to have your resume fall into the hands of recruiters? The more career websites and staffing sites you submit your resume to, the easier it will be when it comes time to securing job offers. A simple way to have your online information working for you is by submitting your resume for job postings online.  Employers and staffing companies utilize portals which store your resume and contact information in one location for them to access later. Have you ever considered setting up a profile? Let’s take a look at some of the benefits to establishing a profile on a staffing website or employer’s career portal.

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What I’ve Learned (So Far) – Career Advice from an Adecco Summer Intern

Adecco’s Proposal and Marketing Intern Katelyn Reischke is sharing her advice on how to take advantage of career opportunities as a student seeking relevant employment. Check out her tips below.

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How to Highlight Technical Transferable Skills for Any Role

Are you an engineer who’s disenchanted with engineering? Maybe you’re a programmer who’s peeved with programming? Career changes are a part of professional life now more than ever, even if you’re “simply” moving from a technical career path to a managerial one in your current field. Unfortunately, technical professionals are sometimes stereotyped as lacking the kinds of soft skills that employers like to see in non-technical roles.

Employers sometimes believe – mistakenly – that technical people, while great when it comes to the nuts and bolts of particular products and other pragmatic problems, are not practiced enough in the delicacies of dealing with people. They assume not only that “soft skills” is synonymous with “transferable skills”, but that these skills are innate rather than learned (or learnable).

So if you’re a technical professional trying to transition into a non-technical role, the key to success lies in overcoming the unfair stereotypes surrounding your soon-to-be former field by highlighting just how transferable your skills really are. Read more

How to Make a Resume Spotless: Top 10

For everyone, the resume is an ever-evolving document. Not only does it change as your experience does, but it’s one of those projects that never seems perfect no matter how up to date it is. One day you’re happy with it, and the next day you’re questioning it. (And a few weeks of not hearing back from any of the jobs you’ve applied for makes you really question it.) We’ve covered resume writing tips on this blog before, but this time we’re focusing on the top 10 things that will permanently blot a document that is about anything but permanence. In short, leave these things off of your resume. Read more