Your Name Tag Matters More Than You Think

nametagYou are at the registration table of a networking event, you quickly scribble your name on a blank name tag, and then slap it onto your left shoulder. Big mistake. You just missed out on networking effectively. Your name tag is a great networking tool that should be made with some smart thinking.

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Think Twice Before Accepting an Job Offer

what resume should be usedGreat news! You’ve been through all the job hunting, all the interviewing, you’ve put in countless hours of time, and now you have a job offer. You should take it, right? Not so fast. This job may not be to your benefit; it may be more detrimental to your career than you realize. The most important thing is to understand what you are accepting. The job isn’t the only thing you will have to agree with and willing to devote 8 hours of your daily life. It’s also your fellow employees and managers, the culture, the policies, and external forces you and your company have no control over.

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Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

linkedin-profile-optimization“87% of companies use LinkedIn for recruiting, so it’s a good bet that your next employer will look for talent there.” – Dan Fannigan, CEO at Jobvite.

Dan’s company, Jobvite – a SaaS platform for the social web that companies use to find and hire people, discovered this statistic when it conducted a recent study. It’s a good thing to know this fact because it seems LinkedIn is becoming the best method of networking, recruiting, and sharing your resume in the job hunt. Here are some simple actions Dan gives to boost your LinkedIn profile so recruiters find you, and your profile sells itself.

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Getting and Maintaining References

buffalo who job referencesReferences are the people you know that give the job recruiter validation that you are the right person to choose for the job. I’ve covered the benefits of references, and 10 tips for utilizing your references before so now I’m going to talk about how to get a reference, maintain those references, and give an overview of the Recommendation Sheet.

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Choose the Right Keywords to Use in Your Cover Letter & Resume

choose-keywordsThe job description is the first inkling you have as to what type of candidate the job recruiter wants, however, these job descriptions can be quite lengthy. Instead of re-reading the job description over and over again to get a sense of what skills recruiters are looking to hire, use a tag cloud generator that will automatically search through all the words in the job description and display (nice and boldly) what words are most used. This will give you ammunition to use when creating your cover letter and resume.

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Make The Sale and Close the Interview Strong

closingGetting hired is your main focus when searching for jobs in Buffalo and WNY. Therefore, you must do what all sales people are trained to do: Always-Be-Closing. Don’t go into an interview, completely dominate and then fizzle at the end. Put them on the spot; make them sit up for a second and realize you came ready be to hired.

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List of Staffing firms in Buffalo & WNY

listA staffing firm is a great opportunity to get your foot into the door at a company, which I described in the post Why Use a Buffalo Recruiting CompanyThere are literally dozens of companies willing to place you in your next job so to make it easy for you contact them, I’ve listed them below. Continue reading “List of Staffing firms in Buffalo & WNY”

Why Use Staffing Agencies?

temp agenciesThere a several reasons to use one of the many staffing companies in Buffalo. It’s where 25% of all unadvertised jobs are located, but not all are the same. Choosing the right one will make your life easier. There are head hunters/employment agencies and short-term agencies. So, why use one of these? Well, a great example is M&T Bank. They use Kelly Services to staff most of their temporary employees, and once you get into the company, you can use your experience and relationships with the managers to get an offer for a job a lot easier than if you came off the street.

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10 Tips for a Powerful Elevator Speech

elevator speechQuick! You’ve just met somebody, and they are that crucial contact you were looking for in your job search. Now, what do you say to them? How can you convey to this person who you are and what you are looking for? Easy, use an elevator speech. It’s the 30-second mini-commercial about yourself, and a great tool to to extend your own personal brand to anyone you meet. Whether you are helping some random stranger, bumping into someone at a networking event, or having lunch with for an informational interview, have this speech ready.

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