My Boss is Awesome!

My manager wrote an article on management called “The Cheating Boyfriend” that was featured on ERE Daily today (she manages the recruiting team I’m a member of) that just feels spot on so I really wanted to share it with you guys!

And if you feel the need to check her cred, just check out the recommendation I wrote her in LinkedIn — it speaks for itself!

Her article ended up on the LinkedIn Top News Page!

You can check out her blog here ;D

How to Make a Recruiter Like Your Resume

So… I’ve been getting a lot of emails, Facebook messages, texts… well everything really ^^ asking for tips on resumes, cover letters and finding a job since I became a recruiting coordinator.

Figured I’d make it a little easier for everyone and share the wisdom I’ve learned over the last month and a half (hey, it may not be a long time but I think I’ve been doing OK ^^)

My Rockstar Trophee!

How to Make a Recruiter Like Your Resume

  1. Keep it short — there’s a reason you keep reading everywhere that your resume should be no longer than a page. I read dozens of them every day, and yes, I do spend an average of a few seconds on each and every single one of them. I don’t want to look through 3 pages of experience that is always the same duties or doesn’t even relate to the position.
  2. Nice and organized — you don’t want your resume to look like a nightmare. How do you make your resume easy for a recruiter to read?
  3. Bold your positions — make it easy for me to see what you’ve done.
  4. Use keywords — I look for the exact same words I use in job descriptions, so use them! It’s a surefire way to grab my attention.
  5. Use bullet points — please don’t write a paragraph about each job you’ve had. A list of important duties (punctuated with key words and compelling adjectives / adverbs) will more than suffice.
  6. Use headings — does the ad specify you need to have a Bachelor’s degree? Make sure you list education, nice and obvious!
  7. List your skills — it doesn’t hurt to have a section pointing our notable skills (make sure you include as many of the skills listed in the ad as possible!)
  8. Use font bigger than 10. I may be 23… but I don’t want to squint at resumes. That stuff gives you crows’ feet!
  9. Personalize your objective — I know you didn’t just send me a generic copy of your resume when I see the position title and the name of my company at the top of your resume. Hey, it won’t change whether you have the experience necessary to land this position, but it will grab my attention and win you brownie points.
  10. Make me laugh — Yes, it makes my day! Oh, and it makes your resume stand out ;D

So how does all this look? Thought you might ask O=] has some pretty decent resume samples.

That’s all for now folks! Leave me a comment and let me know whether this was helpful (oh, and ask more questions! I’m thinking about writing a post about cover letters soon — been getting a lot of questions about those too.)

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I Love My New Job!

For anyone who hasn’t been reading all my posts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn about how I’m looking for tech support pretty much everywhere…. I have news: I started my new job as an international recruiting coordinator at Astreya Partners Monday July 16, 2012.

And it has been AWESOME!! =D The team I work with is incredible. They’re all super nice, intelligent, hard-working and social people around my age. They’ve been just wonderful about answering all my questions while I’m training, sharing helpful tips, and we even go out to happy hour at Pedro’s down the street after work!

Yeah, I told you guys my coworkers are the shit ;D

My bosses are even MORE awesome though! My supervisor, Jenny, is super chill and really motivating! She’s able to make the work environment so energizing that I’m easily able to do my best work =] Plus, she’s very approachable so I’m not worried I’ll ever have any problems!

And the big boss in charge is kind of like Santa Clause. He brings bagels for everyone Wednesday mornings, keeps the fridge stocked with snacks, pays for us to order catering from a different restaurant every Monday and even ordered this cool ice cream truck to come for one of my coworkers’ birthday last week! I can see why they say you gain the Astreya 15 just like in college now ;D

As for the job itself…. I love it =] I spend my day sourcing people to help them get jobs. This includes looking for resumes on LinkedIn, Craigslist and other resume banks; using social media to reach other potential candidates; getting back in touch with contacts who might know someone who would be a good match for the position or who might have some advice about recruiting in a foreign market.

Did I forget to mention I recruit all over the world? ^^ I source for Technical Support Technicians and Equipment Maintenance Technicians (pretty much desktop support) as well as Technical Team Leads (managers, supervisors) all over the place! Just in North America my recruiter, Sara (who’s awesome too ^^), and I are in charge of SF, Mountain View, Seattle, San Bruno, Kirkland, LA, NYC, Washington DC, Chicago, Toronto and Boulder, Colorado. And in Asia Pacific ? Taipiei, Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Sydney and India. Oh, and can’t forget Europe! London, Dublin, Zurich, Paris…

Thankfully, I didn’t have to source for every single location my first week. That would have been insane! I’m really excited to build my network even more in all of these places though ^^

Did you guys want to see my cube?!

The New Way of Finding Work: Venturocket

I finally got my camera memory card back! I discovered several startups I’m very excited to tell you about, but let’s take this one at a time. First up: Venturocket.

Doesn’t their webpage look cool?!

First of all, these guys had a great, eye-catching display with an actual rocket (get launched into a new career anyone? Corny, I know, but I really wanted to type that!) Secondly, they came up with a very intelligent, practical way of helping recruiters and job-seekers connect.

Told you their display was cool ;D

These guys are no LinkedIn (not that they have anything against LinkedIn or any other tool–heck, they’d probably be interested in partnering!) Like a true startup, Venturocket innovates on several points:

  1. They get rid of résumé padding. All you see is the skills themselves, without all the nonsense to distract you.
  2. There’s no trivial features. No paying extra to put your résumé at the top of the list–which I honestly do not think does much good since recruiters aren’t going to keep you if you’re not what they need anyway. (Oh, and it just might make you seem a little desperate.)
  3. You only pay if you found what you needed. Job-seekers don’t pay to put a résumé up. Employers don’t pay to post a job. No one pays to look through profiles or ads. You only pay if you find someone. Have I mentioned this enough?
  4. Venturocket promotes honesty. Both the recruiter AND the job-seeker pay if there is a match (and they pay the same amount.) Would you pay to connect with an employer who wanted to meet you because of misleading information? On the flip side, I don’t think an employer would pay to meet someone who didn’t meet their criteria either, so I think it’s a pretty safe bet to say you’re getting an interview.
  5. The price is literally based on skills and demand. Candidates “bid” money on their skills (the amount goes up with the level of proficiency in each skill) and the employer only pays for the skills s/he is interested in.

I thought this seemed like a very intelligent, practical way of connecting people. But what do you think? Does it make sense to you? Would you use it?

Go on their website and try it out if you didn’t understand some of the things I mentioned (and make sure you come back to tell us about it!) Or you can always post questions here too =]

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