Super Useful Info

Below are a some of our favorite links.... And also some great advice on how to make your resume shine!  And make sure to see our opinion on the "big boards" and networking.

- Cost of Living Calculator - Find out how much you need to make in a city that you are considering relocating to as compared to what you currently make in your current city.

- City Data - the most expansive information on any town in the US that you will find!  View the current temperature, the housing market trends, photos, demographics, and tons more.     Go there now!

And here's another one that we also love....   Go there now!

- Resumes -

The harsh reality is that most HR people and recruiters and hiring managers are busy.  As a result, they probably spend between 2 and 5 minutes reviewing a resume the first time (read that, 2 minutes).  If they like the resume, at that point it will get further attention.  The good news is that we have all the secrets.... and they are just below.... 

So what is important?

- Key words 

Making sure that the important key words of your career are somewhere in your resume is paramount.  Just read a few job advertisements, and you will find them.  This advice transfers well over to LinkedIn as well.  If you want recruiters and hiring managers to find you, make sure your LinkedIn profile has the proper key words to get the job done…. Don’t assume that the simple word “engineer” isn’t necessary because it is obvious once someone is viewing your profile.  You have to get them there first!  A recruiter looking for someone with PLC experience may search on “engineer AND PLC”.  And if you don’t have both in your profile, you won’t be found.  Cover as much ground as possible with your key words.  And most importantly, a hiring manager or HR person will scan your resume looking for those “buzz” words that reside in their job description.  Don’t assume that they can read between the lines…. hand them what they are looking for.

- Dates

If you do not include your range of dates of employment, the hiring manager or HR person will most likely kick your resume back to the recruiter…. Or worse, hit the delete button.  Ouch!

- Job Titles

Titles are very important for screening.  If your job title at your previous company is different than other companies in the same industry or your experience covers a broad range, you may want to include alternate titles.  Example:  Procurement / Supply Chain Manager

- What the Company Does

This one is so key…and it’s a big secret!  Hiring managers are zipping through resume reviews like the wind.  If they are looking for someone with experience within a manufacturing environment, and they don’t recognize the name of the company that you worked for in the past, they are forced to resort to an internet search to see if that company manufactures something.  Don’t leave this one to chance!  Example:  Rollform: Manufacturer of Office Furniture and Automobile Bumpers

- Your Summary

Don’t bother noting that you are reliable and have excellent communication skills.  Be specific and very, very brief and highlight your career.  Here’s an excellent example:   21 years in software engineering covering all phases of development lifecycle (Defense Industry – 6 years, Computer Industry – 15 Years, Telecommunication Industry (pre-engineering degree) – 10 Years).  Recipient of multiple achievement awards in 3 different industries. 

- Objective

If you want to put a career objective, be honest and straight forward about what you are looking for.  Example:  Seeking a new software engineering challenge before current contract ends in December 2011.

- Length 

Keep the resume to one or two pages, including information that is most relevant to the position you are seeking.  Of course, you have to do this while avoiding leaving out any history.  Rumor has it that it is taboo to go over one page.  Hiring managers understand that it may take 2 or even 3 pages to give them the information that they are looking for.... especially in the more technical fields.  Don’t ramble…. but don’t leave out pertinent information that may land the job.

- Gaps in Employment

This isn’t a deal breaker….face the music and explain why.  (Don't worry…. most people have them these days.)  Example:  My last company locked the doors one day and left town...

Trust us!  These are the things that most hiring authorities are looking for in a resume.  Give them what they want so that you can get what you want as well! 

- Job Boards - 

Should you post your resume on the "big boards" ?  This is a common question that is asked of us all the time.

Answer:  Depends on what you are looking for.

If your search is not being directed towards any area in particular, go for it. Your resume will be whisked away into Cyber Space and be picked up by anyone with a computer and the money to pay for a subscription to the board... 

If you are looking for a specific type of job or a particular industry, then we highly recommend that you keep your resume OFF of the "big boards".  We have been told countless times by candidates that they wish they had found a good, solid recruiting firm before they put their resume on the "big boards". 

Why?  (Another little-known fact) Because if an employer finds your resume on a "big board", then a recruiter can no longer represent you as they were not the first to find your resume for the company. "So what…. the company has my resume…. that’s the goal", you say.  Chances are if they pulled it off of a "big board" months ago (before the current job was opened up), they will never, ever go back and find it, despite the fact that they have a "database of resumes" to search through.  (We see it all the time.)  And if a recruiter presents it, that doesn’t “bring it to their attention”.  Once the recruiter submits your resume to human resources, HR plugs your name into the company database, notes that you have been submitted in the last X number of years, and sends a canned reply to the recruiter stating that Mr. Jones is already in our database.  And that is where it ends.  Believe it or not, HR doesn't even bother to see if you are a fit!  Ugh!

So, the bottom line is that the recruiter cannot represent you, the hiring manager probably is never going to find you, and HR says their work is done here or they would have already called you.... Lose/Lose situation...


- Networking -

In our opinion, this is the number one way of finding a good job in today's market!   


- People like to help other people.  It’s true….people love to feel useful and helpful.  Asking someone to pass your resume along usually gets the desired result.

- It's the best way to reach as many people as possible

- You can direct your efforts to those people that can help you the most (targeted search)

- Networking is fun!

Best way to start networking? 

Hands down, number one choice for us and most recruiters is Linkedin ( ).  We currently have over 10,000 connections, so inviting us into your network would give you indirect access to 2.1 million people within our network (called our 2nd degree contacts).   And feel free to invite us into your network...

(See "Stay In Touch" Link in the upper left.)

Also, keep up to date on the latest jobs by following recruiters that post the hottest jobs on Twitter!  Yes…it is a viable source, an excellent outlet for the cutting edge positions, and there's no better way to keep up with the market "buzz".... or "tweet".