I just spent the day searching for a management candidate for a software company. The requirements for the position were high, but with 67 resumes to review, I had high expectations for finding some top candidates – and I did. But I had to send far too many people that dreaded “no-thanks” note. Most were just not the right fit. But if you've recently received one of those “no-thanks” notes and you think you were a great fit, read on to see if your job search may be stalled by one of these resume deal-killers.
We know transitioning to a civilian job can be tough for our military service men and women. Employers do want to hire veterans, despite how it may feel at times. But you may be shooting yourself in the foot. Read on for five common problems veterans can have in their job hunt, and the solutions.
Your resume isn't written in English. Chances are that the recruiter reading your resume has never served in the military. Civilians don’t understand military acronyms, MOS codes, and jargon. The more impressive your resume looks from a military standpoint, the less desirable you’re going to look on paper to an untrained civilian. Unfair? Yes, but true.
The solution: Translate your specific skills into key words specific to the job you’re seeking. Here’s one translator tool to try.
More than half of U.S. businesses don’t have formal programs in place to hire military veterans, and unemployment among veterans is still higher than in the general population. That’s an opportunity for savvy employers who understand that hiring veterans is a smart move.
Despite research that shows that military veterans are more productive and have less turnover than others, biases persist that are roadblocks to hiring vets. If your company is not actively pursuing veterans to join your workforce, hiring managers might need to overcome barriers like these:
The power of employer branding is on center stage as outdoor retailer REI uses its employer brand to disrupt a whole industry.
Retail, and our consumer centric culture, is reeling from the announcement that REI will close on Black Friday and give its 12,000 employees a day off with pay instead, to promote their innovative #OptOutside campaign. Is the CEO nuts, or is REI rolling out a brilliant strategy?
To make your company more innovative, focus on your culture.
“We often think of innovation as new, different products”, said Corey Staten, VP Client Services and Strategy for Charles Schwab, one of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies and winner of the 2015 Innovation Spotlight Award. “A lot of times it’s refining and honing in on your culture and what makes you great.”
Having spent about 20 years in the workforce, I’ve crossed the paths of quite a menagerie of colleagues. From my early days waiting tables to my current role at Schwab, I have met and worked with some of the most phenomenal human beings I could ever imagine. Since we spend nearly a quarter of our lives at work, it should come as no surprise that workplace relationships are a major driver of job satisfaction. In fact, according to the Gallup organization, having strong connections with trusted colleagues has a direct impact on an employee’s engagement and a workgroup’s productivity
How the job market has changed! While “hiring top talent” has always been a priority for great places to work, only in recent years has the market for talent been so challenging that it has caused a sea change in business strategy overall. Companies that are mindful about their culture, pay policies, and employer branding have a tremendous advantage. GoDaddy provides a strong example.
In the wake of disappointing diversity numbers from tech giants, encouraging women in technology has become a movement. As employers examined their cultures, pay practices, and employer brands, many found that for a multitude of reasons their companies were not especially welcoming to women. GoDaddy was no exception. Their past male-oriented, sexy brand image from its early days had spilled over into their employer brand even after the company shifted its marketing style in 2013, potentially discouraging current female applicants. The strategic changes that were made two years ago are showing results, and now, CNN Money reports that overall, women at GoDaddy actually make slightly more money than men.
I started working for USAA in my early twenties and have been here for nearly eight years. I essentially grew up during my career, and it has made me appreciate the different opportunities that USAA provides. I see myself working here for many years.
What I most appreciate about working here is the belief in the mission and commitment to core values. My career has provided me a fulfilling path of serving those who serve our country, while working in a safe environment that promotes honesty and integrity.
Career events like the BestCompaniesAZ Millennial Career Mixer can help you launch a dream career by directly connecting you with some incredible employers.
But how do you make sure you are ready to make a great impression? Here are 10 ways to rock a career event.
After college graduation I wasn’t just looking for a job, I was looking for a career. Previous employment opportunities had led me to organizations that I felt didn’t value innovation or creativity. It was difficult for me to use my degree in a way that made a difference.
It was important to me that I work in a collaborative, rather than competitive, work environment. I wanted to work for a company that I could take care of, and a company that took care of me. USAA is that company.
Millennial job seekers - despite how it may feel at times, employers really do want to hire you. They just need some reassurance because your resumes are a little skinny, even though you yourselves are full of awesomeness.
Many employers fall into the “2-5 year experience trap”. By looking only for candidates with 2-5 years of experience, they severely limit their pool of available candidates. We feel the pain of both hiring managers who can’t fill their openings and millennial job seekers with skinny resumes. Hiring managers can overlook a skinny resume, if you bulk up your personal brand on social media.
In my post A Career… Without College ? I shared how I landed in human resources without a formal education in my field. After that post was published I received quite a few positive emails from readers sharing their own stories of overcoming challenges on the path to their dream job, as well as some from readers that were given a push in the right direction after reading my story. I was thrilled to hear that my intended message was received loud and clear: YOU control your career destiny. A positive mindset is a major part of guiding your career towards your ultimate dream job, but positivity alone will not get you there.
Here are five things you can start doing today to help clear the path to the role of your dreams:
It’s official, millennials are now the largest segment of our workforce. Your future business success depends on them, and your employer brand needs to draw them in.
Relax. It’s not a huge mystery. Millennials are really not that different from other age groups. Despite all of the stories emphasizing the differences between generations, at the core, people all have similar needs from their workplaces. Here’s the BestCompaniesAZ quick-start guide to making your company appeal to millennials.
When I started at Yelp, I was ecstatic to embark on a new career path. Recruiting had been in my sights for several years and when the job was offered to me, I knew this company was where I needed to be. My role in the Sales Recruiting Team was like a breath of fresh air. Fast-paced, rewarding and fun. Life at Yelp was everything that I had hoped. Work hard, play hard!
Four short months after I started with the company, my husband and I were over-the-moon to discover we were expecting our first child. My peers, managers, and directors were nothing but supportive from the very beginning. It was clear that the health and well-being of me and my child were a priority. I experienced unlimited support throughout my pregnancy.
Romeo joined Yelp’s Scottsdale office as an account manager 9 months ago. During his time at Yelp, he has seen firsthand many reasons why a company committed to the principles of promoting diversity and inclusion improve the quality of life of employees.
The two primary diversity groups that Romeo identifies with are his ethnic identity as a person of color – an Asian-Pacific Islander; and his religion - a practicing Muslim. A third group that he is also active with in the workplace is the Parents Group, as a new parent of a six-week old child, in addition to becoming a stepparent last year.
According to Romeo, “Everybody is so supportive of everyone else. Within the groups with which I am active, we celebrate differences.” One of the activities my group engaged in was preparing a potluck with dishes from around the world. At the Yelp Parents Group, parents have an opportunity to enjoy exchanging ideas about any number of parenting topics.
Being one of the only (if not THE only) pregnant women on the sales floor was daunting at first. I had been with Yelp for almost 3 years when I found out I was pregnant and we were still a fairly small office so, looking around, I stuck out like a sore thumb. It was a huge relief to me when everyone embraced the news with open arms, support and excitement. Our Human Resources Department was great with walking me through the steps that we would take in the upcoming months to ensure a smooth transition into maternity leave, and it helped alleviate a lot of the anxiety that I had as I continued growing both my career and my family simultaneously. The Facilities team was amazing as well, making sure that I had everything that I needed to be comfortable as I grew at my desk!
Two companies made big news recently for all the wrong reasons; Subway and Amazon. Both scenarios involve damage to well-respected brands, but while the Subway crisis was black and white, the Amazon culture controversy has generated many different points of view. In case you just got back from a wilderness media-fast, here’s the story.
New York Times writers Jodi Kantor and David Streitfeld stand by the report and its accuracy, defending the use of copious anecdotal evidence to tell the story. Not everyone agrees with their dystopian view. Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman supports Amazon’s work ethic, stating that tech firms that are “cosseting” tech employees have turned them into “well-fed farm animals”.
Every job seeker wants to find the perfect job, almost as much as every corporation wants to find the perfect candidate. At BestCompaniesAZ, our goal is to make that process easier by helping the BEST employers find the BEST candidates. We’ve conducted a great deal of research in this field, and have some tips and pointers to give job seekers every advantage for a successful outcome.
- Know Your Strengths and Transferable Skills
What makes YOU unique within the context of the job you are seeking? Are you creative? Systematic? Visionary? Organized? Flexible? Perfectionist?
- Research the Hiring Companies
Interestingly, while technical skills and experience certainly count high on the list of any employer, companies often place an even higher value on hiring candidates with the right personality to blend well with their corporate culture. Start by reviewing the company profile online – just click on the company logo on our Arizona’s Best Companies page. If you like what you see, we have additional resources on our website to help you identify companies that best align with your values and interests.
- Review the Career Openings in Advance and Build Your Resume
Know the types of jobs that fit your skills, abilities and interests. Apply online prior to the event if you find a potential match. Although most hiring companies will not be able to collect resumes on site, we still encourage you to bring a supply with you to the event, and come prepared to collect business cards and take notes.
- Develop your “personal pitch” - Share your stories
With limited time at a career event you only have just a few minutes to “wow” the recruiter with your personal story and why you’d be a great fit for them. When employers ask about you, deliver a personal pitch that tells the employer in 30 – 60 seconds the following points:
- Manage Your Online Brand
Google yourself to see what comes up on the first few pages. Be aware of your online presence, because hiring companies are checking you out before they meet you in person. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is fully developed and expand your contacts through groups that connect to your field. Recruiters and employers are using social media sites to fill their positions. Make it easy for them to find you.
- Expand Your Network – Talk to friends and family
Award-winning companies receive thousands of resumes, but if someone comes referred by a friend or family member, they often go to the top of the list.
- Prepare and Practice
Practice telling your personal story to your family and friends. Create mock interview questions and review scenarios for each company of interest. From company websites you can explore company culture by watching videos, reviewing Facebook and Twitter channels, learning more about the leadership team and current press releases.
We wish you much success when you attend any of our Career Events throughout the year!