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business, success and people concept – Disappointed young business man with thumb down.

by Jenae Nordman and Nora Bright

A job search is two-sided: it’s a candidate’s quest for the perfect new job and an employer’s hunt for the ideal new hire. A candidate looks for a position that will utilize his or her specific skill set, accommodate individual personality traits and provide a forum in which they can excel. An employer looks for the right qualifications, someone they determine will be a “good fit” within the company and whom they feel will also excel in their position.

But even when these two sides of a search appear to align, the candidate still doesn’t get the job.

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This is the third installment of our series “Ask a Recruiter,” in which we pose a question to our executive recruiters about hiring, interviewing, the job search, and more. If you have any questions you’d like to have answered in this series, please leave them in the comments.

We frequently get this question from the candidates we speak to–Should I get an MBA? We asked our executive recruiters Jenae Baguley, Peter Stern, and Ben Farber to lend their expertise and tell us how they view an MBA on a resume.

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writing a resume to apply for a job

Has your resume become bloated or outdated? A concise and up to date resume can give you an edge over other candidates. Remember that keeping your resume up to date is essential even when you’re not actively searching—you never know when you’ll get a call from a potential employer or recruiter.

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Technology In The Service Of Business

Video interviews have become an essential tool for many of our client companies in the hiring process. Conducting interviews through Skype or other platforms helps our clients to evaluate a candidate’s presentation and communication skills before conducting time-consuming in-person meetings.

Due to the growing popularity of video interviews, it is important for jobseekers to learn how to interview well through this medium. We have found that many candidates still feel uncomfortable with the technology and are unsure how to make a good impression digitally. Similar to an in-person interview, video interviews require preparation and practice. We decided to compile the advice we give candidates who are getting ready for a video interview below.

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job searchIf you are currently looking for a new job, you know how frustrating the job search can be. It is easy to get discouraged when your search is proving fruitless. However, there is always more you can do to improve yourself as a job seeking candidate. Here are three tasks you can complete today in order to better your chances of landing your dream job.

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QuestionsThis is the first installment of our new series called “Ask a Recruiter”, in which we pose a question to our executive recruiters about hiring, interviewing, job search, and more. If you have any questions you’d like to ask for this series, please leave them in the comments.

Question: What makes a candidate stand out to you (aside from obvious qualifications)?

Answers:

what makes a candidate stand out

Kelly Nelson, Executive Recruiter specializing in the Hospitality and Tourism industries
When I review a candidate’s resume I am focused on his or her career path and history.  I am looking for a steady progression with reasonable tenure in each position.  It is not unusual for an individual to change positions more rapidly early in their career.  This is not a problem provided that the moves seem rational and obviously progressive. 

I am looking for a steady progression with reasonable tenure in each position.

However, If this trend continues later in the career with numerous assignments lasting less than two years – it generally is a red flag.  It is also problematic if the recent career moves are regressive – positions with lesser responsibility and decreasing compensation.

My suggestion is that candidates be very careful when considering a new position – is it clearly a move forward?  Does the position represent growth?  How will the move be perceived? Is the market position of the company consistent with prior assignments?  These are basic principles for candidates to consider in terms of long term career building and what I look for any time I review a candidate.

 

what makes a candidate stand outNora Bright, Executive Recruiter specializing in the Nonprofit and Arts industries
I have had candidates send me hand-written notes in the mail after I’ve spoken with them on the phone about an open position, or sent them off to an interview. Even if this particular job opportunity doesn’t end up working out, the candidate’s extra effort can make them stand out in my mind for future opportunities. 

I really appreciate when candidates make a special effort to say thank you.

Recruiters are often seen only as an intermediary- we aren’t always thanked by candidates for our hand in the hiring process, even when we help them get a new job. So I really appreciate when candidates make a special effort to say thank you. It also shows that the individual is thoughtful and detail-oriented- qualities which will impress our clients.

If you’re interested in working with Bristol Associates, click here if you’re an employer, or here if you’re a job seeker.

restaurant industry preferenceWe are excited to kick off Bristol Associates’ latest survey that will analyze restaurant industry preferences among management-level professionals, and we would love to have you participate. The national survey is designed to explore which segments of the industry restaurant professionals prefer to work in and why. The survey should take no more than 2 minutes to complete.

Click here to take the 2 minute survey.

Thank you in advance for your time! We look forward to sharing the results with you.

How technology has changed recruiting

Me at my desk back in 1995

Having been an executive recruiter for over 25 years, I can attest to the fact that developments in technology have vastly affected the recruiting industry. The process of recruiting has become faster and  more effective thanks to advancements in technology such as… the computer! Yes, I was recruiting before our office had computers. More recent advancements like LinkedIn and databases have also contributed to my ability to recruit highly qualified candidates and serve the needs of my clients better than before. In this post I’d like to explore how technology has changed recruiting over the years- and what has stayed the same.

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Recruitment flat vector illustration.The other day I came across a post on Linkedin that shed a negative light on recruiters. As I read through the piece, I soon realized that the writer’s complaints were based upon misconceptions about how recruiting actually works. As with any industry, I’m sure there are some less-than-great recruiters out there, however working with an honest, straightforward recruiter could be an effective way to advance your career. I would like to clarify some common misconceptions about recruiters that may give the industry a bad reputation.

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recruiter messaged you on linkedinIf you have a LinkedIn account, chances are you have received a direct message about a job opening from a recruiter or hiring manager. In this era of spam emails, pop up ads, and unwanted solicitations, you may wonder if the message is worth reading or responding to at all. This post will explain how recruiters find you, what they are hoping to accomplish through their message, and the best way to proceed.

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