Why You Didn’t Win the Interview

You think you’ve made it, you won the exclusive opportunity to interview with the company of your dreams. Then comes the crushing blow that you didn’t get the job. What could have caused your dream to be dashed so quickly? Take a look at these top reasons hiring managers pass on potential candidates: Untidy Personal Appearance Going the extra mile on your appearance can make or break your interview, even in a company with a relaxed dress... [Read More...]

Choosing Ann Arbor to Grow Your Career

Graduating soon? If you’re like most of your fellow students, you’re probably applying for positions in large cities from coast to coast, but have you considered the city around you? Ann Arbor is thriving and bursting at the seams with unique restaurants and bars, cultural attractions, and entrepreneurial activity. And to top it all off, the city is extremely affordable compared to places like New York City and San Francisco. Main Street, Ann... [Read More...]

Top Five LinkedIn Tips for Jobseekers

It is important that your LinkedIn profile mirror your resume. Factual information, such as your job titles, dates of employment, and educational credentials must match exactly. Beyond those core similarities, your LinkedIn profile is completely customizable. The Ann Arbor SPARK Talent Team has complied the following five tips to make LinkedIn work for your job search: 1. Significant Summary The Summary section of your LinkedIn profile is a great... [Read More...]

Looking for Great Candidates? Ask Those You Just Hired.

How do you, as a hiring manager or HR person, know how to find candidates for your openings? Did you just go through a job search? If not, please don’t ask yourself. Do you have a HR recruiter on staff? Ok, that person may know more than you. But if you really want to find out, buy lunch and host a focus group for the last two to five people you hired. (If you don’t hire that many people, then team up with a friend’s company and buy their new... [Read More...]

How to Manage Job Search Stress

As a job-seeker how do you relieve some of the stress that often accompanies seeking a new position? In this post we highlight five ways to help you boost your spirits and keep your momentum going: #1 Limit Your Isolation. Networking is the most likely route to your next position so get out and meet people at every opportunity. There are several ways to interact with others and each may payoff by connecting you with valuable people while boosting... [Read More...]

Five Tech Tips for Job Seekers

As technology continuously changes the way employers actively search for you, your search plan should evolve as well. While the days of faxing paper resumes are long gone, there are many ways to make your resume or portfolio of work stand out from the crowd of faceless, digital documents. In today’s economy, the job market is very competitive. These top five, simple tech tips can help employers identify you as a potential candidate through personal... [Read More...]

Entrepreneurship Resources for Your First or Tenth Start-Up

Do You Already Lead a Business or Are You Considering a Start Up? Starting your own business is a big step, but one you don’t have to take alone. Utilize the power of our community for your best chance at success. If you currently own a business or are considering the possibility, here are some resources to consider:   UPCOMING PROGRAMS Annual Collaboration for Entrepreneurship (ACE), January 31 ACE is the place where Great Lakes region entrepreneurs... [Read More...]

New Year’s Resolution: Expand Your Network

Why include this idea in our November newsletter? It’s important to plan ahead for networking, since not every group is free. You may need time to budget a couple hundred dollars for a new membership.  If you act fast, you might also be in time to attend a holiday party or December training event. Whether you are looking for work or looking for workers, the more you invest in the search the more likely you are to be successful.  The days of having... [Read More...]

Another Job Landed!

We all know how difficult job-searching can be these days. Spending hours combing through jobs posting, meticulously editing your resume, attending seemingly endless rounds of interviews, and dealing with rejections–sound familiar? The good news is that there is a light at the end of the tunnel, because when you find that perfect job all your searching will seem validated. Below is a story submitted to us from Jimmy Hurley, a recent graduate... [Read More...]