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...]

Question: How much time does a job search take?

As I mentioned on our Talent Blog, it takes longer to fill the job than the hiring manager wants, so the answer is clearly longer than you want. That is thinking about how long the search process takes, weeks or months depending on your profession and the economy. Remember, if you are unemployed or only working part-time hours, your job search is a job. Put in 30 hours a week. If you are not, ask yourself, “Why not?” Are you discouraged? Find... [Read More...]

How to work effectively with a recruiter to get the job you want

Today’s post is written by Clay Johnson of Technical Engineering Consultants So you’re in the market for a new job, either looking for greener pastures or because you’re out of work.  Reviewing the plethora available, you find that some positions are posted by the hiring company, while others are posted by staffing firms, AKA recruiters.  Alternately, if you posted your resume online, you may have been called.  We recruiters are, of course,... [Read More...]

The Offer: Take It or Leave It?

Today’s post is written by Scott Trossen of the Trossen HR Group. If you read my two prior blogs on applying and interviewing for a job, you might have felt the tone was a bit tough.  Here’s the deal: If you are reading these, it is probably because you, a family member, or a friend are looking for a new role. As you probably have experienced, it can be a difficult journey, so don’t be discouraged. A job search is, well…work. That is why... [Read More...]

Talent Enhancement: How Can I Make Sure Someone Reads My Resume?

Today’s post is written by Scott Trossen of the Trossen HR Group. This is an easy question to answer: You can’t. But these ideas can help you improve your chances. Principle #1. Apply and Ask. Look for what is advertised plus work your network. In 2001, with an MBA from a top-40 program and some name-brand employment experience, someone applied online for a Pfizer job through a very obscure job posting website. He also called a classmate whose... [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...]