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Twitter Chat Recap: Discussing Resume Tips with Workopolis

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: March 23, 2018

At the start of the month, we took part in a Twitter chat with Workopolis, a Canadian-based job search site. Each month they host a Twitter chat where HR experts, job seekers, and other professionals join in to discuss the job search.  As “hiring season” approaches, now is a great time to review your resume and update a few sections where necessary. We’re highlighting moments from this month’s discussion on resume tips:

What, in your opinion, is the biggest resume mistake?

As you can imagine, the majority of participants cited typos as the biggest resume mistake. Typos and grammatical errors are the easiest mistakes to fix, so if they are there it shows a lack of attention to detail.

What’s your best resume writing tip?

What are some overused words on a resume (and what can you use instead)?

We were very intrigued by this question. It’s easy to become caught up with trying to look your best, but words like “hard worker” and “results oriented” are far too overused. As one participant put it, your resume should show those qualities, you shouldn’t have to spell it out. Avoid “I” statements and use action verbs to describe the work you’ve done.

How do you know if your resume is too long?

The general consensus concluded that two pages is the absolute limit. Unless you’re in the academic field or something else that requires extensive, detailed work experience, don’t go over two pages. One effective page is ideal.

What are some creative resume ideas?

Do you think including hobbies and interests can help you stand out?

Many people struggle with this question. Some resources suggest adding hobbies, while others say it detracts from your professional accomplishments. As long as you include subjects that are directly related to your field and could potentially lead to conversations about your specific skills, it’s okay to include.

If you’d like to take part in the #Workopolis chat, join us next month! Stay tuned for the topic of the April 4th discussion.

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Social Media Profiles: Keeping Them Professional and Eye-Catching

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: April 3, 2017

Social media has become so relevant in our daily lives that is has changed both the recruiting process and the job search. Hiring managers now screen candidates by looking at their social media accounts and recruiters are using platforms like Twitter and Facebook to find candidates. If you haven’t done so recently, take the time to edit and update your social media profiles – you’ll thank yourself once you embark on the job hunt! Follow these easy tips for cleaning up your online footprint and getting a recruiter’s attention:

Review your privacy settings
Double check that any personal accounts are private and can only be seen by people you approve to follow you. To start, try doing a Google search of your name and see what images and accounts show up. If there are some things that you may not want potential employers seeing, take a closer look at your privacy settings and untag yourself from unwanted images. It never hurts to be too careful when it comes to online privacy.

Optimize your profile
In today’s world, making yourself “searchable” is key when looking for a job. Edit your profile descriptions and include keywords for SEO purposes. Brainstorm the most common terms people use when searching for a professional in your field and insert these into your profiles. You have a much higher chance of getting noticed if you pay attention to your word choice.

Showcase your specific professional interests
Social media is a fantastic tool that helps you highlight your more specific career interests and saves you space on your resume. Join LinkedIn and Facebook groups that are relevant to your career interests. If you have a professional Twitter account, search for Twitter chats that you would like to take part in. This way, you’re filling your profile with related content and networking simultaneously.

Feel free to show parts of your personal life
Believe it or not, you don’t have to have to be too strict with your social media boundaries. While it’s important to keep your accounts professional, don’t be afraid to share glimpses into your personal life. It’s as easy as snapping a picture of your weekend hike and captioning it with a quote from your favorite software developer. Keep in mind, employers are looking for people who fit the company culture and you’re trying to sell your personal brand as the potential employee.

Extra Credit
If you really want someone to be wowed when looking at your profile page, keep your profile pictures consistent and make your images fit the proper dimensions. There are countless charts out there to help you!

Now that you’ve updated your professional social media accounts, have you updated your resume? Follow us on Twitter for more career tips and visit us on LinkedIn to see our job postings.

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Resume Checklist

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: November 14, 2016

You never know what new opportunities will come your way, which is why updating your IT resume is always a good idea. If it’s been awhile since you’ve edited your resume, take some time to look at it and you might be surprised with how much you can edit it.

  1. Check to make sure your contact information is up-to-date such as your email, phone number, and address.
  2. Are you an active member of online Q&A tech forums? You might want to consider including any social media profiles like those that you have, especially if they are of a professional nature.
  3. Review your accomplishments and projects. It’s great to give potential employers an idea of what you do day-to-day, but more importantly you want to highlight meaningful projects you’ve contributed to and accomplishments you’ve made in your position.
  4. Make sure your language is as impactful yet succinct as possible. A new study by TheLadders found that hiring managers spend about six seconds reading a resume when considering a candidate.
  5. Update your Skills section by including new ones you may have acquired during your current role. This section is the place for you to stand out from other candidates and really show why you’re a unique hire.
  6. Begin your resume with a short introductory summary that gives the reader an idea of your overall expertise. Avoid having it sound like an objectives section and instead focus on what you’ve already achieved in your career. As for the length, think: elevator pitch.
  7. Edit, edit edit! Always ask for another set of eyes to review your resume. Your editor may even help you think of a new, more eye-catching format for your resume.
  8. Adjust your resume to each job you’re applying for. It is important to make sure your resume fits the needs and criterias for each job.

Don’t forget your online persona! See what we have to say about your digital resume and follow us on Twitter for more resume tips and career advice.

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How to Best Prepare for a Job Interview: Advice from the Recruiter’s Desk

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: January 20, 2016

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It can be daunting if you’re heading into the interview process. There is a lot of prep required and a lot to remember day of, but there are a few key things to make sure you don’t overlook. As a staffing agency, our team has witnessed and conducted countless interviews. Below we’ve compiled four tips on how to best prepare for a job interview that are essential to make sure you put your best foot forward:

  1. Make the most of your time in front of a hiring manager. Practice! Prepare talking points for yourself that highlight your experience. Hone on your relevant experience relative to the role you are interviewing for. It’s also helpful to be succinct and direct in your answers to questions.
  2. Make sure you understand the company that you are interviewing with. Know their product or service and educate yourself as much as possible. Try visiting their website or reading their press releases and blogs. These sources may help give you a good feel for the company culture and if it’s the type of company you want to pursue. How do they represent themselves in their career pages? What are the perks and what population of people does it speak to? During the interview, don’t be afraid to ask questions about the position, your peers, technology and the overall environment so you have a clear understanding of the role and expectations.
  3. Take time to find out about the person who will be interviewing you. Doing so will help you feel more prepared beforehand which will also help you be confident. Use Linkedin so you can understand the person’s role in the company, how long they’ve been there, as well as where they were previously.  
  4. During the interview don’t stray from your main points. The biggest no-no during an interview is speaking negatively regarding current or former employers. Even if you are incredibly unhappy with your current situation, it’s unprofessional to discuss this to your potential future employers. Make sure to show interest and enthusiasm for the job. Dress appropriately and arrive a few minutes early.

As a staffing agency we see a lot of interviews and therefore have a lot of advice to offer. Feel free to reach out to one of our recruiters for support making your next career move.

Looking for more tips and tricks? Check out How to Make a Good Impression during an Interview or 5 Phone Interview Tips.

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