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Why Is A Good Resume So Important?

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You might find yourself asking, “Why is a resume so important?” This answer can be as simple or as complex as you want your resume. The real question should be, “What do I want my resume to do for me?”

I find that making a resume can be very tricky. To put it simply: If you were buying an expensive piece of electronic equipment, leasing/buying a car or a home and were not able to see it in person, what would you want the write-up to say about this particular item that you are looking to invest in? What can the “For Sale” sign say that is going to make you want to learn more?

So, how do you want to sell YOURSELF? What differentiates you from the rest of the pack? What is going to tell that prospective employer that YOU stand out from the rest, that you are worth spending more time with, learning more about, and hopefully extending an offer to?

The resume is your first chance to impress a potential employer. It gives you a chance to capture their attention without even having to meet them. If a potential employer only spends a few to several seconds on each resume, what impact do you want to make on what could possibly be your only opportunity to impress? In such a competitive job market, it is very important to stand out among the other candidates interested in a specific opportunity.

Your resume should do 4 very important things:
1) Show that you are qualified
2) Prove that you are actually passionate or care about the kind of work that you have been doing
3) Prove you understand how to do your job/the field in which you have been in
4) Show not only that you could do this job, or how you did the job, but HOW WELL you did that job

I can’t emphasize enough just how important a good resume really is. I believe you will get out of a resume what you put into a resume. This is a piece of paper that proves that you are worth investing any additional time in. This is always the first step to a great opportunity!

deonnaGuest blogger Deonna Campbell is a Corporate Recruiter for the Oldcastle Precast division. She reviews hundreds of resumes weekly. She also writes for her own blog: Resumes That Win!

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6 Easy Ways To Bust Through That Online Application System

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Don’t get mad, get hired!

Many c0mpanies use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) or Talent Management System to gather resumes and track candidates during the hiring process. These automated online systems can can seem very impersonal. We’ve heard candidates say that there are too many fields to fill out, the information required seems redundant, and there is no way to make direct contact with a hiring manager.

We hear your frustration! This post is not meant to debate whether an ATS should be in use, but HOW you can use it to your advantage.

So, why do companies even use these systems?
Applying for jobs has changed over the past decade. These systems make it easy and efficient to post jobs, collect resumes and screen/evaluate potential candidates during the recruitment process.

Gina Williams, a Human Resources Systems Analyst who works with these systems daily, explains that the ATS is typically used by companies with many openings “to save time and effort, to keep compliant with government regulations, and to build up a good database of candidates.”

“I know job seekers may feel frustrated about not having easy access to a human contact during the application process,” says Gina. “However, the up side is that if you spend the time to load your resume and carefully update the fields in the system, the next application will be much easier. Recruiters will then be able to search the system and locate you for future openings.”

To make it past that initial cut:
1) Make sure you fill in ALL of the fields – even non required ones. The more information you can share that shows your qualifications match the opening, the better.

2) Be careful about applying to multiple jobs. Don’t just apply to anything. Only apply for jobs where your qualifications match the opening.  Some systems allow the administrator or hiring manager to see ALL of the jobs a candidate has applied to.

3) Embrace key words. The system will scan to pick up on key phrases for the job and industry. You want the phrases you use to be detected so that a match can be made.

4) Use the job ad to guide your resume and cover letter. Go through the job description. Your resume should have many of the same skills and terms listed. If not, and you have those skills, add them. Or, think twice about applying for that job. It may not be a fit.

5) Be careful of formatting and spelling. While spelling errors are a sure way to go to the “no” pile even outside an ATS, they are even worse in the system. Even if you’re the perfect match for a job, your resume can be filtered out due to typos, spelling errors and inconsistent, busy or unusual formatting.

6) Creativity can kill your resume. In an effort to stand out, many people title their experience and jobs using more creative terms. Don’t! Keep it simple and straightforward.

Love them or hate them, Applicant Tracking Systems aren’t going away. You don’t have to embrace the ATS, but take heed of these tips to enhance your chances of being selected as a candidate.

** Bonus tip: A majority of ATS systems send an automated response that confirms your application has been received. You do not have to follow up at this point. If a hiring manager is interested, they will contact you directly.

What about you? Have you had any experience using an ATS? We would love to hear about it!

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This post, by our Social Media Specialist (Recruiting Office), originally appeared on LinkedIn.

 

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Oldcastle Stormwater Solutions

OldcastleStormwaterSolutionsLogoOldcastle Stormwater Solutions is a subsidiary of Oldcastle Precast, Inc. We provide innovative products and solutions for stormwater management, including:

– Inlet and Media filtration
– Bioretention/Biofiltration
– Hydrodynamic Separation
– Detention/Infiltration
– Permeable Solutions
– Harvesting/Reuse
– Erosion Control
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History
1993  Originally known as KriStar Enterprises, we were founded in Santa Rosa, California. Since the introduction of the Fossil Filter, we have continually advanced new and creative solutions for the treatment and management of pollutants from stormwater runoff for construction and post-construction applications.
2014  Oldcastle Precast acquires KriStar assets – which include 3 manufacturing locations and a maintenance division, Drainage Protection Systems (DPS), and is renamed Oldcastle Stormwater Solutions.

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About Oldcastle Precast
Oldcastle Precast is the leading manufacturer of precast concrete, polymer concrete and plastic products in the United States.

About Oldcastle (our parent company)
Oldcastle is North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. With more than 2,000 locations throughout North America, we are in constant pursuit of the next generation of successful decision makers, leaders and problem solvers. Learn more about joining the Oldcastle team HERE.

 

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4 Reasons Why Fall Can Be A Good Time For Your Job Search

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Start your search before the leaves start falling!

Think hiring gets put on hold because the end of the year is near? Not true! Companies still hire, and some amp up their search. Here’s why:

1) Fewer people go on vacation in the Fall
According to Oldcastle Staffing Manager Erin Bardwell, “It’s much easier to coordinate first and second interviews among corporate recruiters, human resources and the other team members involved in the hiring process.” More people in the office means a better chance of you being seen sooner.

2) The school year is more like the New Year
School children aren’t the only ones who start fresh when the calendar turns to September. The change of seasons can be a big motivator. Most people associate January with resolutions, but Fall is also known as a time of renewal. The transition to shorter days, cooler weather and a more regimented schedule (for parents with kids) can be a catalyst to make a career change and go after that new position.

3) The Summer lull is over
According to this Monster.com article about Seasonal Hiring Trends, “Hiring slows down in July before picking up at the end of August.” Take advantage of this window of opportunity.

4) It’s easier to find time now before the holiday season

We’ve all been there. The time between Halloween and New Year’s seems to fly by in the blink of an eye. There are presents to buy, food to cook, parties to attend and family functions to enjoy. Before the frenzy begins, start mapping out your job search strategy now. Take action so you don’t regret it in the New Year.

Bottom line time:
The truth of the matter is – hiring does occur all year. Some times are better than others, and it can also depend on the industry and types of positions available. If you slacked off a bit this Summer, don’t beat yourself up. Simply start again! And, if you haven’t started to search, but thought you would have to wait until the New Year to search, don’t do it! There are organizations that continue to fill open positions from now until 2016.

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P.S. We are one of those organizations that hire all year. Check out our current openings.

This post, by our Social Media Specialist (Recruiting Office), originally appeared on LinkedIn.

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