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5 Quick Fixes To Make Your Resume Better

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  1. Save the document with your first and last name. Can you imagine how many resumes recruiters receive named ‘resume’? Make it easy for them and guarantee that your resume gets in the hands of the right people, without getting lost. In addition, if you have a 2-page resume, add a header with your name on the second page. They may be printing it out, and there’s always a chance that pages could become separated.
  2. When possible, save your resume as a PDF*. Appearances are everything, and you want to make the right first impression. Saving it as a PDF will preserve the formatting, since you don’t know how it will appear to your recipient. Issues can arise based on what email provider someone uses. Better to be sure, than to have your resume appear choppy or not as originally intended. *If you’re applying online to a position, you may need to submit your resume saved in Rich Text (RTF) Format.
  3. Ditch the objective and add a Summary of Qualifications section. This can be 3-5 bullet points or a short paragraph that consolidates your top strengths and skill sets. You can easily tweak this to match the job description.
  4. Use the job description as your guide and test. Take your basic resume as a starting point. Go through the job ad, bullet by bullet, to see if what you have written on your resume matches the employer’s desired qualifications and duties. Switch out words to mimic the ad, or use synonyms whenever possible. If there is too big of a mismatch, this may be a clue that the job is not a good fit for you and that you don’t have the right background to apply.
  5. Remove your address and add your LinkedIn URL. The exception to this rule is if you’re relocating. In that case, add a line mentioning your move and the target date for when you will be at your new location.

** Bonus tip – To keep yourself even more organized, add the name of the company after your name. For example, JoeSmithAcmeCorpResume.pdf. This is especially helpful if you’re applying to multiple companies.

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This Spring, Rely on Referrals!

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Spring has sprung! For many, thoughts turn to Spring cleaning, better weather and new beginnings. If finding a new job is on your radar this season, LinkedIn’s latest feature is worth investigating. This past week, on LinkedIn’s Official Blog, they announced an easy way to find and reach out to potential people who could refer you to a target company.

Before we get into the specifics, here’s a reminder why referrals are so important.

  • According to a recent study showcased in an article by the Society for Human Resource Management, employee referrals continue to be many employers top source of hires, delivering more than 30% of all hires overall
  • Referrals are the #1 way job seekers report discovering a job for the first time
  • Close to 50% of recruiters say referrals are a leading source of quality hires 

Now that we’ve hopefully convinced you how valuable referrals are, how do you go about getting a referral into an organization? The process is as simple as a click of a button! Let’s go into LinkedIn and see how it works. Say, for example, you see this Marketing Job that you’re interested in. If you have any connections who can refer you, you will see them. In this case, there are quite a few. Now, click on “Ask for a referral.”

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This is what you will see next (below). These are connections with that company.

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Then, if you click on the Message button, up pops a pre-populated message that you can edit as appropriate (as seen below).

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Check out the rest of LinkedIn’s blog post about this topic for good suggestions about how to open that door, ask for a referral and personalize your request for best results.

#JobSearch #Career #LinkedIn


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Play nice – one of many LinkedIn Member Policy Changes You Should Know About

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Are you a LinkedIn user? LinkedIn is going to update its terms of service May 8th, and their official blog recently discussed a few of the upcoming changes in depth. Since we’re guessing that lengthy policy updates aren’t the most riveting reading, we’ll break it down for you in brief, layman’s terms.

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Adhere to the golden rule
LinkedIn doesn’t call it this, but we do. If you’re an active or even casual LinkedIn user, you may have noticed that some users behave badly, making inappropriate and inflammatory comments. This behavior is never acceptable, but used to be more common on sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LinkedIn will be curtailing this negative activity, before it escalates. They have the policy broken down into five sections:
– Be Real
– Be Professional
– Be Nice
– Respect each other’s behavior and follow the law
– Respect LinkedIn’s Rights
You can visit their Professional Communities blog post section for specifics. As the site grows in popularity, members and usage, the fact that they have a no tolerance policy on abuse and are enforcing violators is a necessary step in the right direction.

User Agreement Update

In our view, the most pertinent change here is this:
“A new section has been added to the User Agreement to better clarify how we use information and data we have about you to make recommendations to you and others, including to suggest jobs for you and to suggest you to recruiters.”

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Privacy Policy
In this section, LinkedIn offers a guided tour explaining the changes. They expand upon what they are allowed to do with member data. LinkedIn can legally receive data about you from partner companies that are affiliated with LinkedIn. This data is used “to provide you with new services and better features.” The policy also talks about social actions – this refers to your LinkedIn activity  (liking, commenting, sharing and posting).

“When you take a social action, we will associate you with the content, companies or people that you shared or followed, and we may also use that social action as part of an ad (unless your settings do not allow that).”

With all the personal and career information you post and share on LinkedIn, it’s important to know about changes to the site. This post just scratches the surface.  If you want to read in detail about all of the upcoming policy changes, the blog post outlining them can be found here.

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LinkedIn Features – The Latest Word

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Puzzled by the latest LinkedIn developments? We’ve got you covered.

1) Show me the money! Introducing Salary Insights

The most recent announcement for the first quarter involves salary transparency. According to LinkedIn’s Official blog, Salary Insights is “a new way for you to explore compensation details on open roles. This feature will appear on job listings.” The information will either be employer provided (ranges for specific jobs) or estimated.

While statistics show that candidates want this information, there are a few caveats to keep in mind, such as:
A) Roles vary widely in organizations and even within the same company. The VP at one company might have the same responsibility as a manager at another. It pays to keep this in mind – it’s not always an ‘apples to apples’ comparison.
B) It’s up to you to know what you’re worth and pursue roles within that range. That being said, don’t automatically discount a job if the salary is not at your exact target. Look at other benefits – including vacation, work schedule (telecommuting, flex time), bonuses, profit sharing, 401k/403b and company match, etc.

2) Resume Assistant is now available to Office 365 subscribers.
Resume Assistant allows you to see examples from other LinkedIn profiles as well as use the top skills in your field to customize your resume for employers. You can pick a role and industry and the Resume Assistant integrates with Word. You can then apply via LinkedIn. It’s a streamlined, convenient merging of two processes. You can learn more about it here.

3) Hiring hits a high note to start off 2018
We saved the best for last! According to the February 2018 US LinkedIn Workforce Report, January hiring across the U.S. was 13.0% higher than in January 2017.

“Seasonally-adjusted hiring was 10.9% higher in January than in December 2017—making January 2018 the strongest month for hiring since May 2017.”

This is great news – especially for job seekers! Whether you’re unemployed and looking for work or employed but looking for a change, this may mean it’s time to make a move.

As always, we wish you the best on your job search.Stay tuned for more career advice and insight in the coming months.

 #JobSearch #Career #LinkedIn


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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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Making The Most of Mentions

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Today we’re going to discuss how to use the ‘mention’ feature on LinkedIn.

  1. How to mention someone by just their first name
    The default for using this feature will include the person’s full name. You do this by using the @ symbol and then typing their name. A drop down box with their profile will appear. Simply click on them and it will show their full name (as seen below).

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But, what if you have a closer relationship to the person and want to mention them less formerly using only their first name? No problem! Simply backspace over the last name and hit delete.

2) Don’t abuse the mention! Not everyone appreciates being called out in this way. Only mention someone when it’s appropriate. If someone won an award and you want to congratulate them in the comments – “Great job Sam Smith!” for example, that’s probably fine. Just don’t get spammy and type in multiple names just to draw attention to your post or comment. Be strategic and thoughtful about what you post and who you mention. Avoid overuse or random mentions. Remember, when you mention someone, they now get notified of the likes and comments for that mention.

3) If you want to stop anyone from mentioning YOU, it’s easy. The directions below are if you’re on a laptop/desktop. Doing this on a smartphone, the steps are a little different. For IOS and Android users, the directions can be found here.

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Fall Job Search? Easy as Pie!

Businessman pumpkin pie character cartoonHalloween is over and we’re rushing towards Thanksgiving. There’s still time to land a sweet gig. Don’t neglect your job search!

Say Hello To Smart Replies

LinkedIn has taken the messaging feature and enhanced it with smart replies. Basically, these are suggested responses within a message. According to the LinkedIn official blog, ‘machine learning’ works its magic to “show you suggestions that are more contextual and relevant to the conversation you’re having. We’ll suggest at most three responses based on the message you’ve received.” If you like a response, simply click on it, hit enter, and it sends back the automated reply.”

You don’t have to choose their responses, but this feature can save you time and open up new conversation ideas you might not have otherwise thought to use. If you don’t want this feature, you can turn it off in settings. The default is set to on.

Seek Out Company Lists To Research & Target Companies

Are you applying to jobs online but not having any luck? Start looking for company lists. You’ll be surprised to discover companies you didn’t even know were in your area. In our city for example, the Sunday paper just came out with an in-depth article and list with profiles of the top 100 privately owned winning companies in the Rochester area. What a great resource! Study it, cross reference it with people you know, and use it to find out more about potential employers. Your local chamber of commerce may also have lists. And, don’t forget your local library. You don’t have to pay for a subscription to the paper. Our libraries carry the Rochester Business Journal weekly paper and Book of Lists. Both are a wealth of information about companies, organizations, executives and the latest business news.

Perpetual Job Searching

We know this is not everyone’s favorite thing to do. You may love your job. You may not even have a job search on your radar. Here’s the thing. You never know what could happen. You always want to be prepared for the worst case job scenario. We’re going to assume that you have your resume updated and ready to go (right?). Take this preparation one step further. Know what jobs are out there online in your field AT ALL TIMES. Why is this so important? Online job postings are full of clues. For example, let’s say you’re an Engineer and see an ad for Engineering role continually showing up at the same company every few months. On one hand – yes, they could be adding headcount. On the other, it could be a red flag of high turnover, a bad environment and a company you want to stay away from. If you haven’t been consistently looking at jobs online, you wouldn’t know that the same job was available again so soon. Knowledge is power! It only take five to ten minutes to search jobs weekly via Google. Get in there and type in “Engineer Rochester NY” or whatever your field is and look around.

Search Appearances

How do you know if your LinkedIn profile is optimized so employers and recruiters can find it? This can be a whole blog post itself. One way to check to see if you’re getting found for the right positions is to look at what keywords were used to find your profile. To do this, go to your profile and go to your dashboard.

See where it says Search Appearances? Click on that.

Here is one example (above). On your profile, do the terms line up with what kind of job you’re looking for? If not, your LinkedIn profile needs some work.

Please don’t give up on your job search this fourth quarter. There are still companies hiring before the end of the year. End 2017 on a strong note. Keep pushing!

Thank you for reading!

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A version of this post, by our Social Media Specialist, also appears on LinkedIn.

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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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