For our candidates, we strive to be a resource to you throughout your career. Whether you are looking to make a change now or in the future, we work 100% confidentially and will help you identify those companies where you will be valued, appropriately compensated, in an environment that also provides you with the ability to grow with the company long-term.

THE BEST WAY TO WORK WITH US

Career development is a serious process.  If you use an opportunity that we  present to you simply to “shop” or to try to establish your market value, you are doing yourself a disservice and wasting everyone’s time.  There are less risky and more cost-efficient ways to establish your worth.  In exploring a career opportunity with a Talent Connectors advisor, keep some important points in mind:

  • Be honest and share not only your career aspirations and values, but also any obstacles to consideration of an opportunity.
  • If you have concerns, tell us in a timely manner so that we can deal with them.
  • Provide a complete description of your work experience.
  • Promptly provide requested materials.
  • We know the client’s needs and culture, listen and respond to our advice and recommendations.
  • Provide us with solid professional references that know you and your work well; and
  • Be proactive; a call to us immediately following an interview, for instance, is an important part of success in the process.

RESUME TIPS

Full legal name, best personal phone number and email contact information, placed at the top of the first page of your resume. Make sure your personal email address is professional as well. If not, get a new one through Gmail or Yahoo.

It is not recommended that candidates place a “Career Objectives” on their resumes, as can appear too obvious and are often overlooked by the hiring authority. Instead, consider a “Summary Statement”.

Optional, though recommended, choosing a Summary Statement allows you to list your top skills and achievements that are either unique or not covered elsewhere on your resume.

Example: “CFO with over 15 years of experience with privately held companies and one Fortune 500 company. Over this period of time, a new ERP system was chosen and implemented, $50MM of bank credit was negotiated and through strategic discussions with the company’s CPA, obtained tax credits of over $2.5MM.  In my current role, I supervise 5 direct reports, including two plant managers and oversee a team of 55 people. Bilingual in Spanish and English.”

Other examples of accomplishments employers like seeing:
• Increased revenues
• Cost savings
• Increased efficiencies
• Increased sales
• Improved workplace safety
• Successful vendor negotiations
• New product line launches
• Improved record keeping process
• Successful marketing campaigns
• Increased productivity
• Effective budgeting

List each position held in reverse chronological order, dating back at least ten years. If you held multiple positions within the same company, list them all to show advancement and growth. The body of each position description should describe your responsibilities and accomplishments.

Include education (dates are not required if it has been more than 10 years since you completed college), professional training, affiliations/appointments, licenses, technical skills and languages.

Refrain from putting any personal information such as street address, marital status, date of birth and social security number.

Line up your references before you begin your new job search. Ideally you want to be able to provide two people who you worked under, two colleagues and if applicable, two people who you managed.  When you contact the people on your reference list you are not only informing them of the fact that you are looking but you provide them with some key points you want to emphasize and they remember when you worked together. Having references prepped in advance means you are ready at a moment’s notice when the recruiter needs to talk to them.

Lastly, ask at least one other person proofread your resume and cover letters/emails.  While they may seem insignificant, spelling and grammar mistakes reflect poorly on your attention to detail.

ONLINE IMAGE

In today’s world, one member of the hiring team will almost always look to the internet to gather information about potential hires. Below are some tips to make sure your online image is positive and professional:

  • Google: It is important to “Google yourself” to see what may have been written about you. While you may not be able to change what appears, you should be aware that potential employers will likely see this information so that you can be prepared to address those concerns in an interview.
  • LinkedIn: Update and double check that all your information is accurate, detailed and well presented. Whenever possible, ask for professional recommendations that can attest to your accomplishments at several points in your career. Join relevant groups in your niche. It’s good for networking and provides you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of what is taking place in your particular industry therefore facilitating better discussions during your interviews.

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