Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Best Places to Work in IT - 1

Article Title: The Best Places to Work in IT - 1
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://CareerAlley.com

" The secret of creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." Albert Einstein

As you've no doubt figured out by now, there is a list for everything. I'm not sure if it is just that the lists are more accessible via the Internet or if the Internet has inspired more lists (I'm sure it's a little of both). The IT list is provided by Computerworld.com and I will feature it on this blog a few times a month as I work through the list. What I found interesting about the list is that some of the best places for IT are in non-technology companies. Feels counter-intuitive, but what do I know? There is a whole bag full of criteria used (click here to see the entire process), like diversity, training, career development, retention and benefits to name a few. As with other lists, whether you are #1 or #100 does not matter, that you made the list at all is simply amazing given the thousands of companies out there.

  • USAA - Ranked at #1, with over 21,000 employees and 10% of them in IT, USAA is a financial services company and offers such things as labs for its IT employees to test ideas. Their career site is fairly simple – Find Jobs dominates the page (and why not) with links for Corporate Careers, Customer Contact Careers and other links at the bottom. There are links on the right hand side of the page for a company overview as well as additional resources for job seekers. There were 99 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. - This consulting company is ranked #2 and has 23,000 employees with 295 of them in IT. They hold regular seminars where their IT staff can exchange idea on emerging technologies with leading experts in the field. Their careers page has links on the left hand side of the page for Search, Featured Opportunities, Student Center and links to post your resume and profile. Center page is all about Booz Allen with career related links on the right hand side of the page. There were 1,068 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • JM Family Enterprises Inc. - #3 is this automotive company. Promising IT ideas are funded internally and regular meetings are held to brainstorm new technology. They have over 3,700 employees with 340 of them in IT. Their careers page provides a brief overview of the company with links to their companies, their work/life program, benefits and current job openings. There were 130 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • General Mills Inc. - Most of us have heard of General Mills which is ranked at #4 on this list. General Mills is best known for Betty Crocker, Häagen-Dazs, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso and Cheerios brands. Their career page has links on the left for Job Search, Campus Events, Explore Careers and more. The middle of the page has a general overview of products. Clicking on Explore Careers will list all of the job functions at the company. Click on Job Search to register on the site or select search openings at the bottom which will return a search engine. There were 133 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • University of Pennsylvania - Not a company at all (but definitely a place), but definitely well known and at the top of their list. Ranked at # 5. There are links on the left hand side for search for open positions, how to apply, benefits and more. The center of the page has similar links with Job Opportunities and then background on the University. Their are two choices – faculty (which I’m assuming you do not want) and staff positions. There were 350 staff job opportunities when I checked the site.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Best Companies to Work for - Vol 13

Article Title: The Best Companies to Work for - Vol 13
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://CareerAlley.com

"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof was to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools" - Douglas Adams

Competition. We were taught from a very young age that that's what it's all about (weren't we?). From our first sporting event (did you win or lose?) to your grades in school, to trying out for plays, sports, you name it -taking the SATs and getting into the best college (can you spell scholarship?). It was always about performance (as in being the best). But in the world that we all live in, very few people are at the best at everything, but being the best at even just one thing can sometimes make the difference. That is very much what the best companies are all about. They may not be the best in everything, but what they are best in makes all of the difference.

  • Build-A-Bear Workshop - Who wouldn’t want to work at the Build-A-Bear Workshop? Ranked at 80 on this years list(up from 94) , Build-A-Bear has over 6,000 employees globally but lost 150 jobs last year. Their career site has a few links on the left for View Opportunities, Benefits and Diversity. There are four choices in the middle of the page - Retail Locations, World Bearquarters (not a misprint), Distribution Center and Internship programs. You can search from each of these tabs for specific job opportunities but you can not search across the entire company.



  • Meridian Health - Ranked 79, Meridian has over 7,000 employees and hired 615 people last year. Their careers page has an overview center page with links on the left hand side for Search Jobs and links on company information. Click Career Opportunities to open their job search engine. Once you find your job, click for full details and apply directly from that page. There were 307 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • Mattel - This toymaker is number 78 on the list. They have over 30,000 employees (with 25,000 outside of the US). Their career site provides links to Jobs, Benefits, Diversity and Campus Recruiting at the top of the page. They provide a direct email address for those needing assistance in contacting them for a job. Center page is a company overview. Clicking on Search Job Listings links to a career center where post your resume, update your resume, review jobs applied for and sign up for a job alert. A quick search returned 334 job openings.



  • Baker Donelson - A law firm, Baker is ranked 77 on this year's list. They are a small company, and their careers site is fairly simple with sections for Law Students, Lateral Attorneys and Professional Staff. Click the category that pertains to you. Once you click, you will see a full page with an overall description and additional links on the left hand side of the page. Click "Open Positions" to see current job openings.



  • Balfour Beatty Construction - Ranked at 76, Balfour is a small construction company. Their careers page has quite a few related links on the left hand side of the page. Center page is a company overview, followed by next steps, what to expect and top 10 reasons to work at Balfour. Click job search on the left hand side of the page to see current open positions. You can also join their career center.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Make Your Resume Hiring Manager-Friendly: Focus On Convenience

Article Title: Make Your Resume Hiring Manager-Friendly: Focus On Convenience
Author Byline: Cathy Eng, CARW, Owner of Resume Rocketeer, Inc.
Author Website: http://www.resumerocketeer.com

When it comes to sending resumes to potential employers, convenience is of the utmost importance. It is true that hiring managers typically spend 10 to 30 seconds scanning a resume for relevant information. Making it easy for employers to find vital information may make the difference between you and another equally qualified job seeker.

Whether they are are searching for relevant experience or looking for an easy way to contact you, they should not have to dig through your resume to find what they are looking for. Here are some tips for making it easy for employers to find information on your resume:

- Keywords, keywords, keywords. Most medium and large employers use applicant tracking systems to sift through and find job seekers that meet their needs. Using specific words in your resume will help you get noticed. To know what keywords to use, look carefully through the job posting for hard skills (e.g. computer softwares) and soft skills (e.g. customer service abilities) that the employer is specifically looking for.

- Trash the objective. Employers are not concerned with what you want, but what you can do for them. Instead, make it easy for them to know your skills by presenting a quick summary of qualifications that covers your best skills and experiences. A common title for this section is "Summary of Qualifications".

- Make your dates of employment easy to find. If they need a candidate with at least 10 years of accounting experience, make that information stand out from the text – literally. You can even state in your introduction, “Accounting professional with more than 10 years of experience…” You can also make your employment dates right-justified, which makes the dates stand out among the other text.

- Make accomplishments stand out by bolding them. If you saved your last company money or improved efficiency, be proud and make it stand out! For example, bold the sentence, "Saved more than $50,000 annually by outsourcing customer service operations." These words will pop out at a hiring manager who is looking for proof that you are qualified for the job.

- Make your email easy and professional. Specifically if your resume is in print, employers do not want to send an email to snowbunny97394@email.com. Choose an email that is some variation on your name and has as few numbers as possible so it is easy to transfer correctly into the “To” field of an email. It is also important to present a professional sounding email to match a professional image.

Don’t hide your qualifications in your resume; it will just end up in the trash. Try to look at it through an employer’s eyes. Write down several up-front qualities you would look for if you were the hiring manager for your potential position. Then look at your resume. Do you meet those expectations? If not, perhaps it is time for a resume makeover.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Forbes article - The Companies Hiring The Most Right Now

Here is a recent article from Forbes Magazine about the midsize companies with the greatest number of job openings listed at the moment. Perficient makes the list at #10.

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Best Companies to Work for - Vol 8

Article Title: The Best Companies to Work for - Vol 8
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://CareerAlley.com

"I can't complain but sometimes I still do. Life's been good to me so far" - Joe Walsh

It's human nature to complain. Some people are really good at always seeing the positive side of things while others are always thinking that every silver lining has a cloud. Most of us fall smack in the middle. So when was the last time you complained about the company you work for? Would your view of your company change if you were out of work (and a job was available at your company)? We all do it (complain about our companies that is). So what would you change at your company to make it a great place to work? That is a little bit about why the "best companies to work for" are on the list (and many of them show up on the list year after year). So the next time you have something negative to say about your company, think about what would make it better and put it in the suggestion box.

  • Container Store - Number 36 on the list, the Container Store has been on the Best list for 11 years in a row and while they decreased staff by 9% last year, they are hiring again this year. Their main careers page is mostly a company overview with a number of informational links on the right-hand side (Navigate Your Career) and a link to their Career Center is at the bottom of this list. From the Career Center, you can register, view current job openings, post your resume and keep track of your job submissions. Select "View Positions" to link to search page which is divided by job type (Stores, Distribution Center, Home Office and Customer Solutions). There were lots of new jobs when I checked the site.



  • Aflac - Ranked 37 and also in their 11th year on the list (down from 26), I'm sure the first thing you think of is the duck from the commercial (and if you haven't seen it I don't know where you've been hiding). This insurer is based in Georgia and has almost 4,400 employees (down from last year). Their career site has a series of career related links on the left hand side of the page with "Search for Job Opportunities" and "College Recruiting center page. From "Search for Job Opportunities" you can create a profile, save searches, manage your job submissions, register and, of course, search jobs.



  • Scooter Store - Not on the list last year, Scooter is ranked 38 on this year's list. According to their website, Scooter is "America's leading supplier of scooters and power chairs for people with limited mobility". Their careers page is well done, with links at the top of the page for related sites followed by an excellent overview of the company. A careers overview is center page, and you can click on Search Jobs from the top of the page or on the left hand side of the page. You can join the careers site or just search for jobs. There were approximately 60 job opportunities when I checked the page.



  • TDIndustries - Ranked 39, this company is a construction company and is based in Dallas, Texas. Jobs increased by 7% last year and now stands slightly below 1,600 employees. Their careers page improved quite a bit from last year and has an excellent overview center page. There are links on the left hand side of the page for related topics. Click on “Job Openings” from the left hand side of the page to link to the job search page (last year there was no search function. There were 17 job openings as of mid-January.



  • Scripps Health - Up from Number 59 on last year's list, Scripps has over 11,000 employees and hired over 1,300 people last year (amazing). Their career site offers information on the company as well as specific information on a number of health care related fields. There are related links on the left hand side of the page as well as "Hot Careers" center page. Click search jobs to link to the log on page, where you can register and post your resume. The bottom left hand side of the page has a “search openings” link. There were over 302 job opportunities when I checked the site.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Recruiting is a Matter of Perspective

I saw this excellent article on Boolean Black Belt recently and could not agree more. Recruiters need to look at our role through other's perspectives. Recruiting through Social Media is not the end all solution to sourcing. And hiring managers need to know that there are other companies recruiting the same people and that candidates have options.
Recruiting is a Matter of Perspective

Friday, July 23, 2010

Searching for Jobs at the Best Companies to Work For - Vol 4

Article Title: Searching for Jobs at the Best Companies to Work For - Vol 4
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://CareerAlley.com

"Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit". - Frank Borman

In the "early days" (after the invention of electricity but before Personal Computers), there were all of these "perks" that were available to those lucky enough to find the right employer. I remember one of my early jobs working on the trading floor of a (then) major financial institution in NY (don't worry, they didn't actually let me do any trading) when I learned that there was free breakfast, lunch and snacks for the Traders and everyone working on the trading floor. I thought this was the best thing in the world, how neat was that? Being young, green and naive, what else would you expect? But what is "best" to some is not to others and that is what makes the "best companies" list so interesting. What is the one thing your employer could provide that would make you happy in your job? Is it the ability to telecommute or Gym discounts? Not sure? You can use the "Perk Finder" on Fortune's website to narrow down your best company (or maybe you already know the answer).

  • NuStar Energy - 21 on the list (up from 44 last year), NuStar is a pipeline operator and refinery (a spin-off of Valero). The career site has some information on the company center page and a link to job openings. From the job openings page, you must click again to get to the real job openings page. You can browse current openings and post your resume to the site. There were 21 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • Johnson Financial Group – Based in Wisconsin, this company is a financial services firm with 63 locations. and is ranked 22 on the list (up from 25 last year). Their careers page has a brief summary overview and you must click on Enter Site to get to the main careers page. Once there, click on Search and Apply to create a job search agent and register on the site. You can view all jobs or select based on criteria. There were 15 job opportunities posted when I did a simple search.



  • Umpqua Bank - Number 23 on this year’s list, Umpqua is a financial services firm (if you've not already guessed). Their main careers page has company information in the center of the page with links to Culture, Perks and Current Openings. Their opportunities page allows registration with resume posting as well as a job search function. Click Search Career Opportunities to use their job search engine. When I checked there were 129 job opportunities across a few states, from junior jobs to senior jobs. Clicking on a job displays the job description and a “submit your application” link.



  • Goldman Sachs Group - Ranked 24 on this year’s list, Goldman is much in the news and back to earning large profits. Their main career page is pretty impressive. Several tabs at the top for Careers, the Firm, Begin and Search, click Begin to (you guessed it) begin. More tabs on this page, with Key Dates, Unique Positions, Apply Now, Recruiting Events and Summer Intern Toolkit, plan to spend a fair amount of time surfing this site.



  • Novo Nordisk - A Danish diabetes-treatment company with over 26,000 employees globally and ranked 25 on the list. Their main career page offers information on the company (center page) and a number of job search resources, including Career Paths, Culture, Opportunities and Search Jobs on the left hand side of the page. Click on Search Jobs to link to the page where you can search for job openings, log on or add your profile (and upload your resume). You can also paste your resume and have the search function check for opportunities against your resume. There were 59 opportunities when I checked.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thousands of Jobs in Technology

Article Title: Thousands of Jobs in Technology
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://Careeralley.com

Nobody will ever need more than 640k RAM!” – Bill Gates, 1981

Technology is defined as "the practical application of knowledge especially in a particular area" according to Merriam-Webster's dictionary. So state of the art technology in the early 1970's were floppy disks, LCDs, VCRs and Pong all while we were watching Star Trek (yes, the original) with their "wireless" communicators that was true science fiction. So here we are, 40 years later with our own "communicators" (aka - Smartphones) that make the Star Trek versions look like ancient stone age tools.

Okay, I went off on a tangent. Today's post is all about finding jobs in Technology and yes, there are thousands of them. From Tech companies to Tech search engines, the following links should help you in your search for a new job.

Job Search Boards:

  • Computerjobs.com - A great place to start if you are looking for a tech job. The site leads with a simple search bos There are several links at the top for Login, Register and Options (job downloads and Recruiter Directory). The right-hand side of the page allows search by popular job locations followed by a specialized search by job skill. Overall, the site is very well done. They’ve managed to get all of the key links for their site on the main page without overcrowding and with easy user interface. There were over 8,400 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • TechCareers.com - "IT Jobs, Engineering Jobs and Career Resources for IT and Engineering Professionals" is the tag line for this site. Links at the top of the page for Search Jobs, Post Resume, Articles and Blogs and more. There is a simple search box at the top of the page along with a button for advanced job search. Right hand side of the page lists featured companies. Speaking of technology, you can also download an iPhone app for this site. Center page are links for Career Profiles, Hiring Reports and Job Search Tips. There were over 134,000 job opportunities when I checked the site (this is not a typo).



  • Dice.com - The Career Hub for Tech Insiders. I'm sure that most of you have heard of this site. A busy site but with lots of great information and links, the main page has tabs at the top for Search Jobs, Career News and Job Showcase. This is followed by a search box on the left hand side of the screen followed by sections for browsing jobs by location or skill set. Featured companies are listed on the right hand side of the page. There were over 69,500 job opportunities when I checked the site.


Technology Companies:

  • Hewlett-Packard – HP is well known for its printers, computers (number1), medical equipment and recently announced their acquisition of Palm. Their career site has an overview on the left hand side with "Find your Fit" on the right hand side of the page. Links include Search Jobs, Submit your profile and working at HP. There were over 6,700 job opportunities when I checked (seems high, but I did say thousands of jobs).



  • Apple - iPod, iPhone, iTouch, Mac Computers and of course the new iPad. Apple's career site is everything you would expect from Apple. Crisp, clean and easy. There are a few overview words on the main page, but you can go right to the "Start your search" center right page or top right page. Clicking through, you have a choice of retail jobs (in one of their stores) or a job in Corporate. There were over 1,100 job opportunities in Corporate when I checked the site.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Who's Hiring from the Fortune 1000 - Vol 1

Article Title: Who's Hiring from the Fortune 1000 - Vol 1
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://Careeralley.com

"Always look on the bright side of life" - Eric Idle

Remember as a kid when every three day holiday weekend the local radio station would countdown the "1000 greatest hits of the (decade, century, millennium, blah blah) "? And you would listen over the weekend, hoping not to miss the number one hit? I remember one weekend where I actually tried to tape the entire thing (sad but true).

Well it's that time again, but these hits are jobs from the Fortune 1000. This is the 3rd time that I've covered jobs from the latest Fortune list of the year, but with this newest list I've decided to start from the bottom and work our way up. Different view, different perspective and it only gets better as we get closer to the top. Remember, applying for a job directly from a company's website has a much better chance of success.

  • Career Education - Ranked at 1,000, down from 940 last year but still on the list (last one), Career Education is an educational services company. Their careers page has tabs at the top for Employment Listings, Academic Careers, Admissions Careers and Corporate Careers. Center page provides an overview of the company. Click on Employment Listings to see the search engine where you can search by job type or can enter your own information. There were over 100 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • MGIC Investment - This company is in the private mortgage insurance business. Their careers page is really hard to find, but once you do (use the link at the start of this paragraph), you will see a center section which provides a company overview and then dives right into the topic. There is an email address for submitting your resume, or click "employment opportunities" to see the job listings.



  • Sanderson Farms - A food producer and ranked 998, Sanderson's careers site has tabs at the top for Open Positions, Trainee Programs, Students and more. The left hand side of the page has some videos you can watch followed by a section for submitting your resume. Click on Open Positions to see the search engine. You can select a position type or location to see open positions.



  • Administaff - According to their website, Administaff is "the nation's leading professional employer organization" and is ranked 997 on the list. Their careers page has links on the left hand side of the page for Corporate Opportunities and Resume & Interview Tips. Below this is a box for "Search All Jobs". There are tabs center page for Search Our Careers, Create a Profile and Career Center. There were 601 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • Tellabs - 996 on the list, Tellabs has over 3,100 employees and provides products and services to the communications industry. Their Careers page has an overview center page with links to Careers, Events and more on the left hand side of the screen. The right hand side of the screen allows you to select careers by region. Leveraging their job search engine, there were 131 job opportunities when I checked the site.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

"Follow the rule candidates" - How you find them, or do you?

Article Title: Ron Cottick, Author
Author Byline: "Follow the rule candidates" - How you find them, or do you?
Author Website: http://informationexchangegroup.com

“Follow the rule candidates” – How you find them, or do you?

There is this candidate who sees your job posted and is asked to apply directly online for the position. The profile information they provide, their cover letter if they have one and their resume end up in your database and flagged as an applicant to your position. This could happen in a corporate or non-corporate scenario.

You may get an email alert that you have an applicant, maybe not. In my corporate recruiting experience I did not. I had to go looking for any applicants who applied. It was also a user un-friendly experience that took more time for me to do than me just going out and finding candidates myself through other means. Not the candidates fault but the fault of a feature rich database system that was so feature rich it created more work to utilize it than the advantage of having it.

Ever been there where the best tools provided to you were sold to your management on how good they were but in real world practice they forgot to KIS (Did you see that coming?) And, could it be that management maybe a little out of touch with what it takes today to get results?

I had recruiting support when I worked corporate recruiting and I would ask my recruiters if they searched our corporate database. Surprising, almost everyone said they did not. When I asked why, they said that is was so user un-friendly and required so much time to do an effective search that they used other sources and felt they were getting better results. One of the most predominant comments made to me were that the key word search (Boolean or otherwise) parameters were returning weak results and they felt that a lot of good talent was being overlooked. And this was from a high end database that cost big bucks. Let’s see now, feature rich, high end, big bucks and low utilization with miserable results.

Another element from the candidate side is the difficulty of applying online and the stigma of doing it. You may have heard comments such as “I never hear back from anyone”, “I never received an email acknowledging receipt of my application”, “I was required to enter too much personal non-relevant information”, etc. Candidates are not always interested in satisfying EEOC requirements answering those kinds of questions on online applications. Companies seem to want to capture as much information as possible but are inadvertently discouraging candidates from doing online applications.

How does that happen? Well I get back to KIS. I believe that some of the designers of said systems lose site of the practicality of use in the real world. When this happens you get loss of efficiency in a system that was supposed to promote efficiency. The mind set is also to capture all sorts of information for tracking purposes, satisfy requirements, etc, etc. To me, the good out of this could be that is we are forced more into a proactive mode than a reactive mode. Being proactive will sharpen the search skills, push us into new technique and push us to seek out the best of the best who may not apply for positions online. Social networking is an excellent example. If corporate databases worked well, and some may, you could effectively cover both the reactive and proactive environments and enhance the results.

One’s ability to focus on the need, effectively use the tools provided to them, keep their eye on the ball and cut through the fluff trying to KIS, I believe, will result in a greater outcome. I also believe working the reactive side of the equation will result in finding the best “Follow the rule candidates” and working the proactive side will result in finding the best “outside the rule” candidates. Proactive, reactive, can you think of a better integrated candidate pool to swim in?

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Monday, June 7, 2010

It's still about the jobs

Friday's stock market slaughter came at the hands of the disappointing jobs report. It seems that any time we start to get encouraged we forget that we have many jobs to replace and until that happens, our economy will struggle. And if European debt continues to rise like here in the U.S., all we need is for China to call in their debt for us to go to war yet again.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

From Mired to Hired: Another Guerrilla Job Search Success

Article Title: From Mired to Hired: Another Guerrilla Job Search Success
Author Byline: Kevin Donlin
Author Website: http://fafea0qa42ea7wdakjjj3vcr9f.hop.clickbank.net/?tid=BLG121809

You might think there's never been a worse time to look for work in the traditional job market, with unemployment at 10.4% and no relief in sight.

But you would be only half right.

While there's never been a worse time for traditional job-search methods, "Guerrilla" job hunters are enjoying consistent success -- even in today's awful economy.

Why?

Because Guerrillas choose not to participate in the recession.

To illustrate, here's a recent story from our client files: Steve Cobain, from Pittsburgh, Penn.

Cobain was laid off as a financial services executive in December 2008, after which, he followed the standard advice given by a well-known outplacement firm. "They introduced me to the 'new age' of job search, which was mainly Internet-based. It focused on getting a resume out, playing a numbers game, going through advertised positions. And it was a very frustrating process," he says.

How frustrating?

"In nine months, I looked on all the employment web sites, responded to 400 advertised openings and sent out about 1,500 resumes by email," says Cobain. "That produced four job interviews and no offers."

Frustrating, yes. And all too-common. Repeat after me: If you do what everyone else is doing to look for work, you'll get results like everyone else is getting.

And everyone else is taking 29.7 weeks -- about 7 months -- to find a job, according to February 2010 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which tracks the average length of unemployment.

So, Cobain changed his job-search strategy and decided to "go Guerrilla" in December 2009, one year after being displaced.

He did five things differently. And he got six job offers in only six weeks. He's now working again.

Want to know what he did?

1) Write a job shopping list

Most people take the "blind archery" approach to job hunting: They think, if they respond to enough postings and fire off enough resumes, they'll hit the target eventually.

That's what Cobain was taught in outplacement. But 1,500 resumes later, he had nothing to show for it.

Guerrillas know better. They create a targeted list of 10-20 employers, then go after them systematically.

What, you say? Your ideal employer isn't hiring? Doesn't matter.

Because the one-word antidote to a hiring freeze is "attrition."

Guerrillas know that companies lose workers every day, week, or month, through resignations, death, or layoffs. By focusing their efforts on a shortlist of employers, Guerrillas contact hiring managers enough times to stay top of mind until a position opens up or is created for them.

2) Create a Guerrilla Resume

Ordinary black-and-white resumes, no matter how well-written, get ordinary results.

Guerrilla Resumes, using color graphics and logos, along with short quotes from past clients or managers, get extraordinary results, as Cobain found.

"Virtually everybody commented on the creativity of the Guerrilla Resume," he says. "I had several people tell me that, instead of the position I was interviewing for, they should hire me into their marketing or PR group."

3) Tell your network how to help

Guerrillas know that people in your network will help you, if tell them exactly what to do.

Cobain got job leads for several weeks after sending a "chain email" to friends and past co-workers that said, in effect, "Here are the 10 employers I want to work for. Who do you know that I should be talking to there? And could you please forward this email to 10 other people?"

4) Get names of hiring managers

Cobain used online tools like LinkedIn and Zoominfo to find the names of executives who could either hire him for an unadvertised position or create one for him.

In most cases, they were VPs or CEOs at his target employers. In no cases where they HR people. Because hiring managers give orders on when and how to create jobs. HR managers only follow those orders.

5) Contact hiring managers, Guerrilla-style

Cobain used the Guerrilla "Coffee Cup Caper" with excellent results.

He inserted his Guerrilla Resume in a coffee cup, wrote a cover letter asking to meet for coffee, then sent all three in a box addressed by name to the hiring manager.

"I had numerous comments congratulating me on the creativity about how my resume arrived," says Cobain. "Several people asked: 'How did you find me? I usually don't get resumes. How did you know I was the person you needed to come to?'"

So, what were the final results?

Cobain's Guerrilla job search produced eight interviews, six offers, and a new job as a VP close to his Pittsburgh home -- in six weeks. He started work on February 22, 2010.

Now, go out and make your own luck.

Kevin Donlin is co-author of Guerrilla Resumes. Since 1996, he has provided job-search help to more than 20,000 people. Author of 3 books, Kevin has been interviewed by The New York Times, USA Today, Fox News, CBS Radio and others.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Who's Hiring from the Fortune 500 - Vol 15

Article Title: Who's Hiring from the Fortune 500 - Vol 15
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://Careeralley.com

"Money don't get everything it's true. What it don't get I can't use." - from the song "Money" by Barrett Strong and performed by The Beatles

Now I'm not trying to say that business is only about money, but let's face it, business is about money. Number one on the list in 1955 was General Motors and Chrysler was number 6 (how times have changed). The basis for the Fortune 500 list is Gross Revenue (which does not necessarily mean profit), but it is about money.

That being said, companies on the Fortune 500 list are generally the largest and best known companies and if you want to work for a large, well known company this is the place to start. This series is the most popular on CareerAlley and after a brief break, this post picks up where we left off. The companies in today's post range from beverages to financial services to agriculture. There were 589 job opportunities across the companies listed below.

  • Coca-Cola - Number 73 on this year's list, and there is no need for me to tell you about this company. The world’s largest beverage maker is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia but of course has locations all over the world. The main page of their career site leads with a brief “why you want to work here” mission statement followed by a map of the world where you will need to click where you want to work. The left hand side of the page has links to a company overview, career opportunities and email alerts. The right hand side of the page has a link to Internships in North America (among other links). Click on your location to link to a careers page for your region and click Go to link to a job search tool. As with other company sites, you can register and post your resume. There were 162 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • American Express - Known for their Credit Card and Travel Related Services businesses and ranked number 74 on this year's list, American Express' first page to of the career site provides excellent choices regarding company background, career information and what it is like to work at the company. There are tabs at the top for Search Jobs, Working at American Express, Campus Recruiting and more. You must select jobs in the US versus jobs outside the US. There were 146 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • DuPont - Ranked at number 75 on the list, Dupont "offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel" according to their website. Their career center page is well done with links to Recruitment, Jobs by Region, Career Paths and University Recruiting center page. You can select Industry from the top left hand side of the page. Click Jobs by Region to search for jobs. You must search by region and by Experienced Hires versus entry level. There were 48 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • New York Life Insurance - You guessed it, Life Insurance! NY Life is ranked 76 on the list and also provides Mutual Funds and Investment Annuities (among other things). Their careers page is well organized, with links to Campus Candidates & Recent Grads and Experienced Professionals. The right hand side of the page has links for a company overview, diversity and Search All Jobs. There were 119 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • Aetna - Health Care and Insurance Company Aetna was ranked number 77 on this year's list. Their career page (another well done page) has an overview center page followed by sections for Experienced Hires and Students and Recent Grads. There are quite a few related links bottom center page. There are a number of useful links on the left hand side of the page with links to a number of career related links (such as how to apply, student programs and more). There were 114 career opportunities when I checked the site (covered by careerbuilder.com)


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

H1B Restrictions on Staffing Companies are Bad News

This report was released in February, but remains an important issue to the IT industry as companies plan to increase IT investment and hence IT jobs. The H1B restrictions for consulting and staffing firms will adversely affect hiring plans and potentially slow our recovery efforts. This is especially true for smaller and younger staffing companies. The fallout from this new policy will be fewer start-up companies and more jobs sent off-shore.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Best Job Search Sites

Article Title: Job Search - The Best Job Search Sites - Vol 1
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://Careeralley.com

j0365161Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Like many of my posts, today's is about being the best. We've done "the best companies to work for" and numerous other "best" lists. As with most of these lists, much of being rated the best is subject to the person writing the list or the criteria used to "rank" the pool of participants. Likewise, much about being the best you can at any one thing is subject to opinion. What we can say about ourselves which can't be disputed is that we try the best we can, and that is the best we can do (no pun intended). So, as Ralph Waldo Emerson says, above -"Make the Best of Yourself".

With the year drawing to a close, I thought I would make my own "best" list. I did not use any specific criteria other than my own observations about those Job Search Sites which I feel add the most value for their "specialty". Since there are so many great sites out there, I will do this over several posts in the next few weeks. Again, no specific order to my list other than I think they add great value and will help you in your search, whatever that might be.

General Interest Job Advice - These sites offer a broad range of advice and have been my favorites for some time now.

  • JobMob - The site's motto - "All together now" says it all. The site is about bringing together job seekers with those who have the jobs. The site is filled with tips, events, books, articles and more. To get a feel for what you will experience, take a look at the post "The Best of JobMob in 2009", which provides links to articles on a broad range of job resource topics (way too many to list here). There are a number of ways you can stay connected to JobMob (email, RSS, Twitter, etc.). There are 4 tabs at the top right hand side of the page - Home (main page), Archive, About and Best Of. This site is in my top 10 and it should be in yours as well.



  • Spin Strategy - Another top 10 blog site for me, the articles are simply amazing. Left hand side of the page tells you what it's all about. There is a free E-Book ("30 Ideas. The Ideas of Successful Job Search."), numerous ways to follow, a link to the website (you must visit this) and a list of recent posts. Right hand side has the top 10 posts, categories and more. Okay, now to the website - Spinstrategy.com - Tools, downloads and a link back to the blog. What more can I say, visit the site.


Job Search Resources - These sites are jam packed with topic specific resources that will help you jump start your search.

  • The Riley Guide - "Providing free career and employment information since February 1994." is the tag line for this site. Seeing is believing, and you really must visit this site. The left hand side of the page has everything you need to get to the part of the site that best serves your needs. "Navigating the Guide" provides a list of the major sections of the guide. The middle of the site has links to what's new, as well as the links that are on the left hand side of the page. This is then followed by a few comments on the site by career experts. This site contains an amazing number of resources.



  • QuintCareers.com - "Your Job Search Starts Here" is the tag line for this site. Tons of resources, with the main page jam packed with an amazing amount of information. At the top of the page are links that will guide you to where you need to go (Student, Job Seeker, Career Changer and more). Left side of the page is filled with a long list of links to resources (career toolkit, samples, resumes and so much more). Center page starts with a search bar for job search followed by tools. Right hand side of the page Hot Resources, Free Books and more. You can spend days here getting all of the information you need for your job search.


Lists of Job Search Resources - These sites provide lists of other job search sites and are a great resource for building your list of where to look next.

  • Employmentwebsites.org - "The Sources of Success" (can't get away from these tag lines!). A list that must be a mile long, you can browse alphabetically or by Industry/Area. There are job sites, search sites, company sites and more. If you search by Industry/Area, the list on the left hand side has the industries (as well as functional job categories) while the right hand side has the area (country, state, etc.). But that is not all, the top of the page has additional links for research, Tips and more.



  • General Job Listing Sites - This list is provided by job-hunt.org and is another list that will help you make your list. Center page starts the list, which is diverse and not as long as the list mentioned above. However, there is quite a bit on this page as well, with the left hand side of the page listing a very long list of resources (like Getting Started, Career Resources and more).


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Employment outlook - U.S. versus India

As the economy shows signs of a rebound, positive employment numbers will hopefully not be far behind. Employment is still the ultimate benchmark to follow since people without jobs obviously spend less, and so on and so on... According to this report, India, Brazil, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Peru and Australia posted the strongest hiring outlooks. While U.S. employers plan to remain flat in the near future. But in looking at India in particular, IT hiring is strong enough that they are returning to the days of competing for workers and fighting voluntary attrition again. India did not experience the IT job cuts until long after we saw them here in the U.S., and now their recovery is years ahead of us. And based on their business model and major U.S. corporations sending still more work there, I think the only IT jobs we will see returning to that level of demand will be for new technologies and niche skills

Saturday, March 6, 2010

6 Great Tips for Improving Your Resume’s Format

Article Title: 6 Great Tips for Improving Your Resume’s Format
Author Byline: Jessica Holbrook is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, and presenter.
Author Website: http://www.greatresumesfast.com

Your resume format is quite possibly one of the most important points of your resume. I say this because it is the very first thing a recruiter or employer sees. Therefore, it is your first impression and as first impressions go it should be a strong, positive one.

Lousy and hard to read formats will not do you justice. In fact, you will be lucky if your resume gets a second glance never mind an in-depth review. You can pretty much count on it going straight to the trash. In these tough times resumes are weeded out by the hundreds and it only takes one small thing to get your resume sent to the NO pile.

1. Choose a format that is attractive to the eye, something that engages the reader and one that is very easy to read.

2. Choose a font that the hiring manager can actually read. Nothing really fancy but choose something creative and not boring.

3. Create your resume layout in a way that looks structured, and uses up the most space without seeming overcrowded. This isn’t a college term paper so you won’t need 1 inch margins. Try something smaller, the less white space and the more structured your format the better it will seem to the reader.

4. On titles, employment dates, and company names change up the lines so one is bold, the other is italics. The difference will draw attention.

5. Use bullet points, but not too many. Everything in moderation. Try changing it up with a paragraph format then bullets beneath it.

6. Review samples of professionally written resumes and take clues from them. By all means do not copy them but you will see similarities in style then apply what you like.

If you are not a Microsoft Word whiz, and know absolutely nothing about resume formatting, margins, fonts, bullets, spacing, justifications and more don’t fret, there are professionals out there who do this for a living.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Headhunters and Recruiters Revisited Vol III

Article Title: Headhunters and Recruiters Revisited Vol III
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com

Uncle Sam"I get up at seven, yeah, And I go to work at nine. I got no time for livin', Yes, I'm workin' all the time." Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson

So who is your agent? No, I'm not talking about movies, TV or stage, I'm talking about your recruiting agent (and not the US Army, although that's always a thought). Your recruiter, and you should have more than one, is your agent. These are the people who will represent you, help get you into the right companies and help get you interviews for the right job.

Why is this you say? Most recruiters have been in the business for years. They have connections with companies where they have successfully placed people as well as good connections with the people they placed. While they don't have all of the jobs, they do have a significant chunk (and occasionally these jobs are not posted elsewhere). I work with recruiters all of the time and have been on both sides of the job market (hiring and looking to be employed). The good ones are really good at selling you as a candidate. Are you the only candidate they are sending to any one job? The answer is a big NO, but once your resume is submitted it is really up to your background, the quality of your resume and your ability to sell yourself for the job.

Today's post is a listing of recruiters. You should work with more than one (but not hundreds). Find the recruiters that either specialize in your industry or recruit for companies that interest you.

  • Alden & Associates, Inc. – This firm specializes in executive recruiting for Higher Education. Although located in Massachusetts, prior searches cover many locations (which is true for many recruiters). Clicking on Exective Search will take you to a page that shows their current searches as well as targeted searches for Athletic Administrators, Senior Administrators and Head Coaches. Applying for a specific position will bring up a screen to enter the appropriate information. If you don’t see specific positions to apply to, forward your resume (with a cover letter).



  • Edgelink – Specializing in direct hire and contract staffing for Technology, Edgelink’s site has a number of resources for the job seeker. There is a blog (link is at the top right-hand side of the page) and there is a link to “About Edgelink” which has links to a number of resources. Clicking on “For Candidates” will open a page that allows a search of current assignments, “submit resume” and candidate login. As with all of these sites, best bet is to search jobs first and apply if appropriate, otherwise use the “submit resume” link.



  • Butterfass, Pepe & MacCallan – This firm specializes in Financial Services, the hardest hit industry (so far) in the current recession. Main page offers information on the company, services offered, industry links and “submit resume”. You can also forward your resume via em from the contact page (although I would recommend the “submit resume” function).



  • Medical Executive Search Associates, Inc (MESA) – Based in Arizona, MESA has been in business for over 20 years and specializes in the Medical Industry. Click on “Candidates” from the main page, fill out the form (don’t forget to click the “send your resume” link on the right-hand side of the form). Although the first page has key contact information, there is no indication of previous placements on the website.



  • Leathwaite International - Leathwaite is an executive search firm that covers a broad range of professions (corporate services, finance, HR, Internal Audit, etc.), sectors (Asset Management, Investment Banking, etc.) and countries. Their website is a little strange, but click on Contact Us to get their address and telephone number.



  • Abacus Group - The Abacus Group is a professional recruiting firm. Their main page has several tabs across the top (About Us, Candidates, Current Positions, etc.). You can take a look at their current positions, search by temporary/permanent and submit a resume. Their search results page allows sorting by each column. The candidates page provides detail on the services provided, a link to their current positions and a list of the industries they cover.



  • BAMM Inc. - BAMM is a professional staffing company that focuses on the Information Technology, Engineering, Financial, and Medical Fields. Clicking on the "Careers" tab takes you to a page where you can search for current openings. You can apply directly (if you find a match) or register for their site.



  • Crist/Kolder Associates - Crist/Kolder focuses on "c-level" positions. From their main page you can follow the links to their team, their approach and the industries they cover. Clicking on "Contact Us" provides several methods for getting in touch with them (mail, email and phone).


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Michigan Unemployment rate falls

Unemployment has dropped in Michigan for the third straight month. We have a looooooong way to go, but maybe we're finally going in the right direction. I dunno, the long term prognosis still requires some redefinition of our overall industry. Otherwise the only reason unemployment will fall to "acceptable" levels will be because people are leaving the State in general.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Who is Hiring from the Fortune 500 Vol VII

Article Title: Who is Hiring from the Fortune 500 Vol VII
Author Byline: CareerAlley
Author Website: http://careeralley.com

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"My son is now an 'entrepreneur.' That's what you're called when you don't have a job." - Ted Turner

Okay, so I've taken for granted that everyone knows what the Fortune 500 is, so just to clarify I thought I would give a brief definition. According to Wikipedia, the Fortune 500 is "an annual list compiled and published by Fortune magazine that ranks the top 500 U.S. closely held and public corporations as ranked by their gross revenue after adjustments made by Fortune to exclude the impact of excise taxes companies collect. The list includes publicly and privately-held companies for which revenues are publicly available. The first Fortune 500 list was published in 1955."

Just to be clear, these companies are ranked by revenue and, for those non-financial people among us, that does not always mean profit. This year's list has changed quite a bit (mostly in financial services) due to mergers and failures. That being said, the Fortune 500 is typically representative of some of the best (and largest) companies in the US. What better place to focus your job search? As an example, the companies listed in this post collectively have well over 1,000 career opportunities globally.

  • Wellpoint - The largest health insurer in the US, Wellpoint is ranked 32 on the list. Their career page has a number of links at the top for Your Area of Talent, Search Jobs, Recruiting Events and more. The center of the page has a job search section where you can search with a number of filters. To the right of this is a listing of Hot Opportunities (you can click on any of these opportunities to see the detail). You can also click on the advanced search function. Once you've clicked through to the job search section, you can see a number of additional links on the left hand side of the page for a number of functional areas. Click on the functional area of your choice to get an overview page. At the bottom of the overview page is a link to job opportunities specific to that function. There were 162 job opportunities when I checked the site.



  • Dell - The computer retailing giant has global presence and is ranked 33 on the list. From the main career page, select your country to access the career opportunities page. This page lists quite a few options down the left-hand side (Job Search, Event Calendar, Student Programs and a number of informational links). Click on "Job Search" to submit your resume, create your profile, register and conduct a job search for your country. Their advanced search function provides a large number of options for narrowing your search. Searching on the US yields 385 job opportunities.



  • Boeing – Ranked at 34 on this year’s list, Boeing covers a broad range of products within aerospace and their career opportunities are fairly broad. Their stock price has seen some bad times lately with the delay in their latest aircraft, but should hopefully pick-up as they deliver. Their careers page leads with a good company overview and why you would want to work there, followed by a quick link to their job search section. The left hand side of the page has additional employment links (including Job Search, Featured Job Opportunities, Recruiting Events and more). Moving right to Job Search, there were 286 job opportunities when I checked the site, covering a broad range of job functions and locations. Their featured jobs link provides some additional focus and, like most companies these days, you can register and upload your resume.



  • Microsoft – Everyone knows this software giant who ranked 35 on the list. From the careers page, select your location from the center of the page. On the left-hand side you will find additional links for locations as well. Select your location and link to MS’ robust career search page. You can register from the center of the page or select from a wide range of choices on the left hand side (Career Paths, Search Jobs, Create Job Agent, International Jobs and submit your resume). There were over 100 job opportunities when I checked the site (the site only shows 100 jobs at a time).



  • Walgreen - A retail drugstore, Walgreen ranked 36 this year. Their careers page is well organized, listing each major type of functional career path at the company (such as Pharmacy, Corporate, Technology, etc.). Click on any of these to view a page specific to that function along with job opportunities. It is not easy to find the job search function that searches across the entire company, so I've listed it here for your use ==>> Walgreen Career Search. There were 135 job opportunities when I checked the site.


Good luck in your search.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.