Resume Tips: Change Your Objective into a Branding Statement

April 25th, 2015

Updating your resume is a great way to improve your chances at finding a new job. You do not have to change your resume completely, but there is one thing you can do that will get you noticed. Instead of using an objective on your resume, consider turning it into a branding statement. Companies want to know what a job seeker’s personal brand is and how it can help the company succeed. We will discuss personal branding statements and how to effectively write them.

What is a Personal Brand?

A personal brand should be the following:

  • Your personal brand must be consistent across your online portfolio, your resume, your cover letter and all of your networking sites.
  • Your personal brand must be relevant, credible and express your unique value to companies.
  • Your personal brand must be an effective marketing tool that separates you from the rest of the pack.

How to Determine Personal Brand

In order to determine your personal brand, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  • What type of leadership style do you have?
  • What is one word that describes you the best?
  • What skills, talents, or traits help you stand out from the rest of the competition?
  • What is the style of communication you use?

Keep Statement Short

The personal brand statement should be short, just as short as the outdated objective statement. It should be no longer than two sentences, but you should really target for a personal brand statement that is one sentence in length. When you are able to explain yourself and who you are in one sentence, it shows the employer you are introspective and have a professional focus.

Remain Authentic

The personal brand statement you come up with for your resume must be authentic. Do not go over-the-top with what you write, and never call yourself something you are not. This means you should avoid words such as guru and expert unless you absolutely are such a person.

Be Memorable

The personal brand statement on your resume is the perfect time for you to be memorable. You want your resume to be remembered and talked about by hiring managers and recruiters for positive reasons, not negative ones. Try to avoid using technical words in your resume because it might alienate the audience reading the resume even if they know what the words mean.

Update the Statement

As your career grows and evolves, update your personal branding statement as you see fit. Remember, there is no need to change the statement every week because you don’t like it. Try to find a statement that fits your needs and only change it when your career evolves.

A personal branding statement is much more powerful than the outdated objective statement. Add one to your resume today to impress employers.

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How To Post Job Listings To Social Media

April 16th, 2015

The business use of social media has exploded during the past handful of years, and its common for companies to post their job openings to various social media sites. Recruiters are having an easier time finding candidates for open jobs because of the access to millions of people via social media. Sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn and even Facebook make it easier for companies to find their next employees.

Here, we will discuss how to post job listings to social media effectively so they are noticed by the right job seekers.

Use Hashtags # Appropriately

If your company decides to use Twitter as a way to post job listings, make sure each tweet is using an appropriate hashtag or two. You cannot just include a hashtag for the sake of including one in a tweet. With social media recruiting, you need to make sure that the hashtags are reaching the right audience and do not cause your tweet to get lost in a sea of other tweets. Misuse of hashtags will be very ineffective for finding a new employee.

Utilize Paid Advertising

Facebook offers businesses a popular feature called paid advertising. Businesses can promote their page on the social network by purchasing advertising spots that can be posted all over Facebook. They not only promote the business page of the company on Facebook, but they also can be used to link to the careers section or specific job listings the company has on its website. Using paid advertising will help you attract a specific group of people, which is very important for companies looking for candidates with a certain set of skills or experience.

It is also a good idea to create a separate tab on your business’s Facebook page that is dedicated solely to careers at your company. Even if there are no job openings at the time, the page should still be active, providing visitors with information about the company and when job listings are usually posted so they know when to return.

Use LinkedIn’s Recruiting Tool

LinkedIn has a paid recruiting tool called LinkedIn Recruiter. Companies use this tool because it has an algorithm that follows the pattern of the company and helps find candidates on the social site that match the company’s needs. The tool also helps track the applications sent to the company, which makes it easier for companies to monitor how many applications have been sent and who has sent them.

Have You Considered YouTube?

Have you thought about using YouTube for your job listings? This is a little out-of-the-box, but can be very effective. Many companies have YouTube channels now, so why not use it to find a new employee. Make a short video that describes your company and the jobs available. Spice it up a little bit with some humor, and you might just find the right candidate for your company.

Social media has become a go-to resource for recruiters and hiring managers when looking for candidates for open jobs today. Make sure your company is using social media correctly in order to find the best candidates for your open jobs. For any of your job needs, contact Davis Staffing and our recruiting experts.

Illinois Economy Still Strong in Industrial Jobs

April 10th, 2015

The state of Illinois has experienced its ups and downs during the last decade due to fluctuations in the nation’s economy. But according to a recent workforce survey, Illinois has done a better job than most states in keeping up with light industrial job opportunities for workers.

Illinois is a Top State for Industrial Jobs

The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that Illinois is tied for fourth place with other leading states for having the most industrial work opportunities. This is despite efforts from several manufacturing firms to shift operations to countries like Mexico, China and the Philippines where the tax base and worker wages are much lower than in the United States. The top states with the most industrial jobs were Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and California. The combined income generated by all industrial jobs in Illinois in 2012 was around $28 billion, according to Census figures.

These figures spell good news for millions of industrial workers in Illinois, including those who work in entry level industrial jobs and temporary assignments, which are also on the upswing. According to Greg Baise, the CEO of the Illinois Manufacturer’s Association, the industrial sector represents a major force in the economy of the state. Industrial products represent well over 10 percent of the state gross product, leading to multiple layers of related jobs and companies that serve this market.

Reasons for Industrial Job Growth in Illinois

Some of the factors that are contributing to the growth and development of industrial market in Illinois include the Chicago digital manufacturing lab, located on Goose Island, which has received $80 million in federal funds for redevelopment in manufacturing technology. Additionally, digital manufacturing has picked up as a result of advances in technology and robotics, which are making industrial jobs safer and more efficient. On top of these factors, the Baby Boomers who have worked in industrial facilities across the state are nearing retirement daily and this leaves the door open for a younger workforce to come in to take on entry and mid-level jobs.

As a state, Illinois is clambering after skilled industrial labor sources. The job market has become candidate driven, meaning there are plenty of temporary and permanent industrial and light industrial jobs to be had in Illinois. Look for these opportunities by getting signed up as an employee with Davis Staffing in Chicago.

Tech Tools Recruiters Can Use To Land Candidates

March 27th, 2015

Recruiting is an established profession that’s been around for years. In the old days, recruiting used to solely rely on pen and paper to get the job done. A lot has changed and mostly for the better. Now, recruiters can use a host of technology to recruit the top candidates within their industries.

This week, we will discuss the best tech tools out there recruiters can use to secure top talent on the market for open jobs.

Cross-System Awareness on LinkedIn

Companies that recruit the best candidates will likely find a large portion of them on LinkedIn. While using LinkedIn, companies should also perform cross-system awareness in order to find out which candidates are already in the applicant tracking system of the company. This technology will also allow the company to automatically update the contact information of the candidate and contact them using LinkedIn’s mail feature, InMail.

A Combo of ATS and CRM

Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software are being combined more often by recruiters when it comes to searching for and landing top candidates for open jobs. When recruiters use these two software programs together, they find it easier to track candidates through the hiring process. By combining these two programs, recruiters also will be able to cut down on duplicate data, which helps to streamline the process.

Email is Better

Even though email is not new to the technology game, it is still very important to recruiting the best talent out there for open jobs. Recruiters must be able to integrate their email with the ATS they use to track candidates. When this happens, the company does not appear to struggle with communication with candidates and it helps prevent sending out duplicate messages to candidates. Conveying a consistent and organized method makes the company appear that it has a plan and knows how to execute.

Access to More Mobile Applications

As technology continues to expand, recruiters must be using mobile applications in order to land the best talent within their industry. The application can be something created by the company or by a third-party. Candidates want to apply for jobs quickly, from wherever they are located, which is why mobile applications are becoming increasingly important to the recruiting industry. Candidates will also want to log into those applications to track their progress.

The Cloud Expanding

Companies that truly want to attract top candidates must use data managed virtually over the Internet in the cloud – in some form or another. When companies move systems to the cloud, it enables employees to access documents and other items from wherever they are located. This means that recruiters can find out which candidates have applied for jobs at their company even when they are no longer in the office.

Data Mining

As a recruiter, you need to perform a little data mining in order to find the best candidates for open jobs. Data mining involves research, which should be done to find out which companies are struggling to fill jobs. Companies tend to need specialists, especially in the technology field. By doing a little data mining, you will be able to figure out which ones are hurting the most to find candidates.

Davis Staffing, one of the top staffing agencies in Chicago, can help your company with its job search. Contact our staff today to get started on filling your employment needs.

What to Know About Chicago’s Minimum Wage Increase

March 20th, 2015

For the first time in many years, the hard working people of Chicago are finally going to get a break due to an approved state minimum wage increase – making this the nation’s third largest big city to do so in the last few months. As part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s effort to make Chicago one of the best places to live and work in the USA, the City Council approved a wage hike that will increase Chicago’s minimum wages to $13 per hour by the year 2019.

When the Minimum Wage Will Increase in Chicago

The plan in place currently is to raise the current Illinois minimum wage of $8.25 per hour (which is actually $1 above the national minimum wage) over a series of increments. This is much like other states that are slowly raising their own minimum wages over a period of years. Starting with July of 2015, Chicago’s workers will be earning $10 per hour, and then over the next three years, it will go up by 50 cents to $1 to $13 by January of 2019. This is a 58 percent increase in wages.

Will the Minimum Wage Hike Help Chicago?

In terms of where Chicago now stands, it is the latest big city to rule in favor of higher wages for those who live at or just above the poverty line. Earlier in 2015, cities like Seattle and San Francisco also voted in favor of raising the minimum wages for their regions. Additionally, Portland and Louisville are taking strides towards bumping up the minimum wage so that people have a chance to earn real life wages and improve the economy in the process.

The raise in minimum wages in Chicago is estimated to improve the lives of well over 400,000 working people who currently earn the current minimum wage. While there are some who say this will put an added burden on businesses in Chicago that are already feeling the effects of the Affordable Care Act requirements, most say that a raise in pay for minimum wage workers is long overdue.

What Workers in Chicago Can Expect

For workers who are earning minimum wages now, especially those in manufacturing, retail and hospitality jobs; the minimum wage increase could not come at a better time. Workers can expect to start seeing employment notices going up about the minimum wage increase, along with dates when this will occur.

By early 2016, salaries will be going up with the first incremental raise and this will require employers to also raise rates for other hourly paid jobs. Some may find themselves looking for work as companies reduce their workforce to maintain labor costs, but there will be plenty of temporary jobs available in Chicago that pay at or above the minimum wage.

How to Create a Happy Work Environment

March 13th, 2015

Are you looking around wondering if your workplace culture reflects happiness from employees? What exactly is the definition of a “happy” work environment? The truth is that a happy workplace differs based on the type of environment and industry, but there are quite a few similarities. These similarities include: a workplace that is safe, empowering for employees, and satisfying to be at five or more days per week.

We will discuss the important methods to creating a happy work environment in order to make your employees as happy as possible while at the office. Why is this important? Because when employees are happy, they tend to be more productive and less likely to search for new jobs.

Recognize and Reward Success Often

It is vital for every company to recognize and reward success when employees complete projects, reach sales goals or bring in new clients. No matter what accomplishment your employees make, it is important to recognize those accomplishments. Employees want to be rewarded for their efforts and recognized for a job well done. A simple thank you goes a long way and an incentive program really makes for a happy work environment.

Move Away from the Dull 9-5 Workday

More and more companies have begun to move away from the traditional workday (9 am to 5 pm) because of advancements in technology. The cloud and wireless internet access make it easier for employees to work remotely and to have flexible schedules at the office. These two benefits will make employees happier with their balance between work and personal life.

Offer Career Opportunities to Advance

Companies that offer their employees the opportunity to advance within the corporate structure will notice that happier employees and lower turnover. This career development can be done by providing employees training at work or reimbursing them for courses taken to further their education at a university or college in the area.

Encourage Communication

It is important to encourage communication among not only employees, but also between employees and management. When an open line of communication exists, employees find it easier to receive answers on project issues and discuss other problems that arise in the office. Open communication between employees and management shows employees they are valued members of the team.

Encourage Feedback

Companies must also encourage feedback in order to create a happy work environment. This comes on two levels; offering feedback to employees and receiving feedback from employees about the company and its operations. When giving feedback to employees, make sure it is timely and that it focuses on the future. Try not to focus a ton on issues from the past. If employees feel discouraged to provide feedback, or if their feedback will just be ignored, then they will think that they aren’t a part of the team and management doesn’t appreciate their opinions.

Hold Positive Team Meetings

Try to hold one meeting per week that discusses nothing but positive news. This can be to welcome a new employee, talk about a newly acquired client or praise employees for strong performances throughout the week. Just make sure the entire discussion focuses on positive news from within the office.

Creating a happy work environment does not have to be a difficult task so long as your company utilizes one or more of the tips outlined above.

Davis Staffing, a recruiting agency in Chicago, offers a number of services for job-seekers and businesses looking to fulfill their employment needs. Contact us today to get started!

3 Quotes That Motivate Successful People

March 6th, 2015

Need some extra motivation lately? Even the most successful people do at times. Consider that it took Henry Ford two failed business ventures and the loss of many of his friends before he invented the Model A in 1904, the first mass produced car that launched the automobile industry. And that Thomas Edison, the most prolific American inventor of over 1,000 new creations, including the phonograph, the motion-picture camera, and light bulbs; once said, “I’ve not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Let’s Get Motivated!

Motivation is about never giving up, setting your sights high, and going after the things that inspire you. This can include your personal and professional life, the causes that you believe in, and the people that you admire.

Motivation comes from within, and it’s something that is part of the fabric of humanity. Your early human ancestors were motivated to survive daily. They relentlessly searched for food, water, companions, and the warmth and safety of a good campfire. They built homes in caves or made them out of the materials available to them in the environment. They found meaningful ways to express themselves through communication, music, and art. They used their talents to transform the world around them.

Modern day people are driven to success. In order to get to this place, one must stay motivated. This means getting up to embrace each day, getting out there, and making the most of what you’ve got. To help you get motivated, we’d like to share three (3) of our favorite quotes on motivation, which you are welcome to print out and post in a place where you can see them often.

Quotes on Motivation

Here, we are featuring the top motivational quotes that help people become more successful. We hope you will enjoy them and find your own personal mojo from this.

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Sir Richard Branson on Motivation, Public Use License – Google Images

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Dwight Howard – Used with Permission from Flickr

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How To Optimize Your Job Postings

February 26th, 2015

When jobs open up, companies like to advertise for new employees as quickly as possible in order to begin the hiring process without much of a delay. Job postings are published in newspapers, magazines, on bulletin boards, in online forums, with internet job sites and on social media sites. However, often these job postings are not fully optimized in order to attract the best talent.

Use these tips to post job advertisements that are outstanding and will get you the right results.

Use a Custom Job Posting URL

An excellent way to optimize your job postings is to use a custom URL for each posting. The custom URL should include the city where the job is located and either the job title or the target keyword for the job. You can do this on your career portal or have your staffing agency create a featured job listing on its recruitment website.

Utilize Keywords in the Post

Make sure all of your job postings, from now on, utilize keywords. Do a little bit of research to find out which keywords are used the most by job seekers when searching for jobs like the ones you offer. No longer can you simply write a standard job description and hope that it will catch the eye of a job seeker. Use keywords that incorporate the city where the job is located, the job title, certifications needed and more.

Include a Video Introduction

Job seekers and search engines love videos. Videos not only help your company get noticed by search engines, but they also keep job seekers on your page for longer periods. To go along with the video, include a transcript of it to add even more SEO (search engine optimization) material to your site.

List the Salary Range

It is a good idea to start listing salary for your available jobs whenever posting ads online. Many companies refrain from doing this, but when you list the salary, you will likely receive a larger group of applications.

List the Same Job Multiple Times

Take the extra time and list the same job multiple times using different job titles and different content for each posting. This will help the job get noticed by search engines and by job seekers. Some people refer to one job in three different ways. For example, a job could be called a secretary, an administrative assistant or an office assistant. If you are trying to fill this job, post the ad three different times using all three job titles.

Make it Easy to Apply

An important aspect to optimizing your job ads is to make the application process as easy as possible. Job seekers do not want to spend an hour filling out a questionnaire online. Have them answer a couple of questions and then let them upload or email their resume and cover letter to the company.

Optimization is more important than ever these days when it comes to publishing job ads. Make sure your company is doing everything possible to have their job ads noticed by search engines and job seekers alike.

Davis Staffing, a local and experienced staffing firm, has a number of job postings to reach a wide variety of candidates. Contact us today to learn more information!

What Should You Do When Preparing For An Interview?

February 19th, 2015

An in-person job interview can be one of the most stressful events in a person’s career. The candidate’s performance will mean the difference between a job offer and continuing to search for a new job. Preparing for a job interview is important because candidates must know about the company, have answers prepared and know what to expect from the interviewer. Check out these tips on how to prepare for a job interview:

Know Your Resume Well

A terrible mistake to make when on a job interview is not knowing your resume. If you wrote your resume years ago and failed to update it, you had better review the document so you remember what is on there. Even if you wrote a brand new resume for the job, make sure you know everything that is on it so there are no surprises. A hiring manager will ask questions about the resume’s information and expects you to go more in-depth to explain the content.

Plan an Appropriate Outfit

Make sure you plan an appropriate outfit for your job interview. If you wait until the night before, it is likely that you will not have a clean shirt or a tie that goes with your suit. Make sure your outfit fits you appropriately, that your shoes are shined and there are no stains or wrinkles on your clothes.

Practice with a Friend of Career Coach

Consider practicing the job interview with a career coach, trusted family member or friend a couple of days prior to the interview. This will help you learn how to properly greet the interviewer, answer difficult questions and what to ask of the interviewer when you are prompted.

Learn about the Company

An interviewee can sign his death sentence on an interview if he knows little to nothing about the company where he applied. All it takes is a 15-minute search of the company’s website to learn about their history, what they do, if they have won any recent awards and who some of the management team is. Just make sure that you do not ask questions simply to ask questions during the interview. This will never go well for you.

Plan the Travel Route

Do not wait until the night before the interview to plan a travel route. The minute you are scheduled for the interview, plan out your travel route. Construction can occur at a moment’s notice, roads can close due to accidents or traffic can be heavy due to rush hour. Because of these reasons, you need to have alternate routes on your travel plan so you do not arrive late to the interview.

Sleep Well Night Before

One of the most important things you can do to prepare for an interview is to get a good night’s sleep prior to the event. This will help you look alert, be fresh and have a clear mind.

Prepare for your next job interview like it is the most important thing you will ever do during your career. Preparation will make the interview easier than you think.

Davis Staffing can help you find your next job today. Contact the professional recruitment experts to find out more information!

Should You Ever Hire An Overqualified Candidate?

February 13th, 2015

Companies have plenty of decisions to make when choosing a candidate for an open job. One of those decisions is whether or not to hire an overqualified candidate. Some companies will say absolutely, while others will refuse to bring an overqualified candidate on as an employee and won’t back down from that sentiment. We will discuss both sides of the argument here so your company knows how to go about making such a decision the next time it needs to hire.

Is the Candidate Actually Overqualified?

The first thing a company must determine is whether or not the candidate is actually overqualified for the position. You determine this by researching his past experience, talking to his references and bringing him in for a job interview. The candidate might be overqualified, but still wants the job because he is relocating to a new state, looking for a new work-life balance or moving into a new industry.

Does the Candidate Show Passion for the Company?

One way to determine if an overqualified candidate should be hired by your company is by his passion for the company itself. If the candidate exhibits passion for working at your company, then it might be a good idea to hire this candidate. If there is no sense of passion for your company, then he will not be a fit at your organization.

Would You Hire Same Candidate Without Their Experience?

An excellent way to figure out if an overqualified candidate is right for your company is by asking the following question:

Would you hire the candidate without his experience? This question helps the company look at other areas of the candidate, including his personality, their fit into your culture and other intangibles. Hiring a candidate for an open job should not be based solely on his resume, which is why this is an excellent question to ask of yourself during the process.

Did the Candidate Go Above-and-Beyond in Their Application?

If the candidate took the time to put together a stellar application even though he is overqualified for the job, then he might be the right person for the job. An overqualified candidate who does not follow the directions or who does not take the time to send in a stellar application will likely exhibit the same work ethic if hired for the job.

Does the Upside Outweigh the Downside?

If the upside of hiring an overqualified candidate outweighs the downside, then it is a good idea for your company. This means the candidate will work hard, want to solve problems, tackle deadlines with ease and want to help the company succeed as much as possible.

Hiring an overqualified candidate all comes down to the preference of the company looking to fill an open job. If none of the problems discussed in this post are evident, then it is a good idea.

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