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6 Red Flags Employers See in Your Job History

By Alison Green | U.S.News & World Report LP – Wed, Oct 24, 2012 1:54 PM EDT

Long before you get to a job interview, hiring managers are forming opinions about you based on your resume and your job history. Here are six of the most common red flags they look for.

1. You have multiple short-term jobs. If you have a history of quickly moving from one job to the next without staying very long, employers will wonder whether you get bored easily, or can’t keep a job, or don’t know how to identify the right fit for yourself. If you do have good reasons for the job changes (such as a spouse in the military), make sure to fill in your interviewer quickly so she doesn’t draw the wrong conclusions.

2. You quit your last job with nothing else lined up. Since most people line up a new job before quitting an old one, employers raise their eyebrows if you left without something new waiting. They wonder what the real story is: Did you blow up one day and walk off the job in a fit of anger? Do you get upset at work and make impulsive and rash decisions? Were you actually fired but trying to claim you left on your own?

3. You were laid off from your last job. While plenty of layoffs are about company cutbacks or restructuring, employers know that companies sometimes use them as an opportunity to get rid of lower performers. To combat this question, be sure to mention if your whole team or division was let go. If you were the only one laid off, that raises more questions than if you were part of a group that was laid off.

4. You’ve been unemployed for a while. Even in this economy, some hiring managers look at long-term unemployed candidates and wonder if there’s a reason that other employers haven’t hired them. Fortunately, many employers do understand that it can take time for even good candidates to find work in this market–but it’s important to show that you’ve been spending your time volunteering, building your skills, or something other than a year-long job search.

5. You have large gaps between jobs. When employers see gaps of unemployment, they wonder what happened during that time. Did you leave the previous job with nothing lined up, and if so, why? (See No. 2) Were you working somewhere that you’ve deliberately left off your resume, and if so, what are you hiding? Gaps raise questions that you don’t want on a hiring manager’s mind.

6. None of your past managers are on your reference list. If you only offer peers as references, or other people who didn’t directly supervise your work, hiring managers are going to wonder why. Managers are usually best able to speak to the quality of your work and your strengths and weaknesses, and steering reference-checkers away from those conversations can be a red flag. Plus, employers will usually ask to be put in touch with your past managers anyway.

Alison Green writes the popular Ask a Manager blog, where she dispenses advice on career, job search, and management issues. She’s also the co-author of Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Manager’s Guide to Getting Results, and former chief of staff of a successful nonprofit organization, where she oversaw day-to-day staff management, hiring, firing, and employee development.

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Tidbits for your Career Search

There is an overwhelming amount of advice and information out there for job seekers that it’s almost impossible to know where to begin.  As an internal recruiter, the things that I look for in a resume just scratches the surface into what HR and other hiring managers may look for but here are my top ‘tidbits’ of advice.

1. Pay attention to the details! Now Hiring-Purple (2)Words that are spelled correctly but used in the wrong context are easily overlooked because spell checker will not notice them. Have at least 3 qualified people review your resume and provide feedback. There is not a ‘right way’ to do a resume. Every hiring manager will have their own preferences so the more feedback you get, the better. Also, triple check those cover
letters. It’s so convenient to copy and paste so be sure that you have not submitted
the name or position of a previous application to your next. I will immediately
dismiss an applicant who has submitted a cover letter that is customized for
someone else’s job posting.

2. It is a social media age of recruiting. You must have a professional LinkedIn profile and make it look like your resume. Dates and job duties should mirror one another. Then start connecting with people. Don’t reach out to VP’s and CEO’s of companies asking for jobs. You should start with recruiters, managers, staff, and NEVER come out and ask directly for a job. This is a networking site so be professional. Also, MAKE YOUR PERSONAL SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS PRIVATE. Every job seeker should go in and adjust the privacy settings on Facebook, MySpace, Instagram, and so on. Google yourself and see what shows up. Hiring managers are researching and you don’t want us to see what you and your friends do outside of your professional life.

3. Always keep your up-to-date resume on relevant job boards including CareerBuilder and Monster. Include relevant keywords without overdoing it. Your key words should match your experience so don’t try to fool us. Pay attention to the headline on your profile and make it
relevant to the job that you are seeking. When we conduct a search, we skim through quickly. You will want to catch our attention with those few words. Management graduate seeking and entry-level position, Sales professional, etc…

4. When you get the call for an interview, prepare! Research the interviewer,
the company, and the industry. Practice interview questions, both standard and
behavioral (you can find some on the internet). Be ready to talk about future
goals both long and short-term. Study for your interview.

I find a lot of tips and useful information on CareerBuilder and Monster that I share on my
LinkedIn and Twitter accounts.

CareerBuilder has a great section on their website called “Advice and Resources.” http://www.careerbuilder.com/JobSeeker/Resources/CareerResources.aspx?sc_cmp2=JS_Nav_AdvRes

Monster has their own version of job seeker resources called “Career Resources.” http://resources.monster.com/?re=nv_gh_gnt1377_%2F

Both sites provide wonderful resources for job seekers at any level.  Take advantage of the resources that are available to you.  It could better prepare you and set you apart from other job seekers.

Best of luck on your career endeavors!

Angela Malagon, Corporate Recruiter, Elwood Staffing Services, Inc.

Elwood Staffing is looking for B2B SALES SUPERSTARS!

We are looking for enthusiastic, professional Area Sales Consultants who are experienced in business-to-business sales and are able to work successfully in a fast-paced environment.  The successful ASC candidate will:

  • have demonstrated proficiency in identifying, qualifying, and closing business,
  • show demonstrated success in selling in the service industry,
  • be highly self-motivated with a key sense of urgency,
  • possess a strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit

Good organizational skills, the ability to work with people across all levels of an organization (gatekeepers to executive decision makers), and professional communication skills are other key traits for this position.

Elwood Staffing is one of the fastest growing privately held staffing firms in the US. With over 65 offices in eleven states, Elwood continues to grow and expand, and we are looking for energetic, dedicated people who want to grow with us! We offer competitive pay and benefits, and the opportunity to work with a company that values and rewards its employees.

Find out more about us at www.elwoodstaffing.com/careers.   We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please include a resume in .doc or .pdf format with your response

Job Requirements

  • Previous business to business sales experience required
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Staffing industry experience a plus, but not necessary
  • College degree a plus, but not required

Markets

  • Columbus, IN
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Louisville, KY
  • Coldwater, MI
  • Bryan, OH
  • Murfreesboro, TN
  • Lynchburg, VA

Elwood Staffing is looking for SALES HUNTERS!

HUNTING: Skilful tracking and acquisition of an elusive target

We are looking for an enthusiastic, professional Area Sales Consultant who is experienced in business-to-business sales and able to work successfully in a fast-paced environment.  The successful ASC candidate will:

  • have demonstrated proficiency in identifying, qualifying, and closing business,
  • show demonstrated success in selling in the service industry,
  • be highly self-motivated with a key sense of urgency,
  • possess a strong work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit

Good organizational skills, the ability to work with people across all levels of an organization (gatekeepers to executive decision makers), and professional communication skills are other key traits for this position. Elwood Staffing is one of the fastest growing privately held staffing firms in the US. With over 45 offices in eleven states, Elwood continues to grow and expand, and we are looking for energetic, dedicated people who want to grow with us! We offer competitive pay and benefits, and the opportunity to work with a company that values and rewards its employees. Find out more about us at www.elwoodstaffing.com. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please include a resume in .doc or .pdf format with your response

Job Requirements

  • Previous business to business sales experience required
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Staffing industry experience a plus, but not necessary
  • College degree a plus, but not required

Markets

  • Mobile, AL
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Louisville, KY
  • Lynchburg, VA

Elwood Staffing has Internal Positions Available in Michigan

   View all of our internal job openings at:    http://www.elwoodstaffing.com/InternalJobs.aspx

 

At Elwood Staffing, we believe that people are our most valuable resource. That’s why we are constantly working hard to recruit the best candidates for our internal positions.  Do you live in the Holland, Grand Rapids or Lansing area?  Do you have a manufacturing supervision, staffing or customer service back ground in a fast paced work environment?  Visit our website today to view our openings and job descriptions and submit your resume.  http://www.elwoodstaffing.com/InternalJobs.aspx

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