What Recruiters Say and Job Seekers Hear [INFOGRAPHIC]

28 10 2014

Are job seekers and recruiters from different planets? With unemployed people outnumbering job openings three to one, you’d think recruiters could find the talent they need to fill positions. The problem is only 50 percent of job seekers actually have the qualifications needed for the job they apply to. It’s time to bridge the gap in communication between recruiter needs and job seeker strategies.

This infographic, compiled by MedReps.com, a job board which gives members access to the most sought after medical sales jobs and pharmaceutical sales jobs on the Web, provides solutions for common miscommunication between job seekers and employers. Some points to note include:

  • 38 percent of companies have open positions they cannot find talent to fill
  • 46 percent of resumes submitted contain some form of false information
  • On average, it takes 24.5 working days to fill a position
  • In the tech industry, it takes 38.9 days to fill a position

Check out the full infographic below and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

What do you think? What are some other reasons miscommunication occurs between job seekers and recruiters?


How Important Are Certifications, Anyway?

14 10 2014

certifiedWhen you’re looking for work, you want to present yourself as the best-prepared, most solid candidate a company could ever consider. With that in mind, many job seekers look at certifications as a way to set themselves apart. But these credentials cost time and money. Are they worth it?

The answer, unfortunately, is “it depends.”

It seems as if every field has some kind of certification to go along with it. If you work in project management, there’s the Project Management Professional credential. If you design kitchens, you can become a Certified Kitchen Designer. Are you a plumber? The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials offers a Green Plumber certification. The list goes on and on.

While in some fields — like cybersecurity — having the right certification is a requirement for any meaningful job, in others the impact may be modest. You’ll never hurt yourself by earning a certification, but before you invest hours and dollars into getting one, ask yourself these questions.

Does the Employer Expect It?

In some industries, employers consider specific certifications to be a fundamental job requirement. For instance, many companies won’t consider someone for a cybersecurity job unless they hold the Certified Information Systems Security Officer (CISSO) credential. In project management, you need the PMP to be considered an “A” player. A good rule of thumb: Believe employers when they list certifications as a job requirement. Often, they’ll use it as a litmus test when they’re taking their first look at a resume. If you don’t have it, they won’t be interested.

How Competitive is the Field?

The most respected certifications are usually based on a combination of course work, experience and formal exams. When you earn one, you’re demonstrating several things to hiring managers: First, that you take your career seriously enough to spend time and money on becoming better at your work. Second, that you have expert knowledge not everyone will possess. And, third, that you’ve proved your knowledge and experience through the process of earning the certification.

Let’s take kitchen designers as an example: A showroom may not require that you be certified as a kitchen designer by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. But having the credential shows that you’ve got a certain level of experience in not just selling, but designing, building and/or managing the construction of your designs. When multiple people are applying for the same job, that could be the deciding factor in whether you get an interview.

Will a Certification Get Me More Money?

Often, they do, but there’s no guarantee. In many high technology jobs, having the right certification can result in a pay premium worth thousands of dollars a year. In most cases, though, the credentials simply put you in a stronger position when it comes time to negotiate your pay.

To find out where you stand, do some homework. Search the Web for a specific job title, “certification” and “pay,” and you’ll get started on figuring out how valuable a particular certification may be. Professional associations are also a great source of information about a cert’s value, though bear in mind those same groups often sponsor the credentials and can have a definite ax to grind.

Certifications can be valuable not only to your job hunt, but to your long-term success. Still, don’t rush into getting one. Think through what’s necessary to succeed in your chosen path and do some research to learn about what employers expect. Then you can decide whether a certification is right for you.

****For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Mark Feffer!****

About the author: Mark Feffer has written, edited and produced hundreds of articles on careers, personal finance and technology. His work has appeared on Dice.com, Entrepreneur.com as well as on other top sites. He is currently writing for JobsinRI.com, the top local resource for job seekers, employers and recruiters in Rhode Island.

5 Ways to Become a More Valuable Asset to Your Company

8 10 2014


Congratulations! You have finally graduated college and have stepped into a career that shows immense promise! However becoming a valuable asset to your company requires hard work, dedication and that little something “extra.”  Trust me, your superiors will notice the work you put in to being a good employee, and you will benefit as you improve yourself! Below you’ll find a number of tips to maximize your value as an employee.

Go to Grad School
This is a move that can pay huge dividends! You can go into accounting masters programs or MBA programs. These business degrees could help you get ahead at your company, and could provide you with information that will make you a more productive worker. It is also possible that your company requires a graduate degree of you if you want to advance with the company. Do you know what a promotion will require? 

SuperPower572x429Work Overtime
When you are trying to become an asset to your company, you may need to start working some overtime. I know I know, working long hours can be a huge drag and may even cut into your personal life, but establishing yourself as the go-to person for a number of projects simply because you were at work could make a positive impression on your superiors!

Get involved, get experience. When you are volunteering in your community, it’s a great way to elevate your company’s reputation. People will often ask you where you work, which creates a good buzz for your company! Also, you will be able to get your business involved in worthy projects and charities that will advance the name of the business. You can give back to your community, make your company look great, and improve your resume at the same time. Talk about a win-win-win!

Find a Mentor
Finding a mentor is a sure-fire way to “learn the ropes” and will help you tremendously when promotions come up! You will find that these people can put in a good word for you when you want to get a better job, and they could help you all the way to the top of the corporate ladder. Be careful however; you’ll want to find a mentor who is well-respected around the office. Selecting a “flakey” worker as your mentor can backfire quickly. No one wants to be associated with a flake! TIP: As a mentee, you have a lot to offer! Great mentor relationships provide value for all parties involved. 

Publish Your Work
This very well may be one of the more powerful tips you can employ. When you are being published in journals for your industry, your business is going to look better and you’ll come across as an authority in your particular expertise. Score! Also, your knowledge will help establish your company as a source of expertise. When people read where you are working, they will turn to your business for help. Your superiors will take notice, and you have a chance of advancing more quickly.

When you want to become a more valuable asset at work, these five steps recommended above can help you get ahead.

****For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Karleia Steiner!!****

Keep Your Job Search Game Strong With These Tips [INFOGRAPHIC]

9 09 2014

We’ve welcomed a few new players to the job search field. Today’s job seekers have more resources to help draw out the Xs and Os than ever before. The wealth of online resources and social platforms can help you break free from getting caught up in zone defense and look out on all sides. Social networking, employee referrals, and even mobile devices are now helping job seekers bolt past the competition and score their dream jobs.

The infographic below — compiled by CareerShift, a comprehensive job hunting and career management solution — shares six new trends impacting job seekers. It’s time to ante up and use these game-changing trends to help you score big on the job field.

Some stats to note:

  • 94% of recruiters use or plan to use social media in recruiting efforts
  • 78% of recruiters hire through social media
  • 72% of active job seekers use mobile devices in their job search
  • Employee referrals account for 40% of all hires

Check out the full infographic below and develop your playbook with these game-changing trends in mind.


What do you think? What are some other game-changing trends in today’s job market?

7 Embarrassing Meeting Dilemmas & How to Resolve Them

2 09 2014


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From time to time, we all find ourselves facing embarrassing meeting dilemmas. Even if you have spent weeks preparing for a meeting, there is still a risk of the unexpected happening. The best way to deal with embarrassment is to keep calm, laugh it off with everyone and carry on. To help you succeed, here are 7 of the most embarrassing meeting dilemmas and how to deal with them.




  1. Unable to login to guest Wi-Fi

If you are unable to login to your client’s Wi-Fi, our first suggestion is to let them know. They may have a tech support employee on-site, who can provide you with assistance. Alternatively you could try using the hotspot on your phone (if you have one) or logging into a hotspot service like BT Fon. Whilst the connection won’t be as speedy as your client’s, it’ll enable you to get the meeting done with minimal disruption and embarrassment.

  1. Corrupted presentation

It can be a real pain when you insert your USB into the projector, only to find that your PowerPoint presentation has corrupted. You could save yourself a lot of embarrassment by printing off paper copies of the slides prior to the meeting. If however you have not adequately prepared for this unforeseen dilemma, keep calm and think how you can change the approach of your meeting, whilst still getting the points across. You never know, a more informal / chatty meeting may end up being more productive anyway.

  1. Can’t find their office

If you cannot find the client’s office, we would first advise you to give them a call and let them know. It is far less embarrassing to ask for directions than turn up late. If by the end of the phone call you have forgotten the directions and can’t ask again, use Google Maps or another map app on your smartphone. If there is any chance of you being late, make sure you phone ahead and inform your client and apologise profoundly when you eventually arrive.

  1. You have met them before but are unsure where

It can be really embarrassing when you feel like you know their face from somewhere, but cannot pinpoint where or when you met them. To avoid further embarrassment, we recommend keeping it to yourself, rather than asking them if you’ve met before. This will prevent you from 1) embarrassing them 2) delving into an informal and inappropriate conversation and 3) becoming further embarrassed when you realise you haven’t actually met them before.

If they recognise you and bring it up, just go along with it and say it’s good to see them again. If it turns out you’re old friends, you can have a laugh about it later!

  1. Phone goes off

It is polite to turn your phone off in a meeting to show them that they have your full attention. If for one reason or another you forget to put your phone on silent and you receive a call, apologise immediately and end the call.

It will help if you have set up an automated message on your smartphone that can be sent to your caller to explain you are in a meeting and will ring them back afterwards. Whilst you will feel embarrassed that you interrupted the meeting with an incoming phone call, at least it’ll make you look in demand!

  1. Forget your wallet and can’t pay the bill

One of the most embarrassing meeting situations you can get yourself into is forgetting your wallet at a lunch meeting, leaving you unable to pay the bill. The key is not to panic. Think about how you can handle the situation without having to resort to asking them to pay for you. Excuse yourself from the table and speak to one of the waiters to find out if they would accept a PayPal or bank transfer that you can carry out using an app on your smartphone. Alternatively, if you know your debit or credit card details or could phone someone back at your office to read them to you, ask your waiter if you can pay that way instead.

The last thing you want to do is ask your client to pay for you, as not only is it embarrassing, but it will also make you look forgetful and unorganised.

  1. Client is surprised by the price you quote

Discussing quotes in person is one of those things that many people dread doing. There is always a risk that they will be one of those people that say they’re unhappy upfront, rather than taking the quote away for consideration and sending an email back later. If they do appear to be taken back by the price you’ve quoted them, have a breakdown of the costs to hand.

When people get embarrassed they often get defensive. Try to keep calm – you don’t need to justify your costs if the client is pushing their luck. If however they genuinely seem surprised by your prices and you want their business, you may want to consider enquiring about their budget and seeing if there is a way you can tailor your product or services to meet it. Handling the situation with grace and going the extra mile for your client will go a long way in gaining their loyalty and repeat business.

Image credits: mitopencourseware, marsmet473a and danielmoyle

 ****For this post, Campus to Career thanks Nick Williams!!****

About the author: Nick is a training assistant at Acuity Training in Guildford, Surrey. Acuity offer chairing meetings training as well as technical training such as advanced AutoCAD courses.

An Open Career Letter to Gen Z From Gen Y

26 08 2014

We’ve all heard about Generation Y or the Millennial generation, but what do you know about Gen Z? They’re a lot more different than you’d think. This week, we have a guest blogger who’d like to speak directly to them. Be sure to check out the links in the article – there are some fantastic resources regarding Gen Z research.

Without further adieu…

An Open Career Letter to Gen Z from Gen Y

Dear Gen Z,

Although we are all a part of the “Millennial cohort,” we are inevitably going to make our own and unique imprints on the world. While us Gen Y’ers have Mark Zuckerberg and Pete Cashmore, you have Adora Svitak and Logan Laplante. At approximately 90 million strong, we stand to bring needed change, whether desired or not by our predecessor generations.

Having been witness to some of the most catastrophic events in history, including 9/11, The Great Recession, the War On Terrorism and more school shootings than I care to mention, you have developed coping mechanisms and a resourcefulness that will undoubtedly play a large role in your mark on our world and in our workforce. However, there are a few things you should really consider as you make your way into the “real world.”

It’s getting better, but it’s still competitive out here. You have to work really hard to land that dream job. Whether it’s working for yourself, one of the big tech companies, or a small business, you have to prove yourself just like everyone else has.

With four in five of you believing you’re more driven than your peers, and having early pressure from your parents to start getting professional experience, I’d say you’re well on your way to being able to land that dream job sooner than later.

generation._ZBe mindful of your strengths and weaknesses. You grew up in a digital world, and this is a huge strength that will bring you a lot of leverage in the workforce. However, although you can multi-task better than any other generation, increasing rates of ADHD diagnosis tells us that it wouldn’t hurt to slow down every once in awhile and take a step away from your devices.

It’s not your fault — you’ve always had things delivered at lightning speed, but you will be in situations where you have to slow down and truly understand what’s happening. You must cultivate these situational awareness skills to become a truly well-rounded professional.

Keep realistic expectations, but continue to dream big. A New York-based research firm, Sparks & Honey, asked high school and college students what they wanted to do when they graduated. It turns out that 61 percent of high school students said they want to be entrepreneurs rather than employees and 76 percent wish their hobby would turn into a full-time job.

You’ve grown up in an evolving education system with classroom diversity and you don’t see color, race or ethnicity like older generations do. You also grew up with more people in your household, which gave you the chance to learn humility and sharing at an early age. As you begin to enter the workforce, set your expectations at a realistic level and remember the humility and collaborative spirit you’ve cultivated throughout your life, but never quit dreaming big.

Don’t underestimate the lasting impact you will have on the workforce. You grew up knowing the innovative and fun work environments of Facebook and Google, and will enter the workforce expecting that in your job. Generations before you fought for a healthier work-life balance, so now you have begun to tackle something else — 60 percent of you want to work for a company that stands for something bigger than itself and can truly make an impact. These expectations you are coming in with will most certainly change the way companies and the overall workforce functions.

You are an interesting and exciting generation, and one that I look forward to working with in the coming years. I believe we’ll learn a lot from each other and am excited to see you become the leaders you are innately meant to be. Just remember to step away from your devices every once in a while — you will still be able to change the world without them.


Michael and the rest of the “Y” generation

****For this great post, Campus to Career thanks Michael Dennis!!****

About the author: Michael Dennis is the CEO and founder of FindHire, an innovative job search community and hiring network. Connect with Michael and the FindHire team on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

LinkedIn: Let’s Get Personal

11 08 2014

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Every week, I receive (and send) connection requests through LinkedIn. What continues to surprise me is the fact that the large majority of those who wish to connect fail to personalize the message. Now, let me explain first that I’m not too caught up with this since there are so many new smartphone and tablet apps that simply don’t let the user provide any personalization, thus the “I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn” standard messaging.

If you could hit the “easy” button and fire away simple connection requests without personalization, would you do it? Some say yes, but what are your results? Why are you really connecting?

Here’s the better question: What if you took 20 seconds to craft a quick note to provide the person you’re reaching out to with a frame of reference?

Put yourself in the shoes of the person receiving the connection request. For all intents and purposes, let’s just say they’re a recruiter for the most awesome company in the world and you want to work for them. You meet the recruiter at an event, perhaps a career fair. You exchange information and later go to LinkedIn to do a little research.

That little blue “connect” button is calling your name. Heck, LinkedIn even does most of the work for you. Instead of sending the boilerplate “I’d like to connect” blah-blah, you choose to stand out. Your connection request goes something like this:

Hi Kirk,

It was nice to meet you at the career fair today in San Francisco. Cool that you’re also a Cal grad! I’ve already applied online as directed to your awesome company. In the meantime, I’d like to connect with you here on LinkedIn. Let’s keep in touch!

Joe Smith

Now, if you were a recruiter and received tons of the basic boilerplate connection requests, wouldn’t this stand out to you?? It’s that simple.

What inspired me to write this post? These three great connection requests I received this week:

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Did I connect? You bet. Thanks for the added thought in your request!

Here are some other really great posts on LinkedIn:

Is Your LinkedIn Profile Awesome? by Career Sherpa

If You’re Not Linked In, You May Be Left Out

College Students: Are You Linked In? by Emily Bennington

Want to connect? You know what you have to do… :) http://www.linkedin.com/in/kbaumann


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