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?

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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!

Volunteer
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!!****