How many resumes do I need?

Posted by admin on June 3rd, 2013

The number of resumes you need depends on how many positions you are applying for. Sometimes, you may need to format one resume differently from another. You need to know how to tailor a resume to a specific position and whether you should have it in a functional or chronological format.
So what’s the difference between a functional and chronological résumé? A functional résumé highlights you skills and abilities more than the work history. This is particularly useful for college graduates who don’t exactly have an extensive work history or someone who is looking to change careers. You should also use this format if you have employment gaps. A chronological résumé highlights your work history. This is more useful for someone with experience.
Once you figure out which format applies to you, then you have to move on the the main content. Regardless of which format you use, the main content still needs to be tailored to the position it’s being used for. It’s convenient to have all your accomplishments on one resume but depending on what position it’s being forwarded to, some information may be irrelevant and can distract employers from the relevant information.
It’s a good idea to have a general résumé but a bad idea to send it out to multiple employers. The piont of having a general resume is to have something to work with when tweaking it to a certain position. A general résumé will have both relevant and irrelevant information and employers don’t have time to sift through such lengthy information. Keep everything relevant to the position and the employer will know immediately if you qualify.
Keep track of the different resumes you may have. Doing this allows you to see which resume gets interviews and which doesn’t. You can use this to either improve or develope new resumes. Always keep a general résumé as a template of all the jobs and experiences you have to create tweaked versions geared towards a specific position.

Building work experience in college

Posted by admin on May 1st, 2013

We all know now that it’s difficult to get a job after you graduate from college. The two important points to work on during college is to build up relevant experience through school internships and to build up a network. These points are put into detail through this article: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2012/10/23/2-crucial-ways-college-students-can-guarantee-they-land-a-job

What the article is pointing out is that it’s not just what you know or who you know. It’s about having them both. You need to have the right skills and know the right people. The only best way to acquire these is to start early in college.

The first point is to start on your experience. Colleges offer school internships that you can use to build up content on your résumé. College may throw a lot of work at you, but use what spare time you have and dedicate it towards building your experience. If you don’t know where to start, you can go to the school’s career advisor. If you are unsure of what field you want to go into, you can try shadowing others. Shadowing is when you follow an Administrative or Executive around for a day or two just to see how their day and routine looks like professionally. Once you figure out what career or path you want to take, apply for internships within that field. If you are having some difficulties in applying for internships, volunteering is just as good.

Once you start building some experience for your résumé, the next step is to create a network. Try to connect with as many people as you can who are in the field you are working towards. This can be anyone. It can be your professor, classmate, colleague, maybe even someone who is already working in your field of interest. The best way to connect with a person who is already working in that field is through a career advisor or through some sort of a career fair or career meeting.

To conclude, find what your field of interest is and start gaining experience. Once you get that rolling, start connecting with anyone and everyone who are involved with that field. Once you have built these two points up, then you can show employers that you are serious in using your time and resources to get yourself in that field.

Work manners in the work place

Posted by admin on August 8th, 2012

We all know work can and will create some stress. Sometimes this stress can get the better of you. It can cause people to act unprofessionally at times. If its not stress, there is always something else that can cause a person to lose some professional manners in the work place. This blog is going to tell you just a few of those causes and what you can do about it.
Some days, you can’t help but get emotional or angry at something or someone. Maybe someone in your group isn’t doing their share of the work but somehow still received credit for it. Normally, you would have every right to get angry but since you are in a work place, you need to conduct yourself accordingly. You may feel angry but it’s a bad idea to outright express it. The best course of action is to stay calm and notify your supervisor about the situation. From there, just take note of this as a learning experience and continue on your work. Expressing you anger and lashing out will likely cost you your job. Don’t let anger get the best of you.
What if it’s your co-worker who is getting angry? The best thing to do is to pull them aside, try to calm them down and see what you can do to help them. Make sure this is done in an efficient amount of time because you yourself have a job to do. Part of being professional is to make sure that everything and everyone is working properly. But what if this angry person tries to make things personal? What if they become confrontational? Initially, you would try to talk it out on the side but if thing don’t work out; put it aside until after working hours. Contacting the supervisor/manager may not be the best idea. Depending on their mood, they may not want to deal with your personal issues and they will tell you to deal with it after work hours. If it can’t be helped, then try to make the co-worker understand that this will be dealt with after work. The co-worker may lose their job for being counter-productive.
We all like to take some pride in our work and we may occasionally brag about it. Just don’t do this too often. Taking too much pride in one project may cause you to lose focus on other important things. It becomes counter-productive. Work will build up and nothing will get done if all your focus is on one project. Bragging has a similar affect. Bragging once or twice is fine for creating friendly competitions but when it’s done constantly, it can create an unfriendly environment. Workers will become too focused on trying to outdo each other to actually move the company itself forward. A clock tower would be a good example. All the gears work with each other to keep track of time. But if the gears start moving faster to outdo each other, the time would be wrong.
Personal opinions are formed from your personal experience. This is something should keep to yourself unless it is work related. Should it be work related, sum it up in a professional manner. How you handle personal opinions in the work place is really more of a judgment call. It should always be kept professional if you or someone else is being evaluated by the company and this should only be based on the professional characteristics. Some things should never be discussed in the work place such as religion and politics.
Personal characteristics and professional characteristics are two different things. Personal is how you act outside of work in your everyday life. Professional is how you act at work. These two sets of characteristics should not cross each other but sometimes it does. It can happen in the break room or when people are gossiping. These situations can’t be avoided. It’s the manner of how you go about it.
You should be professional at work. That usually goes without saying but sometimes the work environment may actually affect that behavior. It can be anywhere from corporate to causal. If your unsure of how to act, look around and see what the other workers are doing. Get the feel of the work place. From there it’s really a judgment call.

How to find your career path

Posted by admin on July 6th, 2012

A lot of us are looking for jobs. This is a given in a market like this. Just because you have a job doesn’t mean you’re all set. Having a job means that you are getting paid, but sometimes that doesn’t mean you’re happy with it. A lot of people are stuck in jobs they hate. Over 80% of Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs.
Some will quit their jobs to find something else. The risk is not knowing when the next job will be. Others have no choice but to stick with the miserable job they have to make ends meet.
All is not lost. There are ways of finding your career path, a job that you want or at least one that you are satisfied with. Here are some tips on going about this.
One thing you can do is to network for information. The more people or employers you know in the job market the better. It’s about getting your name out there and getting people to remember you. If an employer can remember you, it means that they may consider you for a position and possibly give you an interview. Having this possibility is better than not having anything to go on. The more connections you have, the more information you can get from them.
Another method is to shadow an executive. All you do is follow an executive around for a day or so just to see what their day looks like at work. This is a good way to see what you want without committing too much to it. Shadowing a person who has a job that may interest you is equivalent of tasting a sample dish. You get a taste of what it’s like to have a job like this and you get to see the day to day operations of this job.
Another way is being a little more direct. Instead of shadowing someone, you actually want to try it yourself. This can be anything from an internship to volunteering. This way you can feel for yourself how this job is. You may not know what you are doing on the first few days but that’s the point of doing an internship/volunteering. You learn how to do the day to day operations of this job. You may not get paid during this process but it shows the employer that you are willing to learn and work.
This tip is for those who want to get paid while learning a new job. You can always do temp assignments. All you need to do is find an agency that specializes in the field that you are looking to get into. Different agencies will specialize in different fields so a little research needs to be done first. You can always look up the agency online to see what they cater to. Then there’s actually getting the assignments through the agency. Some of their clients may require you to have a specific amount of experience. It is recommended that you use the other tips first, especially if you have little to no experience in the field that you are looking to go into.
These advices can be used for anyone looking to change careers. Always start small and work your way up to bigger things. The first two tips are best for those who want to sample a job without committing too much. Doing an internship/volunteering are for those looking to gain actual experience. I would only recommend temping for those who have some experience in the field because this tip may require some commitment. These tips can be followed in an order. Network with people and find an Executive for a time. From there you can decide if you want to do an internship or not. If you do take it, the experience gained can allow you to temp. It’s all about figuring out what your passion is.

What have you got to lose but a lack of experience?

Posted by admin on June 11th, 2012

Here at Millennium Personnel Corp. we work with companies all over the city to get people jobs.  However because the job market is so tight at the moment we can’t always place everyone in a job, but we can place them in an internship; an internship with us!  Internships can be just as rewarding as a job and usually provide the same level of experience and training.

One of the things we always tell our applicants is to be flexible.  Sometimes job hunting is hard but if you can be flexible, take an internship!  We offer internships to anyone looking for experience and they are a benefit to you for two reasons:  first, you get the training and experience that employers love.  Second, you’ll learn the dos and don’ts of resume writing.  In addition, you get to learn and practice interview skills.

There is a whole other world of experience and growth out there filed under Internship.  If it is in you ability and you can use the experience to your advantage, what have you to lose but a lack of experience?  So you really have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

Why do we need recruiters?

Posted by admin on May 29th, 2012

We’ve all been in contact with a recruiter at one point or another. We’ve encountered them mostly through our emails, where they are offering positions and in some rare cases, they are on the streets getting some people contact. Some of you may say that you can find a job on your own but using a recruiter does have its benefits.
The reality is that recruiters are there to make the hiring process more efficient. They will try to get you to join because it is their way of generating business. Recruiters basically do the heavy work of actually finding applicants. They are the ones companies go to when they need to hire in a rush without having to waste time interviewing candidates that don’t fit the position.
In this job market, companies can’t afford the time to interview people who don’t have experience, so they turn to recruiters. Recruiters will find applicants who fit the position and send them over for interviews, in some cases to start immediately. They act as buffers and screeners. They get paid by companies to do the screening for them.
Recruiters act as the middleman between a job and an applicant. If you are looking for a job on your own with no luck, it is a good idea to try a recruiter. It’s part of their job to find something for you, whether it is temporary or permanent. You need a job and they have connections to companies who are looking to hire. It’s just a matter of finding a good fit for you and the company. It never hurts to have help finding a job. In fact, we all need help finding a job at some point.
Recruiters also specialize in certain areas. One may specialize in the food industry while another may specialize in event planning. What you need to do, as a potential applicant is to find a recruiter whose field of specialty is closest to your set of skills. It’s a matter of matching your skills and experience to what they have to offer to maximize your chances of finding a job.
Lastly, they are expert negotiators. Since they act as the middleman between companies and applicants, they have to find a way to meet in the middle with several other parties. They have to come to an agreement with the client that also something the applicant can agree on. The biggest factor the recruiters have to negotiate about is the pay. Depending if the applicant is a temporary or permanent placement, the recruiter will have to consider fees and how much the applicant has to be paid. They need to come to an agreement on how much the company will pay that will cover both the applicants pay and any other fees.
Recruiters are in the business of finding people jobs. Everyone should be taking advantage of this.

The Importance Of Multi-Tasking

Posted by admin on April 26th, 2012

We all have to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, whether it is in our personal or professional lives. Multi-tasking can be stressful, but it’s even more stressful if you don’t know how to do it properly. Multi-tasking in your personal life is one thing, but doing this in a professional setting is another because failing at multi-tasking in a professional setting has greater consequences than it does in personal life.
In order to multi-task successfully, you need to prioritize which project is the most important. You also need to manage your time. As part of prioritizing, you need to establish a time frame for each project. This is especially important if you are juggling alone. If you are multi-taking in a group, you need to be able to delegate. You need to separate the workload evenly among the group taking into account each persons strengths and weaknesses. Being a leader of a group means that you must let everyone have a say in what’s going on. Micro managing will cause the structure of your team to fall apart and no tasks will get done.
There are many reasons why we multi-task in the work place. One of the biggest reasons is that it saves the company time and money. To an employer, it’s all about efficiency. They love getting a return investment. In a nutshell, return investment is when an employer hires you with the hopes that you can do your role like an automated, well-oiled machine.
Another reason for work place multi-tasking is if someone is out sick and you need to fill in for them while trying to complete your own projects. Some companies will hire people to do nothing but multi-task because if one person can handle all these jobs, they won’t need to hire another person to do those jobs. The skill of multi-tasking is something that will make anyone a big asset to a company, which also means being able to keep a job.
Successful multi-taskers are those who are able to do many tasks simultaneously, however the key is not to loose attention to detail. Once we loose attention to detail, the whole purpose of multi-tasking is lost.

Job seeking strategies for the seasoned

Posted by admin on March 28th, 2012

In this job market, there are a lot of job seekers. Some of these job seekers may be college graduates, career changers and in this case, seasoned workers. As a seasoned worker who is job seeking, you may find it to be more challenging than the other job seekers. The reason for this is because a lot of employers are looking for younger job seekers. Employers want younger job seekers who have just enough experience but not enough that they may leave the company for another opportunity. You may also be over-qualified.
Being a seasoned job seeker who has held down a job for long periods of time may not provide much experience in dealing with the struggles of unemployment. There are many obstacles for seasoned job seekers to find a job but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
There is a strategy that seasoned job seekers can use. When it comes to being seasoned, your going to have one long resume. At first you may think that you long resume shows your many experiences and skills. In reality, an employer wouldn’t know what to do with someone so seasoned and often times a long resume would turn them off.
For a seasoned job seeker, you should only put down the last 10 years of employment on your resume. Any more and it may bore the employer. Next, you would want to find what these experiences have in common. An example would be leadership. You can use this as a transferable skill. Your resume should also have a clear objective and it should also support the employer’s requirements. Only make your resume no more than two pages long if you are a seasoned job seeker. It would be even better if everything were on one page.
A skill and/or experience that set you apart from 20 years ago can make you stand out to an employer. This skill/experience may be hard to find today and employers may be looking for it. This is something that you would want to put on your resume to make you stand out.
To conclude, the best way for a seasoned job seeker to find a new position that may be under their previous one is to fine-tune your resume to that position. To make an employer understand why you are moving downward is to tell them that you are looking for a change of pace but just as challenging. Always keep your answers positive. Since you are also seasoned, you can tell them that due to your experience you are actually cost effective. Don’t let the fact that you are seasoned stop you from getting a job. Use what you have to your advantage, even if employers make it a disadvantage.

Expectations change with experience

Posted by admin on February 23rd, 2012

Most of my expectations for this internship were changed within the first two hours. I thought that in an office such as this, an intern would have a limited experience learning only from what was heard or seen during their stay. When I found out that there were daily “mini meetings” where we learned to become better job applicants, my initial expectations were abandoned and were replenished with fresh plans for the upcoming months. The first day has almost come to a close, and I have already been uniquely challenged. I plan on learning about unfamiliar computer software, as well as gaining an in depth understanding of the hiring process.
During this troubling time in the U.S. with the unemployment rate at such a standstill, it is encouraging to be in a position to learn extensively about the hiring process. I will be learning tools that would make myself a standout amongst other applicants. With this internship my interview skills will be properly tuned to fit the expectations of Millennium Personnel.

How to Ace a Interview

Posted by admin on February 9th, 2012

The most important thing about an interview is landing a job. As an intern I’m learning how to interview others, so my own skills can increase. I was just as nervous as the person sitting on the other side of the desk. I have never interviewed anyone, or thought about doing it. I’ve done a couple of interviews this week during my internship. Some people were nervous and some showed no fear at all. There are three things that most employers look for in a resume. The first is experience in the field your applying for. Most jobs require you to have at least two year or more. However if you have none, it would be beneficial for you to take and internship. The second thing the employer is looking for is your education. Some jobs may want you have a Masters Degree, while others will be willing to employ workers with just a high school GED. The last criterion is technical skills, which is very important to the job market. Technical skills involve having working knowledge of computer software. The basic requirement is having basic (or better) Microsoft Site skills with Outlook and QuickBooks being a plus.The best way to do good on a interview is to always stay clam and optimism, once you panic, the situation can go down hill from there. It’s best to speak loud and clear. And to sound like you have a lot of confident, dress business attire, neat and clean. Always come on time to an interview and never fold up your resume and give it to the employer. The whole reason why employers give interview so they can pick the right candidates. For example, a good candidate is someone who comes in on time and completes his or her tasks on time. This is the type of candidate that all employers look for.


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