10 Résumé Tips to Impress a Recruiter in 7 Seconds

November 18th, 2019 by Staff

BY JULIA MALACOFF — GLASSDOOR

Having a well-crafted résumé can be the key to getting your foot in the door at the company of your dreams. But figuring out how to make your résumé fully representative of your experience and also stand out is easier said than done. After all, hiring managers and recruiters generally only spend about seven seconds reading your résumé before deciding whether to move forward or not. Most people know the basics of how to put together a decent work history, but here are some tips you probably haven’t heard before that can help your résumé stand up to the seven-second test.

1. ONLY INCLUDE YOUR ADDRESS IF IT WORKS IN YOUR FAVOR

If you’re applying for positions in the city or town you already live in, then go ahead and include your address. In this case, it lets the hiring manager know you’re already in the area and could theoretically start working right away.

But if you’re targeting jobs in another area and you’d need to move in order to start working, it’s probably a good idea to leave your current address off of your résumé. Why? Recruiters are sometimes less excited to interview candidates from another city or state, since they often require relocation fees.

2. BE A NAME-DROPPER

It may be poor form to drop names in everyday life, but you absolutely should do it on your résumé. If you’ve worked with well-known clients or companies, go ahead and include them by name. Something like: “Closed deals with Google, Toyota, and Bank of America” will get recruiters’ attention in no time flat.

3. UTILIZE YOUR PERFORMANCE REVIEWS

You might not think to look to your annual review for résumé material, but checking out the positive feedback you’ve received in years past can help you identify your most noteworthy accomplishments and best work attributes—two things that should definitely be highlighted on your résumé. Including specific feedback you’ve received and goals you’ve met can help you avoid needing to use “fluff” to fill out your work experience.

4. DON’T GO OVERBOARD WITH KEYWORDS

Many companies and recruiters use keyword-scanning software as a tool to narrow the job applicant pool. For this reason, it’s important to include keywords from the job description in your résumé—but don’t go overboard. Recruiters can spot “keyword stuffing” a mile away.

5. USE COMMON SENSE EMAIL ETIQUETTE

There are two types of email addresses you shouldn’t use on your résumé or when applying to a job via email: your current work email address, or an overly personal or inappropriate email address, like loverguy22@gmail.com. Stick with something professional based on your name in order to make the best possible impression.

6. WHEN IT COMES TO SKILLS, QUALITY OVER QUANTITY

There’s no need to list skills that most people in the job market have (Think: Microsoft Office, email, Mac, and PC proficient), which can make it look like you’re just trying to fill up space on the page. Keep your skills section short, and only include impactful skills that are relevant to the job you’re applying to.

7. CHOOSE TO SHARE SOCIAL ACCOUNTS STRATEGICALLY

Including links to social media accounts on a résumé is becoming more and more common. But it’s important to distinguish between professional accounts—like a LinkedIn profile or Instagram account you manage for work—and nonprofessional ones, like your personal Twitter or Facebook account. While it might be tempting to include a personal account in order to show recruiters who you are, you’re better off only listing accounts that are professionally focused. Save your winning personality for an in-person interview.

8. USE HOBBIES TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

Not all hobbies deserve a place on your résumé, but some do. Hobbies that highlight positive personality qualities or skills that could benefit you on the job are worth including. For example, running marathons (shows discipline and determination) and blogging about something related to your field (shows creativity and genuine interest in your work) are hobbies that will cast you in the best possible light and might pique a recruiter’s interest.

9. SKIP GENERIC DESCRIPTORS

Hardworking, self-motivated, self-sufficient, proactive, and detail-oriented are all words you’ll find on most people’s résumés. But most job seekers are motivated and hardworking, so these traits don’t really set you apart from the rest of the applicant pool. Instead, focus on the specific skills and accomplishments that make you different from everyone else applying to the position.

10. KEEP AN ACCOMPLISHMENT JOURNAL

Keeping a log of your work accomplishments and positive feedback as they come up can make putting together or updating your résumé significantly easier. Include as many details as possible so you don’t have to spend time tracking them down later.

 

READ THE FULL ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE: https://www.fastcompany.com/90399431/10-resume-tips-to-impress-a-recruiter-in-7-seconds


How to Adjust After Relocating for a Job

September 6th, 2019 by Staff

How to Adjust After Relocating for a Job by Lisa Evans

Uprooting your life and starting a new job is overwhelming. Here are a few steps to make the transition easier.

Starting a new job is stressful enough, but add moving to a new city on top of it, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Relocating for work is a huge adjustment both personally and professionally. Not only are you getting a new set of coworkers and a new corporate culture, you’re also getting a new commute, a new home, and if you’re moving with a family, you’re faced with a host of other challenges, including navigating a new school system and finding childcare.

Here are some tips to help you get through the change.

BE A TOURIST IN YOUR NEW CITY
If you’re relocating strictly for a job, it’s likely that you don’t know a whole lot about the place you’re moving to. While you can find out a lot about your new city online before moving, spend some time once there to explore like a tourist. Take a walk around your neighborhood to find the best local cafés, and explore local landmarks. Then get used to the local life, locating your nearest grocery store and getting familiar with your route to and from work. The more familiar you become with your new physical environment, the more comfortable you’ll begin to feel in your new home.

KEEP YOUR LIFE SIMPLE
Getting to know your new colleagues and your new corporate culture takes a lot of energy. Add that to getting to know your new city, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. “Simple things like figuring out how to navigate the subway system or deciding which supermarket you want to shop at can zap your energy very quickly,” says career change and business coach Avery Roth. She recommends simplifying your life for a few months while you get your bearings. Avoid overloading your schedule with social events or commitments while you focus on establishing a work-life routine in your new city.

MAINTAIN YOUR FAMILIAR ROUTINE
Maintaining familiar aspects of your routine from your home city can help you adjust to your new surroundings. If you’re used to going to a yoga class twice a week, finding a new studio and keeping up with this routine can help you balance out the big changes you’re experiencing.

SAY YES TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES
Moving to a new city and being surrounded by people who don’t know you means you have a unique opportunity to reinvent yourself, or to discover who you are as a person who lives in your new town. You may be invited to try things you didn’t have the opportunity to do before. Saying yes to these opportunities can help you branch out and discover who you are as a resident of your new city.

 

READ THE FULL ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE:

https://www.fastcompany.com/90294972/how-to-adjust-after-relocating-for-a-job


We’re Celebrating 25 Years!

April 4th, 2019 by Staff

Genie Matthews and Associates is proud to announce their recognition by National Personnel Associates (NPAWorldwide) for their 25 year tenure with the worldwide recruiting firm.   Genie Matthews and Associates offers professional recruiting services with a focus on technical management, engineering, and professional assignments in the chemical process, petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, biotech, mining, fibers/resins, agrochemicals, and related industries.   Connect with us today and put our experience to work for you!

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Chemical Industry Soars!

April 4th, 2019 by Staff

Economic growth in the United States remained dynamic at the end of 2018 with gains in manufacturing double what they were a year ago. However, all the world’s other major economies have slowed, ending a rare period of synchronized expansion.

In the United States, business investment is on the rise and domestic oil and natural gas production continue to reach new heights. Improvement in major end-use markets is setting the stage for gains in U.S chemical production during 2019. U.S. chemical manufacturers remain advantaged, with access to cheaper and more abundant feedstock and energy. This has resulted in sizable capital investment in U.S. chemical production capacity. As these investments…..

Read the entire article here:  https://www.chemicalprocessing.com/articles/2019/strong-outlook-bolsters-u-s-chemical-industry/

 


USA a bright spot for chemical businesses

March 27th, 2019 by Staff

The US, in contrast to Europe, will be a bright spot. There, the cumulative power of spending and investment since the 2008 recession will keep factories humming, and that’s that’s good news for chemical businesses. “The industry is poised for significant growth in output. It’s a very promising outlook,” says Kevin Swift, chief economist at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), a trade group for US chemical makers.

High demand for chemicals used in manufacturing will dovetail with a rise in production capacity as new chemical facilities open to take advantage of the shale gas boom, Swift points out. The ACC projects that US chemical output, excluding pharmaceuticals, will rise 3.6% this year, up from an already vigorous 3.1% in 2018.

The biggest factor driving US demand for chemicals is consumer spending. Thanks mainly to job growth, consumer confidence remains at historically high levels. Even jobs in the chemical sector are multiplying after decades of erosion. And continued low unemployment is expected to finally push up wages this year.

Read the entire article here:  https://cen.acs.org/business/World-Chemical-Outlook-2019-Around-the-globe/97/i2

 


Ace Your Interview

February 13th, 2018 by Staff

10 Smart Strategies to Ace Your Job Interview by Jonathan Alpert…

1. Change the way you think about interviews.

Many people get worked up to the point that they feel like they’re prepping for major surgery or headed to court to learn their fate. Instead of seeing interviews in such a daunting and negative way, regard them as merely a Q&A opportunity: One where the prospective employer learns about you and you learn about them. By seeing it as a conversation where you get to know each other, you’ll eliminate the high stress that people often bring on themselves while prepping.

2. Keep your negative thinking in check.

Know that self-doubt and fear will render you helpless while a strong belief in who you are will lead to success. So, if you find yourself thinking negatively, reframe it. For example, “I’ll never get this job” serves no purpose whatsoever and should be replaced with “They called me for the interview so they’re impressed by my background. I’m going to do my best to bring this background to life for them and show them my A-game.”

3. Embrace your nerves.

That’s right, nerves can be good and at a physiological level there’s not a big difference between nerves and excitement. In both cases the heart rate and breathing increase in order to get blood and oxygen to different parts of the body so that it can perform either in the face of danger or excitement. In the case of the interview, it’s clearly the latter.

4. Use imagery before the interview.

Close your eyes, relax, and see yourself entering the interview and responding to questions with confidence. Really feel it. Remember, if you can see it in your mind there’s a greater likelihood of it actually happening so bring this mindset into the interview. Many athletes and performers I work with take a few minutes before their big event to do just this–they see themselves finishing the race and beating their competition or playing a song and the audience responding warmly and with excitement.

5. Provide real-life examples.

When asked questions, bring things to life by providing specific examples from your previous work or education. This accomplishes two things: builds credibility and makes you relatable. When asked about your strengths, illustrate them through an example. “As a student I developed my leadership skills as president of my sorority. I was responsible for heading monthly meetings, providing direction to the club and management of operations.”

6. Don’t B.S.

If you get stumped by a question, rather than fumbling your way through it, simply acknowledge that it is a question you haven’t previously considered. Explain that you’d like to provide a thoughtful response and ask if you might come back to it later. This honesty sure beats the lack of authenticity you’ll show if you B.S. It also helps to humanize you.

7. Turn your biggest weakness into your greatest strength.

When asked about weaknesses, make sure you talk about what you’re doing to improve them. For example, if you’ve had difficulty staying organized in the past, you might talk about how you’re now working with a coach or how you recently read a helpful book on time management. More importantly, bring the focus back to the job and how the new and improved you will help them.

8. Talk proudly about your strengths and accomplishments.

People will often downplay their success because they feel they’re bragging. A strong belief in your skills and who you are could land you the job, whereas a watered-down version of yourself won’t.

9. Elicit any hesitation.

Towards the end of the interview, gently ask the interviewer if they’d have any hesitation in hiring you, and if so, what might it be. This is an assertive way to elicit any unspoken issues that they might have and provide you with an opportunity to clarify or give more information. Make sure you do this gently.

10. Take every interview opportunity that comes your way.

With each new interview you’ll hone your skills and get more comfortable. You’ll learn what works and what doesn’t work and you’ll be able to apply it to the next interview.

So next time you have a chance to interview, go for it. Be bold and be fearless all while utilizing the smart strategies above.

READ THE FULL ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE:  .https://www.inc.com/jonathan-alpert/10-smart-strategies-to-ace-your-job-interview.html


High demand for chemical engineers coming…get ready now!

November 10th, 2017 by Staff

These are just a few indicators of expected growth…get ahead of the curve and send your resume now.  We will match your qualifications and career expectations and notify you of any current or upcoming positions of interest.  Let’s connect today….

Demand for Chemical Engineers is expected to go up, with an expected 2,280 new jobs filled by 2018. This represents an annual increase of 0.99 percent over the next few years.   Read more: https://www.recruiter.com/careers/chemical-engineers/outlook/

Employment of chemical engineers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for chemical engineers’ services depends largely on demand for the products of various manufacturing industries.  Read more: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Chemical Engineers,  on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/chemical-engineers.htm (visited November 01, 2017).

Chemical engineers surpass other engineers in one key area — salary. ”  Moreover, the retirement of many current chemical engineers by 2024 will create favorable job prospects for engineers earlier in their careers, it adds.  Read more:  https://www.chemicalprocessing.com/articles/2016/chemical-engineers-face-favorable-future/

 

 


5 Ways to Ace an Interview with a Bare-Bones Resume

July 20th, 2017 by Staff

Not everyone has the luxury of a long resume to power them through the interview process. New college graduates or people switching fields may find themselves at a loss when they think about just how they’ll compete against industry veterans. The good news is that many industries, particularly the fast-moving tech sector, are no longer just looking at length or depth of resumes to select people. HR managers have discovered that various sets of soft skills are key indicators of a person’s potential, and when you’re looking at hiring for long-term growth, potential can mean much more than bullet points on a resume.

Thus, the big question remains: how do you demonstrate your potential in an interview? Experience is easy to convey; you simply list items and cite examples. But potential is much less tangible, and many people might feel lost trying to quantify such a thing. Fortunately, research in cognitive abilities have identified key traits and qualities that many HR staffers have been trained to spot. These include:

1. Active listening

Regardless of technical skill or industry, effective communication is a major part of getting the job done, and active listening is the foundation of strong communication. Active listening is, by definition, simple: the clear demonstration that the listener is paying attention and picking up all significant details in a conversation. For new hires, this is particularly important, as they will be taking direction and learning lessons from many different sources. As a person moves up a career path, this becomes vital in a different way: as someone assumes a leadership role, they will need to be able to take input from people above and below to make educated, informed decisions. Gathering all of these viewpoints is only possible with active listening.

Interview Tip: Face the speaker, use body language to show understanding, ask appropriate questions, and never interrupt with unsolicited opinions.

2. Learning ability

In your first year on the job, you’ll be learning a lot of things, from day-to-day processes to project schedules to people’s personalities and quirks. The ability to absorb that information quickly and accurately is critical in any position. Outside of the first year on the job, it also lends itself to an upwardly mobile career path, as those who learn quickly are more versatile and can apply themselves to a larger variety of situations. Chances are, if you’ve made it to the interview stage despite a thin resume, that means that the hiring managers believe in your learning ability. Thus, your goal should be to reinforce this belief as much as possible during the interview.

Interview Tip: Weave in anecdotes of when you had to pick up new skills or abilities quickly, both professionally and personally.

3. Problem solving

Problem solving is one of the cornerstones of strong cognitive ability due to its combination of other traits: it requires logical thinking, active listening, teamwork, and strong situational awareness. On the job, an employee with sharp problem-solving abilities is able to work independently and can handle challenging situations. Strong problem solvers are gold for hiring managers because they allow for flexibility across departments while bringing senior-level potential.

Interview Tip: Prepare stories of severe challenges you’ve faced professionally and personally, along with clear paths to resolution and results.

4. Creativity

Most people associate the arts with the word “creativity,” but being creative is an asset in any field. Creativity simply means thinking outside of the box and innovating in new and different ways. That type of mental flexibility is highly prized among hiring managers because it means that you’re adaptable in extreme or unfamiliar circumstances. Not only does this generate previously unheard-of solutions, it allows companies to think of the bigger picture. By tapping into creativity on both process and product, companies can become industry leaders that push new ideas forward — and in many cases, hiring managers specifically seek to recruit creative people  by bringing in “new blood” who can provide a different perspective.

Interview Tip: Research the company’s past and future projects and generate unique solutions to processes and known criticisms.

5. What not to do

The above four tips are excellent ways to demonstrate your value even when your overall experience is light. However, one overarching tip applies to all of those: use common sense. Don’t try too hard to force a narrative into the discussion, don’t use subversively insulting comments when talking about the company or product — even when you’re showing a potentially creative solution to an issue — and absolutely always be polite. Whether you come in with a long resume or a strong set of soft skills or both, these assets can quickly be subverted by coming off as arrogant or unlikable — and that is a trap you can fall into if you try too hard to demonstrate your cognitive abilities or best traits.

Instead, practice with friends and colleagues ahead of time and work on being natural in a high-stress environment. Not only will this help you feel more comfortable in the interview, it will also translate into how hiring managers perceive your personality. In short, it’s a win-win that can’t be quantified on paper.

Josh Millet is the CEO & Founder of Criteria Corp., a pre-employment testing company founded in 2006 that creates software for employers to gather objective data on job candidates with aptitude, personality, and skills tests. He is also the Founder of JobFlare, a mobile app that helps job seekers get discovered based on their abilities rather than their resume. 

from:    http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/interview-bare-bones-resume/?utm_source=UR+Recap+20%2F07%2F2017&utm_campaign=UR+Recap++20%2F7%2F2017&utm_medium=email


Forbes has honored Genie Matthews and Associates

May 26th, 2017 by Staff

Forbes has announced the first ever Best Executive Search Firms in the U.S., and Genie Matthews & Associates is one of these incredible firms! Forbes collaborated Statista to release this first annual, highly exclusive America’s Best Executive Search Firms 2017 List.

The U.S. is chock-full of Executive Search firms, and they all claim expertise, but only the greatest have the right to be called one of Forbes America’s Best.   Connect with us today and see what we can do for you.

Read more or see the full list here:  https://www.forbes.com/best-executive-recruiting-firms/list/#tab:overall.


9 clear signs it’s time to quit your job

May 17th, 2017 by Staff

If you’re like most people, you spend more of your valuable waking hours at work than you do anywhere else. It’s critical that you spend your time at the right company, pursuing the right opportunity.

Bad management does not discriminate based on salary or job title. A Fortune 500 executive team can experience more dissatisfaction and turnover than the baristas at a local coffee shop. The more demanding your job is and the less control you have over what you do, the more likely you are to suffer. A study by the American Psychological Association found that people whose work meets both these criteria are more likely to experience exhaustion, poor sleep, anxiety, and depression.

Staying in a bad job for too long can be very harmful to your career. If you’ve tried everything you can think of to make things better and haven’t seen any big changes, it may be time to move on.

 Choosing to leave a job can be a gut-wrenching decision. You need to know that you’re making the right choice. The good news is there are some clear signs that, if you experience enough of them, suggest it’s time to move on.

The company is circling the drain

A recent study showed that 71 percent of small businesses close their doors by their tenth year in operation. If you’re worried about your company’s health, there’s a good chance you’re right. Watch for clues, like suddenly needing management approval for even minor expenses, an increase in closed-door meetings, or an increased number of upper-management departures. If you suspect that the business is in trouble, it may be time to leave. If you wait until the company closes, you’ll be in the job market competing against your former co-workers.

There’s no room for advancement

It’s easy to get stuck in a job, and, if you love what you’re doing, getting stuck can be comfortable. However, it’s important to remember that every job should enhance your skills and add to your value as an employee. If you’re not learning anything new and are just puttering around doing the same old thing while people around you get promotions and plum assignments, it’s time to look elsewhere.

You’re out of the loop

Does it seem like you’re always the last one to hear about what’s going on at work? If you’re left out of meetings, rarely get face time with upper management, and have never even heard of the big project everyone else is so excited about, that could mean that your bosses just see you as a body filling a desk, rather than as a valuable contributor. That’s bad news for your career and may mean it’s time to leave.

Read more:     https://www.theladders.com/p/16231/9-clear-signs-its-time-to-quit-your-job

 

This post originally appeared on LinkedIn.

Dr. Travis Bradberry is the coauthor of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and the cofounder of TalentSmart.