‘Ask A Recruiter’ Category

March 30th, 2011, 1:00 pm

Ask-a-Recruiter: How to Get Back on Track After a Career Break

By Traci K. How can you get your resume to the top of the stack when you’ve taken a break from your career to care for children or aging parents? You’re punctual, smart, determined, qualified. You’ve had great experience and have at least 3 years of tenure in every position you’ve held. You’re a hard-worker, [...]

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June 24th, 2009, 6:00 am

Ask-A-Recruiter: How Do Recruiters Search and Screen Resumes?

Contributed by Caroline Ceniza-Levine of SixFigureStart Last week I wrote about the two main factors that every resume needs – authenticity and specificity.  Specificity (i.e., tailoring a resume to the employer/ industry/ function you are targeting), is particularly important because it enables your resume to be found when recruiters search and noticed when recruiters screen.   [...]

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May 20th, 2009, 6:00 am

Ask-A-Recruiter: How to Show Employers That You Fit the Job

Contributed by Caroline Ceniza-Levine of SixFigureStart If flexibility, versatility and cross-training are all the rage these days, why do recruiters seem to hold so firmly to the belief that a candidate must “fit the profile” exactly? The above question is valid, and it demonstrates why boilerplate qualities with no substance or tangible metrics attached are [...]

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May 13th, 2009, 6:00 am

Ask-A-Recruiter: When Can You Take It Easy In Your Search

Contributed by Caroline Ceniza-Levine of SixFigureStart I have been to several interviews and am waiting to hear back. I like the idea of taking a break and also want to wait and see what happens with this first group of companies. I have other companies I could start researching, but I don’t want to spread [...]

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May 6th, 2009, 6:00 am

Ask-A-Recruiter: How Much Does Your Past Salary Impact Future Prospects

Contributed by Caroline Ceniza-Levine of SixFigureStart I am planning to accept a job that pays below market because everything else about it is ideal, and I expect to move in two to three years anyway. How much impact will the lower salary have on my future negotiations? This was a question from one of our [...]

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April 29th, 2009, 6:00 am

Ask-A-Recruiter: The Language of Career Change

Contributed by Caroline Ceniza-Levine of SixFigureStart As my last 15 years of experience has been specialized (contract negotiations, mortgage loans, and asset and mortgage backed securities), how do you successfully convey that your past experience and skills set is transferable to a new industry, such as health care? How to translate the details is the [...]

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April 22nd, 2009, 6:00 am

Ask-A-Recruiter: Financing Big Changes

Contributed by Caroline Ceniza-Levine of SixFigureStart A popular excuse for not making a big change is money. You don’t have enough money – training for new skills, career coaching, whatever support you need for the big change cost more than you have. You need the income you have – you don’t have any left over [...]

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April 15th, 2009, 6:00 am

Ask-A-Recruiter: Getting Noticed By Executive Recruiters

Contributed by Caroline Ceniza-Levine of SixFigureStart How does a person make themselves known to recruiters? This question was posed during last month’s SixFigureStart Ask-A-Recruiter call. The caller worked as in-house counsel so did not get the same attention from recruiters as her attorney colleagues in law firms. Refer. Build long-term relationships with recruiters by being [...]

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April 8th, 2009, 6:00 am

Ask-A-Recruiter: Phantom Job Postings

Contributed by Caroline Ceniza-Levine of SixFigureStart Last week, my coaching firm hosted our monthly free coaching call, where we answered questions from jobseekers about the hiring process. Not one, but two questions were submitted about phantom job postings: Why do recruiters post listings for jobs that don’t exist? Why do companies consistently list job openings, [...]

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April 1st, 2009, 6:00 am

Ask-A-Recruiter: Networking Success Stories

Contributed by Caroline Ceniza-Levine of SixFigureStart As a career coach and recruiter, I have followed many careers. I have also seen many examples of networking success: A PhD in molecular biology makes key venture capital contacts (and eventually lands a VC job) after tracking down a fellow PhD in molecular biology who is now a [...]

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