You can monitor job search websites 24/7, but suddenly your friend gets the position you have never heard about at the company of your dream. Intuition? Corruption? Universal conspiracy? Maybe he knows some secret loopholes? Let’s find out!
You probably get a little anxious when talking to a recruiter. But even though they may look somewhat terrifying, deep down, they want the best for the job seeker and employer. However, in as much as they’d like to match you with the right job fit, recruiters cannot give trade secrets such as salary range, existing competition, and hiring tactics. These details are, in most cases, confidential, and as such, they cannot reveal them.
Since you can’t get this information from recruiters, we’ve gathered eight things they wish they could say but can’t for you. Keep reading.
We Would Have Offered More If You Negotiated
Most times, recruiters have a salary scale rather than a fixed amount that they are willing to offer. And, they will want to pay you the lowest amount possible within an acceptable range. With that in mind, you shouldn’t accept the initial pay offered. Few recruiters would admit that they offered low pay because you didn’t bother with salary negotiation. So, remember, salary, and even benefits, can be negotiated.
You Didn’t Stand a Chance After That Awful Initial Impression
First impressions are everything - more so when you are being considered for a job opportunity. If you make a horrible first impression with a recruiter, they won’t forget it. Things like not returning calls, showing up late for a job interview, unprofessional dressing, and poor etiquette can dent your chances of advancing through the hiring process. If you’ve left a horrible impression on the hiring manager’s mind, they probably want to say that they dislike you. If you want to be likable, which is what the interviewer is looking for, work on forming a great connection with them. Show your unique personality when answering questions.
You’ve Overdone Keywords in Your Application
If you’ve researched on resume writing, then you might know that including keywords from the job description in various sections of your CV is important. However, if you exaggerate keywords on resume, recruiters will definitely notice. So, don’t try too hard to look more knowledgeable or experienced than you are. Head hunters will see through it but won’t mention it to you. Instead, target to look authentic. Sell your personality and show that you are passionate about the position you are applying for.
Your References Didn’t Put You in Good Light
If a recruiter got in touch with your references and they didn’t do much to improve your candidacy, you won’t be told that your references removed you from the race. A good reference should know you enough not just to give general details about you, but also highlight your outstanding strengths and even give specific examples of your performance/ accomplishments.
The same way excellent references improve candidacy, bad ones will ruin things for you. Therefore, choose your references wisely. Give only those who can say good things about you. And, focus on nurturing excellent relationships in your workplace to get people who can genuinely vouch for you.
We Decided to Offer the Position to an In-House Person
You’ve probably heard of companies advertising a job opening and, in the end, deciding to go for an in-house hire. It isn’t illegal. In most cases, insiders catch up quickly and perform better than external hires.
Many human resource departments advertise these jobs to ensure unbiased hiring. But for job seekers, applying for such posts can be frustrating as recruiters will not inform you that you weren’t actually under consideration. Don’t let it put you down. Instead, focus on the other numerous opportunities out there. One might just be for you.
I Did a Background Sweep on You and Got the Truth
Researching more about a candidate from mutual networks, also known as backchanneling, is one of the tactics that employers use to know someone well. And with LinkedIn being so commonplace today, this trend back referencing is even more prevalent. If you don’t add references or are dishonest, know that hiring managers can easily discover what you are hiding by contacting your shared connections. This type of background check is more common in some industries than in others. Expect it from jobs in IT.
Your Social Media Content Ruined Your Chances
Given that the majority of the adult population in the world is on social media, it’s only logical for employers to look you up. It is well-known that recruiters use social media to vet the suitability of a candidate under consideration. So, what exactly do they look for when they look at your online pages? For one, they want to understand your background. And, they also want to see if there are any reasons not to hire you (i.e., warning signs).
If your online activities change the employer’s mind about hiring you, you will probably never find out. So, prepare yourself beforehand. Go through your pages on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to make sure that they present you in the best light. Remove any posts that could be deemed political, offensive, rude, defamatory, or controversial.
We Are Waiting for Another Applicant’s Reply to Make a Decision
Though a bitter pill to swallow, you will sometimes be a second or third option to a recruiter. But, no head hunter will be frank and say that you are backup in case the top applicant doesn’t accept the offer. Therefore, if you realize that the HR in charge of recruitment for a particular role is taking longer than expected to give you a definite answer, know that they are probably waiting for a response from another applicant.
Don’t feel offended if you discover that you aren’t the first choice. Other candidates may withdraw for personal reasons or due to other employment offers. Being a second choice means that you are still in the running. So, use the opportunity to show the recruiter why you fit the position.
These insights of recruiters are some of the most valuable things you should know as a job seeker. Even if a hiring manager doesn’t tell you some of these comments outright, you can now make a good guess and adjust accordingly.
What does it mean to be loyal to your company?
It means to be a faithful employee who does their best every working hour or even overtime for more than 2 years. However, it should also mean to be fully satisfied with your career choice. However, it is not always true to life.
Amazon is the largest online trading platform, which sells and purchases tens of thousands of various products every day. The main site of the company is Amazon.com, operates in the US, the company also has divisions in France, England, Germany, Canada, China, and Japan. Initially created to sell only books, Amazon has grown into a giant trading platform with a huge variety of goods from fishing rods to guitars and designer handbags. Actually, according to the Amazon Annual report 2017, the company ships more than 5 billion items! Thus, it’s no wonder the vast majority of people are literally obsessed with an idea of getting a job at Amazon. So how the company works from the inside?
Like any other employees, LGBTQ candidates should thoroughly assess the environment of a company before accepting a role. Luckily, thanks to the Equality Act more organizations than ever are becoming LGBTQ-friendly.
But with that, a major issue arises: how can LGBTQ individuals identify these friendly organizations? Here are some things you can do to determine if a company is friendly and will treat you as a valuable equal.
Imagine you woke up in the morning, went to the kitchen and spilt your perfectly made cup of coffee over your white trousers. Then put both contact lenses in the same eye. You stuck into a traffic jam and was late for the meeting with your boss. You burst in his cabinet with a brown spot on your pants, blinking with one eye and the whole management team stared at you paralyzed with shock. When you finally arrived at your workplace, you found out that your computer was broken and all the data was lost.
One of the issues job seekers are constantly struggling with while crafting a resume is the question of putting a photo on it. Mostly it depends on a region where you are going to apply as every country has its own laws and cultural features that define the requirements to a resume format.
Every first-time job seeker or career changer knows for sure how to prepare a resume. However, not everyone knows how to do it professionally. In fact, there are three types of resumes: chronological resume, functional or skill-based resume, and combination resume. All these types are used according to candidate’s work experience and employer’s requirements. Each of them has its advantages and disadvantages.
Nowadays it’s not an easy deal to get a job, and the task becomes even more tough if you have employment gaps on your resume. The most recent question recruiters would ask is: “Please explain any gaps in your employment history”. Whether you took time off to travel or opted for volunteering, gaps in employment history are a little off-putting to hiring managers. It may give the wrong impression about your capacities and aspirations. In this article, we gather the most effective tips how to explain gaps in work history during the interview.
Each person who encounters job search has a question, which arises in their mind - “When to start applying for jobs?” This article highlights what every employee should take into account to succeed in the daunting process of job search.
Almost all of us have felt the wonderful magic of Disney. Whether it was only through a cinema screening, home watch-through or even a visit to the Disney World we have experienced this incredible je ne sais quoi around Disney. I’m more than sure, the thought of work at Disney has crossed the minds of many inspired young people from seeing Disney World princesses perform. And of bloody course, how wouldn’t one want to dive into this setting of princes and princesses, beasts and witches, talking animals and fairies. The atmosphere is sure to be amazing, isn’t it? Well then, it is settled, let’s get a job at Disney!