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Keeping the career search personal: Tips from recruiters

Posted by Chad O'Connor  October 17, 2012 11:00 AM

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Massachusetts is among the top states in this country creating job opportunities and finding talent to fill those jobs. Since we have such a competitive pool of candidates, I thought it might be helpful to share tips from some of the top recruiters in this area on how job seekers can stand out. Here they are:

Keith Cline, Dissero
Keith has been a start-up headhunter for 14 years. He is the founder of Dissero, a recruiting firm that works primarily with VC-backed start-ups. He is also the founder of VentureFizz, a website about technology and entrepreneurship in Boston.
● Networking is key: There are several events happening each week within the Boston area. Go to the VentureFizz Networking Calendar and pick a few each month that appeal to your interests.
● Get found: make sure your LinkedIn profile is updated and does a great job at demonstrating your experience.
● Be an expert: startups tend to look for people who have specific domain experience. Whether it is experience within an industry, technology, or a skillset, your expertise needs to be heard. So, start a blog and write posts sharing your thoughts & trends... tweet your opinions around relevant topics.

Rich Collins, Market Street Talent
Rich has worked as an IT consultant for major players including Keane, Cisco Systems, PEGAsystems, BankBoston, and a number of dotcoms. Heʼs a recruiter who has been in the trenches and knows the lay of the land.

● Make your job search a full time job. A part time approach will yield part time results. You should have your 'game on' at all times - that means answering your phones and emails immediately, and be on the ready for interviews at all times. Candidates often lose jobs to other candidates simply because they weren't available when someone else was.
● Filling jobs is often comparable to FIFO (first in first out) - this doesn't mean an employer will hire the first people in, it means they will often choose the first exceptional candidate(s) in a round of interviews. Some do 'hold out' but most want to remove the burden of an open job req as quickly and efficiently as possible with the best candidate in a series of interviews. Target jobs that are fresh on the market and be sure to get in the door early.
● Don't work fast food. Nothing looks worse on a resume than going from a manager with corporate responsibility to a server at a greasy spoon. Most folks say "Hey - I needed to work and show I'm a hard worker" but that's usually a kiss of death. Volunteer, try something new, but demonstrate that you are using your free time to better your career not just 'get by.'

Adriana Ganos, RueLaLa
Adriana was with Winter, Wyman, focusing on advancing the careers of software engineers, until recently joining RueLaLa as their Recruiting Manager.
● It's all about personal branding and networking. Use all the new and free social media to
get your name and interests out there.
● Attend events that allow you to learn about companies and connect with people. This will allow you to obtain information and expand your network.
● You want to present yourself as a prepared, informed, and motivated individual. In order to balance your current position with a job search set attainable goals where you spend a designated amount of time a week on the search.

Laurisa Neuwirth, John Leonard Employment Staffing
Laurisa is an Ambassador of Relationship-Based Staffing at John Leonard Employment. She offers companies the knowledge to deliver on-target and cost-effective talent that fits hand-in-glove into each specific company's culture.

● Stand out from the crowd: use your contacts in the job hunt. With so many resumes flowing in for each posted job, reach out to your contacts to get a personal referral into a company, or use a recruiter who has built a trusted relationship with the hiring manager of that company, so when your resume gets submitted that hiring manager will actually look at it.
● I love when candidates use Vsnap or some other tool to standout. Rather than send a blind resume, consider sending a video message and attach your resume and LinkedIn profile. Use the 60 seconds to talk about why you are fired up about the position and the company.
● Mind your manners after the interview: Another great use for Vsnap is after the interview as a high-tech thank you note. A thank you should have 3 points: (1) Thank them for their time (2) reference a point where you learned something about the company and saw a fit for you personally and (3) say you are looking forward to the next step because you are very interested in this opportunity.

Joe Nigro is a Boston World Partnerships connector and Business Evangelist at Vsnap, a MassChallenge startup. Attend the MassChallenge Awards Ceremony to celebrate startups on October 23rd

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