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How to answer the question “What’s your biggest weakness?”

biggest-weaknessIt’s been a standard interview question for so long, it’s become a bit of a cliche. Still, the question “what’s your biggest weakness” is likely to show up, in some form or another, in your interviews.

For example, a hiring manager might ask you about an area for improvement on your last performance review.

So how should you answer?  Many people are tempted to share a weakness that’s really just a strength in disguise. Our advice? Be more authentic than that. Hiring managers can see through the “I’m a perfectionist” answer, and it’ll come across as a brag – even if it’s true. 

At the same time, you don’t have to air your dirty laundry – after all, you are trying to sell yourself, not bash yourself.

Instead, give an honest, specific example of something you’re actively working on improving (be sure to include what you’ve done to successfully address the weakness). People find a little vulnerability charming; it shows you’re putting yourself out there for the job.

Whatever your “biggest weakness,” take our advice, and you’ll be a breath of fresh air to the person interviewing you. After all, hiring managers aren’t as interested in what your biggest weakness is. They’re interested in how you answer the question.

Ready to start interviewing? Visit TRC Staffing Services, Inc to browse temp, temp-to-perm, and full-time opportunities with some of the best companies in the country.

 

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TRC Professional Solutions Recruiters Reveal What They Look For in a Resume

6 Second Rule- RecruitersAs the job market continues to evolve, a dynamic resume still remains the backbone of a job search. And for recruiters, it offers an overview of your skills, qualifications, and education that will ultimately determine whether or not you will be invited in for an interview. Today’s resumes are carefully crafted and formatted, serving as the gateway to the next step in your career.

A job study conducted by The Ladders reveals the average time spent by recruiters looking at a resume is around 6 seconds. Luckily, our recruiters have put together a list of 7 things you can do to help your resume stand out:

  1. Tell A Story: The common job trend of stating your responsibilities objectively has slowly faded away. In today’s job market, recruiters and employers are looking for your resume to tell a story about your experiences. Rather than list bullet points, illustrate a step-by-step statement that demonstrates how you met objectives and exceeded your goals. Use a balance of quantitative and qualitative data to bring your experience to use.
  2. Market Yourself Online: Make sure to put keywords from the job you want within your resume as much as possible in order for recruiters to find you in search engines. Doing this will drastically increase the amount of search results you will show up in. To be more specific, if you are an Electrical Engineer, include keywords and accomplishments such as “Programming” or “Design.”
  3. Show off Your Talent for Details: Make a statement that you are an IT Professional. Without explanation about what you have done, there is no frame of reference to consider you for a position, so make sure you are as detailed as possible. Being detail oriented is a skill set that needs to shine through!
  4. Convey Consistency and Quantify Your Accomplishments: Proofread your resume once completed to ensure punctuality, flow, readability, and tone are consistent. Simplicity goes a long way so try to steer clear of overwhelming the recruiter with too much text. While aiming to depict simplicity, quantify your prior accomplishments any chance you can. For example, instead of listing that you monitored or managed monthly budgets, specifically state how large the budget was.
  5. Categorize Your Resume Correctly: As you categorize your resume, keep in mind that your skill section should only list skills that you can be tested on today. Chances are that you will be asked about these during your interview, so if you are not able to perform these, then it might be best to leave them off.
  6. Be Careful When Formatting: Many times, if you use a special type of formatting, the website or job portal such as CareerBuilder or Indeed might not upload it properly. In order to avoid this, only use formatting tools for their intended purposes. Allow Microsoft Word to do this for you! Use borders for borders, underlines for underlining, and bullets for bullets. If you are asked to submit a resume via email, we also recommend to send this as a PDF file to avoid formatting errors from occurring when the recruiter reviews it.
  7. Don’t Limit Yourself to One Resume: Draft several resumes that focus on different aspects of your experience. If you are a Technical Manager who can program, create a resume that focuses on project management, one that focuses on programming, and one that does both. We promise the extra work will be worth it in the long run!

Crafting the perfect resume takes time and careful critiquing, but by following our suggestions, could help your resume stand out. TRC Professional Solutions has created a template that can be used for almost any tech related position, so be sure to click below to download:

TRC Professional Solutions Resume Template

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4 Key Tech Trends to Watch for in 2015

trendsAs the technology industry continues to generate more career opportunities, employers are seeking specific skills to fulfill their open positions.

As job seekers continue to broaden their careers, take a look at the following trends to watch for in 2015:

  1. Shift from Temporary to Full-Time Employment: Business News Daily reveals, “Employers planning to hire temporary or contract workers in 2015, fifty-six percent plan to transition some of those workers into full-time permanent roles.” Studies have also shown organizations are planning on hiring more employees in 2015.
  2. Big Data: If you are in the tech industry, then you have probably heard this term. Big Data is one of the hottest topics within the job market right now. Organizations are determining how to use Big Data to help them operate it effectively and efficiently. The need for candidates who know how to, mine for, manage and use this data for businesses will continue to grow.
  3. Mobile Focus: Did you know that 86% of job seekers who have a smart phone would use it to search for a job, but 50% of career sites aren’t optimized for mobile? Moving forward, more companies are spending additional funds to ensure their technologies are mobile friendly, which will provide more opportunities for candidates with related skill sets who can fulfill these needs.
  4. Help Desk Roles: In 2015, there will be a higher need for staffing agencies to place candidates in positions catering to technical support and help desk associates. As technology continues to change, the number of devices and variety of hardware and software that organizations support will sky rocket. As a result, it becomes more difficult for organizations to support these platforms and hiring needs will increase.

The real question at the end of the day is, how can you, as a job seeker prepare for these trends? Stay on top of the latest updates within your industry, learn new skills to make yourself marketable, and over-prepare for the interview. If you have any other key technology trends to look out for in 2015, we would love to hear from you!

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Why You Did Not Land the “Follow Up” Interview

interviewIf you are like the rest of us, then you have probably have gone through an initial interview process, but unfortunately never heard anything back about finalizing the “next steps”. Chances are, you thought you aced the interview, but were soon disappointed to never receive a response. Don’t worry- you are not the only one- we have all been there!

After all, one of the biggest complaints from job seekers is not hearing back from employers. We have provided some feedback as to why you may not have landed the “follow up” interview:

  • The Position May not be Available Anymore: Unfortunately, the recruiting process can change at any time. There are many outside factors that can come into play: the company might not be able to provide for this position financially or some candidates from within the organization decided to apply for the same job. It is also possible they have chosen to not move forward with hiring someone for this role. Bummer, we know!
  • Some People Avoid Confrontation: This is something to keep in mind during your job search. Due to the increasing amount of applicants, some hiring managers place their focus on candidates who will make the right fit for the open position and choose not to follow up with candidates they are not moving forward with.
  • Employers Are Still Deciding: Sometimes companies have not fully committed to creating a new position or may take their time sorting through candidates for the position. If this is the case, it doesn’t hurt to follow up with the hiring manager down the road!
  • Increasing Number of Applicants: In today’s competitive market, the HR department is swarmed with numerous applications, many of which are qualified for the current open position. There is also a chance your resume might have gotten mixed in with other applications. Now that you know this, go ahead and follow up with a “thank-you” letter and a phone call a week later thanking them for taking the time to meet with you.
  • There is Still Room for Improvement: First impressions are crucial, so make sure you arrive early and dress to impress. Work on your presentation skills by speaking confidently during the interview process and cater your resume and cover letter specifically to the position you are applying for.

The bottom line is that there could be many external reasons that could come into play when deciding who to hire. If you didn’t land that “follow-up” interview- don’t get discouraged- the right position may be just around the corner! If you have any experience of why you did not land that “follow up” interview, we would love to hear your story!

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