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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.

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Unexpected ways you’ll be evaluated by recruiters.

Spark-Hire-Reasons-To-Find-A-New-Recruiter-870x400We all know the typical things recruiters look for in any job candidate. But there are also some unexpected ways they go about assessing your skills. Here are a few specific tricks hiring managers, potential bosses and recruiters use to determine what’ll happen once you’re out of the interview and on the job.

Big data. Today, recruiters can use tools that aggregate a candidate’s online presence, scouring profiles, forums, shared projects, and posts to form a more comprehensive picture of your skills, interests, and behaviors. What they say is true: be aware that the things you do online in “public” places should always be things you wouldn’t mind a potential employer seeing.

Receptionists. Yes, hiring managers often refer to office receptionists to get a little more information about how you behave when in front of people you don’t necessarily expect to be evaluating you. Some companies even go so far as to have receptionists fill out their own evaluations of candidates during their brief time in the lobby. So even though it seems obvious, always be courteous and put your best face forward for everyone.

Checks for consistency. Recruiters often check to see if claims on your resume and other professional materials match up with your actions online. If you claim you’re one thing, but the organizations you belong to and job boards you frequent say another, they’ll question your legitimacy.

Surprise tactics. Potential employers sometimes like to get you out of your comfort zone, to see how you’ll react when you’re caught off guard. They may call you after hours, or interrupt you in the middle of an interview panel or test, to see how you handle it. Whatever your potential employer throws your way, it’s okay to be genuinely surprised – just go with the flow, and above all – always be polite.

References you didn’t provide. If a potential boss or hiring manager knows someone you worked with or for, they’ll often reach out, whether you included this person on your list of references or not. That’s just the reality of the small world we live in – word of mouth is your best form of advertising. So even though we all have people we didn’t exactly jive with, do your best to never burn bridges.

Are we missing anything? What are some other screening tactics job candidates should be aware of during their search? We’d love to hear your experience in the comments section below.

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How to make your Facebook account prospective employer-friendly

https://www.google.com/search?site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=934&q=facebook&oq=faceb&gs_l=img.3.0.0l10.734.1400.0.2297.5.4.0.1.1.0.64.242.4.4.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..0.5.253.ihyWsXnR6Mk#imgrc=rgGNW5no1Elv-M%3AAre you one of those graduates who really enjoyed college…and posted it all over your newsfeed? Don’t worry. You may not be able to fix any damage that has already been done, but you still can clean up your current account so that it doesn’t come across as unprofessional to future employers.

Facebook is the number-one social network, and it seems like everyone uses it. Currently, there are more than 1.59 billion active accounts. Facebook is popular because it allows old friends to connect, new friends to talk, and everyone to enjoy a convenient online community.

It’s also proven to be a useful tool for recruiters. More than 94% of recruiters use social media to find candidates for open positions. If your feed is filled with dancing monkeys, it might not come off as the most professional page. Even if you don’t plan on using a staffing company to find a job right out of college, your potential employers will still do their homework. So how can you clean up your current account? Check out the basics of Facebook’s privacy policy below!

Let’s start with photos. Any pictures that you have uploaded to Facebook can be edited by you. A great place to start cleaning up your digital presence is to simply go through old photos. Take down anything that you would find embarrassing if an employer pulled it up.

How do I edit my photos? Simply go through your photos, click one you don’t like, push edit, and voila! You can edit who you were with, where you were, the date, and the time. You can even edit the privacy settings and choose who you want to be able to see the images (i.e. public, friends, or only you). However, if you are considering posting something online in the future that is only for your eyes – maybe you shouldn’t be posting it at all. Anything posted online is never truly private.

As for photos that other people have uploaded and tagged you in, you can either untag yourself or ask them to remove the photos altogether. Then, make sure to adjust your privacy settings so that you must approve every post you are tagged in. That way, you will be able to decide whether or not the post is “allowed on timeline” or “hidden from timeline.”

Your Facebook privacy settings tool even shows you which apps are connected to your account. Any connected apps can share the information you’ve uploaded to Facebook. So go through and decide which apps you might need to remove from your Facebook account.

Also, don’t forget to edit your Facebook profile. Any information you’ve made public can be deleted or adjusted. If you are also interested in editing who can see what, you can also do that in the profile section. For instance, you might want to make your professional email public so that recruiters can contact you, but keep your personal phone number set on “only me.”

Finally, scroll down your personal newsfeed. If you see any posts that feel inappropriate, simply click on the down arrow and delete them.

Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping your personal Facebook account professional? We’d love to hear about them in the comments section below!

 

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What You Post Today, Will Affect You Tomorrow: A Social Media Lesson from Yelp

https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=934&q=fired+by+social+media&oq=fired+by+social+media&gs_l=img.3..0i24.988.3554.0.3753.21.9.0.12.12.0.88.596.9.9.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..0.21.632.okZh9zbDtwk#imgrc=JBBqGfFgm_IlmM%3AIf you have been keeping up with the latest Technology news, you have probably heard about the dissatisfied Yelp girl. If you haven’t, the Yelp employee (Talia Jane, 25) was a Customer-Support Representative based out of Silicon Valley. She wrote a very detailed, emotional blog called “An Open Letter To My CEO” – which went into depth about the San Francisco housing crisis, her emotional stress, poor wages paid by her employer, and a little bit about her career aspirations.

“So here I am, 25 years old, balancing all sorts of debt and trying to pave a life for myself that doesn’t involve crying in the bathtub every week.”- Talia Jane

After the blog was posted, Talia Jane was let go from her position at Yelp almost immediately. There has been a lot of discussion on social media the matter. Most of the talk is being based around tech wages, Millennials, and whether or not the girl should have been let go at all. All of these discussions are valid, but there is one discussion in particular that should be duly noted. It is VITAL to always stay professional on social media, even if you believe you have a valid point to make regarding your employment.

This situation is a prime example of letting your emotions take hold of your career. Talia went from having a job that paid the bills (kinda), to not having a job at all. In her case, she is getting a lot of attention but that isn’t the case for everyone who declares war on a company through social media. In fact, if you break any HR policies by talking negatively about your company or providing “insider information”, you can even get sued.

Misusing social media will not only affect your career today but tomorrow as well. If you speak negatively online about people or companies, remember that other will see this. Future employers will be unimpressed, recruiters will see it as unprofessional, and you could damage a potential job interview before you even have a chance to speak with the company.

If you are feeling frustrated with your work, take a step back and look at the big picture. Whatever your problems is – you don’t like your job, your boss is rude, you don’t like the person who sits near you, etc. is it really going to help if you post about it online? Even if your account settings are on lock-down and are private, nothing is private online. Someone, somewhere, could find it . . . leaving you one screenshot away from dipping into your savings.

Whatever your problem is at work: think through it; or talk it over with someone who is separated from the situation, and think about your career logically. Acting in the moment doesn’t always help (though sometimes we admit it does feel good). Even if you can’t fix your problem and want to leave, put in your two weeks’ notice the appropriate way. This way, you can use your current company as a reference.

Everyone has positive and negative situations they have to handle at work. What are a few professional tips you have to relieve stress? Tell us about them by commenting below.

 

 

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How-to Stay Connected With Your Company and Colleagues in the Technology Age

https://www.google.com/search?safe=active&site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1920&bih=934&q=remoting+in&oq=remoting+in&gs_l=img.3..0i24l10.6165.8394.0.8689.11.11.0.0.0.0.133.1104.8j3.11.0....0...1ac.1.64.img..0.11.1094.0hSqh8-B7XY#safe=active&tbm=isch&q=telecommuting&imgrc=2OqGvEqcdFdhnM%3ASince 2005, the amount of people who now remote in to work has increased by 60%. Over 2 million people are able to work flexible schedules and choose whether or not they want to go into the office five days a week. This increase is due to more companies allowing flexible schedules. How could they not? Employees are 20% more productive when performing creative tasks at home and most of them work more than 40 hours a week. Just because they aren’t physically in the office, doesn’t mean the work isn’t being completed, in fact, it’s the opposite.

There are a few obstacles to overcome if you work from home as it can be easy to forget that there are actually faces behind the computer screen. How can our team members get to know us and create professional relationships – when we don’t actually meet face-to-face? Below are a few suggestions that can help you stay connected with your team in the technology age.

It can be easy to misinterpret emails and Instant Messages. Sometimes, emails can seem a little unclear and may not be detailed. Utilize programs such as Skype for Business to help communicate effectively with group members. Skype offers both verbal and written forms of communication. You can set up conference calls, Instant Message, and update your work status (available or not) all with Skype. Even if you are just changing your availability status, you will be communicating with your team.

Know WHAT you are trying to get accomplished and stay on track. It can be easy to lose track of time when you are devoted to what you are doing and work alone. It helps to set time limits on projects for both yourself (and team members) when working remotely. By track your own productivity, you can ensure you are keeping up with the team and progressing forward on the whole project. Calling in and giving a daily progress report with your boss could also help. It lets them know what you have gotten done and you can communicate any progress or setbacks that you have encountered.

A great visual resource to use when you’re out of the office is Screen Share. It can be difficult describing a problem, situation, wordy paragraph, etc. over the phone. Screen Share can help you communicate with your team visually by giving you the ability to share your screen with others. Sometimes, visual collaboration is the only way to solve a problem and this resource can help you stay connected.

Stay available. Whether you finish your work early for the day or if you worked till 9:00 at night, keep up with your emails and your phone calls. You may have completed your task at hand, but that doesn’t mean the day is done. Checking your email and answering your phone will help you stay connected to not only your team but your company as well.

Lastly, check out your company’s social media. It’s a great way to engage with the brand and learn about what other projects or initiatives are happening within your organization and not just your team. Do you have suggestions on how to stay connected to your colleagues or company when you work remotely?

 

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Advancements in Technology Leads to Evolution in the Recruitment Process

RecruitmentRecruitment has certainly evolved over time and the role of technology continues to play an instrumental part throughout the hiring process. From the development of recruitment agencies in the 1940’s to the launch of LinkedIn in 2003, there has been monumental progress that has ultimately transformed today’s employment landscape. New technological advancements will continue to drive the future of recruitment strategy. But, how exactly has this process evolved and where do job seekers stand moving forward? Let’s take a look and see how it all began:

In the 1950’s, the CV became the standard means when it came to listing out qualifications and experiences to potential employers. This process began to slowly transform in the 1970’s when recruitment agencies started to modify and filter how they searched for candidates. During this time, the first job advertisements appeared in newspapers and commercial computers slowly made their way into the market.

Shortly after the launch of Apple’s first PC in 1976, the development of applicant tracking systems soon followed. In the 2000’s, recruitment methods took off rapidly as 43% of job seekers used the Internet in their job search in 2003. In 2010, organizations began to implement Social Media within their business practices and as a way to connect and engage with potential candidates with their brand.

Since then, the rise in Smartphone usage has impacted the way we connect with employers, candidates, and hiring managers. The heavy increase in mobile traffic means that employers needed a plan in order to accommodate today’s mobile friendly demographic. Organizations are now focusing on reorganizing their entire website infrastructure to accommodate the changes in candidate behavior. A recent study from Kelton Global reveals that “70% of job seekers are willing to apply for a job via smartphone, but more than a quarter of larger companies said that not a single part of their hiring process has been mobile-optimized.” By the end of 2015, 86% of active candidates will use their smartphone to begin a job search.

The evolution doesn’t stop here. Technology will continue to serve as the direct liaison among all aspects of the hiring process. If you have any feedback on how technology has helped you throughout your career, connect with us today or join the conversation with us on Twitter!

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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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