7 Signs Your Candidate is Just Not That Into Your Role

Phoebe Spinks

( As a candidate you can flip these signs to show how interested you are )

It’s a sad but familiar story.

You find the perfect person for the job. They’re qualified, experienced and within budget. Boxes ticked. As time goes by you let your client fall more in love with them, only to have them pull out at the eleventh hour.

Why? Because the ‘perfect person’ never cared as much as you did. You were blinded by their profile on paper and missed the red flags.

Apart from having lost time and a placement, you’re now back to square one with a client offside. And to make matter’s worse, hindsight shows you how it all could have been avoided…

So what are the signs you’re being strung along?

1. Poor communication:

Not answering calls, ignoring emails, going MIA for days. As well as being incredibly frustrating, this kind of behaviour is totally avoidable in today’s technological age. Excuses, excuses… call them out.

4. Lack of questions:

We all like a Yes Man. Jim Carrey showed us that saying “yes” more leads us to happiness. But be wary of a candidate that says it too quickly without probing for details. How can they be passionate about something they know so little about?

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Ten Unmistakable Signs Your Employees Are Job-Hunting

Liz Ryan

Some workplace questions are difficult to answer, but this one is not: Why do employees quit their jobs?

They do it because they are undervalued. They leave their jobs because they are kept in the dark and unappreciated. The biggest problem most managers have is that they neglect their employees.

They say to themselves, “No one has complained to me about anything, so everything must be fine in my department” when it isn’t. Their employees have tried to say, “I have a concern — there’s something we need to talk about” but their issues were brushed aside.

Strong managers are constantly asking their teammates, “How are you doing? How are you holding up?” Weak managers don’t ask, because they don’t want to hear the answer. If they tuned in and listened to their employees, they’d be responsible for taking a step. They might have to advocate for a team member. That’s what they don’t want to do.

Here are 10 unmistakable signs some or all of your employees are looking for a job that doesn’t put them in daily contact with you. Now is your chance to step up and ask your employees what you can do to make your workplace a human place where people can thrive and grow.

Don’t wait for these signs to show themselves — do it now!

2. Your employees start coming to work looking sharp. They can always hide their suit jacket or stylish pumps in their cars, but they can’t hide a new haircut or a manicure!

3. Your employees start sharing LinkedIn tips with one another. When you approach them, they change the subject.

5. You start to get vacation requests from your employees, but they only ask for a day or a half-day off work.

See all 10 and the complete Forbes article

How To Use Facebook and Twitter To Find Work

Vanessa McGrady

Chryselle D’Silva Dias, a freelance writer for publications such as Time, The Atlantic, BBC, Marie Claire India and the Guardian, to name a few, admits to being an early technology adopter, and that includes social media. What’s she’s found, by following the right people and publications, is that Twitter and Facebook are full of job opportunities. “In recent months, the bulk of my new work has come from Facebook groups for writers. From Twitter, I have found a few calls for pitches and story ideas, which is always useful.”

Though Dias, 42, has a very specific kind of work she does from her home base of Goa, India, her method for getting gigs can apply to nearly anyone, anywhere, in any industry.

Using the right tools

Dias uses Tweetdeck to manage her Twitter account. Other platforms for organizing the influx of information include Hootsuite and Social Oomph. “Many people find Twitter overwhelming because it appears as one constant stream of news and comments and responses from other people. An app like Tweetdeck helps you break your feed into smaller, manageable chunks.” You can set up a list or that shows you only tweets from specific people, or that mention a word or phrase. Dias, for example, has her feed organized so she can readily see tweets for editors, feminist writers and jobs. She also tracks search terms such as “is hiring writers” and “call for pitches.” So if you’re in the hotel industry for example, you might look for tweets that mention “hospitality” and “hiring” and follow hotel chains that interest you.

Understanding the etiquette

Dias likens Twitter to being at a party, where you know some people, but not everyone. “You should be friendly, polite and not push (only) your work constantly. Be curious about other people, their work and what they’re discussing. Jump in if you have something to say and not because you want them to notice you.” She says that over time, followers will come to understand your voice and the kinds of things you post.

And, like in any other medium—snail mail or real life—follow the instructions. If you’re asked to reply via a link to a website, do exactly that—don’t just reply with a Facebook message linking to your resume, and don’t worry too much if you feel ignored. “Don’t take things personally – the people behind the account probably have a lot to handle (they’re likely to be inundated, it is a call for work) and they might not respond to you or respond in a way that you’re not happy about.”

Finally, Dias offers these tips for a more successful job search:  See the tips and the complete Forbes article

The Top Resume Mistakes That Could Cost You The Job

Sophie Deering

You could have all the skills experience to make you the best candidate for a role, but if you’ve made sloppy mistakes on your resume, or not taken the time to write it in a way that will get you noticed, it could cost you the job.

Recruiters generally make up their mind about a candidate within 60 seconds of glancing at their resume, so it could be something as small as a spelling error that gets your application discarded.

So what makes a stand out resume and what are the most common mistakes that job seekers make? Ayers have the answers.

CV and Resume Statistics:

  • Recruiters spend an average of 3.14 minutes reading a candidate’s resume and they have generally made up their mind within the first minute.
  • 1 in 5 recruiters will actually reject a candidate before they’ve even finished reading their resume.
  • 5% of applicants are dishonest when describing their previous roles or the time they spent in a job.
  • 10% of job seekers have applied for 50 or more jobs without hearing back.

What are the top reasons that recruiters reject a resume?

  • 59% of recruiters will reject a candidate because of poor grammar or a spelling error. Though these mistakes seem small, they indicate that the candidate is sloppy and hasn’t taken the time to proofread their resume.
  • Over 50% of recruiters will reject a candidate if their resume is full of cliches. You need to differentiate yourself from the crowd, cliches are boring.
  • Over 40% are also put off by too much design, such as snazzy borders, inappropriate fonts, clipart images…..or even an emoji!

See also:

What are the top 10 resume cliches that recruiters hate?

What makes a great resume?

AND the complete UndercoverRecruiter article


4 Tips When Connecting With A Recruiter On LinkedIn

By Margaret Buj

Whenever I speak at an event about job search, I always recommend creating a list of target companies and then connecting with recruiters directly on LinkedIn.

It can be a great way to get noticed and even hear about opportunities before they become advertised. But only if you do it right.

Almost on a daily basis, I get messages and resumes from candidates who haven’t bothered looking at my LinkedIn profile. If they did, they’d not ask me to help them find a job in the textile or automobile industries or ask me about job opportunities in UAE! These examples are just from this week.

Then there are those who send blank emails to 20 recruiters without doing any research. This is the quickest way for your email to get deleted.

Here are some tips on how to connect with recruiters on LinkedIn:

1. Treat them like any networking contact.

Would you pick up the phone and start calling strangers, expecting them to find you a job before they know anything about you? I hope you wouldn’t, so the same rule applies here.

Try to find a few recruiters in your area of expertise and build some rapport first before you ask for help.

3. Get an introduction or referral to a trusted recruiter from someone in your network.

If possible, try to meet them at a networking or a professional development event, so you can introduce yourself in person.

See all 4 Tips and the complete “The Muse” article

8 Questions to Ask Yourself When Applying Online Is Getting You Absolutely Nowhere

By Alyse Kalish

Real talk: I’ve never gotten a job by submitting an application and crossing my fingers. My first internship I found through a friend of a friend who connected me to the hiring manager. And when I applied to the Muse, I landed the gig by reaching out via email to the editor-in-chief.

I’m not a rare case, either. I have friends who’ve received jobs through personal projects, by networking with college alumni, or from connections who liked their profiles on LinkedIn. In fact, I can count on one hand people I know who got a job the old-fashioned way.

Before I go any further, I want to tell you that I know this can be frustrating. There were times during my job search when I screamed into a pillow, cried, and moped around. I hated that I had worked so hard only to get rejected over and over. Not to mention that I resented companies for using a mere piece of paper to decide if I was the right fit.

However, I finally accepted that there were two things completely out of my control—I couldn’t force someone to hire me, and I couldn’t predict who I’d be competing against. In addition, there are two realities I had to face: Most companies get a lot of applications, and most of those applications look the same.

Realizing this might bum you out for a bit, but it also might be useful when evaluating what you’re currently doing so you can come up with solutions to actually get your application into someone’s hands.

I’ve tried almost everything on this list, and since then, I’ve found myself more marketable, more confident in my skill set, and more successful in getting interviews. Plus, without going above and beyond the submit button when applying to The Muse, I wouldn’t have the amazing opportunity to write this for you. So, behold, the best ways to get your materials out of the online ether and in front of a person.

3. Have You Reached Out to Your Connections?

You know people, right? And those people know people who know people who work somewhere. They don’t have to be your best friends or first cousins. They don’t even have to be folks you’ve met before. All you need is to send a quick email to people you think might be able to help you in your search.

When I first started looking for opportunities in publishing, I realized that the only way I would get somewhere was to talk to people who knew more than I did. I contacted college alumni over LinkedIn, personalizing my message and asking if they would chat with me for 15 minutes over the phone about their position, or even (gasp!) meet for coffee. This is basically an informational interview—and while “informational” doesn’t sound very promising, you’d be surprised to know that people do remember you later on, and they might just recommend you for an opening.

Who else can you reach out to? Tons of folks. Just think: You have the power to email anyone at any time, whether it’s a friend of a distance relative or someone kind of random (I once emailed my dad’s old college roommate—and yes, he got back to me). This power isn’t about bugging people to give you a job, nor should you take advantage of the detachment of email—even in writing you should be respectful, grateful, and aware that he or she may be busy. It’s about showing people that you admire their work, aspire to reach their level, and appreciate any advice they can offer.

Last thing I’ll say is that I understand networking can be exhausting. Sending out messages won’t guarantee you a response every time, and coffee dates don’t always lead to interviews. But as you build and grow your network, those connections last for your entire career. So even if you don’t feel the immediate satisfaction now, there’s a good chance they might benefit you down the road.

6. Have You Tried a Personal Website?

Now, when the traditional job search strategies aren’t working, sometimes you have to get creative. If you don’t think your bland, white resume does you justice, try building a personal website that better showcases your creativity and enthusiasm.

Or, for those who are a bit terrified by this big feat (even though, trust me, everyone can do it), try out a one-page resume website instead. It’s easy to share with employers and keep all your updated information in one convenient place. Plus, it’ll look gorgeous!

Finally, if you want to share with hiring managers examples of the kind of work you’ve done before, why not make a portfolio? And this doesn’t just apply to photographers and creative writers—sales associates, product managers, and the like can use portfolios to show off prototypes, creative processes, or tangible achievements.

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