September 29, 2014
Welcome back to AH Jobs List!
Every once in a while, I make an appeal to those of you who visit our site to encourage others to also visit AH Jobs List. I truly believe, through grassroots word-of-mouth marketing, we've created one of the best job websites in Colorado. But it's only happened by people passing on the job postings to friends, family members and colleagues who are either actively looking for a new position or are currently employed and looking to progress their careers.
In 16 years, we've grown into a website that lists jobs in 22 categories throughout Colorado and beyond. Employers post jobs here because they see the results of being able to access the best local talent. Job seekers come here because they know that the jobs posted here are REAL positions from local companies seeking the best talent.
For me, the bottom line is I want to help people get a job. But more than that, I want make it easier to get through the often-difficult process of finding a job; and we are constantly trying to respond to the job-seeking pain points and offer advice, seminars and opportunities to learn the habits of successful job seekers.
There are several ways you can help to pass on AH Jobs List:
Subscribe to receive the weekly updates. Click here
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In addition to the weekly update, visit the category "Jobs That Just Can't Wait" and check back regularly to see new jobs that are being posted daily. Better yet, if you follow AH Jobs List on Facebook
, you will get notification when a new job is posted under Jobs That Just Can't Wait with a direct link to the page.
In the top right-hand of every AH Jobs List web page, you can 'tweet' on Twitter or share on Facebook the jobs with your Twitter followers and Facebook friends.
Lastly, if your company is hiring, consider posting a job on AH Jobs List. It is an affordable and a effective way to find the very best local talent for your positions. Post a job by clicking here
How to get your Résumé to the 'YES' pile
According to recent studies, a résumé is reviewed by a recruiter for approximately 30 seconds before going into a “yes” or “no” pile. In this competitive market it’s important to have a professional résumé.
AH: Why are résumés important to recruiters?
Tim: Résumés are critical for recruiters because they let us know about the candidates, their written communication skills, and their abilities to prioritize and summarize.
Ruth: A résumé is a professional’s first impression to a recruiter or hiring manager. The résumé is an opportunity to capture attention by clearly conveying skills, accomplishments, education, and more.
Chet: The common denominator in all recruiting is the essence of the résumé: history, experience, and value of a prospective candidate in a clear and concise document. My recruiting happens to be at the executive level where the résumé must withstand severe scrutiny from different personalities and conflicting intentions. The résumé must hold up along the way.
AH: Approximately how much time do you spend reviewing a résumé?
Tim: It depends on the industry and role. As a Technical Recruiter, I can typically assess a candidate’s abilities within 10-30 seconds of looking at the résumé. If there is a potential fit, I scrutinize the document more thoroughly. If I spend over a minute reviewing a résumé, I typically call the candidate. I doubt many successful recruiters spend more than a couple minutes on even the best résumé, so you better make that résumé count.
Chet: I scan the résumé for keywords, 10 to 20 seconds, looking for a fit for my client’s needs. If I don’t see a connection in the first few seconds, my clients won’t either. Fluff, redundancy, poor grammar, misspellings, and confusing formatting can hide the skills of the candidate. I see it quite a lot of good candidates with bad résumés.
AH: How do you (recruiter) use a résumé to make an interview decision?
Tim: I look for ways to screen candidates by searching for well-written résumés. Or I look for skills that are requirements for the job. For example if I'm looking for a developer, I may cut them some slack with a slightly imperfect résumé because they have the technical skills.
Chet: When keywords and abilities in the résumé pretty much match the scope of the job description, skills, experience, etc., that résumé goes into the short stack for further review. In the beginning of the process, we also use calibration calls with our client with their résumés to see how close we are in our understanding of what the candidate offers and what the client is look for. Résumés that then make it into a shorter stack are submitted to the client and recommended for interview.
AH: Why is it helpful for a job seeker to have a customized résumé?
I truly believe that no person should ever write his or her own résumé. Most people can't write about themselves as objectively as another person can. It's for that reason that professionals should hire
someone to customize a great résumé
Ruth: Most people are not able to showcase their talents, skills, and accomplishments. A professionally written résumé can market and brand the professional. A certified résumé writer also knows the latest résumé trends and ways to make the document look fresh and get attention. Some professionals understand it’s a sound investment to hire a résumé writer due to the time saved and competitive document results.
Chet: Since we seek out passive candidates “not people looking for a new job” résumés from these executives can be 5 to 10 years old…if they have one. At this point we advise freshening up, or even writing a new document that addresses the value they bring to the needs of the client. It’s important that the skills and experience listed in the résumé are easy for the hiring manager to recognize.
AH: What are some obvious red flags you’ve seen on résumés?
Tim: Beside the basic grammar and misspellings, I am always concerned if there is a lack of consistency throughout the résumé. I see a lot of technology on a résumé, most of which candidates read in a book and have never actually used. A résumé filled with vague “power words” is a huge red flag, unless these words are used with quantitative examples of success. All too often, candidates could quantify their success, but don't. This is the #1 reason I believe good candidates are screened out of contention in the résumé review process. Another Red Flag would be trying to get to crazy with fonts, graphics, and images. I review 200 resumes a day, on average. I trash the ones I have a hard time reading, unless the candidate has some sort of unique skill set.
Ruth: Instant flags for me are typos, unclear job aim, lies about employment dates or education, trying to show too many skills, or including too much work experience in a lengthy document. Résumé writers help professionals tell their career story in a way that is honest, memorable, meaningful, and relevant.
Chet: For senior executives with more than 15 years of successes in their careers, many try to get too much into the résumé. I’ll consult with the candidate to consolidate. Other than fluff, redundancy, grammar and formatting messes, the biggest issues I deal with are getting the résumé down to 2 (or at most 3) pages. The shorter well-written résumé is more powerful for our clients.
AH: When should a job seeker consider working with a recruiter like you?
Tim: I am often praised for helping find people jobs for a living, but that's not what I do as a recruiter. Agency recruiters, like me, are paid to find specific talent for a client. We work for clients that expect us to find people from competitors, or locate candidates that don't need much training and can get right to work. Candidates should find 3-15 recruiters that are specialize in their industry. Always take the recruiters call or call them back. Add the recruiter to your LinkedIn network. You will never know when you will need a recruiter, but you'll be glad you connected with them on LinkedIn.
Chet: I counsel fledgling executives to always take recruiter calls because you never know when you might need one. Save the recruiter’s name and number for future reference. If the timing isn’t right, be polite and honest when declining an offer. If the recruiter is professional and credible, and the company and job are powerful and an improvement to your career, listen to the opportunity! If you sense the job opportunity deteriorating, simply send a polite notice to the recruiter that you’ve withdrawn your name from consideration. A recruiter can be a great and valuable asset in your career management. But like all resources, be sure to manage the relationship.
AH Jobs List Bootcamps are Filling Up!
Since the announcement of the new schedule for AH Jobs List Bootcamp, we have already begun filling up. Remember, we limit the number of participants for each Bootcamp. The first two are almost full and job seekers have begun signing up for the other seminars as well.
The first AH Jobs List Career Bootcamp is October 11, with the last one scheduled for November 25. For the full schedule and to register, CLICK HERE
There are all kinds of job seekers looking for work:
- The mid-career professional who is currently employed but hates their current job and is looking for a new opportunity
- The stay-at-home parent who wants to get back into the work force
- The job seeker who was recently laid off or fired from their job
- The recent college grad trying to get their foot in the door
- The job seeker who was self employed but wants to start working for a company again
- The job seeker who is trying to 'reinvent' him/herself and apply their skills to a different career
- The job seeker who recently relocated and are trying to connect with companies in their new town
No matter the situation, job seekers share one very obvious common thread: Job seeking is HARD!
For many who haven't had to look for a job in a long time, it becomes clear early in their job search that the rules have changed!
New job seekers soon find out that sitting in front of a computer sending out dozens of resumes and cover letters is often met with the sound of silence. You get much encouragement as you get from friends and family, but it's still hard not to take the rejection personally.
The fact is that our careers are a major part of our identities, and we should all look forward to going to work and feel a sense of accomplishment when we leave for home at the end of each day.
Job seeking today is a proactive activity that requires a clear head, a great deal of red-hot confidence, a thick skin and an organized plan. Most importantly, it requires a complete understanding of the most effective job-seeking techniques and strategies that work... skills that differentiate you ultimately result in job interviews and job offers.
Remember that job seeking can be an exciting opportunity of self discovery and a way to map your future to secure the career that you really want.
I've interviewed hundreds of corporate HR professionals, recruiters and successful job seekers. I've studied the profiles of professionals who have successfully reinvented themselves and completely transformed their lives by landing the job in the career they've always desired!
The Career Bootcamp is an intensive four-hour, interactive small-group session that will help get you out of your job-seeking rut and make your mind swim with fresh ideas and a new perspective on how to market and brand your unique skills and experiences to differentiate yourself and get noticed by employers.
Here are some of my goals for Andrew Hudson’s Jobs List Career Bootcamp:
- To help you to get you out of your job-seeking rut!
- To get employers to start responding to your resume and invite you for interviews at the companies where you want to work.
- To help you create a succinct and confident job-seeker brand that comes alive in your resume, your cover letters, your conversations and interviews.
- To teach you the skills, the tips, the tricks and the day-to-day job-seeking routines that successful job seekers use to gain results.
- To help you to snap out of your ‘stinking thinking’; the voices in your head that are playing tricks on your confidence and self esteem. It’s time to jump start that red-hot confidence in yourself!
If you've been struggling to get your job search on track, are looking to progress your career or are simply looking to improve your job-seeking skills, an AH Jobs List Career Bootcamp will teach you the strategies of successful job seekers and get rid of the bad habits that may be sabotaging your job search.
If you're looking for a job, sign up now. These seminars are only offered once every three months and are always sold out. Click here to register or to find out more and if you have any questions, contact me at email@example.com.
FALL 2014 BOOTCAMP SCHEDULE
ALL BOOTCAMPS ARE FROM 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
|Saturday, Oct. 11
Tuesday, Oct. 14
Thursday, Oct. 16
|Tuesday, Nov. 11
Thursday, Nov. 13
Thursday, Nov. 20
Saturday, Nov. 22
Tuesday, Nov. 25
7600 E. Eastman Avenue
Denver, CO 80231 | Map
Refreshments will be served.
There are only a limited number of spots available for
each session so please respond ASAP.
Argosy University to host AH Jobs List Bootcamp
I am honored to announce that AH Jobs List has secured a new partner, Argosy University, where we hold AH Jobs List Career Bootcamps. Argosy's state-of-the art classrooms are a perfect fit for our interactive career seminars.
Argosy University is more than just another educational option for you to consider. It is an institution that offers a foundation built on the rigors of traditional academics while presenting the career possibilities of a professional education. Throughout our history, Argosy University has been able to demonstrate its adaptability to serve the ever evolving needs of our students.
Discover the tradition that began in one of the country's oldest professional schools of psychology. Experience the passion of our faculty and staff. Find the excellence you expect when considering where to get your graduate or undergraduate degree and learn how the entirety of Argosy University is committed to maintaining that standard.
Argosy University, Denver
At Argosy University, Denver, we’re committed to helping students like you strive to achieve your best. To help you towards this goal, our Denver campus offers a variety of educational programs which can help you further your education, your career, and your personal development.
The programs available at Argosy University, Denver are as follows:
Marriage & Family Therapy
At the core of our programs are our professors and the lessons they teach. Our coursework emphasizes interpersonal skills alongside academic learning, and many programs are available in flexible learning formats—such as evening and weekend classes and online courses—that work within your busy schedule. We also provide a variety of student services to help support your academic, career, and personal needs.
If you’re interested in learning more about our Denver campus and our programs, click here to request information. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
Job Seekers! Get Noticed: Get Results
Post a Jobseeker Profile Today
Hundreds of corporate recruiters from Colorado's top companies regularly troll the Jobseeker Profile section of Andrew Hudson's Jobs List searching for new talent. This feature provides job seekers with a unique and affordable way to easily market their skills, talents and experiences to the metro area's top companies that are actively looking for new talent.
Job seeking is a full contact sport. It means taking advantage of EVERY opportunity you have to promote yourself to employers. It means being proactive and letting employers KNOW that you have skills and talents that are valuable to them.
In an era of lickety-split emails and web-based social media, job seekers now have the opportunity to get found by putting themselves out there and letting employers discover their skills, background, talent and expertise!
Jobseeker Profiles result in connections, calls, interviews and job offers from employers.
If you are a job seeker, click here and post your profile today where thousands of employers from around the state will be able to see what you have to offer.
Nonprofit of the Week
The Park People was created in 1969 by a small group of park enthusiasts interested in raising private funds to support Denver's extensive parks and recreation system. The Park People was incorporated in 1981 and has, in its 40-plus-year history, infused millions of dollars into Denver's parks through the restoration of existing park infrastructure, such as fountains, historical park buildings, and through new construction, such as playgrounds and recreation facilities.
Most recently, The Park People spearheaded the $4.7 million Gates Tennis Center in Cherry Creek and the $700,000 restoration of the James Fleming House in Platt Park. Other Park People projects include the restoration of the Washington Park Boat House, Cheesman Park Pavilion, and Eugene Fields Cottage, the headquarters of the organization for it's first 42 years.
The Park People is also home to Denver's only city-wide tree distribution program, Denver Digs Trees, founded in 1991. The Park People continues to be the premier private advocacy organization for Denver's parks and recreation resources.
The Park People has one job posted on AH Jobs List this week:
The Park People
Description: The Program Manager is responsible for developing and implementing all aspects of The Park People's Denver Digs Trees and Community Forester programs. These programs provide affordable trees for hundreds of Denver residents and train skilled volunteers to support our urban forest. The Program Manager is also charged with managing the organization's volunteers, supervises a part-time, seasonal Program Associate, coordinates with Denver Parks & Recreation staff and other community partners, and supports the Mile High Tree Champions program and other Park People activities, including communications and fundraising efforts. He/she must possess the ability to create and sustain positive and constructive working relationships with all staff, program participants, volunteers, and donors. The Program Manager reports to the Executive Director. Activities include: event and logistics planning, program participant communications, data management, workshop administration and support, development and production of program materials, care of tree inventory, neighborhood outreach, and volunteer management.
Have a great week,