Tag Archive: candidate

  1. New Year, New You: Be the Ideal Candidate in 2017

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    January is the perfect time to pen your New Year’s resolutions. If one of these “new year, new you” ideas centers around your career, you’re in luck! 2017 is going to be a job seeker’s market, so there’s no better time than now to take your job-based aspirations and turn them into a reality.  To start this process, we at Planet Interactive have developed a general plan that will help push your professional career forward while making you the best candidate you can be in 2017.

    Set Goals: Before you can dive right into the job hunt, you need to set professional goals. Employers love candidates who know what they want out of a job and what they are looking for. But make sure not to overwhelm employers with too many goals and skills. You could present yourself to a future employer as jack of all trades, but that will do one of two things; confuse them about what it is that you want or you may come off as arrogant or overqualified. Think about what your strengths are and use that to your advantage. Employers like to hire candidates who specialize in a particular skill or field, rather than dabble in a bit of everything.

    Stand Out: The best way to stand out is to make sure that an employer’s first impression of you is stellar, which is why we suggest you look at your resume and LinkedIn. Not only should your resume be up to date, but you should make sure to have the most relevant job at the top of your resume, highlighting how you were an asset. Stand out to future employers by including your accomplishments along with your responsibilities. After seeing your resume, an employer will look you up on LinkedIn. In fact, your LinkedIn profile is the perfect platform to elaborate on what you can’t always include in a resume. You’re able to highlight your positive skills, accomplishments, and your professional passions. Your LinkedIn page should be a story of who you are professionally. If you’re able to master that, you’ll stand out!

    Act: Candidates who put in the time and effort into a job search will be the ones who will succeed. This starts by using your connections to get ahead. Do not be afraid to network. Reach out to previous employers, connections you have made in the past, and recruiters to help you! You’ll find that having connections throughout your job search can be exceedingly valuable. Have your elevator pitch ready to prove to future employers why they can’t last another day without you! Promoting yourself can be awkward, but if you’re willing to put on your sales cap and promote your skills and experiences, you might just edge out the competition. 

    There’s no better time than the present to turn your career goals into a reality. If you know what you’re looking for, find a way to stand out and take action, then you will succeed!

  2. Why Working with a Recruiter Will Help YOU!

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    When applying for job, do you feel like your resume goes into an HR black hole? Have you ever heard that you are overqualified for a job? When you interview, are there times that you never hear back? Or, are you just not finding roles that have made you excited about taking a career leap? Believe me, I understand that a job hunt can be an overwhelming process, not to mention the fact that it can feel like a full time job just to find one. That’s why you should consider using a recruiter!

    Working for a company like Planet Interactive, I know first-hand the meaningful work that our recruiting team does every day and the advantages that a candidate will have when incorporating a recruitment firm into your job search… But what are they?

    1. You will not have to spend a dime! 
      • If you want to use a Planet Interactive recruiter and take advantage of all of the services they can provide you, you don’t have to worry about cost because it’s free! Speaking of the services a recruiter can provide…
    2. Your recruiter has a direct relationship to the employer.
      • Recruiters have often spent years working with their clients and have insights on the culture, team structure and role that would be impossible to glean from an online job description.
    3. Your recruiter can help you stand out from the crowd!
      • Recruiters closely review your resume and portfolio, and make suggestions that will help you appeal to the hiring manager. They’ll know whether you’d fit in with their company culture, ensuring that you’re making the right move. Your recruiter will also know your true value and will be an effective advocate for you.
    4. Your recruiter will help you with your interview.
      • If you partner with one of our recruiters, you’ll be better prepared for job interviews, as well as consistently advance farther in the process than someone who applies from an online job ad. Our recruiters take time to prepare you before your interview, running through the questions we know they’ll ask you and helping you craft responses that position you in a favorable light. Think of it like knowing the exam questions prior to taking the test 🙂
    5. Your recruiter will keep you in the loop.
      • Ever had one of those moments when you’ve applied to a job, or even had an interview, and you never hear back? Well, a recruiter will make sure that does NOT happen to you. They will check on where things stand and consistently coordinate for follow-up and feedback with the hiring manager.
    6. Your recruiter has access to multiple different types of jobs.
      • Many times, the job you were initially interested in may not be the best fit. If that’s the case, our recruiters will have access to other types of jobs that could be an even better opportunity for you – ones you may not have thought to pursue. And last, but not least…
    7. Your recruiter only gets paid when you get hired!
      • So you KNOW that we will be on your side and help set you up for success.

    In the end, working with a recruiter can only benefit YOU. Recruiters offer you guidance and assistance in advancing your job search, which will help you to land your ideal position! We want to be a partner in the process and hope that the tools we provide will benefit you for years to come.