Improving Job Hunt Communication

Communication is the key in many aspects of the job hunt; this especially rings true when creating lasting impressions. Although it sounds simple, many job seekers find it very difficult to talk about them. Whether lack of experience, being humble, or feeling nervous is the culprit, job seekers often have trouble conveying what they mean to say during an interview. Whether it’s a networking event, an interview, or even writing your resume, these three fixes will be sure to help in any self-discussion.

  • Networking. Many job seekers become nervous when they first begin attending networking events. Try focusing your introductions on why you’re great at what you do and what makes you unique and memorable. Highlight your specific skills in detail or provide examples of problems you have solved. Keep your answer to what you do short and snappy, but effectively communicate the message you’re trying to get across: you are great at what you do.
  • Interviews. Interview mishaps happen. When these situations occur, don’t be afraid to clarify to the potential employer exactly what  you meant to say. Your interest in the job comes across through your voice in its tone and in the words you use, so be as enthusiastic and convincing as possible. The interviewer wants the job to go to someone who is excited and truly wants the job; so don’t be afraid to show that.
  • Resumes. Where your resume is concerned, you need to differentiate yourself from the hundreds of other applicants. While it is true that you should use keywords from the job posting, you need to select the right keywords to land the interview. Start with job skills and technologies keywords then move on to specific benefits and outcomes of your work. This will help you incorporate the employer’s interests as well as your own, resulting in a unique resume that is both sincere and truthful.

You may know yourself better than anyone else, but that doesn’t necessarily mean discussing yourself is a piece of cake. Even if you are your own best topic, communicating what makes you a valued asset can be difficult when put on the spot. Following the above guidelines can help make the three most valuable discussion scenarios a little more manageable. If you need help getting a foot in the door and are looking for St Louis jobs, contact B. Loehr Staffing today!

Entry Level Resumes: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Job hunting is stressful enough on its own; don’t make it more stressful than it needs to be! Chances are, you will nit pick and scrutinize every detail of your resume much more than any hiring manager will. In fact, there are probably at least a few points on your resume you think are important, but hiring managers won’t care about at all. When working on your resume, be mindful of the following tips to save yourself from unnecessary worrying.

  • Addressing your cover letter. If the hiring manager’s name is not easy to find, don’t worry about including it. Addressing it “Dear Hiring Manager,” will work just fine. If they haven’t readily provided their name, they won’t be expecting you to know it.
  • Designing your resume. Employers want a resume they can easily scan. That means something that’s clean, uncluttered, and has the information they’re looking for where they expect to find it. If your design meets those goals, go for it, don’t worry about making it overly fancy.
  • Your resume’s page length. Contrary to popular belief, it’s okay if your resume takes up two pages. Employer’s would much rather read through a two-page resume than try to read one page of tiny fonts and cramped margins.
  • Branding yourself. Employers want to see that you do good work and have built a good reputation.  This does not mean you need to create a unique and recognizable personal brand to achieve this. Let your experience speak for itself.
  • Your thank you note’s format. It truly does not matter whether you hand write or email your thank you note. What does matter is that it is well written and expresses enthusiasm. Build on the conversation you had during the interview and be sincere. Those are the points that will shine through.

Job seekers often make job hunting more stressful than it needs to be by agonizing over details that hiring managers will not give a second thought. Following the outlined steps will help you to make the most of the aspects of your resume that employers will be looking for without adding unnecessary worry to the parts they won’t. If you are in need of assistance in your job search, contact the experts at B. Loehr Staffing today!

Using Pinterest to Find Your Job

Think Pinterest is solely for planning weddings, home décor inspirations, or finding new recipes to try? Think again! Although these may have been the primary uses in its early stages, Pinterest has now grown into a full-blown cultural phenomenon that people have begun utilizing for almost any purpose – even an effective job search tool. If you’re currently in the midst of a job search or simply looking to advance your career, consider the following to best use Pinterest to your advantage.

  • Pin your resume. Believe it or not, resumes are all over Pinterest – why shouldn’t yours be, too? Keep in mind that in order to have your resume repinned and shared throughout the site, it will need to not only be clean and compelling, but also eye-catching. Think about what kind of resume you would repin.
  • Create a resume-inspired pin board. In addition to pinning your resume as one whole pin, consider creating a new board to represent the different aspects of your resume with different pins. Think pictures of companies you’ve worked for, schools you’ve graduated from, places you’ve volunteered, or even hobbies you enjoy. Remember, Pinterest is a visual medium, so this will give you that multi-dimensional edge over a traditionally two-dimensional resume.  Don’t forget to utilize the text box with each image to describe how the image relates to your career.
  • Follow career experts. Pinterest is not only a great tool for circulating your resume; it is also an excellent source for job search advice. Many online job sites and college offices use pinboards to showcase inspiring ideas for finding work, tips for new employees in the workforce, and career advice for the unemployed.
  • Link to your Pinterest resume. Once you’ve created your unique resume board, you’ll need to let people know about it. Consider linking to it in your email signature, LinkedIn portfolio, paper resume, and Facebook or Twitter profiles.  If you use business or other promotional cards, add the link to those, too. The more visibility you give to your Pinterest page, the better it will be able to help your job search.
  • Stay inspired. Job searching can be stressful, and at times, disheartening.  Don’t feel you need to make your entire Pinterest experience job search related. Continue to use the site for its original purpose: a fun and inspiring creative outlet. Just be mindful of keeping all of your boards clean and professional since they are viewable by anyone at anytime.

Using Pinterest in your job search is a relatively quick way to add another tool to your job search kit. For visual  people who enjoy creative outlets, Pinterest can be an excellent way to add a little something extra to the job search while unwinding at the same time. If you are looking for additional job searching tips, contact B. Loehr Staffing today!

Save Money While Motivating Employees

In today’s economy, most everyone is trying to save a buck in any way they can – this is especially true for small and medium size businesses that don’t have the same revenue flow as larger, more seasoned companies.  With  circumstances like these, where larger salaries and cash bonuses aren’t options, how can an employer keep workers motivated?

Although it may ring true that nothing is more powerful to a company’s employees than passionately believing in its mission, this still only takes motivation so far. To turn that passion into efficient action, consider adding the following actions   into your company’s employee retention plan.

  • Increase goal setting. For small and medium businesses, annual reviews just aren’t enough. Your short-term goals are constantly changing to adapt to rapidly changing client needs, competitor moves, and internal discoveries regarding your own strengths and weaknesses.  Employees need specific, measurable goals to negotiate with management as well as their teams.
  • Reward small victories. Reward the achievement of employees’ short-term goals as they reach them.  Immediate rewards show employees not only that you are paying close attention to their performance, but they also help employees understand how important their goals are to the success of the company.
  • Utilize social media. Let’s be realistic – most everyone uses some form of social media. While it’s already important for your business to be active in social networks, consider “socially rewarding” employees to expand acknowledgement for a job well done. Share a photo on Facebook or Twitter, or post on LinkedIn about a specific employee achievement or monthly recognition.

When attracting and retaining top talent, there is no substitute for a powerful mission statement; however to keep these employees motivated to do the right things every day, following these simple, inexpensive approaches can help keep you a step ahead of the competition. If you are looking for more tips for motivating your company and finding the best employees contact B. Loehr Staffing today!

Finding a Job in a Slow Economy –B. Loehr Job Seeker Tips

The old saying, “patience is a virtue” takes on a whole new meaning for today’s job seekers.  Due to the Recession, we are currently facing one of the most challenging times in history to be looking for a job. Although remaining calm, patient, and proactive are all keys to successfully finding your next job, they are sometimes easier said than done. To keep your motivation up during a seemingly discouraging period, focus on the following points throughout your job search.

  • Find target points. Prioritize your search by centering your time and energy into the opportunities that excite you most.  Choose several companies that interest you and pursue them, whether they currently have openings or not. Also consider researching growth industries, such as fuel and energy. These types of jobs continue to thrive despite economic hardships, and are often regarded as “recession-proof”.
  • Build yourself. Now is the time to spruce up your skills and hone in on your talents. Freelancing and temporary jobs are excellent ways to keep your skills fresh, fill in resume gaps, and bring in pay during your down time between jobs.
  • Prepare effectively. Go above and beyond merely learning about the companies that interest you. Create specialized resumes and cover letters to highlight precise skills and qualities the company desires. Additionally, take this time to learn how to speak about yourself in a meaningful and powerful way to make you a memorable candidate.
  • Work your network. Many new jobs stem from existing connections. Let your colleagues know you’re in the market so they can put feelers out for you. Work your old connections, but don’t be afraid to reach out to new ones. Connect with professionals in your chosen field to learn more about their company or position. Remember, the key word in social networking is networking.
  • Stay positive. Although it can seem dim at times, the most important aspect in searching for a job during the Recession is keeping a positive attitude. Even if there is a 10% unemployment rate, that means there is also a 90% employment rate, which still places the odds in your favor.

Job hunting in today’s economy can be a disheartening plight.  Though difficult at times, staying focused and diligent in your search will pay off – it just may require some patience. If you are struggling and need help landing your next job, do not hesitate to contact B. Loehr Staffing today!

How to Harness Your Accounting Workforce –B. Loehr Staffing Tips

Employing and maintaining a strong accounting workforce is imperative to any company’s well being. After all, these employees serve as your fundamental backbone – how could that not be important? However, an unfortunate recent trend suggests that many companies are missing important growth opportunities due to ineffective talent management within their accounting teams.

What exactly does this mean? It means as important as an accounting workforce is, it’s a department that has been falling by the wayside for many organizations, resulting in missed financial goals, overlooked performance targets, and countless lost opportunities.  How can you prevent these mishaps in your company before they come to pass? Start harnessing your accounting workforce by improving your human capital strategies now.

  • Information. Are you receiving the right information? Above all, the information you receive must be credible and accurate.  This information then needs to be analyzed and translated into relevant insight in order to implement and organize a strategy for effective decision-making.
  • Performance. Do you have a system in place for measuring employee performance? Be sure to set performance measures that fall in line with your big picture business strategy. The management of these measurements should be viewed as equally important as any other key data in your company.
  • Accountability. Are your employees clear on their responsibilities? Organizations must establish accountability, responsibility, and ownership with clarity throughout the entire organization in order to manage human capital effectively.
  • Partnering. What is the relationship between your finance and HR departments? Consider restructuring for closer collaboration and encourage partnering to bridge the communication gap and put an end to potential problems from the get go.

With a rapid evolving business culture, a company’s accounting workforce often plays the role of critical driver for a company’s success – definitely a mark you do not want your organization to miss! If you find your own company is in need of some help harnessing your accounting workforce, do not hesitate to contact B. Loehr Staffing today!

Give Your LinkedIn Title Purpose in a Job Search

In this wonderful digital age we live in, LinkedIn is hands down one of the greatest professional social networking tools available. Whether you’re currently in the job market or simply using the site to network with like-minded industry professionals, LinkedIn can be an excellent resource for jump starting your career; however, most of us are not making the most of our profiles, specifically with what may be the simplest part – the headline.

Chances are, your current headline is comprised of your current title, company name, and nothing more.  This is what the vast majority of LinkedIn users are providing in their headlines, usually because they  don’t realize the headline can actually be edited to say whatever you’d like. That’s right – 120 characters to market yourself in any way you choose! Considering this is the first introduction to you many recruiters will see making or breaking the decision to learn more about you – why wouldn’t you want to stand out from the crowd? To transform your virtual first impression from boring to spectacular, consider the following elements when sprucing up your headline:

  • Show your value. What kind of headline would make you want to click to learn more? LinkedIn literally has millions of users, so you’ll want to showcase your specialties in a way that grabs attention.  Tell the visitor exactly why they should want to learn more about you!
  • Speak directly. Whatever your chosen field may be, you’ll have a target audience you’re looking to attract – speak to them! What does your audience care about most? Consider this, and be sure to address it in your headline.
  • Be specific.  This loops back to your target audience, but again, these are the people you want to find your headline compelling.  What makes you stand out from others in your industry? The more specific you can be in your headline, the better.
  • Include keywords. What are the most likely terms or keywords someone would search to find someone like you? Incorporate as many of these as possible into your headline. You want to be found!
  • Be creative.  Make yourself memorable! Why should someone care about looking at your full profile? Creativity is the key – use your headline to capture your audience and leave them wanting to learn more.

LinkedIn is full of dull and generic headlines that tell recruiters nothing unique about the user. Following these simple steps can help prevent you from falling into the dark hole of headline nothingness and merit your profile a second look. If you would like additional help finding your next job, don’t hesitate to contact St. Louis’ oldest and most successful staffing firm, B Loehr Staffing today!