Using Your Part-Time Jobs to Boost Your Resume

Part time jobs are excellent ways to boost your resume. Whether you are a college student preparing to enter “the real world” or in between jobs, part time employment is necessary for those looking for experience or additional income.  Even if they don’t seem directly pertinent to your career aspirations, the most basic part time jobs can still boost your bank account, as well as your resume. Consider the following to keep yourself afloat while on the path to your desired career:

  • Administrative. Office positions come with high levels of responsibility and communication. These skills will show future employers that you are comfortable and capable in an office environment. Be sure to list out any projects or awards you may have received or carried out.
  • Volunteering. Not all part time jobs or internships pay. Because of this, some people choose to volunteer in place of a part time job. This signifies to employers that you are a hard worker and that money is not your top concern. Technically, you are spending what would be your free time to better and assist an organization without any compensation; this will speak volumes about your values to potential employers.
  • Related industry. Getting a part time job in your industry and field will show your future employer that you are serious about your potential career. Working part time hours will allow you to gain experience, and learn new skills that may help advance your career.  Include references from this position and keep in mind that part time opportunities can often lead to full time positions within the same organization.

Highlight your full time and part time experience on your resume. Showing an employer or recruiter that you took a position to continue your career will enhance your resume. Speak openly about your position, tasks, duties, and experience at the job. Many times, putting a great foot forward at a part time job will lead to an open door for a great full time position. If you are looking for part time or full time job placement resources, contact B. Loehr Staffing today!

Why Should They Hire You?

Many interviews conclude with the fateful final question: “Why should we hire you?” As simple as it sounds, this question can catch many candidates off guard. You want to be honest, yet memorable at the same time. The key is to avoid cliché responses, while showing the interviewer you really are the right person for the job – but how?

A common problem job seekers often fall victim to is focusing too much on the “you” part of the question and not enough on the “we”; “we” being the company. Of course it’s necessary to show the interviewer what you bring to the table, but it is equally as important to align your skillset to the employer’s needs. When it comes down to it, a job interview is very similar to a sales process. Consult the following sales steps to ultimately sell yourself to the company’s needs during your next big job interview.

  • Close the deal. View the “Why should we hire you?” question as your golden opportunity to specifically answer how you will provide a solution to the company’s needs. The combination of the job description and the preliminary interview questions should paint an accurate picture of what the position entails and the employer needs. Use your response to connect yourself to the position in a personal and meaningful way.
  • Link yourself to the job. This is your chance to show the employer your enthusiasm for the job and the company. Focus your response to convey to the interviewer that you have been listening, have a solid understanding of the current issues and concerns, and how you will be the solution to these issues and concerns.
  • Be specific. Avoid clichés by preparing to back up your skills or characteristics with relevant examples and specific stories. Don’t just say you are detail oriented or work well with others; describe how these skills you possess have saved the day. Show the interviewer that they don’t just need someone to fill the position; they need you.

Focusing on the interviewer’s needs will do more than just help you sell yourself to the company. It will also help take your mind off your nervousness, showing the employer a confident and insightful candidate. If you are looking to improve your interview skills to make your next career move, contact B. Loehr Staffing today!

Watch What You Put Online

By now, it is almost common knowledge that people should be careful with what they put online, especially on social media sites. Employers, schools, law enforcement agencies, and even branches of the U.S. military have all begun using Facebook as a means to gain a first impression of someone. For many social media users, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other sites have become part of day-to-day life, making it easy to post casual observations and comments without a second thought.  Because of this ease in use, consider the following tips for keeping clean social media profiles:

  • Set your privacy settings to high. Edit the settings on all of your social media accounts to make sure the settings are as high as possible. This will prevent people who aren’t connections from seeing an excess of information including wall posts, personal information, and comments.
  • Establish separate personal and professional accounts. This is a choice many professionals make, and it can be a smart one.  Many colleagues will want to connect or “friend” you on social media sites, and while this is great for networking, it can blur the lines between professional and personal life when they are commenting in the same place as your friends or relatives. Establishing separate accounts can help you avoid these situations. Consider using a pseudonym or nickname on your personal accounts that only your friends or relatives know. However, still be mindful with what you post, even if it isn’t under your full, professional name.
  • Take a moment to reflect before you post or update. Social media sites provide so many opportunities to communicate and make it extremely easy to post quickly without giving much thought. Train yourself to take a brief moment before posting anything, no matter how mundane. If you aren’t 100% certain you would be comfortable with your boss reading it, don’t post it. Think of something else to update, or don’t update at all.

In today’s digital age, a person’s online presence has become a form of self-advertising. An excellent rule of thumb is to never post anything online that you wouldn’t want your boss to read. If you are looking for more information on preparing your online presence for a job search, contact the experts at B. Loehr Staffing today! For more jobs in St Louis, visit our site.

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!

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!

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!