Getting An Interview Requires More Than Just A Resume And Cover Letter

February 27th, 2015

Have you been in the job market for a while? You may look at your resume and  cover letter and wonder why you haven’t had any of your calls returned. Everything appears to be in order. You’ve listed your accomplishments and included data to support your role in the past. You’ve personalized your cover letter each time for the specific job. So what are you missing? Getting an interview requires a little more than just a resume and a cover letter. Here are some of the things you can be doing to increase your chances.

Create a list of target companies.

The worst thing a job seeker can do is blindly send resumes into the recruiting black hole. To avoid getting your resume lost in a lot of shuffles, spend some time researching the companies that you really want to work for. Learn what they do, how they do it, their company values, and how you may fit in with their work culture. Then create a strategy to apply with them.

Develop personal marketing material.

Think about the brands you love. They have logos and marketing campaigns that help demonstrate their quality and worth to potential customers. These visual cues are what make people remember Coca-Cola, Apple, and Nike (to name a few). There are many online resources that can help you create logos and produce business cards to represent yourself to potential employers.

Take your brand online.

But don’t just keep your brand in your back pocket. Share it with the world. The internet makes it very easy to share information, and the best and brightest are creating online profiles and portfolios to attract employers to them. Buy a website domain name, create a blog, and join the major social media networks. Use these platforms to promote yourself as a thought leader.

Network in your community.

While it is important to use online tools to successfully conduct a job search, it is also essential that you get out in your community and meet other professionals. You never know who can help you with a new job or who they might know. Attend industry events or mixers to get your brand out there.

Call the hiring manager.

Lastly, before you apply for a job and after you’ve submitted your resume, it is perfectly acceptable to contact the hiring manager. Unless the job posting indicates they do not accept phone calls, call the company and ask to speak with the manager before sending your resume. Be polite and not aggressive. Ask them what they’re looking for so you can customize your application. Then, after you’ve submitted your resume, you can follow up after about a week if you haven’t heard back.

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Why It’s Important To Include A Cover Letter With Your Resume

January 16th, 2015

Many job seekers make the mistake of ignoring the cover letter. Hiring managers are often lucky if the email they receive has any more than just the attached resume. However, there are multiple reasons you should be including a cover letter and not having one could be the only thing standing in your way. Here are the reasons it is important to include a cover letter with your resume.

  • It provides an incentive to read the resume. An attachment in an email could be a resume or it could be a red flag or virus. You need to let the recruiter know what it is they are opening. They are not likely to open an attachment on a blank email from an unknown address. You can also provide a short introduction of yourself to encourage them to learn more.
  • You can customize your message to the employer. Your resume may be somewhat customized to the client, but a resume is still fairly generic. You want to tailor your cover letter to the company’s specific needs. Use information from the job posting, the company’s own language, and position your experience as a solution to a problem they have.
  • Remind them of your contact information. Your resume will, of course, have your contact information but it never hurts to remind the reader. In your final paragraph of the cover letter be sure to let them know the best ways to contact you and share your phone number or email address again. If it is in the body of the message they are very likely to pick up the phone or respond immediately.
  • Offer to follow up. You may also want to mention in the cover letter that you will follow up with them by the end of the week if you haven’t heard. However, this is a technique that you want to be very careful with. You don’t want to cross the line from persistent to aggressive. However, a quick email to remind them and see where they are in the process can job their memory and convince them to call you.

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3 Ways to Follow Up if a Job is on Hold

November 7th, 2014

Internal decisions can be just as confusing for an open job as the interviewing process. Sometimes, even after an interview, a job seeker can find out that a job is on hold. It may be due to budget concerns or a hiring freeze established by a corporate office after the job was advertised. In any case a job on hold can be as frustrated for the hiring manager as it can be for the job seeker. If you’ve been told a job is on hold there are some things you can do to follow up the right way.

  1. Email. While some people prefer to talk on the phone the best way to connect with the hiring your interviewer is by email. This way you aren’t perceived as pestering. The hiring manager isn’t happy about this decision as well but they also have their job to do. Send a professional email asking about why it was put on hold and if there is an expectation that it will reopen. And don’t expect an answer right away; they may simply not have one. Use the “read receipt” function in your email client to ensure that the message was received.
  2. Reiterate. When you do email let them know that you’re checking in on the job and offer additional information that will get their attention. You may share something that didn’t come up in the interview that demonstrates that you are genuinely interested in this opportunity. You want them to remember you when they get the go ahead to hire for this job again.
  3. Keep going. Even if this job was perfect for you don’t stop your search and lose momentum. Keep looking for other jobs. You never know what can happen and it is possible that this job will never return even if the manager wants it to. Continue your search as you wait and give this job a time frame to stop following up.

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4 Ways to Highlight Your Experience on Your Resume

October 10th, 2014

Your resume is your first impression on any hiring manager. You want to make sure you effectively convey your experience and focus in just one document that is usually confined to two pages. So how can you highlight all of your experience on a resume? Here are 4 ways to showcase what you know and get a call back.

  1. Match your resume to the employer’s needs. Before you ever submit a resume to a job ensure that it is customized to the specific employer. You want to use their job posting as a template and use keywords that match what they are looking for. Do this in a naturally sounding way. Also, create a cover letter that introduces yourself, your skills, and why you want to work with this company to send with your resume.
  2. Use action words. A resume needs to sound dynamic. When you’re writing about what you do don’t fall back on passive words. Instead of “Worked in retail” say “provided exemplary customer services skills throughout the holiday season with a record sales for our department.” Use words like managed, developed, lead, organized, and created. These show not only what you did but what your role was in the greater organization.
  3. Provide data and details. In conjunction with action words you need to provide data to back your information up. When you say you had record sales indicate the number. You may not remember exact figures but you can come close without exaggerating much. Include information on money, hours, innovations, and anything else that you can quantify.
  4. Focus on long term goals. Employers want to hire someone who is looking for a career rather than any job. They want to know what you plan to do with your future. You need to paint a picture that includes their company in your future plans. Explain why you want to work specifically for your company.

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How Much is Too Much: The Guide to Making Your Resume Stand Out – But Still Look Professional

September 19th, 2014

Resumes are a tricky art. You want to put enough information on them so your potential employers are genuinely interested in calling back but you don’t want to submit a 19 page manifesto about everything you have ever done professionally. How much is too much? Here are a few ideas for making your resume stand out and still look professional.

  • Design an infographic. Are you applying for a job where creativity or visual media is part of the job? Or does the company take pride in a culture where innovation is cultivated? Infographics are fun ways to visually showcase your experience, skills, and accomplishments. Create one in conjunction with a traditional resume so you have both tools available when applying to different companies. However, avoid too much added fluff to your regular resume. Keep the font readable and stick to black and white with no graphics.
  • Use good keywords and avoid buzzwords. Keywords are good, buzzwords are bad. How can you tell the difference? A keyword provides very specific information about your and your background. They are often action words or language that is common in your field of expertise. For example, an administrative assistant should have comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office so spell it out on your resume. A buzzword is anything that is commonly used in corporate lingo that doesn’t mean anything when analyzed. These include “outside the box,” “team player,” and “multi-tasker.”
  • Chronological versus functional. There are two primary resume formats you can follow. The chronological lists your jobs in order starting with the most recent. It includes company names, dates of employment, and a bullet point list of experience and accomplishments. A functional resume focuses more on what you’ve learned and is great for someone just out of college or who is changing careers. There are also hybrid approaches that may work best for you. Research these formats on the internet to learn more.
  • Make your presentation fit the job. The most important thing you can do is tailor your resume to the job for which you are applying. This goes beyond rewording the objective statement to fit the different job titles. If you’re applying for a web commerce company, create an online portfolio site that showcases your experience. If you are applying for a restaurant management group, design a resume like a gourmet menu. The options are limitless but always make sure they are appropriate.

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How to Land a Job Out of School

July 18th, 2014

There has been a lot of attention paid to the demographic of individuals unable to find work as they graduate from college. It doesn’t have to be like that. If you’re are graduating soon or in the job market after finishing college this year there are a few things you can do to help accelerate your job search. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Develop your LinkedIn profile. The way we find jobs has been fundamentally changed with social media. LinkedIn is no longer a luxury of the technological elite but a resource that needs to be tapped into by anyone in a professional capacity. The site is relatively user friendly and easy to navigate. Pay special attention to your headline, photo, and keywords.
  • Start a blog. Companies are looking for subject matter experts and thought leaders. The best way to position yourself this way in the market is to start a blog. Use it to share your ideas for new ways of doing things and showcase your expertise. This is also a great way to cultivate your voice and create an online brand.
  • Land an internship. So many college students skip the internship in favor of earning money in part time summer jobs. While the internship may not pay it does so much more in terms of benefits to your career. This will be the kick start to your resume experience. If an internship isn’t available, see about volunteering your services in the community.
  • Find a mentor. You should also start reaching out to professionals in your industry. These individuals can become a sounding board for new ideas and help you navigate the path to employment. They can help with stories about how they made it to where they are today.
  • Join a professional organization. Networking is essential to finding a job in your field. The best way to do that is to join up with a local professional organization. They will have seminars, meetings, and social events that help get you involved and allow you to meet up with others who work in your industry.

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Senior Accountant Jobs in Texas | Salary Breakdown

July 11th, 2014

Are you in the market for a Senior Accountant position in Texas? It is important to know the current trends and salary breakdown for the greater Austin area so you can understand if jobs and offers are competitive. Negotiations will be easier with more information at hand. To ensure these discussions are fair to you, here are some basics to keep in mind about senior accounting salaries in our corner of Texas.

  • Consider the size of the organization. Larger firms have more flexibility to pay a higher salary – even to an entry-level candidate. Smaller companies may not but could offer some additional benefits as an incentive instead. The median salary in Austin for senior-level accounting roles is around $67,000, which is similar to the national average. However, the final salary will depend not only on the size of the company but also the specific requirements for the job.
  • Do you know the growth rate for accounting? If you are looking into salaries for senior accountant jobs in the area, it is also essential to know the path to get there. There are some typical stepping-stone roles that lead to this level in accounting. Your background may be in staff accounting or you may have a CPA. Managers may make more money than a senior accountant depending on the job duties. Review websites such as to see where you are in your career path.
  • What to know when negotiating a salary. The exact location of the company will play a big role in the amount of money they can offer candidates. Companies located in the heart of Austin will be able to offer more than the surrounding areas. Career growth will also often happen quicker in the metro area. A government job will pay less than one in the private sector. Be as prepared as you can be when approaching the negotiations and determine a fair “walk away” number. This is a salary that you would not accept. Your rejection will allow them to counter with more or give you an opportunity to move on in your search.

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6 Interview Prep Questions from Recruiting Pros

June 6th, 2014

People who go into an interview thinking that they will “wing it” almost never receive a job offer. A recruiter or hiring manager wants to see that you’ve done your homework and that you are invested in their company specifically, not just any job. Here are 6 questions from recruiting professionals that you should consider when preparing for your next interview.

  1. Why are you interested in our company? Here is where the recruiter is looking for your ability to do research prior to arriving to the interview. Before you step foot in the company doors look them up on the internet. Review their LinkedIn information and be as knowledgeable as you can about their product and services.
  2. What can you offer our business that your competition can’t? You have something that makes you stand out from the crowd: what is it? You don’t want to simply parrot the job description back to the recruiter; you want to show that you bring something more to the table. Talk about your accomplishments and how you can be of service to the company.
  3. What kind of manager do you like to work with? Recruiters place candidates with a number of different companies and in those organizations are different management styles. They want to match you up to the right one. Do you like someone who is hands on and works directly with their staff? Or do you prefer to be given more creative autonomy?
  4. Describe the type of environment you prefer? Some organizations are fast paced while some have a more casual approach to business. Companies can be conservative and professional or have a culture that includes ping pong tables in the break room. Your recruiter won’t want to place you somewhere that doesn’t match your personality.
  5. How would former coworkers describe you? References are extremely important to the hiring process. They want you to provide names of contacts who will give them a clear picture of who you really are. They also want to know how you think these people would respond when being asked about you. They want to see how closely your answer matches your references.
  6. Where you do see yourself in 5 to 10 years? The recruiter also wants to know that your career goals are in line with their client’s needs. As much as you may feel you need a job, accepting a position with a company that doesn’t match your long term goals will not serve your career.

Are you looking for your next interview opportunity? Contact Meador Staffing, offering jobs in Pasadena TX, to learn more!

3 Questions to Ask When You Don’t Get Offered the Job

May 23rd, 2014

There will always be times in the lives of job seekers when they do not get the offered a job for which they felt perfectly qualified. There are simply too many good candidates currently available for everyone to be offered the job of their dreams. However, if this happens to you it may be a perfect learning experience. When you aren’t offer a job take an opportunity to check with the hiring manager and get some feedback.

  1. Is there anything I could improve for my next interview? You never know what someone might prefer or what small things can set them on a path to make a decision. Ask them how you conducted yourself in the interview and if there is anything you can do to improve your chances with the next company. You may be surprised by the helpful feedback they are able to provide.
  2. How did you select the individual that you hired? It is good to know not only why you weren’t selected but also how they made the decision to select someone else. Was it a personality fit? Did this person possess more skills that could help them in the job? The rejection for a job is almost never personal so it will feel good to hear some of the reasons that are beyond your control.
  3. Can you keep me in mind for other opportunities or refer me to someone else? Most importantly, you should never burn a professional bridge even if you don’t get the job or may never work for the company. The hiring manager knows other professionals and they may feel like you would be a good fit for a different opportunity in the future. However, if you don’t ask you probably won’t be considered.

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4 Steps for First Day on the Job Success

May 9th, 2014

Congratulations! You’ve made it through the nerve-wracking interview process and you’ve secured a position with a great company. Your next challenge is getting through the first day. This experience can be traumatic, but just remember that everyone’s had a first day at least once. Small mistakes won’t impact your long-term career. However, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind to alleviate any unnecessary tension.

  1. Plan your commute. Hopefully you already know your way to the location of the job because of the interviews. Keep in mind that the commute may be significantly different during morning rush hour. Determine how long you need to give yourself to get ready in the morning and make the commute so you’re not late on your first day. Pay special attention to traffic patterns and construction.
  2. Dress for success. In generations past the recommendation might have been to wear a power suit or a shirt and tie. In today’s workplace dress codes can be all over the map. Consider what everyone was wearing while you were visiting during the interview and put together an outfit that is appropriate for the specific environment. If the office is casual don’t allow that to translate into sloppy. Always look put-together even if you’re in jeans and a t-shirt.
  3. Bring a notebook. Training can be difficult and there will be a lot of information thrown at you on the first day. You won’t be expected to remember everything, but a manager also doesn’t want to answer the same questions over and over again. Take notes as you learn so you can refer to them when you have questions. Write notes in the style that works best for your learning style.
  4. Meet everyone you can. On your first day it may seem more comfortable to keep to yourself but that isn’t how you will make an impression. Be sociable and friendly but not distracting. Introduce yourself to everyone you’ll be working with and to any management you might come across. You never know who will be able to help you along as your work with this company.

Are you ready to face the first day on a new job? Contact Meador Staffing, offering jobs in Pasadena TX and throughout the Austin area.