That first Recruiter call

Whether you are actively seeking a new position or not, you will likely get an unexpected call from a Recruiter. Always use the opportunity to show that the Recruiter, that they have made a great choice in choosing to call you.

Thank the Recruiter for the call:
No matter how inopportune, always let the Recruiter know you appreciate their interest in you, and apprise them of your job search status.

To continue or not to continue the call:
If you are unable to speak at the moment, set a time for the Recruiter to call you back. Having a recruiter ally is always a good thing.

On the call back:
Reiterate your current job search status, and ask for details about the Recruiter’s company or search firm. Ask where they found your information, or did someone refer you, and who was it. If a recruiter will not tell you the name of the person who referred you, recommend that they ask the friend who gave your name to call you to discuss the position.
Let the Recruiter know that you will need to speak to the referrer before continuing the call.

Gather information about the job:
Ask for a brief description of the role and its requirements. Ask if the job has been posted to external job posting websites. Take the opportunity to see if there is a match between what the Recruiter presents and the posted job description.

Your demeanor and approach:
Be positive, interested, and articulate; the Recruiter is likely calling you because your experience and skills are a match for the position. But, what the call is really about is to ascertain whether you have the communication skills, listening, and possible leadership skills needed to excel on the job.

Be clear about your skills and attributes, but do not exaggerate:
Recruiters check references thoroughly, so your embellishments regarding might your accomplishments, responsibilities, or earnings may hurt you and disqualify you from consideration.

Closing the call:
If you are interested in the role, ask for more information so you can evaluate the opportunity, the company, and the Recruiter. Ask for a further conversation, and ask if your next communication can occur in person. Schedule a time to speak further.

Should the Recruiter ask for a referral:
Remember, not everyone is pleased to be referred to a Recruiter for a position without being asked, so be careful about giving out the contact details of persons without asking first.

Janis Ransom – Principal Writer and Career Counselor
Franklin Paterson Company
https://franklinpaterson.com
https://www.linkedin.com/in/janis-ransom/

Why Franklin Paterson Resumes uses a Resume Questionnaire

In response to your inquiries, regarding creating a resume appropriate to your skills, capabilities and potential, here is some useful information, about using the Frank Paterson Resume Questionnaire as the first step, towards creating a powerful keyword rich resume.

The Resume Questionnaire will have significant input into the data; you need to collect in drafting your new resume, identifying your skills, and accomplishments. It will help you to highlight your employment achievements; including relevant skills and achievements.

The Franklin Paterson Resume Questionnaire©™ will help you gather information about your work history, skills, education, specialized training, awards, and accomplishments; in a format that will allow you to describe the most important information about your skills, or experience in an easy free flow fashion.

We recommend that you complete it in your own time, then put it away for a day or two, re-read, make corrections or additions then sent it back. Use the Resume Questionnaire later for interview prep

1.) Review and fill out the Questionnaire in your own way using your own words; do not worry about tone, style, grammar etc. Take as much time as you need, leave out areas that do not apply.

2.) The filled out questionnaire will give a feel for how you would answer questions in an interview or business proposal meeting. The final resume has to reflect a bit of your style so it looks like YOU wrote it. It is also an excellent tool for prepping for an interview or meeting with a client!

3.) Once the questionnaire is completed, please return the complete document for review, update, and recommendations from your career Counsellor at Franklin Paterson Resumes.

4.) Set aside time to go over the Questionnaire via the phone to tease out skills, accomplishments etc., please set aside at least 30 minutes or more for this review.

5.) Your writer will craft your the questionnaire, and notes from the review review. Generally your writer will start writing the resume immediately, (within a day) of the review while all info is immediate and fresh.

6.) You will receive a draft of the resume for your review and comment. Once you send it back, your writer will make corrections and updates, and send your completed resume.

7.) Once invited to meet with someone to discuss a particular job or project, please let your writer know, and your writer will tweak the completed resume here and there to highlight areas of skill in your resume related the job or project.

About the Franklin Paterson Resume Questionnaire©™

We recommend that you complete it in your own time, then put it away for a day or two, re-read, make corrections or additions then sent it back. Use the Resume Questionnaire later for interview prepping.

Thanks,
Jpransom
Franklin Paterson Resumes
https://franklinpaterson.com

Missed a follow-up call from an Employer?

You have just completed an interview that you believe went very well. The company ended the meeting with a “we will be calling you”. And indeed they did!! But you missed the call!!

What do you do next?
Did the person leave their name? If so, call through the company switchboard, employees tend to take calls that are transferred internally

Things to remember:
There may be a company operator. If that person asks the nature of your call, say you are returning an urgent call from X regarding your employment status.

Once you get the person who called you on the phone and have said Hello, please add something like this:  Sorry I missed your call , I am very interested in the job, so I am very pleased I am able to reach you.

On your next call please leave your phone and email address, say the letters and numbers slowly and clearly. Give the person another option to reach you, by suggesting that they can text you.

Lastly, go to the company’s Contact Us page on their website, send the person an email, state in the email,  that the email is for X manager. Tech support will forward it and most employees will read an email from tech support.

A good rule of thumb is call around 4:30 – 6:00PM many managers are likely at their desk tiding up for end of day.

All the best and continued success in your job search…

Getting Past Resume Gate Keepers

Just a reminder that we are in the biggest hiring period of the year, especially for new grads! Managers are beginning to list more jobs and the interviewing pace has picked up. But, as mentioned in our last update, there are more candidates are on the market – so the jobs are filled quickly, and the competition is stiffer.

 

New Job Alert
This no time for the faint hearted, budgets have been approved and the jobs that are available are part of a company’s long term strategy, so there will be competition. You also need to get by a natural adversary, the resume gatekeeper, whose sole purpose it appears is to decide whether your resume will be seen by the hiring manager.

A few tips to get past the resume gate keepers:

1. Do not address a resume to: “To whom it may concern”, the answer to that intro is – nobody. Use Dear Hiring Manager, Dear Recruiter or the person’s name if available, or a simple Hello, I am seeking a………. position (add the remainder of your cover letter here).

2. If you are going to be a Confidential Jobseeker please indicate that you are actively seeking a new position, somewhere prominent in your application. Confidential resumes are generally less likely to be read, the word confidential can be off-putting to a manager, so you must make the extra effort to invite them to read your resume.

3. When posting your resume on the job boards, follow the job application directions when applying for a position, before calling a recruiter. You cannot charm a busy recruiter, no matter how great your phone skills. A recruiter will do a better job at qualifying you if the resume is at hand and the is information is in a format they can use.

What does all this mean – create fewer online applications and do them properly, follow-up a day or two later with a mid-afternoon phone call.
This could just be your year!!!!

Franklin Paterson Resumes – October 21, 2019

 

 

 

How to Turn Down a Job Interview

Great Company, Terrible Job,
How to Turn Down a Job Interview
  
Still Looking for that perfect job?Many candidates complain that they are being invited to interviews for jobs, that appear to have nothing to do with their current skills, or job interest.
What to do – should you turn down the interview, and if so, how do you turn down this interview, but still keep yourself active with the company or referral agency. Should you attend every interview you are invited to?

  • Before you turn down the interview ask for a bit of time to review your schedule or research the company. Ask the interview scheduler for the URL of the company career site; visit their site to learn more about the position.
  • Find out if the company is hiring for other positions you might be interested in or qualified for.
  • Often if you do not accept an interview when you are first called, you may have difficulty getting the HR person or the interview scheduler back on the phone to schedule your interview or to turn down the interview.
  • Send an email or leave a cordial message within a few hours, indicating an interest in taking the interview, learning more or your regret in turning it down. Highlight your interest in hearing about other positions at the company. If there is another job or location that you may have an interest say so, and include a snippet about your ideal job.
  • Don’t wing it, have a prepared turned down comment of two or three lines. Try to end with a comment such as, thank you for you time and consideration of my resume, I plan to mention your opening to qualified friends and associates.

    Turning down a job offer is one thing, tuning down an interview is quite another!

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