Kara Stringer's Blog (16)

Trust and Culture

Trust is defined as: (Noun) assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something; one in which confidence is placed; (Verb) to rely on the truthfulness or accuracy of; to place confidence in, rely on; to hope or expect confidently.

Early in my career I worked for one the world’s…

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Added by Kara Stringer on October 22, 2012 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Mass Mailing and Spam

When you are in the recruiting industry you send out lots of mass mailings be it for referrals, to advertise job opportunities, or to network. It is important that your emails to do end up in your contacts junk or spam folders. By sending out so many emails at one time you heighten the possibly of your email going to junk. Here are some tips to avert the junk folder:

  • Do not use spam phrases like CLICK HERE, Make money here, urgent, once in a life time opportunity, 
  • Do…
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Added by Kara Stringer on July 23, 2012 at 10:26am — No Comments

Sites to Visit When Looking for a Job

At the beginning of your job search the wealth of knowledge on the internet can be overwhelming.  There are sites that can help you accomplish specific things during your job search.  There are plenty of resources out there to help you, here are a few sites to start with:

Workstir - Connects individuals with trusted service providers within their area and expertise.  Sign up to offer a service and…

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Added by Kara Stringer on April 16, 2012 at 10:12am — 2 Comments

What Technology is Doing to the Paper Resume

The art of writing a resume is one that has been practiced for years and years as a tool to help job seekers define their skills and experience.  Over time the traditional and recognized way of formatting and writing a resume has changed minimally, or has it?  It use to be that you would print our resume and hand deliver it to the employer, then came fax and email, and now we have the concept of online job boards.  Over time will the printed resume even be necessary?  Has the content on the…

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Added by Kara Stringer on February 27, 2012 at 10:32am — No Comments

Resume Written for Specific Job

Thought everyone might be interested in why and how we tell our candidates to tweak their resume to a specific job we are submitting them for.  

How many versions of your resume do you have? Most people would say, “Well, I have one, how many do I need?” The answer is that unless you are truly a one-trick pony, then you likely should have a few different versions of your resume to highlight various aspects of your skill set. For senior level and executive level candidates, it is…

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Added by Kara Stringer on February 6, 2012 at 10:01am — 1 Comment

Networking Tips

Network can be a strong tool when it comes to filling and keeping your pipeline full. Here are couple of tips to capitalize on networking opportunities.

First Impressions

The first impression you make is very important in networking. When you see the opportunity to meet someone new walk up to them with confidence. One of the most important pieces to a good first impression is eye contact, look them in the eye as you approach and speak with them.  Put out your hand and…

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Added by Kara Stringer on January 30, 2012 at 10:09am — No Comments

Interview Preparation Tips

Preparation for an interview can be one of the most important things you do during your job search. I am not talking about having your suit dry-cleaned; I am talking about being ready for anything the interview may bring.  Take the time needed to prepare and follow these simple tips:

1. Why did you apply for this job?  You should have a well outlined answer to this question.  Think about what attracted you to the job posting, what tasks get you excited, and the skills you want…

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Added by Kara Stringer on December 5, 2011 at 10:04am — 6 Comments

Evaluating a Job Offer

Finally!  The call you have been waiting for, an offer of employment.  You are over-whelmed with excitement and feel valued, but now you are faced with a difficult decision.  Do you accept or decline?  Fortunately, most companies will not expect you to make a decision the day you receive the offer.  You are normally given a week to make a decision.  There are many things to consider when evaluating a job offer.  Is this a good place to work?  Do I see myself there long-term?  Will there be…

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Added by Kara Stringer on November 21, 2011 at 10:51am — No Comments

Preparing Your Kids for the Job Market

Learn the difference between right and wrong. Respect your elders. Say “please and “thank you.” Work hard and be honest. Don’t give up and always try your best. Play nicely with others and learn how to share.

 

These are all lessons we teach our children so they will be prepared to be contributing members of society and generally good adults. Another opportunity to prepare your kids that is often overlooked is how to enter and successfully navigate through their…

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Added by Kara Stringer on November 14, 2011 at 3:33pm — 2 Comments

Creating a Productive Work Environment

Author: Vanessa Alcorta

You’ve gone through the resumes, sat through the interviews, extended an offer to the top candidate and a start date is set, what do you do next? Few companies realize the importance of having a plan in place that lends to an intriguing, interactive first day, week and even month. Now, we all know most company’s standard procedure goes something like “Sit behind this desk, here is a print…

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Added by Kara Stringer on November 7, 2011 at 10:01am — No Comments

Detailed Job Descriptions are Critical

Author: Denise Bradford

Recruiter’s main responsibility is to find the perfect employee for a company.   So saying, “I need a SOX Expert with 3-5 years experience in the oil and gas industry” is not going to get you what you need!  Here are a few questions you should ask yourself when creating a great job description that will reward you with the person you need. 

  1. What is the jobs purpose to…
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Added by Kara Stringer on October 31, 2011 at 10:08am — 2 Comments

Contract to Permanent Position

Are you a contractor desiring a permanent position?  Some professionals desire the stability of a permanent position, while others enjoy the evolving and changing aspects of contract work. There are some things you can do to help you take steps towards a permanent position, if you are looking for that stability.  Here are some steps to help you stand out among your competition.

 

Treat the position as more than just a “stepping stone” to another position.  You need to work with…

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Added by Kara Stringer on October 24, 2011 at 3:38pm — 6 Comments

Personal Touch of Finding a Job

Author: Chris Washa

In today’s day and age of technology, the personal touch of finding a job has somehow been lost. Applying for a job on-line can be long, intrusive, and down-right frustrating. The cyber black hole of the internet and on-line applications has taken the job market away from what is most important, the human interaction. 

No longer are you solely evaluated by your skills, experience,…

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Added by Kara Stringer on October 17, 2011 at 11:16am — No Comments

Social Media and Your Personal Brand

The main goal of any brand is to sell a skill, service, or knowledge.  That is exactly what you want to do with your personal brand.  Point out your skills and strengths that are unique and use them to set yourself apart from the crowd.  Take time to think about who you are professionally, then write it down and decide how you want to communicate this to others.

Decide on the Avenue

There are plenty of social media options out there, in fact,…

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Added by Kara Stringer on September 6, 2011 at 10:18am — 3 Comments

Evaluating a Job Offer

Author: Denise Bradford

 



Finally!  The call you have been waiting for,  an offer of employment.  You are over-whelmed with excitement and feel valued, but now you are faced with a difficult decision.  Do you accept or decline?  Fortunately, most companies will not expect you to make a decision the day you receive the offer.  You are normally given a week to make a decision.  There are many things…

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Added by Kara Stringer on August 29, 2011 at 10:44am — No Comments

Surviving Significant Growth

As a professional in the recruiting industry for more than 15 years I have worked with hundreds of employers of all types, representing all industries and sizes.  Throughout my career I have witnessed several organizations experience significant growth, each handling their windfall in different ways, but in some cases not well enough to…

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Added by Kara Stringer on August 22, 2011 at 9:33am — No Comments

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