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Leveraging Resume Templates

July 22nd, 2019

Job hunting is a full-time job. And on top of that, you may be working a full-time job.  Prepping for interviews, researching companies, and crafting the perfect eye-catching resume takes up valuable time in what can be an already stressful process.

But how do you take a step back and let someone else do some of the work?  By using resume templates, you can create clean, formatted, and easy-to-read resumes in minutes. Instead, spend your valuable time on crafting the perfect content.

Once you’ve mapped out the important talking points around your experience, education, projects, and specific skills, you can identify the right template for you.

Consider the following:

How long is my resume?

At some point in your career, your resume will spill over onto a second page.  Your skillset or industry might demand very detailed information that takes up space, i.e. technology languages or frameworks. Evaluate how the template will display the information.  Is the most important information displayed first? If the hiring manager doesn’t make it to page two, will you still be in the running for the position?

Is my resume going through keyword-matching software?

If you are conducting your job search on your own, do you know how the resumes are reviewed at the companies at which you are applying? Are you joining the black hole of keyword-matching software or is a member of staff looking at individual resumes?

What file type do I need?

If you know the companies you are targeting, take a quick look to see what file types they accept. It’s frustrating to craft the perfect resume, just to realize that the file extension isn’t accepted.

Is the format right for parsing?

We’ve all been here: ‘Please upload your resume’

‘Now, please type in almost the exact same information – even though you just uploaded your resume’

‘Or, let us pull the information from your resume’

If you’ve ever allowed resume parsing, you know that it rarely matches the fields exactly and you must retype your resume information anyway. If parsing is a standard in your industry – opt for simple, clean formatting without all of the bells and whistles.

What type of template matches my job aspirations?

Your resume is a reflection of you as well as the type of work that you do.  Your resume is the first glance into your abilities. How creative, organized, long, or colorful does it need to be to catch and retain the attention of your future hiring manager?

Getting Templates:

Google Templates:

If you have a Google account, you have access to Google’s library of templates. Sign into your Google account or navigate to https://drive.google.com/templates to access resumes, cover letters, and more in your Google Drive.

Google Resume Templates

LinkedIn Resume Assistant in Microsoft Word:

Microsoft’s acquisition of LinkedIn helpted the two join forces to bring better resume templates and a resume assistant to Microsoft Word.  If you are an Office 365 subscriber on Windows, customized templates and resume writing help are at your fingertips.  Check out LinkedIn’s Blog or get started in Word by opening a new document and choosing a resume template.

Microsoft Word and LinkedIn Resume

Canva:

If you’re looking for a template to give you more creative license, sign up for a free account on Canva and get started with more free templates. Or, sign up for the pro-version to get custom-tailored designs.

Design your resume with Canva Pro

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Proactive & Flexible: Preparing for Amazon HQ2

December 11th, 2018

The highly anticipated Amazon HQ2 decision unleashed a myriad of personal opinions, economic analyses, and political responses. Emotions are running high in two metros where there is concern for overcrowding, employees leaving their current jobs for Amazon, and affordable housing – to name a few. Amazon’s decision to choose the DC & NYC metros means that staffing agencies and companies alike need to assess how this will impact their current and future talent.

Talener CEO, Michael Dsupin, sees a world of possibilities that will open to job seekers, both in and out of the tech industry. This is a moment for DC & NYC to dominate the narrative surrounding its tech talent capabilities which is traditionally centered around Silicon Valley & Seattle. The Long Island City and Crystal City HQs reinforce the notion that they can compete with a capable and experienced tech workforce. Both metros have been on the radar previously as two of the top 10 cities for tech talent.

The estimated 12,500 jobs that will be created by Amazon at each HQ bolsters the potential for new residents who may relocate to surrounding metros in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, New York & Connecticut. Likewise, the jobs may bring other positive impacts to communities by enabling the circulation of money for housing, restaurants, transportation, and more. At this point, it is difficult to predict the scope that Amazon’s move will have on these communities.

Companies will need to assess how Amazon’s arrival will impact their own workforce. Will their talent be scooped up to work for the tech giant? How will companies be proactive to retain their employees and keep them engaged? The more competitive environment may force employers to consider increasing wages or providing better benefits packages to retain talent.

Overall, there will always be talent that is eager for jobs. Companies will have the opportunity to hire people who are new to the industry and train them fresh out of school or certifications. Additionally, not everyone will stay at Amazon forever. Markets are constantly changing, and with that, come new job seekers. Existing tech talent will return to the market for new jobs.

The eCommerce space in particular could see the most influx with current talent leaving for new Amazon opportunities. Applicants with eCommerce experience have a leg up on other talent being recruited for Amazon.

Until we know for sure how and when Amazon will open their second headquarters, the best course of action that companies can take is to develop a strategy that is both proactive and flexible – one that is adaptable to increased market competition.

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Talener Donates $2100 to Meals on Wheel America in November

December 5th, 2018

NEW YORK, NY – December 5, 2018

Talener announced that it would donate $2100 to Meals on Wheels America this week. In November, Talener challenged its team and clients to conduct interviews at Talener offices across the country.  For every interview session, Talener pledged a $50 donation to the organization.

“The Meals on Wheels November Interview Challenge has become a tradition for us every year around the holidays.  We challenge our team to end the year strong and encourage our clients to let us help them with their end-of-year hiring needs; all while giving back to our community,” said Talener CEO Michael Dsupin.

Meals on Wheels America provides hot meals to seniors who are unable to cook or shop for nutritious food.

Started in 2007, Talener is a technology staffing practice headquartered in New York City.  Talener matches tech talent to top organizations across six regional geographies.

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Setting Strong Communication Channels – AdTech Client

October 29th, 2018

 

CLIENT OVERVIEW

As part of a global media brand, this company has created a marketing services platform that integrates data and technology to create smart business solutions for their clients.

CHALLENGE

After a merger, the organization needed to reorganize and grow their team. To be competitive in the San Francisco job market, they offer excellent compensation packages as well as positions that are well-aligned with the local talent pool. They require senior-level talent and have high standards for new employees. Combined with a tight labor market and the commitment to hire employees who are a long-term right fit, this company decided to actively seek out contract-to-hire candidates.

THE TALENER SOLUTION

Talener’s focus was on building trust through strong communication channels. The company stressed a top-down buy in approach where everyone in the organization understood their role in regards to building out their teams. Talener adapted to this dynamic and applied recruiting methods that were consistent with the organization’s philosophy. Clear and on-going communication led to early placement success. These placements prompted hiring managers to refer Talener internally to other managers. Talener built trust at the organization from within; leading to fifteen placements across the company. By utilizing check-ins at every stage of the recruitment process and presenting candidates that reflected the company’s requirements, we were able to form lasting relationships.

RESULTS

Over the past year, fourteen of the placements were contract or contract-to-hire roles across various disciplines; including QA, Java, Project Management, & Director-Level jobs. Through Talener’s tech-focused and collaborative teams, the hiring managers could confidently and seamlessly work across disciplines. This proactive and communicative approach is part of the mutually beneficial success that Talener and the company have enjoyed. Beyond the fifteen placements, the rapport that Talener has built with the organization has opened up additional opportunities for the future.


If you would like to learn more about Talener’s Company In method, please reach out at 917-720-1080.

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Communication and Feedback: Case Study – Emergency Communications Client

October 16th, 2018

CLIENT OVERVIEW

Based in New York, this emergency communications startup has built itself as a leader in their industry over the past several years. They have addressed common issues that people face in cases of emergency. Recently, they have partnered with several large global tech companies.

THE CHALLENGE

The company needed to scale out their engineering team in order to support upcoming partnerships with large technology companies. Because there were only a few dozen employees at the helm, time was of the essence. There were several permanent positions across the board that needed to be filled; including Back End, Front End, Product Management, DevOps & QA Engineers.

In addition to the time constraints to scale out a world-class engineering team, they had very specific and measurable requirements for every new hire. Candidates needed to understand the intensity and scope of working with a startup that desires top-tier engineers. For Talener, these constraints were a challenge, but were also clearly outlined to foster success.

THE TALENER SOLUTION

Talener understood the importance of constant communication and feedback. Following the first two placements, the Talener team met with the client to communicate feedback and debrief to ensure that expectations were being met. Talener provided information about the candidate interview experience, competition, other offers candidates were receiving, and presented advice moving forward. Taking the feedback seriously, the client provided additional selling points as well as their own comments regarding future placements.

Talener pitched the importance of the Company In method, in which the client came on-site to Talener to interview several candidates in succession. The Company In method allowed for immediate feedback from the candidates as well as the VP of Engineering. Likewise, they were given the opportunity to reinforce their mission, vision, values, and selling points in-person.

RESULTS

Early communication and expectation management led Talener to place 10 permanent engineering and product management employees in just over one year. The Company In method was utilized and successful for eight different positions. Two positions used phone screening and on-site interviewing.

Talener’s local, tech-specific teams could readily handle each candidate and position individually; supporting the client’s needs across several technology disciplines. Likewise, constant follow-up and feedback means that Talener has created an enduring relationship with the client based on open communication and honest evaluation.


If you would like to learn more about Talener’s Company In method, please reach out at 917-720-1080.

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