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Creating a great LinkedIn profile! for the Senior Executive

Recruiters are on LinkedIn everyday searching for excellent Candidates to fill their positions. The more complete your profile is, the easier it will be for them to find you. But it’s not just Recruiters that may be looking. School alumni and past colleagues are excellent avenues for networking, as well as joining groups to connect with peers. The more involved you are, the more prevalent your profile will be in searches – not only in LinkedIn, but also from other search engines.

Creating a great LinkedIn profile! for a mid-career job seeker

How’s your profile photo? Do you even have one? Is it up to date? Do you look happy? Presentable? A picture really is worth a thousand words and more profiles get looked at when a picture is included. Exposure is key when you’re looking for a new career opportunity. Make sure your status accurately describes that you are looking for work & what type of position you’re looking for within your preferred industry(ies). examples…

Why Use a Recruiter? Part 2 of 2

Quin Blake
Quin Blake
(647) 693-3078
quinb@zenpeak.com

Last month I wrote about the benefits of using a good recruiter from the Client’s point of view  http://zenpeak.com/2012/08/30/why-use-a-recruiter-part-1-of-2/

 Now it’s time to share why, as a Candidate, you should find a proficient recruiter to assist you in your search for your next career opportunity.

Make sure you use a reputable recruiter. If you’re not familiar with any, ask around. A referral is always helpful when starting a relationship with someone where trust is essential. If you choose to search out a recruiter on your own, make sure that your best interests are their main concern and stay away from any recruiter who wants to charge you fees.

The Candidate

Whether you’re unemployed and actively seeking your next job or you’re happily (or not so) employed, but are interested in seeing what else is out there, a recruiter can be your greatest ally. Working with a trustworthy recruiter gives you a personal relationship with someone who can help you put your best foot forward.

First and foremost, you can be guaranteed discretion and confidentiality. This is crucial to the passive or currently employed Candidate as you wouldn’t want your boss to discover you’re shopping around and it also allows the active Candidate the freedom to trust that a dependable recruiter is acting in their best interest and isn’t just throwing their name out in every job search.

Thorough recruiters take the time to offer tips on interview skills & resume writing, coaching to get through the interview and properly promote yourself, they will even suggest how to dress or what not to wear if necessary.

When you use a recruiter you open yourself up to a variety of potential or “hidden” opportunities with only one resume. Recruiters know of positions that you probably don’t and they work directly with the decision-makers, getting your resume where it needs to be to get noticed.

At zenPeak, our driven recruiters will work just as hard to get you your next job as they will to help a client fill a position. Our Candidates are our currency in the human talent bank and we take the time to get to know each and every one to ensure that our investment in them has a high return.

So make your job search much easier and efficient – work with a recruiter!

Quin Blake
Recruitment Associate

(647) 693-3078
quinb@zenpeak.com

Why Use A Recruiter? Part 1 of 2

Quin Blake
Quin Blake
(647) 693-3078
quinb@zenpeak.com

A recruiter’s purpose is to match the right Candidate with the right position. Our job is to fill our Clients’ needs and find Candidates employment. Plain and simple, that’s what we do. How we go about it is what makes each day interesting and different from the next. Good recruiters are always looking for opportunities, whether it’s meeting someone at a networking function or sharing a story with a fellow onlooker at the dog park, we’re always open to discovering people’s employment needs.

Trying to find or fill a position can be a daunting task. Using a dependable recruiter can help to ease some of the pain involved in the process of either finding your next great opportunity or finding your next peak performing employee. Let’s discuss the benefits of using an efficient recruiter from both sides of the desk: the Client and the Candidate. This month we’ll look at it from the Client’s side and next month, the Candidate’s.

The Client

Wasting your time reading the “wrong” resumes?

Use a recruiter when you don’t have time to perform a search and hire on your own. Or you may have already tried and exhausted all your resources. Hired the wrong people, fired them and are starting all over again. Which most likely means, if you didn’t have time to do this in first place, you really don’t have time to do it now! Using a trustworthy recruiter will end up saving you time and money in the long run. They will take the time to understand what you require to successfully fill a position, assist you in creating an accurate job description and find someone who is going to love working for you.

I can’t speak for other recruiters, but in our company we already have a database of highly qualified people to pull from. Good recruiters also have a large network they can reach out to for Candidate referrals when needed and are capable of connecting with Candidates you might not be able to find. For example, initiating contact with a passive Candidate who really isn’t looking, but is open to hearing about new opportunities. A patient recruiter will sort through resumes and only send in the best, handle reference checks and prepare the Candidate for an interview to make your job as easy as saying, “you’re hired”.

At zenPeak, we spend time getting to know our Candidates up front. We meet face to face and take the time to learn who the person is behind the resume. This really helps us determine whether or not a Candidate will be a great match. We go through their resume with them and discuss their interests to ensure we have a good understanding of what they’re looking for. Our Candidates complete an emotional intelligence profile and assessment to help us determine if they have any risk factors and we perform structured reference check interviews. Gathering all of this information allows to us to send in the right people for the right position, successfully making the placement.

So, if you don’t have time to waste, get some help to grow your business faster.

 

Quin Blake
Recruitment Associate

(647) 693-3078
quinb@zenpeak.com