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December 6, 2016

Dear Friends:

Welcome back to Andrew Hudson's Jobs List!  

In just a few weeks, when you visit AH Jobs List, you are going to notice some dramatic changes. After close to 20 years of service, AH Jobs List is moving to a new and improved job board platform. The new AH Jobs List will provide numerous improvements and new tools for both job seekers and employers alike. In addition, we will be introducing a new visual branding treatment that is more in line with how Andrew Hudson’s Jobs List has grown and developed over the years.

I’ve studied the habits of successful job seekers for a long time now and I’ve also interviewed hundreds of recruiters to determine the most important elements of a successful job board.  I have developed what I believe is going to be the best, most easy and efficient job board for both job seekers and for employers.

Some of the most obvious changes starting January 1 include:
  • Instead of a weekly edition, jobs on Andrew Hudson’s Jobs List will appear the moment they are posted.
  • You will now be able to search for jobs in a variety of ways. You can search using career keywords, location of job and even the salary of the job you are seeking.
  • Andrew Hudson’s Jobs List will now have an adaptable mobile interface. You can easily search and apply for positions on any type of mobile device.
  • Employers will now be able to take advantage of a powerful Applicant Tracking System that will allow them to develop customized applications and receive resumes and cover letters straight to their account. Sophisticated algorithm technology will help to sort and rank candidates based on keywords and category.
  • Through a new (and free) jobseeker profile element, candidates can now upload entire resumes, portfolios or LinkedIn profiles directly. In addition, job seekers can upload video resumes that will help connect with employers on a deeper, visual level. The profiles will also be searchable for employers based on keywords and career categories.
  • Job seekers will now be able to identify job categories and have jobs that match your categories sent to your email or mobile device.
We here at AH Jobs List are excited to introduce these exciting new improvements and believe that AH Jobs List will begin a new era as Colorado’s best place to find a job.
 
Job Seeking: Myth vs. Reality

You tend to get a lot of advice about the best way to look for a job. While all well-intentioned, often the advice you get is simply wrong. It might be based on someone’s experience from many years ago or it might be the result of something someone heard from someone else.

As someone who has interviewed hundreds of job seekers and human resource professionals, I consider myself an expert in the field of job seeking and I keep up with current hiring trends.

In addition, I also consider myself an expert in personal branding. In the competitive world of job seeking, you are the branded product that is being marketed and promoted. As such, you have various brand touch points (opportunities in which you can influence opinion and motivate behavior) to convince an employer to give you an interview and ultimately offer you a job. Those touch points are your most common job-seeking tools: resumes, cover letters, interviews, thank you notes, cold-calling scripts, personal narratives (90-second pitch) and many others. The branded promise about why you offer value to an employer must be consistent and compelling.

In an effort to help straighten out some of the most common job seeking questions relating to these touch points, I’ve tried to address four of the most frequently asked questions below:

Myth: All resumes must be one page.

Reality: In general, the two-page resume is the accepted standard. The majority of one-page resumes I’ve reviewed are written in small font, with expanded borders that make it incredibly difficult to read. It simply doesn’t make sense to try and stuff the entire chronology of your career into a hard-to-read one-page resume. Exceptions are for entry-level job seekers who may not have accumulated a robust level of experience in their career or for professionals in specific academic and technical fields where they must highlight a chronology of published work and research in more than 2 pages.

Myth: Recruiters prefer functional resumes, organized around skills, experiences and accomplishments, as opposed to chronological resumes, organized by date of previous work experience.

Reality:  Survey after survey shows that HR recruiters prefer chronological resumes with strategic, visual patterns that allow the reader to quickly grasp 'bursts' of relevant information. In fact, recruiters spend an average of only six seconds on each resume before making a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ decision.

A recent study says, "...recruiters tend to follow a consistent visual path when reviewing both resumes and online profiles, so an organized layout is crucial. A clear visual hierarchy with present relevant information where recruiters expect it, help quickly guide recruiters to a yes/no decision.“

"...the 'gaze trace' of recruiters is erratic when they review a poorly organized resume, and recruiters experience high levels of cognitive load (total mental activity), which increases the level of effort to make a decision. Chronological resumes have less data, were evenly formatted and are described as 'clearer.'”


In addition, more and more companies are using computerized applicant tracking systems which are ranking candidates based on keywords, phrases and dates relating to the position. Chronological resumes are easier to customize for each job so you can strategically insert key words and phrases from the job posting to align with the computerized tracking systems.

Myth: You don’t have to include a cover letter, nobody reads them anyway.

Reality: Every job you apply for should include a cover letter. Cover letters are your way to expand on your resume in narrative form. Unlike a resume, a cover letter is your first opportunity to start a conversation about not only what you did, but how you did it! It allows you to use language to introduce your personality and, based on your research of the company, to begin to demonstrate how you would fit the culture of the organization.

Myth: Follow up thank you notes don’t matter.

Reality: Thank you notes are not only good manners, they influence the hiring process in BIG ways. Time and time again, recruiters tell me that hand written thank you notes from candidates are looked upon positively and influence their decision making process about candidates. There are reasons for this. Primarily, it sends a message that you are serious about the job and that you have taken an extra step to let the person who has interviewed you know this. Secondarily, it creates RECALL of your interview. Recruiters and hiring managers are in interviews all day! A short thank you note hitting on some the relevant points you believe you ‘connected’ with the recruiter during the interview will remind them of your interview and your relevant qualifications and experience  But remember, a short handwritten thank you note is best. Studies have shown email thank you notes to be impersonal and easy to get lost in the daily email shuffle.

 

Today's the day – Schedule Your Colorado Gives Day Donations!

Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. For the seventh consecutive year, Community First Foundation and FirstBank are partnering to present Colorado Gives Day today, Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Donations are accepted through ColoradoGives.org.

You can pre-schedule your Colorado Gives Day donations to nonprofits working to make our communities better.  Scheduled donations will process on Colorado Gives Day, December 6, 2016, and will receive a boost from the $1 Million Incentive Fund. Take your time, explore the variety of nonprofits on ColoradoGives.org and schedule donations at your leisure.

How Scheduling Your Donations Works

When you’re ready, follow these five easy steps:

Go to ColoradoGives.org.

Search for nonprofits or fundraising pages.

Press the orange “Donate” button on the search result listing. Add your donation amount and press the “CO Gives Day” button to schedule it to process on December 6, 2016.

Complete the other fields and click “Add to Cart.”

Want to donate to more than one organization? Click on the “add more nonprofits to cart” button on the next page and keep going! Please note, if you want to add nonprofits to your cart over the course of several hours or days and checkout at a later time, you can save the items in your cart by logging into or creating a donor account.

Once all your scheduled donations are in your cart, finish checking out by clicking the “Checkout” button, logging into or creating a donor account, entering your payment information, and then pressing submit.

Please note you will receive an acknowledgement email indicating you have scheduled a donation. On Colorado Gives Day, you will receive a second email that confirms your donations have been processed. A copy of this email will also be stored on your donor account and can be accessed at any time. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

 

Post a Jobseeker Profile on AH Jobs and Get Hired!

If you are a job seeker, one thing you come to realize early in your job search is that job seeking is a FULL CONTACT SPORT! Gone are the days of opening the career classifieds of your local newspaper and sending random resumes to random companies.

Networking, cold-calling, responding to job postings—all of these are important job seeking techniques.  But did you also know, company recruiters are also trolling dozens of social media websites looking for new talent?  They aren't waiting for new talent to reach them, they are actively searching for good talent!

Today, an effective job search is a full-blown marketing campaign with YOU as the product.  There are dozens of touch points that you have an opportunity to influence a company's perception about you that will determine IF you get a job interview and IF you get hired. 

Give yourself a job-seeking advantage. Post your Jobseeker Profile today. Employers and recruiters from throughout Colorado are looking to AH Jobs List Jobseeker Profiles to identify talent for their organization. Jobseeker Profiles result in connections, calls, interviews and job offers from employers.

Find out everything you need to know about posting a Jobseeker Profile by clicking here. It's easy to do and you will be connected to thousands of employers and recruiters.

Have a great week,

Andrew Hudson
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