All of us here at Hired Guns HQ hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We also hope you rested up, because you’re going to need it.
As we head into December, hiring in the digital space continues to intensify. We placed more full-time talent in November than any other month in 2013, and it already looks like we’re going to blow past that number in December. Our clients are looking to start the new year with their teams intact, so we’ve got back-to-back interview days booked throughout December. And since December hiring activity is — in our experience, at least — a reliable barometer for job growth in the coming year, big things are coming in 2014. Read More →
You need a portfolio. Yes, I know you know that. But do you actually have one? If you do have one, when’s the last time you updated it? If you answered anything other than “yes” and “recently,” you’ve got work to do. If you’re unsure how to build a portfolio or unclear on what to put in the one you’ve already got, we can help.
Here’s the deal: portfolios aren’t just for writers and visual artists. Product pros, UXers, content producers, and anyone else who builds or designs needs to be able to show off their work to a recruiter or networking contact at a moment’s notice. Read More →
I don’t say this often (or ever, according to my wife), but I was wrong. Back in early October, I published an article called “You’ve Got Six Weeks Left to Find a Job in 2013. Here’s How.” In it, I made the argument that no one hires late in Q4. And even though I later pointed out that some last-minute shoppers would be looking for talent in the waning days of 2013, that turns out to be something of an understatement.
People are hiring. Like crazy. What is normally a slow season for hiring has become a frenzy. Companies are suddenly starving for talent. Our inboxes are flooded. Our gig board has more gigs than ever. We’re placing people left and right. So once again, I was wrong.
There. I said it. Happy now?
Good. Now stop gloating and get yourself over to the gig board.
If a company needs you but they aren’t hiring for a role where you can shine, don’t let that stop you from pitching the idea. That’s the lesson that Hired Gun Ashley Milne-Tyte covered in November 10′s Metro. Our very own Top Gun Allison Hemming lent her expertise on the art of pitching a job, making the article a Hired Guns double whammy.
You can read the whole article over at Metro.us, but here’s a bit to wet your whistle:
Conjuring up the job you want is far more common than some of us may think, but according to Allison Hemming, CEO of placement agency The Hired Guns, you have to be judicious. When you go for an interview, you can’t forget you’re auditioning for a particular spot. “You have to know what the company’s pain points are.” So don’t start by enumerating all the extra things you can do (or would rather do); gain the trust of the interviewer first. Listening to and questioning your interviewer, according to Hemming, “is the most under-utilized skill set when it comes to job hunting.”
A month ago, I wrote that you’ve got six weeks left to find a job in 2013. If you took that advice to heart and got your job search in gear, you can probably skip this article. But since you probably didn’t, I’ve got some good(ish) news: you still have a shot at ditching your current gig for greener pastures before the year ends. Believe it or not, you can still get hired in Q4.
While most companies will have closed the books on open headcount by early December, some hiring managers are still searching for talent until the last minute. These creatures are elusive, but if you know what to look for, you might spot one in the wild. If you snoozed through October and just can’t bear the thought of sticking around until March for your bonus, this one’s for you. Read More →
Most hiring managers and recruiters will only give your resume a few seconds’ attention. Their inboxes are bursting with the things, so time is short. On top of that, hiring managers have their own jobs to do in addition to selecting and interviewing candidates. With so much competition and so little time to make an impact, keywords are critical. One of the easiest ways to see what your resume says about you at a glance is to make a resume tag cloud with TagCrowd. Read More →
Most people think that managing your career means carving out a weekend afternoon and spending quality time with your laptop, grinding away at your resume or scouring job boards. There was certainly a time when this was true. (OK, this was true until maybe about two years ago. You get where I’m going here.) These days, however, you can manage your career from the coffee line or, better yet, from inside one those interminable meetings your boss is so fond of. These 10 career apps can help you find jobs, bolster your network, and develop mobile-friendly personal marketing collateral. Read More →
By now, most of us know that it’s a good idea to include a little intro at the top of your resume before diving into your experience. You’ve probably got one on your own resume. But is it the right kind? Or is it the dreaded “objective statement?” If so, your job search might be over before it even starts.
Somehow, people still use these. I read tons of resumes, from the entry level on up to C-level execs, and I’m routinely horrified by the fact that these are still in use. I’m even more horrified by what they usually say. Here are some examples that actual humans have put on their resumes:
- “To find a company that recognizes and rewards my exceptional product vision and gives me the resources and creative freedom to build something amazing.”
- “To use my terrifyingly high IQ to help you build your buisness” (Yep. “Buisness.”)
What — aside from being terrible — do these have in common? Each of them addresses the job seeker’s goals instead of advertising how their skills can benefit a particular company. Even the most well-crafted objective statements are little more than Christmas lists, filled with the shiny things job seekers want. Read More →
Do you sense a disturbance in the force? Has the Fair Trade coffee in your office kitchen been replaced by Folgers? Have two VPs and the CMO left recently with no comment from the executive team? Has the HR manager has told you that they’re putting the search for your new business analyst “on hold?” Is your boss being sketchier than usual? If you answered “yes” to two or more of these items, then you’ve observed one of the 7 Signs That a Layoff is Coming. This is no time to get depressed or panic. This is the time to cowboy up and prepare for a layoff.
“But I’m great at my job!” you say. “I’m necessary! They can’t live without me!” Here’s the hard truth: no matter how great or necessary you are, you still cost money. And because you cost money, you need to assume that your name is on the list. The storm clouds are gathering, friend, and you should prepare to get wet. Read More →
Sooner or later, you’re going to be laid off.
Not because you’re not working hard enough, not because you’re not staying late enough, and not because you don’t do great things for your company and your team. You’re going to be laid off because rapid growth and equally rapid contraction is the new norm for businesses, especially those in the digital world. You can’t prevent it, but you can see it coming.
Early in my career, I was laid off from a publishing job. I should have seen it coming and prepared myself for it, but I didn’t. I was young and naive. I thought that as long as I did good work, my job would be safe. It wasn’t.
Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to survive multiple rounds of layoffs in publishing and digital. Over time, I learned to see them coming. While that didn’t make them any less nerve-wracking, it did teach me to prepare myself each time for getting the bad news. I know that my number will come up again, and I don’t intend to be caught off guard. Neither should you. Read More →