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Sabado, Pebrero 15, 2014

The Avanti Group LLC Recruiting & Leadership Tips from a Recruiter: Don't Make Me Read Your Resume

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Ideally, I can decide to speak to you based on a few sentences in the body of an email/application, and then primarily read the résumé to prepare for our initial dialogue and use it as a framework during the call. Give me a few sentences to make me want to have that talk.

I never ask for or expect a full cover letter with addresses and dates and all the formatting. Personally, I don't want to read that either, and I'd rather not task applicants with the hassle. All we're trying to do is start a conversation, and it shouldn't take much to get it started. Reading only a few sentences before making a decision will clearly make my job easier, but it will make the job seeker's life a bit better as well. There is much less pressure to have the perfect résumé if you can get past the first stage without that document being carefully judged. Invest five minutes in the application, and you can spend less time customizing résumés.

Roughly 50% of the applications I receive are résumé only. In 2013, almost 90% of my client hires included additional content. The data set is not large, but over my 15 years I'd expect that the figures would be rather consistent. Whether applying for an advertised job via email, an online application, or even if you are just blindly sending a résumé in the off chance a company might consider you for hire, the key concepts to address in the content that accompanies the résumé are:

Tell Me What Prompted You to Apply for the Job
Where did you see the ad? If you were on the major job boards, you saw hundreds. What was it about this ad that caught your eye and made you act? One sentence is plenty. If you saw the ad on the company's website, kudos–you weren't out trolling the boards; you were actually looking into us. What did you like about us?

Show Me Why You Believe You Are Qualified
It isn't necessary to write a long and detailed summary of your experience here, and you shouldn't. One or two sentences that distill the most relevant experience will get us to the next step. You can quantify years of experience in the industry and with a couple technologies listed in the ad, reference a noteworthy accomplishment, or briefly describe how a current or past role prepared you. A link to past work might help in certain cases.

Express Interest
If you've covered what prompted your application and your qualifications nicely, a simple "I'm very interested in learning more about this position…" can suffice. If you feel you may need just a bit more to put you over the top, demonstrating that you did a minute of research on the company can help. Is there a product we offer that you'd like to know more about? Did the way we described our culture have particular appeal to you?

Mention the Company's Name, Twice
Doing this lets me know you cared enough not to send a pure form letter. Applications that use generic phrases like "your company" (or the worst, "your esteemed organization") name scream "I'm just looking for any job" and not "I'd like to be an employee of COMPANY". The first mention can be in the opening sentence when you list the job itself ("…apply for Senior Python Developer at COMPANY"), and specify again in your closing.

Don't Do Anything Stupid or Desperate
Referencing the wrong company name due to cut/paste miscues is a common one, and although we are willing to forgive a small error it does give the appearance that the candidate has applied to several positions simultaneously (which is fine, but decreases our odds of hiring). Creating a tone that you are desperate to work is not helpful, regardless of how true it is. Make the recipient want to hire you based on your skills and not on sympathy. Don't ask me to hire you, just explain why I should want to.

And a few tips for specific situations…
If You Are Asked for a Salary Requirement…
If you are uneasy about providing salary requirements, at least acknowledge the request tactfully (as opposed to completely ignoring it). Try something like "It's difficult to provide an accurate salary requirement before knowing any other elements of employee compensation packages, as well as the job responsibilities and company's expectations for this role."

If You Are Applying for a Job in a Different City…
Recruiters receive many résumés from out-of-town applicants. When we see a non-local address without any explanation, it is often safe to assume that you are applying for many jobs all across the country. There is nothing wrong with that, but the odds that we will hire you become much lower if you are looking everywhere (more choices lower the chance you'll choose us). Combine this with the complexity of relocation–cost of living differences, moving costs and potential reimbursement, changing schools for young children, etc.– and the recruiter has to weigh the decision to spend time with you or someone local. Therefore, unless your résumé is spectacular, an non-local applicants may not be given the same level of consideration.

When targeting a move to a specific city, mention this in the body of your application. Companies will pay close attention to candidates that have concrete plans to move to their city, and agency recruiters are much more likely to work with you if you are only seeking jobs in one or two locations. If you can provide a future local address on a résumé, that may help.

If You Are Somewhat Underqualified for the Job…
There will be times when a job looks very appealing but your experience clearly falls a bit short. In this situation, the opportunity to write a few sentences in support of your résumé is your best shot at consideration. Recruiters will often give at least one chance to underdog candidates who attempt to make up for a lack of years with some enthusiasm or an interesting story. It is much harder to say no to someone who demonstrates that they are eager to work for you.
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Martes, Enero 7, 2014

The Avanti Group LLC Recruiting & Leadership, BBB offers 10 resolutions for a scam-free new year

With the New Year here, Better Business Bureau (BBB) has 10 resolutions that can help you fight scammers, prevent identity theft and save money in 2014. 

“In this day and age, you can’t afford to make mistakes”, said Mechele Agbayani Mills, President and CEO of BBB Serving Central East Texas. “Taking preventive measures before opening your wallet is well worth the time and effort to keep from becoming a victim.”

BBB provides the following resolutions to help consumers have a safe, scam-free 2014:

1. Always check a business out with BBB before you buy.  Nearly 400,000 businesses meet BBB standards and are qualified to use an Accredited Business seal on their websites and at business locations.  Visit www.bbb.org to find BBB Business Reviews for nearly 4 million businesses across North America.

2. Be skeptical of “job offers” that promise easy money. With high unemployment and long job searches common, scammers are targeting people desperate to find jobs. Beware of any job offer, work-at-home scheme or business opportunity that promises big money for little work and no experience.

3. Always read the fine print—especially with “free” trial offers. Thousands of consumers complained to BBB this year after signing up for a “free” trial offer online that resulted in repeated charges to their credit or debit cards, sometimes amounting to hundreds of dollars every month. Read the terms and conditions of any “free” trial offer before handing over credit or debit card numbers.

4. Keep your computer safe. If you haven’t already done so, install anti-virus software on your computer and check regularly for software and operating system updates and patches. Don’t open attachments or click on links in emails unless you can confirm the email came from someone you trust.

5. Never wire money to someone you don’t know. Many scams require that the victim wire money back to the scammers. Scammers know that tracking money sent via MoneyGram, Western Union, or via Green Dot Moneypak is extremely difficult. Once you’ve wired the money, it’s nearly impossible to get it back.

6. Fight identity theft. Shred paper documents that include sensitive financial data and dispose of computers, cell phones and digital data safely. BBB offers tips and checklists on what to shred, and hosts annual Secure Your ID events nationwide to help you stay safe.


Lunes, Enero 6, 2014

The Avanti Group LLC Recruiting & Leadership, Consumer 10 Report | Scamming of veteran a cautionary tale

Sharnai Skinner is proud of the eight years she spent defending her country, as underscored by the staff-sergeant insignia — four chevrons bracketing a star — tattooed on her left arm.

The Air Force veteran is anything but proud, however, of the manner in which she defended — or failed to defend — her finances.

“I’ve already accepted the fact that I just lost all my savings,” the 29-year-old Whitehall resident said. “And it hurts.”

Skinner’s recent financial blunder began with the best of intentions.

After receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force last January, Skinner returned to civilian life in central Ohio and decided to pursue a college degree. She made arrangements to attend school full time, starting this month.

She figured she’d need a reliable car to get to and from classes — not to mention a part-time retail job.

While searching Craigslist in November, Skinner found what seemed to be the perfect vehicle: a 2003 Honda Accord with just 67,000 miles on it. The seller, she said, wanted $1,970.

The bargain price, though, wasn’t the only selling point. Skinner said the car’s owner indicated that she, too, had military ties.

“She said she was stationed in North Dakota and that she was deploying in December.”

Skinner felt an instant bond.

“I thought: ‘She’s not going to scam me. She wouldn’t do that. We’re together in this.’  ”

Emboldened by the apparent connection, Skinner took the plunge.

“I said, ‘Great, I think we have a deal,’ and I said, ‘How did you want me to pay for it — so I can see it?’  ”

Skinner received an email — purportedly sent by eBay Motors, the automotive division of online marketplace eBay — instructing her to wire the funds via Western Union.

The Avanti Group LLC Recruiting & Leadership, Consumer 10 Report | Scamming of veteran a cautionary tale

Sharnai Skinner is proud of the eight years she spent defending her country, as underscored by the staff-sergeant insignia — four chevrons bracketing a star — tattooed on her left arm.

The Air Force veteran is anything but proud, however, of the manner in which she defended — or failed to defend — her finances.

“I’ve already accepted the fact that I just lost all my savings,” the 29-year-old Whitehall resident said. “And it hurts.”

Skinner’s recent financial blunder began with the best of intentions.

After receiving an honorable discharge from the Air Force last January, Skinner returned to civilian life in central Ohio and decided to pursue a college degree. She made arrangements to attend school full time, starting this month.

She figured she’d need a reliable car to get to and from classes — not to mention a part-time retail job.

While searching Craigslist in November, Skinner found what seemed to be the perfect vehicle: a 2003 Honda Accord with just 67,000 miles on it. The seller, she said, wanted $1,970.

The bargain price, though, wasn’t the only selling point. Skinner said the car’s owner indicated that she, too, had military ties.

“She said she was stationed in North Dakota and that she was deploying in December.”

Skinner felt an instant bond.

“I thought: ‘She’s not going to scam me. She wouldn’t do that. We’re together in this.’  ”

Emboldened by the apparent connection, Skinner took the plunge.

“I said, ‘Great, I think we have a deal,’ and I said, ‘How did you want me to pay for it — so I can see it?’  ”


Skinner received an email — purportedly sent by eBay Motors, the automotive division of online marketplace eBay — instructing her to wire the funds via Western Union.

Linggo, Enero 5, 2014

The Avanti Group LLC Recruiting & Leadership, Cyber Wars / Job-seeker turned into ‘money mule’

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Information technology deeply permeates our daily lives, from banking transactions to shopping to photography to chatting with friends, to name only a few ways.

This constant state of connectedness has been accompanied by a growing number of cases in which people become unknowingly involved in crimes and other trouble. This series of articles, “Cyber Wars,” will examine some of these hidden dangers that impinge on our lives

This is the first installment.

While cases of illegal money transfers via online banking services have risen astronomically, another scam designed to hinder police investigation has been spreading under the radar. These schemes launder money through the use of “money mules”—unwitting victims often recruited online and used to transfer proceeds from such Internet fraud as phishing scams.
These fraudsters attempt to escape the reach of investigative authorities by having their mules transfer money acquired illegally via overseas remittance services, which are less stringent in their identification requirements than commercial banks are.

In Japan, the first money mule operation was confirmed to have been conducted last year. By the end of November, 224 money mules were found to have been involved in transferring illicit funds totaling ¥260 million. Of the 224, 149 were Japanese.

The Yomiuri Shimbun examined the operations of one such criminal scheme that recruited victims through e-mail and online job advertisements that appeared legitimate, but actually hired them to work as “disposable” money mules.

In September, a 57-year-old man living in Yokohama received a job offer from a food-related firm in Britain through LinkedIn, a social media site targeting job seekers.


Lunes, Disyembre 2, 2013

The Avanti Group LLC Recruiting & Leadership, Scammers promise easy money in trolling for LinkedIn users


Scammers exploiting the weak job market are looking for hapless victims on LinkedIn, which has become a major meeting site for job seekers and recruiters.

Scammers exploiting the weak job market are looking for hapless victims on LinkedIn, which has become a major meeting site for job seekers and recruiters.

[Security experts warn against using LinkedIn Intro app for Apple iPhone]

Over the last year, swindlers promising employment have been spreading from Facebook and Twitter to LinkedIn, where their fake profiles have been popping up as fast as the site is able to take them down, Bianca Stanescu, security specialist for anti-virus vendor Bitdfender, said Friday.

While job scams are regularly found on Facebook, LinkedIn was considered less susceptible because of its professional clientele, Stanescu said. However, it seems that a LinkedIn profile with a picture of a pretty woman posing as a job recruiter and promising easy money is too hard for people, particularly men, to resist.


"It's especially enticing for men to click on these ads to work with such beautiful human resource managers likes Christina and Annabelle," Stanescu said. "We also found someone named Jessica."

In a recent scam reported by Bitdefender, "Annabelle Erica," a good-looking blonde, promised to put job applicants in touch with hundreds of companies looking for English translators.

"It doesn't matter what language you speak, as long as you speak English, and at least one other language, there are plenty of jobs for you available," the profile said.

Promising more than $3,600 a month, the profile included a shortened URL that linked to a website registered on a ".com" domain to avoid suspicion. The domain is a favorite among businesses.

On the site, applicants are asked for their email addresses and the passwords to their accounts. The tricksters also ask for a credit-card number to pay the fee charged for finding the job.

The scenario is common for job scams, Stanescu said. Some sites will ask for more personal data, such as bank account information.

Authentic LinkedIn groups, such as Global Jobs Network, posted the hustle featuring "Annabelle." Global Jobs has 167,000 users worldwide. Overall, LinkedIn has 2.1 million professional groups.

LinkedIn said in an emailed statement that it "immediately removes profiles that are found to be spreading inappropriate content or engage in spam/phishing."

"Additionally, we scan URLs against known blacklists in an effort to prevent the distribution of malware, spam or phishing sites," the company said.

Job scams have become widespread because of the difficulty people are having in finding work in the U.S. and Europe. While unemployment has remained doggedly high in the United States, across the Atlantic the percentage of workers looking for jobs in some countries exceeds 25 percent, greater than the U.S. Great Depression.

"LinkedIn is more and more popular (with scammers) because of the global economy," Stanescu said. "Think of all the people who are out there looking for jobs."

LinkedIn, as well as the names of other trusted brands, has been used for years in scam emails to try to lure victims to malware sites. Last year, security experts reported such scams were increasing at an accelerated pace.

[LinkedIn joins two-factor login bandwagon to keep hackers out]


Last month, LinkedIn was criticized for releasing an Apple iPhone app, called Intro, which embedded a link to an email sender's profile. Security experts said the app left users open to phishing attacks, while LinkedIn said the criticisms were based on "inaccuracies and misperceptions.

Biyernes, Nobyembre 22, 2013

Attester av The Avanti Group LLC

"Jay er en utmerket rekrutterer som virkelig passer inn i kategorien karriere trener for utøvende nivå fagfolk. Jeg har hatt mange positive samhandling knyttet til min egen og andres karriere gjennom årene. Hver gang har han vært en klarert fortrolig med eksepsjonell råd og vilje til å gå en ekstra mil for meg. Han er svært grundig med en utmerket holdning som gjør det svært enkelt for meg å diskutere mål og krav. På samme tid er han flink til å forme mine forventninger til gjeldende markedsforhold slik jeg realistisk om noen mulighet. Til slutt er Jay min gå-til fyr hver gang jeg klar til å endre karriere."

-Vice President of Finance, International Entertainment Company

"Jeg har leid Jay på en eneste basis å hjelpe oss med flere viktige søker etter vår finansielle operasjoner gruppe over de siste årene. Jay har alltid gitt eksepsjonell service. Spesielt tok han lover våre behov for hver stilling. Han lyttet nøye til våre krav så han aldri sendt oss ukvalifisert kandidater. Og hvis våre posisjon krav endres midt søk, han ville tilpasse søket tilsvarende. Han er kunnskapsrik om markedet, og han er alltid veldig forståelsesfull. Vi har jobbet med mange rekrutterere tidligere og Jay er, uten tvil, en av beste.

-Bedriftens kontrolleren, verdipapirforetak

"Arbeide med Jay var en gunstig opplevelse. Han hadde sterke relasjoner som førte til meg å bli plassert i en utmerket plassering. Han har en sterk kunnskapsbase og gir verdifull veiledning med hele intervjuet/ansettelsesprosessen. "

-Enterprise konsulent, store 4 konsulentfirma
"Jeg jobbet med Jay å fylle en posisjon i min gruppe. Jay arbeidet å forstå behovene til stillingen og forbedre forståelsen basert på tilleggsinformasjon i forhold. Han klarte å raskt gi kandidater, samt gi rask oppfølginger knyttet til kandidater. Til slutt, Jay funnet en ideell kandidat for rollen.»

-Visepresident & hjelperen kontrolleren, børsnoterte Online Media selskap

"Jay gjorde en utmerket jobb å bli kjent med meg som en kandidat og før jobbsøking. Dette gjorde ham mer effektivt og effektivt matche meg opp med jobbmuligheter som passer inn i min søkekriterier. Dessuten, han er veldig rask og pålitelig og alltid gjør tilgjengelig. Han har også gitt meg med veldig god intervju råd. En Jobbsøk kan være svært belastende. Jay ro og profesjonalitet hjalp meg gjennom prosessen."

-Kontroller, informasjon teknologi løsninger firma

«Jeg har jobbet med Jay i over 5 år. Jay var medvirkende i å hjelpe meg bygge en verden klassen globale regnskap og finans team. Jay sikret at han forsto vår forretningsstrategi og bedriftsmiljø. Han tok sin ære i å ikke bare identifisere kandidater men viktige bidragsytere. Dette aktivert meg å utføre forretningsplan som inkluderte 21 vellykket fusjoner og oppkjøp. Vår evne til å utføre var et direkte resultat av de sterke som Jay satt på plass.

-FINANS, teknologi reklamebyrå rangert på INC 5000