How to Translate Your Skills to a New Career

March 26th, 2012

When it comes down to it, every job requires the same basic skills. Sure, a more technical background may be needed for some positions and a more creative background for others. But there are more than a few life skills that translate across all industries.

Whether you’re choosing to pursue a new path or have found yourself looking for a temporary position in between jobs, don’t underestimate the qualities you already possess and the opportunities in which you will excel. Here are a few top qualities to keep top of mind when scanning job listings and drafting your resume.

I can… learn quickly.

If you’re background is varied, don’t view your career path as unfocused. Tell a potential employer how you’ve quickly adapted and excelled in all of the industries in which you’ve worked.

I can… take directions and criticism.

No matter what position and no matter how high up you are in the company, you’ll feel a little out of touch and overwhelmed the first few weeks. But if you can listen, learn, and improve upon your work, you’ll get into the swing of things in no time.

I can… work on a team.

Demonstrate that you’re an amicable and no-nonsense coworker, and you’ll immediately rise to the top of an applicant pool. That means no bad-talking bosses or past coworkers in an interview.

I can… meet deadlines.

Businesses operate on timelines. Whether it’s a financial goal or an important deadline, list examples of how you’ve met and exceeded these requirements in previous positions.

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ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin. ABR provides temporary, try-before-hire and direct hire  job opportunities in: customer service, data entry, receptionist, office assistant, administrative assistant, assembly, packaging, machine operator, warehouse, janitorial, CNC, welder, forklift, maintenance, and call center.

How to Improve Job Descriptions to Attract Top Talent

March 12th, 2012

lightbulb, pencils, eraser and paperWriting Good Job Descriptions To Engage Talent

While a resume is like a one-page ad for an applicant, a job listing is no different. It’s a chance to not only sell the position but to also sell the company as a great place to work for potential talent. Here are 5 steps you can take to ensure your job descriptions look and sound great.

 1. Incorporate Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
For search engine purposes, steer clear of internal jargon and elaborate phrases that job seekers are unlikely searching for. While your company may have a slightly different title for a position – perhaps one that “sounds better” – scratch the pretty name and list the position as generically as possible. Use the description to differentiate the job, not the title. “Guest services” can easily be replaced with “customer service” and will most likely appear in more search results.

2. Make It Look Pretty
In advertising, colors, fonts, and images come into play just as much as the words themselves. And you should follow suit. Length and spacing are the most important players in a job description. Make sure line breaks are used appropriately – no one wants to read a job description that’s a solid block of text. Use bullet points to break up a text-heavy paragraph. Remember – if it’s hard for you to read, it’s hard for the job seeker to read. Keep it clean. If it’s possible, include a stock image or company photo preferably of a smiling face. Readers are drawn to images.

3. Include the Most Important Detail – Pay
What’s the most important detail? Salary. Time is money, and applying for a position takes time. A job seeker needs to know their time spent applying is an investment in the right opportunity for their future. If you can’t give an exact figure, give a ballpark estimate. There are ways to avoid an exact number by using eye-catching phrasing like “competitive salary with bonuses,” but only resort to that if you must.

4. Differentiate Your Company
Each job listing should include a brief description of your company. Instead of using this space for a ho-hum history of the business, use it to show off your strengths. Illustrate your work environment and the unique benefits you offer to your employees. And don’t worry if you don’t offer free meals and an on-site gym. What attracts top talent to a company may surprise you.

5. Write Well
All writing is the same at its core – the stuff that’s good uses correct grammar, is fun to read, and has an emotional appeal. While it can take some time to craft the perfect copy, written descriptions always yield better on-time staffing results so it’s worth the investment. With a little marketing elbow grease and a hook that will grab any job seeker’s attention, you’ll be well on your way to a solid description.

Want even more science backed tips for writing great job descriptions? See Undercover Recruiter’s additional ten tips.

Editors note: the content of this blog was originally written in 2012 and has been updated.