Barbeques, Sun Tans, and Career Networking?

June 10, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

In the last three months, more people have quit their jobs than been laid off, according to a recent AP article.  Is this a sign of better economic times or an exhausted workforce that in light of recent layoffs have endured more stressful environments? Could it be that companies are actually hiring again or maybe is it just the lure of the amazing summer weather?   Many employees are quitting their jobs without lining up another position.  Is their tenacity to be applauded?  Firms may frown upon this as it is common to fret over gaps on a resume.  It may be misconstrued that these candidates aren’t loyal and will quit when things get a little stressful.  A prospective employer may even wonder if a sudden departure was due to a performance issues and that the candidate left before getting fired.   Actions can be misinterpreted so finding another position first is superlative.

With amazing temperatures and so much to do during the summer, who wants to sit inside combing the internet for networking and employment opportunities?  Thanks to the smart phones and the expanding App repertoire, it is now possible to career network while getting a sun tan, mowing the lawn, or kicking back at a local beer garden. As if you needed another excuse to get a Smartphone!

Consider it a career investment and check out a few of these amazing apps that can be accessed from anywhere any time:

  • Twitter and Facebook available for almost every smart phone – in addition to keeping up with social networks, many businesses post jobs and company news via this avenue. Get the leg up on the competition and apply first.
  • LinkedIn – Blackberry, iphone and Palm all of have free apps. A business network is just as important as a social one.
  • Craigslist– iPhone, blackberry and almost any other smart phone can access Craigslist making it feasible to search new job posts any time!
  • Indeed – A free iPhone app that mirrors their website.  What is amazing about this app is that in addition to all the jobs on the major job boards (Careerbuilder, Monster, etc) many firms put an RSS feed from their website so they are also searchable- one stop shopping.

If taking the smart phone plunge isn’t in the cards, the old school methods of career networking can be just as effective.   Many firms host parties and happy hours during the summer- why not grab your business cards and a cold one? 

A few tried and true tips still work for these events:

  • Mints – Who hasn’t gotten stuck talking to “that guy” with the horrendous breath- no one wants to be “that guy”!
  • Desperado – As tempting as it is to ask a new introduction for any job prospects, another approach is to take a business card and follow up later with a professional email or call.   It is a party after all and no one wants to be put on the spot.
  • Money Money Money –  Cash is still king-  tipping is appropriate even at free parties
  • Noted – after the party while memories are fresh it is helpful to take a few minutes and write down notes that will help to establish a rapport later.

It is possible to enjoy all that summer has to offer AND grow that career network.  Make sure to keep track of all contacts, it is so unprofessional when a candidate doesn’t know where they sent their resumes or what jobs they have applied to.  Maybe the Smartphone is essential…excel spreadsheet anyone?

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Top 10 Reasons For Not Getting An Interview

April 8, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Resume evangelists hard at work. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Lately the media is suggesting an improved economy and that companies are hiring.  It is hard to cross the street without a self proclaimed career expert giving advice.  Google, CNN, and Yahoo! constantly feature articles regarding job searching and yet many candidates find that they are sending out countless resumes and not getting interviews.  With so much great information out there here are some of the real reasons that candidates don’t get interviews.

  1. Resume sent to wrong person. A recent CNN Money.com column suggested that sending a resume to a person in a firm at a higher level would yields better results.  Right or wrong I don’t know, but I would save it for cases only when you are eminently qualified for the position.
  2. Lack of Follow Up. As also mentioned in CNNMoney.com, most HR departments have been trimmed and recruiters are busy people with resumes often getting missed because  spam filters, the resume black hole…you name it.  If you are serious about a position–follow up. It’s pretty simple.
  3. Resumes in a bizarre format. Many firms utilize applicant tracking systems that can really only read word documents or pdfs.  Zip files, Notepad documents, and embedded emails will likely not make it through.   Follow the instructions on how to apply to a position.
  4. TMI people, TMI. Keep the pictures and personal anecdotes to yourself.  Cover letters should be concise and focus on your skills.  For more tips check out this WSJ article.
  5. You aren’t LinkedIn. Many companies only post jobs on LinkedIn and use this as a resource to find what are considered to be “star employees”.   Who doesn’t want to be a star?
  6. Off key. If the right key words aren’t included on a resume it will easily get lost into the resume black hole.  I hate to be a broken record but it is true.  Look at the requirements in the job description and make sure as many as possible if not all are on a resume.
  7. Socially Unacceptable. Don’t think employers won’t bat an eye at Facebook profile, tweets, or comments.   Wink is a background check reality for many firms and an employer’s social media BFF.
  8. Disorganized. I can’t tell you how often I encounter a candidate that doesn’t know what job they applied for or where they have submitted a resume.  What this says is that the candidate is neither organized nor detail oriented.  Reason enough to take a pass for many employers.
  9. Not qualified. Applying for jobs without meeting the minimum requirements- stop already! You won’t get an interview and you are wasting everyone’s time.
  10. Cyber job stalker. You know who you are.  The person that applies to every job on a company website – How could you possibly be qualified for so many jobs?  If you were, I doubt you would still be unemployed.

Is it the economy or is it you?

To Tweet or Not To Tweet?

March 10, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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My name is apersico and I am a tweetaholic.  OK well I am not quite there….but if I lose focus I could be.

Twitter is my latest social networking obsession, and for those of you that have been on the moon (although even some astronauts are using it)– Twitter is a social networking and micro blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets.  Popularized in 2009 by celebrities and celebutantes, Twitter today has roughly 18 million users and that number is growing steadily.

I set up a Twitter account almost a year ago and toyed with it on and off until recently when my addiction manifested.   I now tweet daily.  This isn’t because I have a desperate need to know what Kim Kardashian is doing, or to share my every thought, but more because I feel like it keeps me in the know.   I learned through a TMZ tweet that Michael Jackson died before it hit the news, Chitownnews tweeted  Luol Deng was ready to play this week after the flu, Billy Dec tweeted about  Sunda’s first birthday, and Crains that financial firms and banks will do more hiring in the second quarter.  Most of this information is only useful if I plan on being a game show contestant, but Twitter does have some professional aspects and by following tweeters that share relevant professional information it can be very useful.  My firm, Orion Recruiting, along with many others are using twitter to post jobs and communicate with potential candidates. The trending topic,” #Jobs “,is getting hundreds of tweets a minute which could be very useful to a job seeker.  Many firms are also advertising on Twitter and using it to share information, even financial industry firms such as CME and FIA are tweeting.   Let’s consider some of the twitter pros and cons:

Tweet Pros

  1. You are in the know and up to the minute on everything.
  2. Free Advertising to your followers to post jobs and share information about you and your firm.
  3. Easy- Twitter is user friendly and mobile with cell phone apps it can be used anywhere anytime.
  4. You have a voice. Twitter is always available to listen to your thoughts even when no one else is

Tweet Cons

  1. Everything you tweet can and will be used against you.  Tweets are short and can easily be misunderstood.  If you don’t use privacy settings, your tweets can be read by anyone so you never know who is reading your tweets.
  2. It’s addictive
  3. Twitter can be a waste of time- some tweets and stories while interesting can be enticing when you should be doing something else.
  4. You are too connected and there is just too much information!

As with all social mediums there positives and negatives that beg the question: what is your Twit pro Quo?

The Five Day Digital Detox

January 7, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Happy 2010!  With the turn of a new year and decade, many people set resolutions which commonly revolve around fitness and health.  I, like everyone else, have a few of those, but have also been thinking about my career goals and what I would like to accomplish professionally in 2010.

In the last year the business world continued its exposure on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook as well as a bevy of new competitors. The terminology associated with these mediums has become a part of our vernacular.  Last year I joined so many groups, networking sites, and read so many blogs about personal branding that it has me feeling so over saturated. I can’t even keep track of all my usernames and passwords.

Am I alone?  It is time for a social networking cleanse – a five day digital detox. Unlike a health detox, this one can be done any five days you want with as much of a time commitment as you like.   Whether you are planning on a major career overhaul, changing jobs or just refocusing your objectives—you may be in need of this cleanse.

Care to join me in a digital detox?  This might not make you feel less bloated, but it will help to refocus your career.

Day One – Objectives
As with any resolution, it is important to set reasonable goals.   This involves determining your career focus and creating a game plan.  Are you looking to grow within your own firm or is it time to look elsewhere?  Look at how and where you want to focus your personal branding efforts.  Select 3-5 sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and a few niche sites relative to your industry.  Set realistic goals on how often you should update your status, make comments etc.

Day Two – Cleanse
This is the time to get rid of your digital toxins- whether it be annoying toxic Facebook frenemies, the LinkedIn connection that continuously sends you unrelated emails, or the sports blog that you spend hours reading at work.  Go ahead just do it and do it immediately– unfriend – disconnect- unfollow or whatever you need to do.  These connections are a waste of your time and keep you from reaching your goals.  In a world where people are getting fired for fantasy football leagues at work, it is important to make sure you toxic-free.  Refrain from fads that promise you more followers and work on building relationships in your niche network. It is like ripping off a band aid –you will feel bad for a moment but better in the long run.  Evaluate your subscriptions and connections and get rid of your technical toxins!

Day Three –  Diet
The word diet has many meanings, one of which is to feed.  Choose what resources you will use in 2010.  In 2009 I spent a ridiculous amount of time on webinars and reading information during the workday that had no impact on my career.  We all do it- you get sucked in.  It is time to take control and be a cognitive miser.   Subscribe to industry related sites and spam those that are not.  Spend your work time reading something meaningful and change your online obsession.

Day Four – Supplement
Make sure your online profiles are completed and reflective of your current credentials.  All of your profiles should have accurate information be complete with a picture.   Link all of your sites together.  I am trying Ping.fm–  I can update Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook and WordPress all in one location.  Not everyone is the same so follow what recommendations that work best for you.

Day Five – Rejuvenate
This is my favorite part.  Keep track of your goals and reward yourself for attaining them.  Celebrate your successes with whatever your vice may be a glass of wine or a delicious meal, the new iTablet or better yet –your reward may just be an improved career!

The 7 Habits of the Highly Annoying Social Networkers

December 10, 2009 at 12:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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  1. Sending spam messages selling products on professional focused social networking sites.  Yesterday I received an InMail on LinkedIn with a list of recommended holiday presents and links to purchase them from a fellow group member…seriously? How is this related to professional networking?
  2. Sending personal anecdotes or jokes to people you do not know personally.  Such as the Constant Contact email I recently received featuring a picture of Tiger Woods beaten up and then below it information on a financial firm – do I need to say more?
  3. Writing disparaging and personally mean messages to other members in comment sections of networking sites (flame wars).  If you don’t agree with another member’s opinion – show some class and share your opinion, don’t take personal pot shots at the author or any other member for that matter – the only credibility questioned in these types of comments is yours.
  4. Post products you are selling under group discussions.  I recently saw an advertisement in an IT group I belong to under the discussions section pushing fictional books on tape – again how is the professionally relevant to developers?
  5. Ignoring your audience – the reason you joined a social network is to have a voice.  A message from another member should be responded to – they are listening to you, don’t turn them away.
  6. Post links to anything you are promoting on someone else’s wall.  I recently accepted a friend request on Facebook from someone I barely knew and they actually posted a link to my wall promoting a book they wrote – needless to say it was quickly deleted and that person de-friended.  Is my wall really a place for you to promote your book?
  7. Posting Profanities – If an f-bomb is really necessary to get your point across, don’t do it on a professional site and make your comments unsearchable.  Keep in mind that prospective clients, employers, and colleagues are going to Google you.  I am not judging you – but they probably are.

Professional networks are a great resource, yet if they are used to hawk products & services it only decreases their value.  Use your network, don’t abuse it.  If you do fall prey to any of these online foibles there is an appropriate way to handle it. Contact the poster directly and let them know your thoughts- don’t start an online argument.  I have found the following approach to work best:  Contact, De-friend or Unlink, and lastly report.  Any other recommendations?

“Ask The Recruiter II” Event Recap

December 7, 2009 at 10:41 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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We received many great questions last Friday. Here is a recap from our “Ask The Recruiter II” event!

Q: How do I look for an intern/project/consulting job instead of a full-time job since getting a full-time job is so difficult in this economy?

A: Many of the job boards are a great place to look.  DiceMonster and CareerBuilder are great starting points.  Recently sites such as  Indeed and SimplyHired, which pull from corporate websites AND job boards, are more robust and allow you to sort open positions by type: contract, permanent, etc.  Also, if you are working with a recruiter, let them know you are open to (or prefer) contract positions.

Q: If you have not contacted a recruiter in a long time what is a good way to get back in touch?

A: A friendly and professional email is always appropriate. Let them know that you are still in the market for a new position, and would be open to a variety of roles. If the recruiting firm lists their jobs on their website you may want to search their open positions and follow up with your recruiter regarding a suitable role.

Q: When asked “What is your biggest weakness?” in an interview, what would be a good response?

A: It is always best to be honest with your potential employer, but you do want to manage your answer to the question. I would cite an area for improvement in the interview, but then also mention that you are continuously working to be better at it. Also try not to select an area that may turn the employer off to you.

Q: There are a lot of advertisements on LinkedIn for resume writers and interview coaches. Is this really worth the money?

A: Having a good resume is a must, but a lot of times the recruiting company you work with will assist you at no cost. If you are not working with a recruiter a resume writer is a good start.  I would review 2-3 and pick the most economical choice since they all offer pretty much the same service.

Q: Besides CareerBuilder and Monster, what are other websites where I can search for a job?

A: Indeed and SimplyHired can be good resources. We’ve also seen more firms posting open positions on LinkedIn. I would search the “job” section of LinkedIn user groups to search for available jobs.  Also, researching firms you are interested in and applying directly to their website is always a good way to go.

Q: What social networking sites are the best to find financial jobs? Would you suggest making two profiles: one personal, one professional?

A: LinkedIn is a great place. I would suggest joining industry specific user groups, and connecting with group members to build a network. Facebook has some good networking groups as well that are industry specific. Making two profiles is an option, but your potential employer may stumble upon your personal one instead of your professional. Making your Facebook profile unsearchable is a good way to control what you let a potential employer see during a job search.

Q: How can I translate my insurance industry experience over to financial trading? Both areas test complex systems.

A: I would try to make any parallel experience very apparent on your resume. Tailor each application to the specific role for which you are applying.

Q: Does the job market really slow down during the holidays?

A: No.  Most employers want to start the new year fully staffed and often are given the go ahead to make hires in December.  I would highly recommend making your job search a priority even during the holiday season.

Q: What is the best way I can negotiate additional/better benefits during an interview?

A: It can be tricky. It’s important to know all the details of your current package prior to going into the negotiation. After comparing your current package to the new offer, discuss with your employer what a fair middle ground is for both parties.

Q: I am experienced in C++ and Java and most recently have work with web languages like PHP and HTML. What would you suggest I do to get reacquainted with C++ and Java and land an IT position?

A: I’d suggest taking a BrainBench exam once you are back in the swing of it. If you can produce some high marks it may dispel any doubts potential employers may have about your skill level since you have been away from C++/Java for a bit.

Branding Yourself on Social Networks During the Job Search…

November 6, 2009 at 11:46 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Social networks are the new job boards.  Recruiters and employers heavily rely on business communities such as LinkedIn and are even exploring Facebook and Twitter to extend their search for talent.  Business groups on social networks are exploding and the want ads and job boards are becoming a thing of the past.  If you are in the market for a new position, it is critical that you use these networks to your advantage.  Here are a few tips on some of the more popular sites.

LinkedIn is the Taj Mahal of professional networking.  It is the most established and utilized source there is today.  Recruiters are using it in lieu of resume databases and will run keyword/job title searches to contact potential candidates.  One of the great things about using LinkedIn for your job search is that it is also used for so many other functions.  It is a veritable “who’s who” in the business industry and the yellow pages of any gifted sales person.  To best utilize this resource for career opportunities, you must ensure that your profile mirrors your resume.  By highlighting all of your relevant skills and experiences, recruiters and prospective employers searching LinkedIn will more easily find your credentials.   Also, some firms will use it as a part of their background check and if your profile doesn’t match your resume it may give employers some pause and affect your credibility.  Make sure your online profiles truly match your experiences.

One question that is commonly asked about is limiting your connections – specifically with regards to recruiters and users that you do not know.   There is much fodder about this and…it is entirely up to you but the bottom line – no one can see exactly who your connections are.  You have control over who sees what by adjusting your settings.  Additionally, recruiters cannot contact people in your network without your permission – you must be introduced.  The bonus of opening your network is that the more people you are connected to, the more visibility you have.  It isn’t about building a close personal relationship with everyone in your network – but rather finding the right people to build relationships with, and if you limit your network, you are limiting your opportunities.

With Facebook expanding its reach into the business world, more firms are building profiles and fan sites and more and more people are finding employment through Facebook.  Keep in mind that when you are looking for a job, recruiters and prospective employers will look up your Facebook profile –  so you may want to take down a few of those party pictures – do you really want a hiring authority to see you over served?  If you just can’t take those photos down –  at the very least make your profile unsearchable.  The same goes for Twitter.  Potential employers may read your tweets – anything that you do on the web is searchable – and employers are trying to learn as much as they can about you.   Take control of your online personal brand in this competitive job market and make sure your online profiles give your best impression!

Manners Matter in the Interview Process

October 5, 2009 at 9:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Is common courtesy essential in the interview process? Do manners matter? The obvious answer is yes. Yet recently, I have witnessed a number of candidates that seem to think otherwise. Despite the economic climate candidates are still no-showing interviews, blowing off client requested tests and not returning calls. I am left wondering….do candidates really think this is acceptable?

People don’t blow off doctor, hair, or even car maintenance appointments for fear that they will be charged. Yet, many don’t think it is a big deal to no-show an interview when the consequences are much graver.

Here are a few reasons why this is poor business etiquette:

  • Someone will think you are irresponsible and rude
  • You are putting your reputation on the line. This is a very small industry and the world is getting smaller, with social    networks everyone is connected. You never know who knows who. Don’t give someone a reason to talk bad about you…word travels.
  • You could ruin a future employment opportunity. The duration that someone spends with a given firm today is much shorter and most people work for several different firms. In short, the person you blow off for an interview today could be the hiring authority at the next firm you want to work at.
  • Your resume will be red flagged in these firms. Most firms have applicant tracking systems that store every resume that is applied and their interview status. If you don’t comport yourself in a professional manner, it will be tracked and you will never be considered for any position with this firm again. Period.
  • Many firms only use search firms to fill their openings and often have exclusive relationships with them. If you are unprofessional to a recruiter for one opportunity- you could miss another.

Here is the bottom line- if you don’t want to go to an interview, can’t complete a test or just plain change your mind about a position. All you have to do is send an email to the potential employer/recruiter thanking them for their time, and letting them know you have decided to pursue other opportunities. It is that simple.

“Ask The Recruiter” Event Recap

August 20, 2009 at 9:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Many of you logged on to join our real-time question and answer session, “Ask The Recruiter.” Here is a recap from our premiere event!

Question: I am a post doc at UF. I graduated from FSU in nuclear physics. I do not have any finance background. How hard it is for me to make a transition to the financial sector

Answer: Having a Physics degree may open up some doors within the Quant field. I’d do some research into trading firms and banks with Quant openings, and also review the positions we have at http://www.orion-recruiting.com

Q: I have been trying that for a few months I haven’t got any response I have extensive computing/mathematical/statistical skills how important is the resume.

A: The resume is very important- write your resume for each job and be sure to include all of the qualifications they ask for on your resume!

Q: Thanks, what I meant was do I have to pay a professional to write my resume.

A: It is not always necessary to hire a professional resume writer there are many free online resources on the internet. Let us know if this continues to be a challenge for you and we can explore on our next blog!

Q: Please do. Thanks a lot. As I said I do not have any financial background. But I do not want to write C++/python codes all the time. How can I get into hardcore finance like quant research for example.

A: You may want to research firms you are interested in and contact them directly on linked in etc. Some even post these types of opportunities on their website but won’t use firms like us for that!

Q: Thank you
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Q: I’ve had several recruiters contact me for the same position or firm; I’m starting to not trust the recruiting industry can you provide some insight as to way this happens.

A: Many recruiters are using the same sourcing tools and ultimately find the same candidates. I’d suggest working with one or two recruiters that you trust and keeping an excel spread sheet to track where your resume has been submitted. I’d also make sure to let the recruiters you are working with know explicitly that they do not have your permission to send along your information to any of their clients until they speak with you.
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Q: Hello, I am a software quality assurance analyst & tester. I have been looking at positions in the financial industry question – Is having previous experience in the financial industry required?

A: It depends on the firm, but most of the time our clients prefer prior industry experience
Q: My current experience has been in the insurance industry where I have tested an application where I had to validate the financial transactions.

A: I’d focus on leveraging your technical skills to at least get a conversation started. It is always helpful to include financial industry specific interests on your resume so a potential employer will know that you have an interest in the industry.

Q: Right – that’s why I have a bullet item on my resume that I validate rates, calculations and premiums on both the new application and the legacy systems for accuracy.

A: I’d try to emphasize that you have a personal interest in the financial sector, and are looking to find a new position that will combine your technical background and personal interests.
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Q: What suggestions do u have if u can’t get a job in your field and the gap between those jobs is growing?

A: I would look at consulting projects or additional certifications that will be beneficial when the market turns around.

Q: Where do u find consulting projects?

A: I would suggest leveraging recruiters and sites like LinkedIn. Depending on your professional background there are targeted sites you can find online that will allow you to bid on consulting projects.

Q: Ok…thank you very much!
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Q: I have about 18+ years of professional experience, 8 years of that as a controller for a small IT entity. I left the job in June and am currently taking CPEs to get my CPA back in force. I left due to the fact that I was not able to perform well in a position that I had moved into a year previously. The workload was too great. Even in this business climate, I do not want to enter into a position that is too "heavy". I am confident that with time, I will find a good position that allows me to grow, but allows a good work-life balance. Am I correct?

A: We are seeing a bit of a turn around in the market, but the longer you wait the more difficult it may be to move into a new position. I’d suggest doing some consulting work while looking for a position that aligns with your career goals.

Q: Does Orion offer consulting positions? I enjoy consulting, as a matter of fact, but have found that there is not much available (at least in the past 2 months).

A: Yes, it is a growing area of our firm and we expect more positions to come in over the next six months.

Q: Great. One more question: Is it worthwhile to have an active CPA license? I would think that the answer would be “yes” as it shows that the accountant has done some studying current pronouncements and other relevant issues.

A: You are correct- a CPA is a great credential to have!

Q: Also, it shows that I have not been idle in between jobs. And an active one, correct? It is better to have an active license than just being “registered”.

A: Companies prefer that your CPA is active; also not appearing idle between jobs is very important!

Q: Thanks! Can you please tell me the best way to send my resume to you? I would like to explore consulting opps with you.

A: http://www.orion-recruiting.com/jobs thank you for your participating!

Q: Great! Thank you!
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Q: Hi, I received a form from interviewer before go to interview. Ask me to fill up the “available date” and “desired salary”. I don’t want to put a number there before I finish interview and get the offer. So, how should I fill up this info on the form? Should I just leave the two places on the form blank?

A: Thanks for the questions. It’s always good to let your employer know your availability. When it comes to Salary it is good to let them know your current package. I’d encourage you to answer both fields.

Q: I just graduated, so I don’t have current package. If I put the salary before i go to the interview, maybe I put a number outside their expected range. Will it affect whether they will offer me the job?

A: I would suggest doing some research on what similar positions pay in your area and base your response on the research you’ve done.

Q: Thanks. But sometimes it’s hard because different company or different background could be different. I was thinking if I don’t fill up the salary info and ask them for the expected range first the when I go to interview then give them my desired salary. Will this ok? Will it be a problem if I fill out the info as I talk to them about their expected range?

A: I’d suggest at least completing the start date section of an application
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Q: What types of certifications would you recommend for technology pros in the financial sector aside from the norms?

A: Depends…our clients seem to like CCIE’s MCSE’s CFA’s CCNPs

Q: Would it be your firm’s opinion that the stability and growth of the financial sectors employee has or is improving?

A: Yes it is improving we have close to 100 jobs we are recruiting for and get new ones in every day!

Q: Are your clients located anywhere other than NY or Chicago? Satellite offices etc?

A: Most are in Chicago and NY- we are seeing more and more in CA and TX.

Q: What kinds of programming jobs are most common right now (system vs appl, popular languages & environments, etc.)?

A: Languages? C++ Java C#-Network Programming, multithreaded OO.

Q: Thanks, that’s how it looks to me. Another question … Are *all* jobs in NYC/NJ? It sure seems that way.

A: No we have a lot of openings in Chicago, CA etc.

Q: How fast would you say the “average” position gets filled? What is the usual “window” when a recruiter contacts you? Days, weeks?

A: It depends on the position. Most of the time our clients are looking for the right fit, not a fit right now. Typically you can expect the process to take up to a month give or take a few weeks.

Q: Thanks! Planning in a job search is everything. I don’t need to be trying to “bump” things that can’t be bumped…

A: No problem at all. Best of luck in your search.
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Q: Are sites like monster.com worth the effort?

A: I would recommend using social networking sites like LinkedIn or even Facebook. Most firms are using those in lieu of job boards these days!

Q: That was my suspicion. With regard to Facebook networking how do you recommend I approach a target company? What are the best methods for developing a relationship/reputation?

A: Your best bet is to find a referral within any company. Use social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook to generate contacts at a specific and then ask for a referral or recommendation.
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Q: I’ve been in the public/media relations profession for more than 10 years. I worked at Fannie Mae, former IL Gov’s Office, city’s housing authority, major not-for-profit organization, etc. I also won several professional awards. Networking and others are in the same boat. It’s been difficult to find a job. What would you recommend?

A: It is a tough market out there. I would suggest coming up with a search strategy and target specific positions and companies. Try to find someone within a prospective firm to refer you in.
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Q: I’m just wondering how things are looking in the accounting world. I’m looking for staff acct or bus analyst roles senior accountant, etc etc…

A: Thank you for the question. We have several openings for Business Analysts right now so I would say things are improving. Check our opportunities at http://www.orion-recruiting.com and let us know if you have more questions!

Q: Ok. Thanks!
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Q: When a recruiter states they have “exclusivity” to a client, what does that exactly mean? Also is that something contractual or just a verbal agreement?

A: It means that the firm isn’t working with any other recruiters- the recruiting firm is the only firm they use! It could be either contractual or verbal.

Q: Why are prospective employers taking a lot longer to get back to potential hires lately, considering that they could lose that precious talent other competitors?

A: There is a perception that there is a lot of talent on the market right now and some firms feel like they can take more time and be more selective.

Q: Do you think a healthy image is an important factor that could outweigh talents and skills as a factor for hiring someone? Say for example 2 potential hires, one is thin and healthy and the other is slightly overweight but has greater skills, would image be a factor in this scenario?

A: We have never received feedback from any client regarding perceived health of a candidate. Most hiring decisions are skill based.


Q: I hear a lot about recruiting firms that charge the job seeker for connecting them with possible employers, is this a new tactic that we will have to look to in the future? Is it a fair policy?

A: This is a practice that not is widely used and there are many reputable firms that are willing to assist candidates without charging them.

Q: If a recruiting firm that seems unprofessional and you would feel would poorly represent you because possibly the actual rep doesn’t speak English well or is very novice in the industry presents you with a very favorable job opportunity, how do you handle that? What options do i have?

A: There are many recruiting firms out there. If you feel in any way that you are not being represented or uncomfortable, it is entirely appropriate to let the recruiter know that you do not wish to work with them.

Q: I’ve currently seen more and more recruiters post job advertisements in the local NY area that are for positions in Chicago, Boston, Dallas, and other metropolitan areas, is this because financial and technical jobs are moving out there from the… NY/NJ/CT area or is this because new opportunities are being created in those regions?

A: Firms may post in many regions to cast a wider net hoping someone may be interested in relocating.
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