Career Guide

How Does Personality Affect Leadership Style?

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There are many different types of personality. Personality affects how people think, feel and act in every situation, especially in the workplace. So does personality type determine your effectiveness as a leader? Is there one best personality type that makes a good leader?

The answer is: it depends on the job. Just like every personality is different, every position is different as well. The required tasks, chain of command, hours and atmosphere affect which personality types are going to be most successful in a position. While personality shouldn’t be a make or break factor in the workplace, it can be useful to take into account if you are applying for a new job, or if you are in charge of hiring for an open position. Knowing your personality type can tell you some of your strengths and weaknesses, and give you areas to focus on to be your most successful self.

You may have heard of some different ways to determine your personality type, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Jung Typology Theory or the Keirsey Temperament Sorter. While these tests contain some differences– and may not be completely accurate– the fundamentals for the different personality types are very similar. Each of these tests determines a four-letter code that relates to four different two-factor categories. These categories can be broken down into Introvert/Extrovert, Intuitive/Sensing, Thinking/Feeling and Judging/Perceiving. Therefore someone with an INFJ personality type would be an Introvert/Intuitive/Feeling/Judging combination.

So what how do these personality types affect leadership style?

Extraverts can be very effective leaders. They are naturally charismatic and can command a room. However, sometimes a big personality doesn’t allow for others to voice different ideas and opinions. In order to be effective, extroverted leaders need to dial down their intensity and make sure there is room for others to give input and feel valued. On the other hand, introverts may struggle being the center of attention and directing others, however they are often good at stepping back to let others shine. This can improve employee morale and lead to loyal and motivated workers.

A person with the sensing personality type relies on past experiences and his or her senses to make decisions. While they often have experiences to back up their decisions, they might miss opportunities by failing to think things through. They tend to be very detail oriented and analytical, but they may miss the bigger picture by focusing only on what is in front of them. On the other hand, intuitive people focus mostly on the meanings and patterns in the information they receive. They tend to think about all the possibilities and theories before making a decision. However, because of this they tend to focus on the future and may have trouble finalizing decisions and seeing what needs to be done in the present.

Someone with a thinking personality tends to be rational and reasonable, making the most logical choice in a decision regardless of personal consequences. This is a beneficial leadership trait in hard decisions, however it might not be the most tactful where other peoples’ feelings are involved. A feeling personality considers how others will feel and react to decisions, but they need to be careful not to act too leniently in certain situations just because they are afraid of hurting feelings.

The leader with a judging personality is most likely very organized and structured. They schedule meticulously and keep order in their work lives. This can be an effective way of getting tasks done with the most efficiency, however their rigid procedures could prevent them from being open to other opportunities. The perceiving personality tends to be more open to new ideas and opinions because they keep a more flexible and open schedule. They act more spontaneously and can implement ideas on the fly. However, they tend to be less organized and employees may struggle with their lack of planning.

Any personality type can be successful in a leadership role. The most important thing to keep in mind is that everyone has some strengths and some weaknesses, and balance is the key to success. Realizing your personality type and the personality type of those you work with will help strengthen work relationships and create new opportunities.


Here at Resolution Technologies, we understand that serving our clients and consultants is what matters most and promise to never lose sight of that! We take the time to understand your individual needs through face-to-face interaction and strive to always make sure your objectives are met. Resolution Technologies is a full-service Information Technology Staffing firm offering flexible solutions for our clients ranging from contract, contract-to-perm, and direct perm placements. Whatever your needs are, we promise to provide unrivaled quality and service.

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Hot Jobs: Week of June 27th

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This week, we’re featuring positions in Atlanta, Nashville and Wichita for our “Hot Jobs of the Week” spotlight. If you see a job that interests you and fits your skills and expertise, click the links below to learn more about the position and apply.

  • Telecommunications Project Manager– Atlanta, GA
    • Responsible for laying out project implementation guidelines, tracking project delays and making required adjustments, hiring and training new employees, directing project teams, and negotiating and administering contracts
    • 4+ years experience with telecommunications and/or MSO, understanding of project management methodologies
  • Lead SQL Server DBA– Atlanta, GA
    • Responsible for implementing and maintaining RDBMS structures, coordinating, reviewing, analyzing and approving the physical database requirements
    • 5+ years experience with SQL Server 2000/2005/2008/2012, with systems development methodologies, with the design, creation and maintenance of database structures, with the development and revision of database standards, and experience as a Lead DBA
  • Desktop Support Specialist– Atlanta, GA
    • Responsible for providing assistance to on-site moves, providing timely and courteous desktop support service, maintaining inventory of replacement systems, providing hardware support for Dell and HP desktops/laptops and mobile devices
    • Experience using Microsoft Office programs, Skype for business/Lync and Dell Kace, experience with basic analysis and research, currently enrolled in a degree program with emphasis in IT, Business or Marketing
  • Desktop Support Team Lead– Nashville, TN
    • Responsible for orienting, training, assigning, scheduling and coaching members of the support team, actively monitoring support emails/cases, working collaboratively in a cross-functional team, implementing desktop security and ensuring software compliance
    • 5+ years experience in desktop support, experience leading individuals in a 24/7 environment and experience supporting MS Lync and Skype for Business
  • Oracle Developer– Wichita, KS
    • Responsible for developing, testing and implementing information systems, working closely with business analysts and end-users, ensuring applications meet business requirements, and creating and maintaining custom built in-house applications
    • 5+ years experience with Oracle PL/SQL 11G+, 3+ years database design experience, 2+ years development on high volume OLTP platforms, experience with Oracle Developer Suite 6i & 11Gr2

Here at Resolution Technologies, we understand that serving our clients and consultants is what matters most and promise to never lose sight of that! We take the time to understand your individual needs through face-to-face interaction and strive to always make sure your objectives are met. Resolution Technologies is a full-service Information Technology Staffing firm offering flexible solutions for our clients ranging from contract, contract-to-perm, and direct perm placements. Whatever your needs are, we promise to provide unrivaled quality and service. 

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Hot Jobs: Week of June 20th

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This week, we’re featuring positions in Atlanta and Nashville for our “Hot Jobs of the Week” spotlight. If you see a job that interests you and fits your skills and expertise, click the link below to learn more about the position and apply.

  • Solution Architect— Atlanta, GA
    • Responsible for understanding technical architecture requirements and restraints, identifying and documenting audio and data sources that will contribute to the solution, identifying new integration features and coordinating with software engineers
    • 8+ years experience designing, deploying and supporting enterprise software applications, experience with SQL queries, functions and procedures, and experience with security and encryption fundamentals (SSL/TLS, SSH, PGP) and web technologies (ASP.NET, XML, XSLT)
  • Senior Oracle DBA— Atlanta, GA
    • Responsible for establishing and managing RMAN backup and recovery strategies, supporting multiple teams, coordinating and communicating with others, and using appropriate tools to resolve performance problems
    • 5+ years experience supporting a large, complex IT infrastructure, experience with Netbackup, Tivoli, OEM, experience on OS platforms (LINUX, UNIX, AIX)
  • Solution Engineer— Atlanta, GA
    • Responsible for configuring and deploying integration components of customer implementations, producing system/integration design documents in consultation with internal stakeholders, discussing product architecture and configuration
    • 1-3 years experience deploying and supporting enterprise software applications, experience documenting system designs and deployment plans with Microsoft Office applications, experience with security and encryption fundamentals (SSL/TLS, SSH, PGP)
  • Windows Engineer— Atlanta, GA
    • Responsible for troubleshooting across all platforms within the data center, monitoring and maintaining Software Platforms, monitoring and maintaining hardware platforms, and building both servers and systems
    • 5+ years Senior Windows technical experience, experience with SAN and with file system sharing and data transfer techniques
  • Java Developer— Nashville, TN
    • Responsible for translating user requirements into well-defined software, developing and maintaining custom software applications, testing developed software to minimize errors, and following the approved software development life cycle
    • 5+ years experience as a Java developer, experience with web-based Java development, open-source frameworks (Spring, Hibernate), relational database systems (Oracle, DB2) and message brokers (MQ)

If you are interested in any of the above jobs, please click here to sign up on our website for more information.


Here at Resolution Technologies, we understand that serving our clients and consultants is what matters most and promise to never lose sight of that! We take the time to understand your individual needs through face-to-face interaction and strive to always make sure your objectives are met. Resolution Technologies is a full-service Information Technology Staffing firm offering flexible solutions for our clients ranging from contract, contract-to-perm, and direct perm placements. Whatever your needs are, we promise to provide unrivaled quality and service. 

Happy 1-Year Anniversary!

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Happy one-year anniversary! On June 1st, Senior Technical Recruiters Shane Kantor, Amy Watson and Victoria Truitt celebrated working one year at Resolution Technologies. Our Marketing Intern, Heather Wiedman, got the chance to sit down with them and talk about what they’ve learned over the past year and what they’re looking forward to in the future.

 

HW: How did you first hear about Resolution Technologies, and is this your first job out of college?

SK: Yes, I found out through Dawglink at UGA, so I interviewed on campus and then I interviewed here. It was actually one of the first jobs I interviewed for.

AW: I found them at the UGA career fair. They talked to me, and I guess they liked me because they brought me in to interview here.

VT: And I found out the same way Shane did, through Crimson Careers for the University of Alabama; I had an interview on campus with Joe, and then they brought me in for an interview in the office.

 

HW: What is your favorite part about working at Resolution?

 SK: I think my favorite part is the people that we’re working with; we’re all recent college grads so we’re all kind of transitioning together. Also, another benefit is the ability to affect how much money you’re making. The amount of work and time you put into this job directly affects the amount of compensation that you’re going to get. We have a generous base salary but the majority of our compensation is going to come from commission.

AW: Going off of what Shane said, I really like the company culture. It’s nice to work with your friends and we get to go out and have team bonding events like kickball and Braves games, stuff like that. Also, Joe and the account managers are really good at what they do, so it’s nice to have people to look up to.

VT: Yeah, I definitely agree with Shane about the salary and commission part; being able to see the hours you’ve put in reflected on your paycheck is really nice. As well, it’s really nice working with you guys and everyone else. I know a lot of people who, after college, start working with people who are a lot older than them, or just in different walks of life, so it’s good that we’re kind of all in the same place and we relate to each other really well. Also, I like that it’s fast-paced. It’s not always that way, but I like that there’s always something different going on and different things to be working on. And I really like working with people in IT. They’re interesting people and fun to talk to and smart, and I really like learning what those people do.

 

HW: Well, Amy sort of touched on my next question, but how would you describe the company culture?

SK: Work hard, play hard.

AW: Really young and fast-paced.

VT: Yeah, and when you work hard, you get rewarded. We have a contest going on in June; if you get two starts you get a gift card, so there are a lot of incentives.

AW: I mean for the most part we’re all really good friends and it is nice coming to work with people you consider your friends, not just coworkers.

 

HW: What are some things you’ve learned over the past year here?

VT: Organization! And time management. Also, learning how to just be comfortable talking with different people, especially when you’re talking with people about things you don’t know. Being comfortable asking questions and asking for help. And knowing how to navigate the business world.

AW: Being professional, going in front of clients and doing interviews. Like Vic said, just learning to be professional and being in the professional world. We have opportunities to talk to very senior professionals as well as those entering the professional workforce; I’ve become very comfortable speaking and meeting with people all over the spectrum.

SK: I think working in a smaller company with upper management that have been in this industry for so long, getting access to them as our mentors and being able to really spend time learning from them, has allowed them to pass on their knowledge to us. Having to step out of your comfort zone, and being able to present yourself in situations with senior managers has been really helpful as far as professional development goes for me personally.

 

HW: Do you have any goals for the next year at Resolution? 

AW: I think the company goal is to open an office in Nashville, and I would love to be a part of that, just helping the company grow. I also want to be a good mentor to the new recruiters.

SK: Yeah, I would say that I want to be able to pass on my knowledge and what I’ve learned in this first year here, helping the new recruiters get to the next level, whatever their goals are.

VT: My goal is account management.

 

HW: If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice before starting here, what would it be?

VT: Learn to pick your battles. It can be a very stressful job, so tensions are high sometimes. I’ve found that I don’t always react the best way, especially with stress. So just learning to pick my battles and not stressing out too much, because it will work itself out in the end.

AW: I would just tell myself to be confident. I think it took a long time to be confident because we are talking about a lot of technology that we might not really know about. And it took a long time for me to get comfortable discussing things that I don’t know everything about. So I would have to go back and say “just be confident, be comfortable and talk to the candidates like they’re regular people.”

VT: Yeah, talk to the candidates like how we’re talking now.

AW: Exactly, just be comfortable with the candidates and confident in my skills as a recruiter.

SK: I would say the same thing, be open to stepping outside your comfort zone, which this job forces you to do. The sooner you allow yourself to go outside of what’s familiar, that’s where all your learning takes place. Just push yourself as much as possible in order to grow.


Here at Resolution Technologies, we understand that serving our clients and consultants is what matters most and promise to never lose sight of that! We take the time to understand your individual needs through face-to-face interaction and strive to always make sure your objectives are met. Resolution Technologies is a full-service Information Technology Staffing firm offering flexible solutions for our clients ranging from contract, contract-to-perm, and direct perm placements. Whatever your needs are, we promise to provide unrivaled quality and service.

 

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How To Ask Questions in an Interview

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Imagine you’ve just applied for a new job. You’ve sent in your resume and gotten the call about going in for an interview. After preparing for all the questions they could ask you, picking out a professional outfit to wow them and doing your research on the company, you feel ready. But one thing you may have forgotten to consider is thinking of some good questions YOU should ask your interviewer.

Typically, a good interviewer will ask you at the end of the interview if you have any questions about the job. This can be a key part of the interviewing process that is often overlooked. To stand out from other candidates, it is important to have a few thoughtful questions ready. This shows that you really care about the job and have thought critically about the position prior to the interview.

Don’t ask yes or no questions.

You want to create dialogue with the interviewer and establish a conversation. The more thought-provoking your questions are, the better the answers you will receive and the more intriguing you will look to the interviewer. Don’t ask questions just to ask something. If you get to the end of the interview and genuinely can’t think of anything worthy to ask, don’t blunder around with pointless questions. If you get tripped up and ask a silly question by mistake, take a second to recover and then continue with your prepared questions.

Force your interviewer to think.

If you planned a question to ask but it was already answered for you, skip it unless you need more clarification. Specify this by saying “I know you already talked about this, but could you explain a little more about ______?” That way your interviewer knows you were paying attention. You should have already done some research about the job, so if you ask a question you would have known the answer to by looking at the website, you will seem like you didn’t care about the position. A better idea is to ask the interviewer questions such as what they think are some of the keys to being successful in the position, or where they see the company going in the future.

Use this time to your advantage!

Not only will asking questions help you stand out to potential employers, it is a genuine way to get to know the job better and figure out if it is a good fit for you. You’re interviewing them too, and it is important to clear up any questions you may have about the work you will be doing. Sometimes you will learn that a job you wanted isn’t actually be a good fit for you, and it’s better to come to this conclusion sooner rather than later.

Remember, the hard part is over. You’ve already answered all their questions; this is your chance to put your interviewer in the hot seat and get some answers you need. Interviewing is a two-way street, and you want to do your part to make the process as successful as possible.


Preparing for an interview? Make sure to check out our post “How To: Dress for Interview Success” to look your best!

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Here at Resolution Technologies, we understand that serving our clients and consultants is what matters most and promise to never lose sight of that! We take the time to understand your individual needs through face-to-face interaction and strive to always make sure your objectives are met. Resolution Technologies is a full-service Information Technology Staffing firm offering flexible solutions for our clients ranging from contract, contract-to-perm, and direct perm placements. Whatever your needs are, we promise to provide unrivaled quality and service.

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Hot Jobs: Week of January 29th

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This week, we’re featuring positions in Atlanta, Nashville, and the DC Metro for our “Hot Jobs of the Week” spotlight. If you see a job that interests you and fits your skills and expertise, click the links below for descriptions of the available positions and to apply.

  • Linux System Engineer — Herndon, Virginia
    • Responsible for building and maintaining new Linux hosting platform system infrastructure
    • Experience in various flavors of Linux (RHEL/CentOS and/or Gentoo), programming in C and/or Java, scripting skills, Apache and SAN/NAS, tcp/ip and Security
  • Change Management Global Lead — Atlanta, Georgia
    • Responsible for carrying out best practices across the Regions, providing proven methodology and tools to ensure consistent messaging and effective change management, training and stakeholder buy-in
    • 10+ years experience with requisitioning systems such (Ariba, Coupa or BuyerQuest), eContract repository systems (EtQ), Change Management certification desired, International Change Management
  • Strategy Architect Leader — Atlanta, Georgia
    • Responsible for providing leadership direction for strategic application architecture plans, standards, system design, and implementation with a focus on mapping IT capabilities to business needs
    • 10+ years experience with software design and implementation, architecture leadership roles in design/development/execution in a global organization, experience across multiple architecture environments including ERP systems (SAP), customer facing technologies (Salesforce.com) and other enterprise technologies
  • Windows Engineer — Atlanta, Georgia
    • Responsible for system specifications, input/output processes and working parameters for hardware/software compatibility
    • 10+ years of Microsoft Systems Engineer Experience, Windows Server (2000, 2003, 2008, 2012), WMware ESXi versions 5.0-6.0, Symantec Anti-Virus Endpoint Manager, McAfee Anti-Virus EPO, Exchange 2007 and 2012, Lync 2012, Microsoft Skype for Business, SQL server 2008 and 2012, Citrix version 4.5-7.6
  • Senior SQL Server DBA — Nashville, Tennessee
    • Responsible for implementing and maintaining RDBMS structures to support business needs and application development, utilizing strong communications and prioritization skills
    • 5+ years of work experience with Relational Database Management Systems with a combination of  SQL Server 2000/2005/2008/2012, systems development methodologies, design/creation/maintenance of database structures, development and revision of database standards/procedures/strategies, SQL Server v2005/2008/2012, OLTP, transaction processing, payment experience

Looking for new networking skills? Check out our blog post, How To Craft Your Elevator Pitch, to learn how to sell yourself to potential employers.

Here at Resolution Technologies, we understand that serving our clients and consultants is what matters most and promise to never lose sight of that! We take the time to understand your individual needs through face-to-face interaction and strive to always make sure your objectives are met. Resolution Technologies is a full-service Information Technology Staffing firm offering flexible solutions for our clients ranging from contract, contract-to-perm, and direct perm placements. Whatever your needs are, we promise to provide unrivaled quality and service.

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Hot Jobs: Week of January 8th

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This week, we’re featuring positions in Atlanta for our “Hot Jobs of the Week” spotlight. If you see a job that interests you and fits your skills and expertise, click the links below for descriptions of the available positions and to apply.

  • Java Developer — Atlanta, Georgia
    • Responsible for the entire software development lifecycle, contributing to the quality of mission critical applications while helping the business execute against its objectives
    • Experience with Java, JVM, Web Services, MySQL, MongoDB, Python, RESTful APIs, Agile development, integration and deployment
  • Front End Developer — Atlanta, Georgia
    • Responsible for the entire software development lifecycle, contributing to the quality of mission critical applications while helping the business execute against its objectives
    • Experience with public cloud APIs, Agile development, integration and deployment, Angular, CSS pre-processors (Sass or LESS), Jasmine or similar testing framework, Grunt or similar build systems, mobile web app development, participation in community projects on GitHub
  • Information Security Analyst — Atlanta, Georgia
    • Responsible for monitoring, reacting and reporting on information security events
    • Experience in UNIX, Windows and/or CISCO administration including system hardening, vulnerability assessment, intrusion detection, incident respons, fore
  • Windows Engineer — Atlanta, Georgia
    • Responsible for system specifications, input/output processes and working parameters for hardware/software compatibility
    • 10+ years of Microsoft Systems Engineer Experience, Windows Server (2000, 2003, 2008, 2012), WMware ESXi versions 5.0-6.0, Symantec Anti-Virus Endpoint Manager, McAfee Anti-Virus EPO, Exchange 2007 and 2012, Lync 2012, Microsoft Skype for Business, SQL server 2008 and 2012, Citrix version 4.5-7.6

Looking for new networking skills? Check out our blog post, How To Craft Your Elevator Pitch, to learn how to sell yourself to potential employers.

Here at Resolution Technologies, we understand that serving our clients and consultants is what matters most and promise to never lose sight of that! We take the time to understand your individual needs through face-to-face interaction and strive to always make sure your objectives are met. Resolution Technologies is a full-service Information Technology Staffing firm offering flexible solutions for our clients ranging from contract, contract-to-perm, and direct perm placements. Whatever your needs are, we promise to provide unrivaled quality and service.

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How To Craft Your Elevator Pitch

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Looking for a way to sell yourself and your career experiences? An elevator pitch is the perfect way to showcase your talents to a potential employer. Your pitch isn’t limited to an elevator though; you never know where you may meet a future boss or coworker, even in the most casual of settings. That could be at a conference, on vacation, or in a coffee shop.

When someone asks you what you do, simply answering the question with “I’m a Salesforce Developer” likely won’t lead the conversation anywhere. You should instead use your elevator pitch to guide the conversation, quite possibly leading to new career opportunity.

The elevator pitch consists of three parts:

  1. The Benefit. What’s the reason someone should buy what you’re selling?
  2. The Differentiator. What makes YOU special from everyone else?
  3. The Ask. Is there an opportunity to learn more about this person or this company?

1. The Benefit

This includes the impact of what your product (yourself) can have on this person’s business.

  • “I was able to decrease inventory error at our company by 40 percent through a new initiative.”
  • “Through improvements to our information management system, I was able to increase efficiency and cut costs of $1.4 million.”

2. The Differentiator

This is what makes you different from everyone else. If there’s no differentiator, you’re selling anyone who has your position, not yourself.  There’s no particular reason to invest in YOU.

  • “I have over 15 years of expertise in this field.”
  • “I’m constantly looking for new certifications and courses that will help me perform my job better.”

3. The Ask

Elevator pitches are short, so this isn’t meant to be an interview. Next steps would be setting up a meeting to find out more about this person or the company they work for. Again, this usually happens in a more casual setting as a social conversation, so don’t feel like you need to go for a hard sell strategy.

  • “I’d love to learn more about what you do. What’s your availability next week?”
  • “I really appreciate the conversation we’ve had. What’s the best way to get on your calendar?”

With practice, your elevator pitch can take you great places. Remember, keep it straightforward and simple. There’s no need to over-complicate the situation. Use this as a way to network with like-minded professionals and potential employers if you’re looking for growth in your career.


Once you’re ready to explore new career opportunities, check out our blog post “5 Tips for Beginning Your Job Search” to learn how to get started.

 

Click here to view our IT and business job board.

 

Here at Resolution Technologies, we understand that serving our clients and consultants is what matters most and promise to never lose sight of that! We take the time to understand your individual needs through face-to-face interaction and strive to always make sure your objectives are met. Resolution Technologies is a full-service Information Technology Staffing firm offering flexible solutions for our clients ranging from contract, contract-to-perm, and direct perm placements. Whatever your needs are, we promise to provide unrivaled quality and service.

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5 Tips for Beginning Your Job Search

Beginning Job Search

Looking to make a career move? Maybe it’s been a while since you last searched for a job, or you’re looking for a new way to tackle the search for your next opportunity. We believe in equipping you with the best tools to make you successful. In this post, we’ll outline our suggestions and tips for your job search. It’s important to equip yourself with the best knowledge in order to ensure a successful search.

Set goals.

Rather than jumping in and looking for any and every position available in your desired field, you should set specific goals for what jobs you’re looking for. Do you want to take a step up from your current position or look for the same position at a different company? Is there a certain geographic location you’re looking in? By narrowing your search with important details, you’ll make it easier to find a position that’s a perfect fit for you. Setting goals will slim down your search and make good use of your time.

Update your resume.

Before submitting your resume to a potential employer, make sure your resume is up-to-date with your most recent and relevant skills and experience. Upload your most current resume to career sites like Monster, CareerBuilder and Dice so recruiters and companies can find you based on the most accurate information. For more information about perfecting your resume, view our blog post “6 Things You Shouldn’t Put on Your Resume.”

Tune up your LinkedIn.

At the same time you update your resume, you should also check your LinkedIn to make sure you have all of your skills and jobs listed. Much of the job search has gone social, so recruiters and hiring managers are also looking for top talent on LinkedIn. Much like search engine optimization (SEO) for websites, having the right keywords on your profile will ensure that your profile comes up when decision-makers are searching on LinkedIn. We’ve got more tips for your LinkedIn profile here.

Conduct a self-assessment.

Required skills for a job may have changed since you last applied. Especially in an age of ever-changing technology, needs are always changing. Is there any additional training you’ll need for the job you desire?

Another thing that falls under self-assessment is your energy and passion for what you do. You’re likely to get asked during an interview who you are and what you’re about. They may also be wondering why you’re choosing to make a move to their company. Be ready to answer these questions so potential employers can learn more about why you’re a good fit for their company.

Brush up on your interview skills.

It’s not enough to just look great on paper. You may do a great job of selling yourself on your resume or LinkedIn profile, but in order to land the job, you’ve got to nail it in the interview. Example interview questions can be found online from credible sources. You can even find top questions related to your position or industry. Still not comfortable? Find a friend to ask you questions to make sure you’re prepared with the best possible answers.

The Bottom Line

Don’t waste your time by being unprepared. Treat your job search almost as if it were like another job itself. By getting yourself organized and setting proper goals, you’ll be ready to tackle your search effectively.


Once you’re ready for your first face-to-face interview, check out our post “How To: Dress for Interview Success” to learn how to put your best foot forward.

 

Click here to view our IT and business job board.

 

Here at Resolution Technologies, we understand that serving our clients and consultants is what matters most and promise to never lose sight of that! We take the time to understand your individual needs through face-to-face interaction and strive to always make sure your objectives are met. Resolution Technologies is a full-service Information Technology Staffing firm offering flexible solutions for our clients ranging from contract, contract-to-perm, and direct perm placements. Whatever your needs are, we promise to provide unrivaled quality and service.

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Navigating Your First Week on the Job

First Week

Starting a new job is exciting, but it can also be a bit overwhelming to try and adapt to a new environment. Especially if you’re coming from a company that you’ve been at for a while, it can be difficult to get used to a new work environment with a different culture and team. With a ton of information coming at you from every direction, it’s important to know how to process it correctly. In this post, we’ll share with you our best advice for surviving your first week at your new workplace.

Be a sponge.

Your first week, you’re going to hear and receive a lot of new information about your new company and position. You’ll learn about company culture, preferred work and communication styles, new systems, top projects and customers, office politics, and company and department-specific goals. We could go on and on, but you get the point — information overload.

One of the best things you can do is absorb everything you can. Make sure to attend new hire orientation, team and office meetings, any other things that you think may pertain to your job. By sitting in on these meetings, you’ll start to understand what’s important to the organization and the part you play in the organization’s success.

If you get invited to happy hour, lunch or coffee with your fellow coworkers, don’t be afraid to say yes. Even if it pushes you outside of your comfort zone, you’ll start to make friends that you can count on at work. Being a part of a team requires everyone to participate, so saying yes will show your excitement and enthusiasm to be part of this new group.

Ask questions.

If you’re unsure of a project or process, it’s better to ask questions than to stay silent. As you receive new information, taking detailed notes will help you remember what you’ve learned and will give you something to review in the future. Writing something down will also ensure you don’t ask the same question twice.

Offer help.

The first few days of your job, you may have a lot of down time while you’re trying to adjust to your new role and environment. Your boss may also still be getting together your tasks and responsibilities. Instead of just sitting there with nothing to do, show initiative. Volunteer to help a coworker on a project. Even if someone doesn’t have something for you to do, offering help will show that you’re willing to put in effort to better the team.

Find a mentor.

When you’re the newest employee in the office, it can be difficult to start making connections and understanding how everything works. Find someone who has been at the company for a while and has good understanding of what’s going on. By having someone to talk to with more experience and knowledge of the company, you’ll make an easier transition. This can be a team leader or manager that others look up to as well. He or she will be able to help you make more connections within the company and give you advice to get started in your new role.

Good luck!

Even though these are tips for your first week, you should carry on these habits through your first month, year and beyond of your job. By being an engaged employee, you’ll showcase your dedication and commitment to excellence. Better work habits lead to better performance, so take the steps today to make yourself a valuable hire for your organization.


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