Job Seekers

Why Using a Recruiter Can Help Land The Job Of Your Dreams

by Liz Carey

Finding a job can be a daunting task – clicking “apply” and submitting your resume and cover letter, and hoping that you will hear back. So why navigate the job search alone? Why not enlist some support to help you land the job of your dreams? Utilizing a recruiter can help, as they know the industry and have relationships with their clients and know what they want and need.  Read the rest of this entry »


How to Give Your Two Weeks’ Notice Gracefully

by Veronica Blatt

Congratulations! You’ve made it through the interview process, received an offer and have accepted it enthusiastically! Now comes the part many job seekers dread: submitting your resignation to your current employer. In the US, two weeks’ notice is customary, but the resignation period can be longer (30 days or more) in other parts of the world. Here are some tips on how to resign gracefully: Read the rest of this entry »


How to Use a Recruitment Agency for Your Job Search: Tips and Advice

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Tim Lane founder and director of Park Lane Recruitment based near Manchester UK.  Park Lane Recruitment is a specialist recruiting firm in the technology space with niche areas of cybersecurity, fintech, space and defense IT, as well as generic IT sales, tech and managerial.  Tim is also an NPAworldwide Board Director with responsibility for the EMEA region and a 30+ year veteran of the recruiting industry.

Looking for a new job can be a daunting task. There are so many things to think about, from writing a great resume to preparing for interviews. And that’s just the beginning! Once you’ve found some jobs that you’re interested in, you need to start applying and competing with other candidates. If the thought of all of this makes your head spin, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Many people choose to use a recruitment agency to help them find their next job. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips and advice for using a recruitment agency successfully during your job search. Read the rest of this entry »


Will the Antiwork Movement Impact Recruiting?

by Liz Carey

The Great Resignation shows no sign of slowing down. In December, 4.3 million workers quit their jobs, according to the Labor Department’s latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover report, bringing the total to a record 47.4 million people who voluntarily left their jobs last year. And many aren’t going back to work.

The “antiwork” movement, fueled by Gen Z and Millennial workers, is growing. The viral Reddit thread — r/antiwork — has 1.7 million members. There are similar movements across the globe, like the Tang ping movement in China, a social protest movement that rejects the pressure to constantly be more productive and competitive at work. Many are opting out of work because they don’t feel there’s a point to it — wages not keeping pace with inflation, coupled with rising student debt keeps workers on an endless “rat race” treadmill with diminishing returns.  Read the rest of this entry »


Leveraging Social Media to Build Executive Presence

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Fernando Ortiz-Barbachano of Barbachano International in San Diego, California (USA). Barbachano International is the premier executive search and leadership advisory firm in the Americas with a focus on diversity and multicultural target markets. The firm is a longtime NPAworldwide member, having joined in 2007. He shares some tips below regarding building executive presence.

When you have executive presence, you exude poise and confidence. People respect you as a leader and expect you to take charge. This presence doesn’t just happen, however. Building executive presence is a deliberate act that elevates your influence and personal branding. As you work to manage and build your executive presence, one key tool you can leverage is social media. Read the rest of this entry »


Recruiters and Employers, Upgrade Your Virtual Interview Skills

by Dave Nerz

Vetting job candidates via virtual interview is likely to continue for the near-term and perhaps longer.

While it makes sense for candidates to be challenged by a virtual interview, recruiters and employers need to up their games. Remote connections of all types will be expected by your target candidates. The process and the outcomes must be taken very seriously to win over most candidates and specifically the top talent sought. Read the rest of this entry »


What Do You Need for International Relocation?

by Veronica Blatt

I stumbled upon a great article from Global Mobility Solutions (GMS) about the documents candidates need to have when preparing for international relocation. This is also a great resource for both employers and recruiters to share with candidates who may be making a cross-border move for a new career opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »


What a Candidate Can Expect Working With A Recruiter

by Liz Carey

Recruitment is a relationship business. Companies are looking for candidates with the right mix of skills and cultural “fit” for their business. Candidates are looking for an opportunity with a company they want to belong to, as well as the right salary, benefits, etc. That’s where recruiters come into play – recruiters are the “matchmaker” between the job and the talent. But just because a recruiter matches a resume with the skills needed in a job requirement, doesn’t mean they are a great recruiter.

Recruiting isn’t a transactional business… at the end of the day, if a client or candidate didn’t have a good experience with you, they won’t come back to you. To be a successful recruiter, you have to build and maintain relationships.

Candidates have a lot of options right now, and they are in control when it comes to the recruiting and hiring process… so you have to make sure you leave a good impression and build a strong relationship with them. Candidates should be able to have their expectations met in the following areas: Read the rest of this entry »


Job Seeker Data Indicates Stress and Insecurity Rising

by Veronica Blatt

Jobvite, a talent-acquisition software suite, conducts an annual survey of the US labor market to uncover various trends about employers, candidates, and the recruiting process. The results of the 2021 Job Seeker Nation Report have recently been released, and there is a lot to digest. The short story is that job seeker data have changed. The longer story is that some things haven’t changed as much as we might have expected, other things have changed more, and as always, what you see and hear reported in the media may not be totally accurate. Some of the things that I found particularly interesting: Read the rest of this entry »


Reinvention – Positive work stories in a pandemic world

by Veronica Blatt

Yvonne Kelly, our guest contributor, is the Director of Driftwood Group based in Sydney, Australia. Driftwood Group is a generalist recruitment business that works on senior-level appointments globally in the pharmaceutical & biotech, financial services, cyber security and technology industries. She is a director for Australia and New Zealand with NPAworldwide.

As a recruiter, I love asking questions and hearing stories of people’s careers. In the past 18 months I have been amazed at how many people have reinvented themselves. Many through necessity, with their jobs no longer existing, and others having time to reflect and change direction. I met an airline pilot who was working in construction fitting stud walls in new homes, a chef who has decided to become a roofer and a barista who is now doing Covid testing. Read the rest of this entry »