Recruiters and Career Experts: Staff Picks

Looking for your dream job? You’ve come to the right place.

The job search is tough. Competition is fierce, dream positions are scarce and it’s easy to get discouraged. At about.me, we’re all about using our community to connect you to people who will help you, inspire you and ultimately get you where you want to go. This week’s Staff Picks are some of the most talented recruiters and career experts in the country.

Heading off our post is Ryan Kahn, founder of The Hired Group, star of MTV’s Hired and best-selling author. Ryan specializes in helping students and recent-grads land jobs. Ryan links to The Hired Group’s website on his page, named as one of Forbes “Top 100 Websites For Your Career.”

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campus Rewind 7.1.15

Here are a few of our must-reads from about.me’s campus.

Raghav Haran did something rare. He landed the internship of his dreams in New York City without even submitting a resume. Hear this University of Michigan student’s story and how he separated himself from the competition. Read more →

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campus Rewind 6.10.15

Here are a few of our must-reads from campus.

Meet Kristen Hadeed, the accidental entrepreneur. Kristen started her company, Student Maid, all because she wanted a pair of expensive jeans. Now, she’s a successful CEO and has three great reasons why college students should get comfortable with being uncomfortable.  Read more →

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Backstory Elements: Location

Since releasing Backstory, we’ve seen tons of users add it to their pages, so as you’re building out yours, we want to share some great pages and tips to make your Backstory stand out.

Today we’re taking a look at student and photographer, Noukka Signe (in our header image) whose page, background photo and Backstory really impressed us. Specifically, we’re taking a closer look at how she uses her Location to show where she’s looking for work.

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Backstory Elements: Quote or Objective

The quote is one of our favorite features on Backstory and we’re excited to see tons of great ones go up in that section in just a couple of weeks. However, if you’re job hunting, that space can be a great place to put your career or job objective. A few weeks ago we gave some tips on how to write a compelling career objective. Now, you can put those tips to good use for your Backstory.

Ben Lippert, in our header photo, is a great example of someone using the quote section perfectly for this exact purpose. Here’s his objective below.

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Backstory Elements: Resume

Since releasing Backstory just last week, we’ve seen an incredible amount of people add the feature to their pages. As you’re building out your Backstory, we want to share some great pages and tips to help you create one that attracts others to you.

In our header image we have filmmaker, rock climber and stuntman, Shane Borza whose Backstory section combined with his great page and compelling photo, really caught our attention. We love his entire Backstory but we specifically want to hone in on what we think is the best part, his resume.

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Introducing Backstory

You’ve got people to meet, things to do, places to go. And you’ve got a great story to tell about yourself. You can use your resume to tell others who you are, but that doesn’t capture the full picture of you. Maybe you’re a student just starting his career or an artist who would prefer to highlight her body of work instead of writing about it, or a realtor looking to show off his personality. That’s why we’ve created Backstory. So you can, in a more visual way, showcase who you are both professionally and personally.

Adding a Backstory to your page connects your resume, portfolio and about.me page to showcase your skills and aspirations. Through Backstory you can relate your story and more easily connect with others, because that’s how people connect, through stories. It’s rare that people get excited about lines on a resume. It’s just a listing of facts and dates. So what that you worked for a law firm for two summers? The interesting part is what’s never written on your resume. The picture of you traveling the world and the story of how your experience abroad inspired you to go into law even though you studied biology in college. With Backstory connected to your about.me page, it’s easy to make this story come alive, and connect with people on a personal level. This could lead to the door opening for professional opportunities including work collaborations, jobs and hopefully an expansion of your network.

And whether or not you already have an about.me page, it’s easy to set up a Backstory. Plus, you can customize it however you want and turn the different sections of your Backstory on for public view when you’re ready. Try it out, let us know how you like it, and as always, have fun with it. Because it is your story and this is your chance to share it.

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How to Write a Compelling Career Objective

When you’re putting together your resume and searching for jobs, it’s a good idea to start by writing a career objective. This objective consists of a couple of sentences which tell recruiters what sort of jobs you’re looking for and a bit about your experience and skills. It should also pique the reader’s interest and get them to keep reading your resume. While it may seem like a lot to pack into a few sentences, it could be the difference in your resume being overlooked or actually read.

Whether you’re applying to a specific position or just sending out resumes, hiring managers will appreciate seeing a quick summary at the top of your resume. Plus, if you’re applying to a specific position, the hiring manager will see you took the time to customize your resume. If you’re not responding to any specific job post, a recruiter will know where you might fit into the company.

Also, when writing an objective, be sure to keep it short and sweet. One to two sentences on what you are hoping to do and the skills you bring to the table are sufficient. And, be specific. Writing in generalities will mean every job is the right fit for you and you may end up with offers for positions you’re not interested in. Now, here are some examples of well written career objectives.

Customer Service Representative with 4 years of experience in telephone and face-to-face sales. Aiming to use my communication skills to fill the managerial role in your company.

Computer Scientist with formal & professional training in Java, php, and Ruby on Rails. Looking to secure a mid-level position with a startup or medium sized software company.

Seeking a teaching position to share with students 10 years of expertise gained in teaching math, chemistry, engineering and communications at private high schools.

Recent college graduate with a BA in Communications and nine months of internship experience. Seeking to fill the Marketing intern role and take on more responsibility as quickly as possible.

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