This field is required. Are you currently a student? Are you an undergrad? Are you getting a graduate degree? Are you taking classes somewhere?
Answer yes, if you are a student at this time. You can be a part-time student, or a full-time student.
Answer yes, if you are not taking any classes.
What school are you attending? It could be a college, a certification program or some other education track.
What degree or certification are you pursuing? Bachelors of Science? MBA? Associate’s Degree?
What’s your major / minor or area of concentration?
When are you graduating? Pick the anticipated date.
What’s your Grade Point Average? You might not have one for your course of study. If not, you can leave this blank.
Have you interned at a company? List the company (-ies) where you’ve interned and when that was. For example, ABC Corporation during the summer of 2017.
This field is required. Choose whether or not you are currently employed.
When you choose Yes, you’ll be able to fill in additional details, including where you’re working, your role, and how long you’ve been in that role.
Choosing No keeps things simple. But it doesn’t always reflect well on your situation. Keep in mind, if you’re working part-time, that’s employment. If you’ve been engaged in volunteer activities or you’ve been out of the workforce due to raising your family or caretaking for others, that can round out a recruiter’s understanding of your situation.
Enter the name of the company where you currently work.
Where you currently work tells people where you might want to work in the future. If you’re employed at a small company, that may be the best type of environment for you. And if you’re at a major multinational corporation, it may indicate you’re better suited to global environments.
Enter your current title, e.g., Project Manager, Staff Supervisor, Software Engineer, etc. Keep it brief, and capitalize your role. The purpose of this field is to let recruiters see at a glance what you’re doing. Suggest another feature
How long have you been in this role? If you’ve been in multiple roles at the same company, enter how long you’ve been at the company. You can also enter text like “for ten years at the company, for two years in my current role”. Placement professionals need a sense for how long you stay with companies, and many hiring managers favor candidates who stay longer than a few years in roles.
This field is required. Choose whether or not you are open to hearing about new opportunities. Even if you don’t want to make a move right away, you may want to hear about what’s happening in your industry, hiring trends, hot skillsets you may want to learn, etc.
Answering Yes can mean you’re eager to leave your job… or you’re just passively looking. You might be in a hurry, or you might want to take your time. Even if you’re happy where you are, a new opportunity may be too good to pass up. Or you might just want to hear about what recruiters have going on.
Answering No can stop the conversation before it gets started. And this may be exactly what you want. If you’re happy where you are, and you don’t want to hear about opportunities, making that clear can keep you from wasting precious time and energy explaining that to recruiters. In fact, a clear No can be the best thing you’ve ever done for your career.
Are you seeking a Permanent Full-Time Employee (FTE) position? Do you want a Long-Term Contract (LTC) or Short-Term Contract (STC)?
This is critical information for recruiters who often specialize in a certain type of placement. It’s also important for hiring managers and internal company recruiters, as they will be looking for candidates whose interest matches the type of position they’re offering.
Permanent, salaried, or “exempt” positions are what most people think of, when it comes to a “real job”. They typically involve benefits, a set salary, potential for a performance bonus of some kind, and other perks of membership as a company employee.
Short-Term contracts (also known as “temp positions”) can last between a few weeks to a a few months. Many short-term contracts are 3-6 months, with the potential for being hired after that first trial period. It gives employers and potential employees a chance to test the waters and see how the arrangement works out. Contract positions may include benefits, if you are contracting / temping through an agency that offers health insurance or paid time off. But that’s not guaranteed. Contracts can be W2 (you work for the agency and they take care of all your tax withholdings, while potentially offering some level of benefits), 1099 (where you take care of all your taxes, withholdings, and benefits yourself), or corp-to-corp (if you have your own company set up and you can contract with the agency as a sort of vendor). W2 is very common, especially for short-term contracts. Your rate of earning will be higher, if you work under a 1099, but W2 lets you concentrate on working, instead of IRS paperwork.
Long-term contracts can last from 6 months to several years. Many contractors work at the same company for years, taking home a higher hourly rate, while having less guarantees about their future. Of course, no job is 100% guaranteed, but contractors are much easier to let go, if the company downsizes, and many individuals shy away from contracts of any kind. Like short-term contracts, long-term contracts can be done as W2, 1099, or corp-to-corp.
You’ve said what you do in the present (and past). Now what do you want to do in the future? Do you want to move up in the world? Try something new? Stay in the same type of role, but at a higher pay grade? Tell the recruiter what you specifically want to do, with a definite job title. A good answer is “Consultant Technical Program Manager”. Telling them something vague, like “a position in sales” can be harder to accommodate.
Be specific. Don’t be shy. If you’ve been making $65,000 a year but you feel you should be earning $80,000, put the number you’re targeting in this field. Keep in mind, this is a starting point to discuss with recruiters. They may test you to see if you will go lower, so a good strategy is to start higher, and negotiate from there. How do you figure out what number to target? Check sites like Glassdoor and Salary.com, to see what others in your area are making for the job you’re looking for.
You may be tempted to say, “Right away!”, but only if you’re ready to leave right away. You never know exactly how long it will take to find a new job, but sometimes situations can develop quickly, and you want to be in a position to move, if the opportunity arises. If the holidays are right around the corner, or you have a long vacation planned for next month, or you’re expecting your bonus to pay out in another six weeks, you probably don’t want to answer “next week”, but pick a time to discuss after those critical times have passed. Many job-seekers start their search three months prior to a start date that makes sense for them. So, unless you’re fine with leaving your job in three weeks, you may want to pick a date in the future.
Srandard notice at companies in the United States is two weeks. In Europe, it can be as long as two months. You don’t want to rush out of a job, because it can make you look unreliable… or worse, un-needed. Be certain about this date, since many of your discussions with recruiters and/or hiring managers will factor in this date. You don’t want to make it too soon. But you also don’t want to make it too far in the future.
Where do you want to commute to, each day? Do you have access to public transportation? Are you dependent on your car? Do you live in the city, where you can either walk or take a taxi / subway / bike / car to work? Many times, recruiters will reach out to you without any real understanding of where a job is located, relative to your home. With recruiting going global, as well as automated, placement professionals will seldom know what the best commute is for you. It’s up to you to tell them.
Just as important as saying where you want to work, is saying where you don’t want to work. The sooner you can weed out the opportunities that involve 90-minute commutes into awful traffic, the better the conversations you can have with recruiters.
This field is required. Your first name is provided from your activation and it will be included in the signature of your message. For a more formal approach, use both your first and last name. Or take a more casual approach and use only your first name. It’s up to you, depending what type of tone you want to create with your message. And you can change it in your final message.
What’s the best email to contact you at? Some job seekers have a separate email address they use for their job search. They put that email address on their resume, so recruiters know to contact them there. This keeps their personal email inbox from filling up with recruiter queries, and lets them focus on job hunting at that other address. If you have a separate email for your job hunt, include it here. Or use your personal address. Just make sure it’s correct, so people can contact you.
What’s your best phone number? Like your email addrss, this will go on record, and you can expect to hear from recruiters at the phone you include here.
Have a LinkedIn profile? Add it here. This gives recruiters a closer look at your professional profile and helps orient them before they talk to you.
Link to your resume
Add a link to your resume, starting with http:// or https:// You can get free file hosting on services like Google Drive and Dropbox, and share them with the public. Make sure that the link you add here is actually clickable, and that your resume downloads properly. Resumes should be in Microsoft Word format. Sometimes people use PDFs or RTFs, but Word (.doc or .docx) is the default. Use it.
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