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Blog posts from November 2013

How to beat the 10-second resume test

How to beat the 10-second resume test
Recruiters and the 10-second rule Candidates are surprised to hear that experienced recruiters can look at a resume for under 10 seconds, and make a judgment on whether they are qualified or not. But, how can you possibly get across your career accomplishments in just a few seconds? Your main goal in creating your resume is to make the recruiter interested enough to give you a call, but with thousands of different resume styles and formats, you'll never please all recruiters on style alone. By emphasizing just a few things on your resume, you will be able to satisfy mostly everybody, yet...

JFK anniversary has special significance for Minnesota business owner Tim Doherty

JFK anniversary has special significance for Minnesota business owner Tim Doherty
Certain birthdays are milestones, but for some people who are born on a significant date, every birthday is a milestone. This year, Tim Doherty's 60th birthday is approaching, and like every other birthday he's had over the past 50 years, it's never an ordinary day. On November 22nd, 1963, Tim Doherty turned 10 years old, and the President was killed in Dallas. Meeting JFK in Wisconsin Three years earlier, on February 26, 1960, Tim and his father met Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy as Kennedy's nomination campaign toured through Bloomer, Wisconsin. The photos show Tim's father, George Doherty...

How to catch a recruiter's eye . . . and ear

How to catch a recruiter's eye . . . and ear
At a recent Minnesota Recruiting and Staffing Association meeting, the presenters asked the group to raise their hands once she reached the percentage of calls that they felt were returned to recruiters. She started at 90% and worked her way down. At 50% there was 1 person with their hand up, at 25% about a dozen hands went up, around 10-15% the majority of hands were raised. Keeping doors and options open How does this affect you as a candidate looking for work? Well, in today’s technology driven society, nearly everything is tracked. This means that if you have been called multiple times...

Doherty VP presents to the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

Doherty VP presents to the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
Doherty Vice President Gauher Mohammad addressed the Owatonna Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism as the featured speaker for an October 2013 lunch & learn discussion event on workforce issues in the region. His presentation, "Addressing the Recruitment & Retention Challenge in Steele County," focused on the demographics, recruitment and retention challenges faced by manufacturers and employers in Steel County, Minnesota.

From Engineer to Engineering Manager: How to get there

From Engineer to Engineering Manager: How to get there
Do you aspire to grow your Engineering career into a Management role? We found a great article on how to get there. http://www.engineering.com/Education/EducationArticles/ArticleID/6645/So-you-want-to-be-an-Engineering-Manager.aspx Then, after you read it, come join our LinkedIn discussion on the topic of engineering management: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Aspire-grow-your-Engineering-career-4514491.S.5808238297671028736?view=&gid=4514491&type=member&item=5808238297671028736&trk=NUS_DISC_Q-ttle

The job posting isn’t exciting—so why would you connect with the recruiter?

The job posting isn’t exciting—so why would you connect with the recruiter?
You’re browsing through job postings and aren’t finding anything that appeals to your interests or fits your background. At this point, most candidates would get frustrated and possibly give up their search. However, there is another option you may not have considered, and that is reaching out to a recruiter. Reaching out to a recruiter, even if they don’t currently have a position for you, can be surprisingly helpful in your job search and networking. Connecting says a lot about you As a recruiter, I can attest that it speaks volumes about you as a candidate when you make that extra...

Accepting a Counter Offer: Not Always the Answer

Accepting a Counter Offer: Not Always the Answer
So you are currently working, but are considering new career opportunities. Once you land a new job and put in your two weeks, your employer calls you in to meet with you. They present you with a counter offer. What do you do? Although a counteroffer can make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, it may not be the best decision in the long run. Let’s put this into perspective; when you inform your company you have accepted a better opportunity, then and only then, they tell you everything you want to hear. They tell you, you’re an essential part of the team, they share with you all the changes...

Money Money Money Mooonnneeeyyyy

Money Money Money Mooonnneeeyyyy
Let’s face it, money is fairly important when it comes to accepting a new opportunity. There are a lot of factors that go into considering a job change (such as location, advancement, etc) but to give yourself the best chance of finding the right fit, it is important that you are realistic with your salary expectations. A cautionary tale I recently had a candidate who got caught up in the maximum salary range offered by a company, and ultimately missed out on an amazing opportunity that he—and the company—felt was an amazing fit. Upon our initial conversation, this candidate’s...

Turning seasonal job skills into a permanent job

Turning seasonal job skills into a permanent job
The holiday season means a big boost in hiring, but a lot of the jobs are temporary. While these jobs may not last forever, there are ways to get real benefits out of a temporary retail or production experience. 4 tips to get the most out of a seasonal temp job In this article on FOXBusiness, Dr. Woody shared 4 tips for turning a holiday temp job into a full-time position, including making a good impression and building your network. At Doherty, an...
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