How to Decline a Job Offer March 7, 2019

How to Decline a Job Offer

How to Decline a Job Offer

The process of finding a job can be strenuous, with the seemingly never-ending applications and interviews. And while receiving job offers is something to be celebrated, figuring out how to choose between them, and more specifically, reject a select few, can be challenging to navigate.

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29 Most Common Interview Questions

29 Most Common Interview Questions

29 Most Common Interview Questions

In a perfect world, you could walk into an interview knowing what questions you’d be asked, eliminating any of the potential stress of being caught off guard. While this isn’t technically possible, we have the next-best solution: a list of the 29 most commonly asked interview questions and answers, gathered from our very own employers.

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How to Use the STAR Method on Your Next Interview March 6, 2019

How to Use the STAR Method on Your Next Interview

How to Use the Star Method on Your Next Interview

You found the job of your dreams! But need to find a way to make it yours. You landed the interview, and that is all that stands between you and the career of your dreams. You get to the interview, and you are knocking it out of the park.

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How To Answer “What Are Your Strengths?” November 30, 2018

How To Answer “What Are Your Strengths?”

“Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.” – George Herbert

In just about every interview you have, past or future, there are certain topics you can just expect to come up in conversation. “What are some of your strengths?” is no exception. We’ve covered how to prepare your elevator pitch and how to answer it’s counterpart (What is your greatest weakness?), now we’re continuing this theme to prepare you for your next possible interview question.

Just off the top of your head, what are your professional strengths? How would you answer this question if an interviewer asked you this? Why does it feel awkward talking about your strengths?

The natural hesitation you feel probably comes with this internal thought: How do I answer this without coming off too braggy? The key is preparation and delivery

So how exactly does this play out? We have a simple 2-step process to tackling this tricky question.

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Top 13 New Recruitment Trends of 2019 [Infographic] November 21, 2018

Top 13 New Recruitment Trends of 2019 [Infographic]

As the next year approaches and 2018 comes to an end, new recruiting trends and best practices are a must for 2019.

We are seeing 13 recruiting trends that employers are implementing in the fight for top talent.

The way that companies recruit has shifted 365 degrees. Candidates have more leverage than ever before, causing a disruption in the HR recruiting industry. The market is 90% candidate driven, so the time is now to rethink your recruitment strategy for 2019.

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How To Answer “Tell Me About Yourself” November 1, 2018

How To Answer “Tell Me About Yourself”

“Tell us about yourself.”

“Tell me something about yourself.”

“Let’s start by hearing a little more about you.”

There’s one basic interview question that employers will always love starting out with – “Tell me about yourself.” 

Do you have an answer for it? If it includes anything about your personal life, it’s time to rethink your interviewing strategy.

As one of the most popular interview questions in the history of meeting people, it’s no surprise that this simple conversation starter sets up a very quick screening process for the interviewer. For some reason, as a species, we tend to avoid conversations that involve us talking, or even bragging, about ourselves. Why is that? This instinctual response leads us into a frenzy when the question is asked, leaving us completely blank – or worse – talking about irrelevant information. Hiring managers can quickly sort out serious candidates just based on how you respond to the very first question! Don’t worry – your favorite career sidekick, Skillgigs, has a simple one-two-three formula for answering this dreaded question like a pro. Keep reading for how to answer “tell me about yourself.”

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How To Write A Cover Letter (Yes You Need One) October 26, 2018

How To Write A Cover Letter (Yes You Need One)

“Do I really need a cover letter?”

“All of my experience is listed in my resume.

“As long as they check out my application, there’s no way they would pass up on someone with my experience.” 

Sound familiar? If it sounds like a conversation you’ve had with yourself, keep reading for how this train of thought is derailing your career.  Continue reading “How To Write A Cover Letter (Yes You Need One)”

Beat the Resume ATS September 28, 2018

Beat the Resume ATS

You read a job description, you see all the ways you would be a perfect fit for the position and for the company, and you do what any logical person would do – you apply!

You submit your resume accompanied by an extensive list of project examples and references – you think to yourself “man, I have this job in the bag!” Next thing you know – they didn’t call or email you back! And if they did, it was only to tell you they went with someone else!

Unbelievable, right? Unfortunately, it’s a situation even the most qualified professionals face. How can that be? You can thank modern technology for that. Companies across just about every industry use what’s called the ATS, or otherwise known as the Application Tracking System. In fact, according to a study performed by Capterra, approximately 75% of large companies use this parsing system. So what exactly does that mean? – A human being is not reading your resume. We know how bad you want to get that job, so keep reading for our 3 hacks to beat the bots.  Continue reading “Beat the Resume ATS”

Stand Out in a Tech Interview Part 2 July 27, 2018

Stand Out in a Tech Interview Part 2

According to in “8,800 Hiring Authorities Weighted In. Here Are the Top 5 New Interviewing Trends,” interviews continue to change with the times, as new and specific skill sets are in high demand.  Last year, in our blog, “9 Essential Tips to Stand Out in a Tech Interview,” we said what everyone is thinking – standing out in tech is kind of an oxymoron and in 2018, this statement holds true! Skillgigs is still on your side and we want to help you navigate through one of the most intimidating parts of the career change process. With that said – Here Is Your Guide to Standing Out In A Tech Interview: Part 2 Continue reading “Stand Out in a Tech Interview Part 2”

9 Essential Tips to Stand Out in a Tech Interview November 10, 2017

9 Essential Tips to Stand Out in a Tech Interview

Standing out in tech is kind of an oxymoron, I’ve noticed. While the market is so lean, and skillsets are in high demand – the talent gets lost in a sea of resumes and job seeker profiles.

Aside from my usual spiel for how SkillGigs prevents getting lost in the mix – as a tech professional – here’s my advice for how to stand out during an initial interview screening.

  • Don’t treat a screening as anything less than formal: Although you may have an idea for who you are talking to, you may not know their level of decision making in the hiring process. It’s easy to feel like a quick phone call or initial screening is simple to get by. You’re wrong – preparing for the first interview is more important than any other part of the interview – because it is your step into the door. This is one part of the magic behind our 3D resume – because it creates a space for your experience to be featured in an impressive and quick glance – making your conversation into the initial interviewing richer. Utilize this kind of presentation to speak about your skillsets, even in the initial screening.
  • Engage your interviewer: Interviewing shouldn’t be awkward, by any means. I have always made a conscious effort to look at the interview as a professional conversation where you get to know the employer, as much as they get to know you. If you need relaxing, an excellent method to calm your nerves is to engage the interviewer in a conversation about their role. This proves consideration for your interviewers time and interest in the company.
  • If you haven’t already – perfect your elevator pitch: The phrase “don’t tell me how to build the clock, tell me what time it is” applies beautifully here. When overviewing your experience and who you are – think about what is relevant and why they care. This should be no more than a few sentences and delivery is key. Interviews are the perfect place to pitch because they almost always start with “Tell me about yourself.” Then, you apply the following formula: I’ve been working in this industry for this many years + I am especially qualified within this tech skill = I am looking for role like this, that I can master the following skills in.” Our talent love the Skillgigs’ technology, because it allows them to follow this exact formula in their 3D resume and skill listing.
  • Follow up to all forms of communication: Even if the communication is a basic thank you note. When the interviewer sees your name, they are reminded of you and your genuine interest in the position.  Trickling 1 or 2 post-communications can also help stay on top of next interview steps and reinforces your interest in the job. Follow up translates into diligence and diligence is very attractive in the tech world.
  • Be respectful of everyone surrounding this interview: Similar to tip 1, you never know who the decision maker is. The reality is, everyone you interact with, from the admin to the owner, is a part of that company. Never change your attitude between them, even if you think “that’s not the person to impress.” In 2017, culture fit is becoming almost as important as your technical qualifications.
  • Know what the employer has done in the industry, most recently: Doing your homework goes a long way. Take a few minutes and read up on their role in the industry, so you can have a conversation about their latest tech advances.
  • Speak to a skill that others can vouch for: If you have talent that can speak for itself, then you probably have a referral that will mention them too. Make sure you develop mini elevator pitches for your top skills. Your role in tech should make this easy because it is a technical space to list strengths. Be ready to test your software and other IT knowledge. With our talent, we offer assessments, basic screening & other curation to ensure the talent can fully comprehend and communicate their skill sets.
  • Site your ideas for this role: People who talk about success in interviews always forget to mention execution in the role. I think it’s important to think of this open position, as if you were starting tomorrow. Our company is all about expediting the hiring process & prompting talent to take control of their careers. Shifting your attitude from potential job to this is my job can really validate how you talk about your skills.
  • Make a point of your job’s processes, record keeping & improvements: They’ll eat this stuff up. Tech people and the people that manage them LOVE placed importance on processes. Trust me – with a product like Skillgigs, there are a lot of techies who worked together to make our platform as great as it is. Had it not been for a lot of structure, prototype tracking and modification, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Talk about how you do this in your most recent role, and they will recognize value.