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The Best Resume Writing & Interview Tips to Land You the Job

As the saying goes: searching for a job is a full-time job!  In a highly competitive job market, the idea of having to stand apart from the crowd can seem overwhelming.

 

Here at LPC, we have helped countless candidates craft professional resumes and interview for their dream jobs like seasoned vets. So, if you are embarking on a job search, you have come to the right place. Here we have compiled a few of our favorite resume writing and interview tips to help make the journey seem a little less daunting!

 

Resume Writing Tips

 

Writing a resume doesn’t have to be a challenge, but it does require thought and care. If your resume is not prepared to optimal standards, your chances of it being considered are slim to none! Here are a few key tips and tricks that every job seeker should follow to produce a resume that will score an interview.

 

Use Keywords in Your Resume

 

To accommodate the high volume of resumes many job openings receive, a lot of companies now use an applicant tracking system (ATS) to narrow down the best candidates based on their experience – more specifically, how their experience is listed on their resume as it relates to the job posting.

 

In the digital age, the likelihood of your resume making it into the hands of an actual human before passing an applicant tracking system is quite low. For this reason, incorporating keywords specifically used in the job description into your resume will greatly increase your chances of getting through to the interview round.

 

Adjust Resumes & Cover Letters for Each Job

 

For each job that you apply to, it is important to adjust your resume and cover letter to be as relevant as possible to the job in question. Even if you apply for five jobs that are similar in nature, it will be obvious if the exact same resume is being recycled for each one.

 

Speaking in generalities may come off as disconnected and vague. Adjusting your documents to specifically reflect the job in question does not require much effort and will really pay off in the long run.

 

Resume Format is Important 

 

Once your resume does get into the hands of a real person, you need to make sure it is chock full of relevant experience and glowing references that are presented in a polished and professional way. It may seem inconsequential, but the actual physical appearance of your resume holds significant weight.

 

Everything from the overall resume layout and how you organize your work history all the way down to your font choice can play a role in how you come off to the hiring manager, so choose wisely!

 

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Interview Tips

 

Congrats! Your expertly crafted resume has proven effective and you have an interview for a great job coming up. Once you make it to this stage of the hiring process, you need to do everything you can to be prepared as possible. The interview is where you make your first face-to-face impression with your potential future employers, so take the time to prepare for anything and everything that may be thrown your way.

 

The Interview Basics

 

The following tips may be fairly obvious to some, but it is always a good idea to make sure you have the basics covered when getting ready for an interview. It will help get you into the right headspace to really hit your meeting out of the park. Make a checklist of the following items and ensure that you complete them all:

 

  • Show up with a printed copy of your resume and cover letter
  • Arrive 10-15 minutes early
  • Make sure you know who is interviewing you and what their position is
  • Dress in clean, ironed and professional attire
  • After the interview, send a follow-up email to say thank you and reiterate your interest in the position

 

Do Your Research Before the Interview

 

Nothing will say ‘unprofessional’ like walking into an interview with no knowledge of the company you are meeting with. Take some time to research the company, the position you are interviewing for, the company’s history and values, industry news, etc. A lot of this information should be easy to find with a few Google searches, and will go a long way during the interview.

 

Demonstrating that you have a broader understanding of how you will be fitting into the company will show your interviewer that you are looking at the bigger picture and not just concerned about a paycheck.

 

Prepare for Common Interview Questions

 

Depending on the job, the industry-specific questions you will be asked are going to vary quite a bit. But it is almost guaranteed that every interview you go on will ask a handful of common questions that are relevant to most workplace scenarios. Don’t overlook or underprepare for these questions – they are your chance to give your interviewer some insight about yourself and how you will act in this position. Some of the most common questions include:

 

  • Tell me a little bit about yourself?
  • What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
  • Tell me about a difficult workplace problem you encountered and how did you handle it?

 

If you prepare answers with tangible examples to a few of these questions, you will leave a great first impression with your interviewer.

What are some of your go-to resume and interview tips that have helped you land a job in the past? Leave them in the comments below! And, if you are looking for a new position, reach out an LPC recruiter – we are here to help.

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5 Tips to Find and Hire Food Manufacturing Employees

The food manufacturing industry is thriving. However, finding skilled talent to fill open positions in the industry can sometimes be a challenge. As of August 2018, there were 508,000 open jobs in U.S manufacturing. While this job growth is positive, it also indicates that finding candidates with the right skills to fill these jobs could reach crisis proportions. To accommodate this, companies may have to rethink their current strategies to truly engage and hire brand new talent. Here are a few things you can try!

 

Change the perception of the food manufacturing industry

 

With the baby boomer generation almost ready to retire, manufacturers need to find new, younger talent that is ready to work. The challenge with attracting and hiring these candidates is due in part to their perception about the industry. Manufacturers believe negative perception from students and their parents are one of the reasons causing the current talent shortage, according to Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute’s study in 2018. The study revealed that parents encouraged their children to avoid pursuing a career in manufacturing due to the impression of poor job security and limited career prospects.

So, what can companies do to change this public perception? For starters, companies could partner with local high schools and colleges to educate students about the industry in attempts to shift their mindset. Students may not have the opportunity to become educated about this field, so it is up to the companies themselves to make sure it happens

By educating students on what the work environment looks like and what employees do, you can broaden their knowledge about the industry, potentially shifting it into a more positive light. They’ll gain a better understanding of what the job looks like and what the career prospects are. While this is a long-term recruitment strategy, it is not a bad idea to consider when aiming to improve the image of the industry and grow the workforce.

 

Strengthen your company culture

 

Millennials and Generation Z don’t want to be “faceless” employees—they look for collaborative work environments where they can interact with their managers and coworkers. Furthermore, they appreciate receiving ongoing feedback from their superiors in order to learn and improve their current skillset.

With this in consideration, management can take initiative by encouraging more open communication and collaboration across the team. This could be in the form of more productive meetings or using better technology so that employees can communicate companywide. To foster continuous learning and improvement, consider having one-on-one sessions with employees to discuss their strengths and any potential areas of improvement. Managers can also consider offering training and learning opportunities to maintain a skilled and up-to-date team.

 

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Take a chance on hiring inexperienced workers

 

To meet the demand of finding and hiring employees, manufacturers can benefit from taking a chance on hiring inexperienced workers. It is becoming increasingly common for companies to train these employees on the job. According to this New York Times article, Alexandria Industries hired a young man who didn’t have a college degree or a manufacturing background.

The company provided him with technical and leadership training. That was six years ago—today, he has been promoted and says he plans to stay there until he retires. Hiring candidates without the desired skills can be risky, but that risk can often pay off if you find a person with the right personality fit.

 

Employee engagement activities

 

One great way to attract new employees and retain current ones is to organize employee engagement activities. Employees like to know that their work is contributing to the company’s overall vision and success. In addition to telling them that you value their contributions and efforts, it is important to show them as well.

Take the team out for dinner or organize an activity that allows everyone to interact with one another. It enables your employees to view the company as one that cares about their workforce. Even if these outings aren’t frequent, your employees will appreciate the gesture.

 

Work with LPC to help find manufacturing employees

 

At LPC Personnel, we’ve helped companies find and hire manufacturing employees for over 30 years. We take the time to understand what you’re looking for in candidates and provide you with the best of the best.

Do you need help finding quality manufacturing candidates? You’ve come to the right place. Contact us today to get started.

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Can You Really Trust Your Staffing Agency?

The staffing market is booming, with thousands of candidates across the U.S. being matched with great positions daily. However, some candidates are still wary of working with a recruiter during their job search. Understandingly, welcoming a new person into a critical time of your life can be a nerve-wracking experience. How do you know whether you can really trust your staffing agency?

 

At LPC Personnel, candidates have been relying on us for over 30 years to help them land steady and rewarding jobs. We are more than just a ‘temp’ agency. We take the time to foster deep, meaningful relationships with both our clients and job seekers to find the best matches possible – and ones that last. There are thousands of honorable recruiters who take their contacts’ success to heart, and we’re proud to be among them!

 

According to Statista, staffing agencies across the U.S. agree that ‘improving the candidate experience’ is one of their top priorities. Here are some reasons why we believe that you can trust a recruiter, if you still find yourself on the fence.

 

We’ve Got the Experience

 

When deciding whether or not to work with a staffing agency, some of the first questions you ask yourself might be: ‘Do they really have the experience to get the job done? Do they actually care whether I enjoy the position? Am I in good hands?’ The answer to each of these questions is yes! At LPC, we aren’t going to ask you to trust us blindly, but we do have over 3 decades of experience and countless testimonials that suggest you can.

 

This leads us to our first recommendation for working with a new staffing agency. In the beginning of your partnership, it’s a good idea to ask your recruiter about their experience when it comes to the types of jobs that you’re interested in. This will give you an indication of whether they have the network you need to support your goals! You should also check testimonials online. It’s important to see what other candidates’ experiences have been like with the person and/or company before dedicating your valuable time.

 

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At the end of the day, it is a recruiter’s job to connect job seekers with employers. Highly skilled recruiters have a wide network of contacts, seasoned industry knowledge and serious dedication to placing candidates in roles that work for both parties.

 

These recruiters value your time and the effort you put in when submitting job applications. Say goodbye to the days of sending your resume into online oblivion, only to never hear back regarding jobs that you could very well be qualified for (which happens more often than you might think).

 

Whether you’re looking for temporary work or your next executive position, you can trust that your recruiter will make sure your resume showcases you in the best possible light. They’ll also match your unique skillset with the right client, and make sure you’re seen.

 

When working with a good recruiter, you’ll sense that they’re not just in it for a pay check. They really do want you to succeed!

 

“We aren’t just in this for a pay check. We really do want you to succeed.”

 

We Offer Personalized and Consistent Service

 

Other questions you may ask yourself are: ‘There must be a lot of people using staffing agencies, won’t I be treated like just a number? Aren’t they just going to put me in a position, get paid and disappear?’ Speaking for LPC Personnel, the answer is no!

 

We ensure that each and every qualified candidate is given the dedicated attention they deserve, assigning only one recruiter to a job seeker. This means that you’re not pushed through a revolving door of recruiters who don’t really know – or care – about your needs.

 

You want to select a staffing agency that focuses on your needs, not just on their profits. If you’re frequently speaking to different individuals, who are hard to reach and struggle to remember your name, then you may want to consider switching staffing agencies.

 

Staffing services in the Greater Houston Area

 

At LPC Personnel, most of our recruiters have been working with the company for at least six years. Why? Because we love what we do and know how to do it well. Our recruiters will stick by you every step of the way, from initial interview to settling into your new position. We also make ourselves available via phone or text after the workday is done, because let’s be honest – our work is never really done!

 

“LPC Personnel will stick by you every step of the way, from initial interview to settling into your new position.”

 

We know what employers are looking for, but more importantly, we know how to thoroughly prepare candidates for interviews so that you make the best impression possible. Our team will coach you through every step of the interview process, because when you succeed, we succeed as well – it’s a win-win. Honesty is the best policy, and good recruiters are happy to offer the advice and/or insights that we’ve learned along the way to better your chances of success.

 

Remember, your recruiter should know the job search game inside-and-out. They should keep up with changing trends and expectations related to employers. Then, even if they can’t find a good match for you right away, a good recruiter will never forget about your resume – they’ll continue searching to find the fit that’s right for you!

 

Embarking on a new job search can be overwhelming, and it’s a recruiter’s job to show you that you can trust them to lend a helping hand throughout the entire process.

 

Staffing services in the Greater Houston Area

 

We Create More Opportunities

 

Recruiters and job seekers have the same end goal in sight: to find you a new job. Trusting that they know what they’re doing will be mutually beneficial for both parties.

 

No matter the type of job you’re looking for, whether it be temporary work or a job that you hope to turn into a career, our recruiters at LPC Personnel strive to make a solid connection between job seekers and employers. Yet even still, you may find yourself wondering: ‘do they really know what I’m looking for?’

 

Well, based on the communication between recruiter and job seeker, we could be able to unlock some great opportunities that you may have not noticed while searching solo. Staffing agencies work closely with employers, and often have the insider scoop on jobs before the listings are even made available to the public.  More so, you may discover that with your skillset there could be a world of other job paths that you have never previously considered. There are countless cases of people finding work through staffing agencies that turned into a lengthy career.

 

We hope that you are in this for the long haul, because we certainly are!

 

Trust us yet? If you’re in the Greater Houston area and are interested in working with a recruiter from LPC Personnel, don’t hesitate to get in touch!