Topic: Tips

What Kind of Jobs Can I Get Through a Staffing Company?

There’s an ongoing misconception that staffing companies only offer short-term jobs, not a long-term career advantage. We asked Volt’s Lauren Jones, Director of Talent Acquisition, to provide some insights on what a staffing company can really do.

Should You Put Side Projects on Your Resume

As I sorted through the applicants for a direct-hire Web Developer opening, Justin's resume looked  like all of the others I received. They were all qualified, they all had solid work history, and they all interviewed well. So why did Justin get the job? ...

World's Simplest Job Interview Advice

I was an English major working at an automotive shop -- it was a job, not a calling, but it paid the bills. One day a customer dropped off her car and gave me her business card that read "Advertising and Public Relations."  I told her that I had always wanted to write advertising, but didn't know where to start. She said, "If you want to give it a try, start at my office." ...

Do Staffing Firms Really Have Jobs You Can't Find Elsewhere?

As a recruiter in the staffing industry, I often meet candidates who wonder how we can claim to offer jobs that aren't available anywhere else. Here are a few examples of why a position is available through a staffing firm but not a job board or a company's Careers page ...

What's the Best (and Worst) Thing You Could Say in a Job Interview?

Simply saying "I don't know" in an interview is a conversation killer. This phrase is a dead end that not only amounts to admitting defeat, it shows no initiative ...

Staying Mentally Engaged at Your Job

No matter what you do, some workdays are more stimulating than others – and a new Mayo Clinic study suggests that greater mental activity in your working years could have a positive impact on your brain’s health later in life. So what can you do to stay engaged? 

What Are Hiring Managers Thinking? [Infographic]

Have you ever wanted to get into the mind of a hiring manager? We asked 1,300 hiring managers five questions about finding and keeping new employees. Here's what they told us.

Managing the Gaps on Your Resume

Among the common questions I hear as a recruiter is, "Why do companies always want to know why a person has job gaps in their work history?"  Knowing the answer is essential to creating a resume that gets you through to an interview ...

You did everything right -- so what went wrong?

If you read jobseeker blogs and online comments, you're aware of the frequent disconnect between job seekers and hiring managers. It's surprisingly common to hear people talk about how perfect they are for a particular job, but they aren't given a chance to show it ...

INFOGRAPHIC: Should I Eat This at My Desk?

Should I eat this at my desk? This infographic will tell you the answer...

What's Your Greatest Weakness?

Watch this quick video to see how to answer the dreaded interview question "What's your greatest weakness?" ...

Interview Tip: Tell Me About Yourself

Here's a quick video that explains how to answer the common interview question "Tell me about yourself" ...

Prove It

I was at a crowded party once, stuck talking with a guy who was quite full of himself. He was bragging about how well he played guitar, and bass, and piano, and added, "and I'm getting pretty good at the harp," putting his hands near his mouth to show that he meant harmonica, not the stringed instrument. After he made the hand gesture, my friend Jeff, a musician himself, silently reached into the front pocket of his jean jacket for a small harmonica, offered it to the big talker and said coldly, "Prove it."

So Your Friend Asks You to Be a Reference

With so many people looking for work right now, it's increasingly common to get recommendation requests from former coworkers and friends. Some of these requests may put you in an awkward position ...

How to passively look for a job using LinkedIn

What does it mean to passively look for a job? While the word passive suggests you're not actively doing anything, a passive job hunter is someone who isn't necessarily looking for a new job, but would take a better opportunity if one came their way. Here are some tips on how to use LinkedIn to help make sure you don't miss out when other opportunities come up ... 

Don't Underestimate Your Expertise

I am a swimmer. I spend hours at the pool each week swimming laps like a polar bear in a zoo, back and forth and back and forth. I don’t think much about my stroke or even my breathing anymore, much less whether I can stay afloat. It’s easy when we get good at something—whether it's a hobby or a job—to stop thinking about it and just do it ...

Burned Out at Work? 5 Tips to Re-Engage

Not everyone has their dream job. (Now there's an understatement.) Whether it's a shortage of opportunities, a lack of experience, or simply the need to pay the bills, sometimes we have to put in mundane hours at a job we don't love. But that doesn't mean you have to be miserable ...

Q and A: Security Clearances, Simplified

To provide a brief overview of the security clearances, we asked Alesa Trager, Facility Security Officer for Volt Workforce Solutions, to answer a few questions that job applicants often ask ...  

How to Explain Gaps in Your Resume

What should you say if your interviewer asks you about gaps in your work history?

Why Spell Check Isn't Enough

Don't rely on spell-check to proofread your resume. Spell-check looks for words that aren't words, but it won't help when you choose the wrong word ...

Talk Like a Human

SEO is important – your resume and social media profiles need to have enough industry-specific content to appear in employer and recruiter search results – but eventually, a real person is going to read them and they’ll want to see how well you communicate, not how well you can do SEO. Here are few things that will make your job search documents more readable ... 

How to Brag on Your Resume When You're Bad at Bragging

Spend enough time on the job market and you’ll find that it’s difficult to stand out without a little bravado. Unfortunately for introverted job seekers, we don’t live in a meritocracy, and listing your duties without highlighting your biggest successes isn’t going to get a hiring manager to pay attention ...

Where to Start When You're Changing Careers

“Do what you love” is common advice, but for many, our career paths have been defined by available opportunities more than pursuit of a passion. None of these opportunities seem “wrong”, but eventually, we realize we’re on a path that doesn’t feel right. We want more than a new job – we want a new direction ...

How to Summarize Your Experience for Recruiters

My job as a recruiter is not to make a resume fit a job description by reading between the lines, but it is to quickly determine if the candidate meets the basic qualifications for the position. ...

3 Reasons You Didn't Get a Second Interview

Even when an interview goes well, it’s still possible to screw it up afterward. A hiring manager I know recently told me the story of one candidate's crucial mistake hours after the interview ended.  The candidate’s strong qualifications earned him an interview with two senior people at the company. The interview went pretty well and the applicant’s qualifications were confirmed, though both interviewers privately questioned whether he was the right cultural fit for the team. ...

What Does a Recruiter Do, Anyway?

Recruiters work on behalf of our clients; they tell me the job they need filled and I search for talented people to do the work. Some of these openings are easy to fill, others require months of work to find just the right person. When I connect with a candidate, I feel good; I get truly excited when I have an opening that would be a fit for them.

6 Things You Can Do Every Night Before Bed to Find a New Job

Moving up in your field can often mean searching for a job while you’re already employed full-time -- but job seeking is exhausting, especially if your only time to do it is between the hours of “After Work” and “Before Bed”. How can you get ahead without burning yourself out? We have some tips.

6 Networking Tips for Introverts

Never fear, introverts of the world. You, too, can find success through networking. It just takes some practice!

Why This Year Can Still Be Different

Halfway through January, and maybe your 2015 is looking a lot like 2014.  But you know what? It doesn't have to.