Posts by Tricia Dolkas
New Year’s Headlines Impacting Employment – What Actions To Take
Tech Industry Getting Hammered Headlines everywhere about tech stock prices dropping and layoffs or companies slowing growth. What can you do to minimize the impact on your career? If You’re Employed –> Prepare for a Layoff: Identify your references. Get their personal contact information in advance of a layoff. Meet with your manager. Review your…Read More
Four Tips for a Resume that Recruiters WILL Read
Ask 100 people for advice on resumes, and you get many differing opinions that often contradict each other. So who do you believe? In my 20+ yrs. of recruiting, I found that most resume advice comes from people who don’t read resumes as part of their work. This article shares resume advice from recruiters and…Read More
How to Write a Good Cover Letter
As a recruiter, I rarely read any cover letters. Most cover letters are poorly written, generic and superficial. I stopped reading once I saw the typical first sentence: “Dear Hiring Manager, I am interested in position X….” And they aren’t read because they repeat information from the resume. But now worse, with information buried in…Read More
Why is Autumn the Best Season for Career and Job Searches?
September and October are the best months to transition to a new company and career opportunity. Why? Companies are focused and motivated to hire as quickly as possible, and this focus will probably result in faster interviews and hiring decisions. The company’s motivation could result in less work for you during a search, and you…Read More
Career Transition Tip – How to Work with Recruiting Agencies
Companies recruit with internal recruiters or with an external recruiting agency. Sometimes companies use both methods at the same time. As a recruiter, I started at a recruiting agency and then later moved to be an internal corporate recruiter. Understanding how a company works with an external recruiting agency is crucial for candidates. Why Companies…Read More
Why Recruiters Don’t Want Your Job Application
Looking for a new job? Then you are probably scouring job postings and applying to as many jobs as you can find. Then anxiously waiting for an email from a recruiter for an interview. As days turn into weeks without an email, you become discouraged, frustrated and angry. As a former recruiter, I want…Read More
Top Job Search Tip for the Holidays….
Start Your Search in December! Most people think that the holidays are a bad time to start a job search. Not true! Now is the best time to update your resume and start a job search! Don’t wait for January. Here’s why. Reason #1: Companies have completed their 2021 project plans, budgets and headcount planning. …Read More
How To Plan for Virtual Interviews and Career Fairs
I spent August and September speaking with university career centers and employers about how they are changing their programs for early talent recruiting. My goal was to identify details not widely known that impact students /graduates in their job search. Then to offer advice on how to change your job search so you have a…Read More
Job Search Tips – Do This Today:
Rarely do people enjoy looking for a job. Now in this time of unprecedented change, unpredictability and stress, dental surgery is more welcome than a job search. And to all of you who are unexpectedly unemployed, I KNOW the feeling. I have been laid-off three times in my career. Feeling scared while selling myself in…Read More
Power of Tenacity in a Job Search. How #BLM Inspires.
There is hope in the air. Every day brings news of mostly peaceful demonstrations with people taking action to change race relations in this country. And the protests are starting to show small results…. a) Confederate symbols dismantled; b) Walmart ending the practice of locking up African-American cosmetics behind the counter; c) Quaker Oats retiring…Read More