Resources for Job Seekers

Monarch Staffing wants to help you be successful.  We have put together some valuable resources for job seekers:

How to Work With Monarch Staffing

How do I apply? Do I need to come in for an interview? Do you offer health insurance? All of these questions and more are answered on this page.

Cover Letters

If you're applying for a specific position with Monarch Staffing, a cover letter is not required. In today's culture, you would only supply a cover letter if asked to do so.  Remember these points:

  • Whenever possible, address the letter directly to a specific person – preferably the person who is making the hiring decision.
  • Be yourself in the letter, but don’t be cute or overconfident.
  • A cover letter, if requested, is your foot in the door. Use it to explain how your skills fit the employer's needs and how you can contribute to the needs of the company.
  • Read the job opening carefully and address each point within the cover letter.

Resume Skills

Before we even meet you, you can put your best self forward with a great resume. Check out our tips below.

The Resume is Your Sales Brochure
The resume is a one to two page summary of your work experience, education and qualifications - the critical first impression of you as a strong candidate for an interview. Your resume is really a sales brochure showcasing and selling your skills and accomplishments.

Prospective employers will ask themselves these questions:

  1. Can you do the job?
  2. Are you reliable and dependable?
  3. Are you flexible?
  4. Do you have the skills and qualifications to do the job?
  5. Will you fit into the culture of the company?
  6. What are your key accomplishments?

Your resume should reflect answers to all of these questions.

Gone are the days of the "Objective".  At the top, replace it with a 30 Second Commercial, commonly known as a Background Summary. This summary should be a few sentences showcasing what sets you apart. Below are a list of samples.

Click here for sample 30 second commercial formats and a list of what employers are looking for in a resume.
Click here for an example of a “bad” resume.
Click here for an example of a “good” resume.

Spelling and Grammar Count

Spelling matters on your resumeDon't undo your good work by submitting a resume with typos or other errors. Even in this age of text messaging, grammar counts. Your resume is your sales brochure so run it through a spell checker and read it over a second time. If you still don't trust yourself to catch mistakes, ask someone to review it for you.

You may think it’s harsh to exclude a candidate because she can’t spell, but minor errors matter in a crowded job market. A misspelled word tells a hiring manager that you don’t pay attention to details. In a highly competitive job market, you will not get an interview with a resume that has spelling or grammar errors and, without an interview, a job is impossible to get.

Social Media

Include social media contact information. Since so many companies use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to prospect for job candidates, it's imperative to have an account on at least one of those networks.

Include your user name along with your address, phone number and other contact information on your resume. If you're OK with receiving texts from recruiters or hiring managers, include that number, too.

Be sure to keep these accounts professional. We have all heard stories about people losing jobs or opportunities because an acquaintance posted a derogatory or incriminating picture. If you are not 100% sure that your account will remain completely professional, it would be best to set privacy settings to limit access to that account.

Be Honest

An unfortunate trend is exaggerating – or downright lying – on resumes and cover letters. Not only is this unethical but, unlike several years ago, most resumes today are checked for accuracy. Even if you don't get caught in a lie during the application process, you can be let go when it finally catches up with you. Make your life simple and be honest.

Employment Dates

Make sure all employment dates and job titles on your resume match up with what is on social media. It is recommended to only list employment within the last 10-15 years. You can list prior relevant positions at the bottom of your resume. Remove dates of high school education and it is not necessary to put a college graduation date on your resume if it is over 10-15 years prior.

Fill in the Gaps on your Resume

Gaps in ResumeMost applicants have had that odd period where they were between jobs. If you were in school or were doing some sort of activities or volunteer work that applies to the work you want to do, be sure to put that on your resume. However, if you were caring for family members or recovering from an illness yourself, there's no need to list that. Most interviewers will ask about large gaps on your resume.

And if you're between jobs right now, think about doing something in your community that relates to what you'd like to do. Not only will you be keeping your skills sharp and building a better resume, you'll be helping others and making connections with people that might help in your job search.

Tell What You Did and Why It Mattered

When writing your employment history, don't simply use the job description. Tell the employer not only what you did, but what you accomplished and how it benefited the company. The goal of your resume is to convince a potential employer that your skills and experiences can help them reach their goals. Make sure you don't let this opportunity pass you by.

The Interview

Once you have been able to successfully present yourself on paper with a resume, it's time to make your case in person. Job interviews, short or long, can be daunting for even the most confident applicant. But interviews can be manageable and even enjoyable if you are prepared.

Here are 10 tips that will help get you on the right path to getting hired:

  1. Job InterviewDo your research. You need to be prepared to demonstrate that you have solid knowledge of the company, its business and its challenges. Do an internet news search, visit the company’s web site, use LinkedIn and write down three important things you know about the company. Showing that you have not done your research will tell your interviewer you didn't care enough to take the time to prepare.
  2. Arrive 10-15 Minutes Early. Showing up to the interview too early shows you did not pay attention to the scheduled interview time. Showing up late will tell your interviewer that you do not care much about the position.
  3. Remember what's in your resume. Most interviewers will ask you questions to see how accurate your resume is and your credibility. Be sure to re-read your resume before you get to the interview so you will be able to talk intelligently about your key accomplishments.
  4. Relate your skills and qualifications to the company's needs. It is not enough to just be prepared to talk about your skills and qualifications. You need to relate your skills to the company's needs. Examine the job description before the interview then identify the skills needed for the job and think of how your qualifications relate to those skills.
  5. Remember the name of the person you are interviewing with. Showing up to the interview and not remembering the person you are meeting with is a sure fire way not to get the job!  Look up the person on LinkedIn.
  6. Practice. An interviewer may ask you this question… "Tell me about a time when you had to deal with an angry customer?" If your answer is…."Well, I would try and calm the person down, ask what happened and figure out a solution"… you will not impress the interviewer. Most hiring managers want a real-life experience. An answer that is appropriate is "When I was at the counter a customer was screaming about an incorrect price.  After explaining her issue we were able to figure out that the item was in fact priced incorrectly and we fixed the error. By listening to her vent and then saying I was here to help, the customer left satisfied".
  7. Do not discuss salary.  We all want to know what the salary is for the position. If this is your first or second interview and you ask this question, the hiring manager is thinking "wow, he is only interested in the $$, not about doing a good job".
  8. Ask questions after the interview.  Almost all hiring managers will ask "Do you have any questions?"  Answering "NO" is a big NO NO!  The recruiter is now thinking "how much does this person really care about this company/position?" Good questions to ask are:
    - Can you tell me a little bit about the culture of the department?
    - What are the normal work hours for this position?
    - What are your expectations for this position?
  9. Be confident.  An interview is a business meeting between professionals. Project the confidence you have in your skills. If you have been selected for an interview, the company has seen something that is attractive. Now you just need to believe in yourself and let your talents shine.
  10. Follow up. Your best-laid interview plans will go to waste if you neglect to follow up with your interviews. Send a thank-you letter immediately after your interview that reiterates positive characteristics about yourself and, if possible, refers to some part of your conversation.

Interviewing: Dress to Impress

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