Angela Cavinee is a Senior Recruiter at Acara Solutions, the recruiting and workforce solutions company that developed us, Superior Jobs. You know, the online job board and resource center. With nearly 12 years of experience in the staffing and recruiting industry, Angela works with employers and job seekers to recruit, interview, and train job candidates.

In this “Recruiter Reflections” interview, Angela is helping job seekers understand why they might consider new career opportunities, how to enhance their resumes, and more.

1. What are some reasons people are looking for new jobs?

We’ve seen a lot of job hopping lately, which is when a person only works at one place for a year or two and then decides to move on. This used to be frowned upon, but today’s tight job market means that experienced workers are more valuable—and they know it. So they’re free to shop their services around town to see if they can get more or do more, and so on. People usually leave their jobs when they get bored, want more money, or identify a potential employer who offers better benefits.

2. How can job seekers can get noticed by recruiters or hiring managers?

I’m always attracted to really well-done LinkedIn profiles. I want a job candidate to look the part—which means having a clean, clear, professional headshot as their LinkedIn photo. The next step is to look for a person’s demonstrable interest in the job they’re applying for—so their LinkedIn posts, groups, and interests should reflect the job they’re applying for. If job seekers aren’t active in their field, it’s a turnoff and I’ll move along. LinkedIn is a powerful tool for job seekers, so the better they know the platform, the better they’ll do on the job market.

3. What’s the best way to answer, “Tell me about yourself.”

Job seekers need to understand that this question is really asking, “How did you become interested in this role, why do you want it, and what have you done to deserve it?” The best answer will mention past experiences, proven success, and highlight your personality.

4. Tell us three things you love to see on a resume and why.

My favorite elements of a really good resume is that it is brief, easy to read, and relevant to the position you’re applying for. To be clear, your resume should only be more than a page long if you’ve been in the workforce for more than 10 or 12 years. Your resume should be tight, and when you bullet your points, you make it easy to read, which is helpful. Finally, I always like to see measurables that demonstrate success. So if you say you’re a social media manager, tell me how you’ve boosted social numbers.

5. What general advice would you give to jobseekers in 2020?

Do your homework. Prepare. Breathe easy. Be yourself. Go online and check out some helpful resources, such as this video: How to Ace an Interview: 5 Tips from a Harvard Career Advisor. And for one-on-one help with a recruitment professional, connect with me on LinkedIn and don’t forget to check out Superior Jobs! 

Are you looking for a new career opportunity? Connect with Angela on LinkedIn!

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