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These days, it’s become more common for employment agencies and companies to ask job applicants to provide a video cover letter in addition to their resume. It comes as no surprise, as cover letters sometimes have redundant information already found in the resume. Moreover, videos have a more personal element to them, thus making them more appealing.

Below are a few tips to ensure your video cover letter works to your advantage.

  1. K.I.S.S.

Stick to the K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple, Stupid) principle. Don’t launch into a monologue of your life’s story, and don’t try to inspire the hiring manager or recruiter with an emotional anecdote.  Video cover letters shouldn’t last more than a minute — anything more, and the person watching it will lose interest. Focus on one of your selling points and quantify your accomplishments in such a way that grabs the viewer’s interest and keeps it all throughout the clip.

  1. Go Through a List

People love lists. It’s why sites like Upworthy and BuzzFeed are so popular. Lists also give your cover letter structure, helping you stay on point with the things a hiring manager would want to know about you. As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to pick three to five points about your skills and experience worth sharing. You can also toss in one or two personal tidbits – such as your being an avid outdoorsman or performing any volunteer work – is a crowd favorite, not surprisingly.

  1. Find Inspiration

Don’t know where exactly to start with your video? Draw some inspiration wherever you can find it. Better yet, get some ideas from YouTube. You can either look up sample video cover letters, or see how popular YouTube vloggers create and style their videos. Remember, there is no right or wrong solution to this sort of thing, so be as open-minded as possible.

  1. Prepare a Script

Unless you have impeccable powers of improvisation, it’s best to prepare a strong script for your video cover letter. A script lets you share your unique selling points to a potential employer clearly and concisely, keeping your message organized.

Just be sure you’re not reading off a piece of paper when recording your video. There’s a difference between a video done with prep work, and one that looks scripted. As such, it’s important to memorize your script and make your lines sound as authentic and unscripted as possible.

As the job market becomes more competitive, being able to leverage technology to stand out has turned into a major asset for job seekers. Learn how to demonstrate your winning qualities on video with help from Integrity Staffing Professionals! Contact us at 805-482-8700.

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Although the level by which today’s society cares about health and wellness is unprecedented, the stresses and habits of the 21st century have nevertheless taken a toll on the quality of our daily lives.

Here are four daily hacks you can integrate in your life to make a change for the better.

  1. Wake Up Earlier

Waking up early isn’t just about getting up when your alarm goes off. For many people, it’s also about having that extra bit of time in the morning to gather your thoughts in peace and relaxation. Even just five minutes of meditation can go a long way in improving your emotional and mental well-being before you take on the daily grind of going through emails and staring at your computer screen all day.

From a practical standpoint, waking up early also gives you more time to get more work done.

  1. Read More

Each day presents a new opportunity to read — never let the day pass by without investing in your mind. Think of reading as exercise for your brain; you don’t have to devour an entire novel a day at a time — you probably don’t have time for that — but even 30 minutes of reading time can be beneficial

Reading is both calming and stimulating at the same time. It lets you focus on the material you’re reading, allowing you to take a break from the bustle of the real world, while also stimulating your mind to absorb ideas, and in turn, create new ones. Even reading magazines and newspapers helps you keep abreast of what’s happening around the world, something that will help you along the job search trail.

  1. Get Some Exercise

Human beings were never meant to sit around for more than half a day. It’s no surprise, then, why so many health problems are linked to a sedentary lifestyle. Forgive us for beating a dead horse, but daily exercise is important for a reason. Even just walking for 30 minutes every day can go a long way to improving your physical health and state of mind.  Not only will you feel better thanks to the endorphin rush, exercise will serve as an avenue to lowering your stress levels.

  1. Stay Hydrated

According to Harvard research, roughly one-quarter of all children in the U.S. don’t drink enough water every day, with boys 75 percent more likely to not drink enough water than girls. And you can bet this problem likely most likely carries over into adulthood as well.

Just one glass of water in the morning is enough to help flush out toxins in the body, helping improve digestion and boosting your energy levels for the rest of the day.

For more life management tricks and tips, talk to the IT recruitment experts of Integrity Staffing Professionals. Contact us today to learn more!

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As if knowing what questions to ask in a regular interview isn’t hard enough, try preparing questions when interviewing remote staff. While many of the tried-and-tested interview questions still apply, there are some unique concerns you need to address when getting to know a remote worker.

For starters, there’s distance. It’s not unheard of for some managers to have never met all their remote employees even once. Many employment agencies know that because of the unique demands of remote working (also known as telecommuting), not everyone is an ideal match for this work structure.

As such, it’s important to ask the right questions in an interview. Consider the following questions to help you uncover top-quality remote employees.

  1. How Good Are You at Managing Your Time and Workload?

Because remote employees work on their own —with some supervision, of course, but nothing compared to working in an actual office — it’s important to look for someone who knows how to manage their own time and workload. Autonomy can be liberating to workers, but it can also be disastrous if given to someone with poor time-management skills.

  1. Are You Proactive About Constant and Quick Communication?

A remote worker’s effectiveness depends highly on how quickly they can get in touch with you and vice versa. You need someone who can let you know right away if a project or task has gone awry, or conversely, when something positive has happened. Simply put, constant communication is key to compensating for the lack of face-to-face interactions.

  1. Would You Rather Work in the Office or Remotely?

If you specifically need a remote worker, you’re better off hiring someone who wants to work remotely, instead of someone who’s willing to take on any opportunity. While a can-do attitude certainly has its merits, not everyone is cut out for remote work: Someone who wants to work at home is also more likely to have experience with remote work, making that issue one less headache for you.

  1. How Do You Feel About Our Product/Service?

You can never go wrong with hiring an employee who’s actually enthusiastic about your product or service. This is especially important when interviewing someone who’ll be working with you remotely. Remote workers are faced with your product every day — no commute or office distraction to take their mind off work. So, it helps if a candidate actually likes your product or service.

  1. What’s Your Work Environment Like?

A remote worker’s working environment is critical to ensuring they’re able to work uninterrupted. This is especially important if you’re interviewing a potential virtual assistant, who needs to work in a quiet space.

But if your job opening is for the position of a web developer, programmer, or writer, you can expect candidates to expect a little more freedom in working environments, and that’s perfectly OK, provided it doesn’t affect their productivity.

For more insights on hiring remote workers, get expert advice from Integrity Staffing Professionals! With more than 50 years of experience helping companies connect with job searchers, we can take care of the dirty work for you. Contact us at 805-482-8700 today!

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Is your job stressing you out? Are you constantly dreading Mondays and can’t wait for weekends? Do you feel like you don’t fit in at work?

As you may have guessed, these are obvious signs that it’s time to look for a new job, and perhaps even a new career. But sometimes, the reasons to leave a job may not be so obvious. If you’ve kept your position for more than a few years and get decent wages and benefits, but still feel like something’s missing, what should you do? Do you quit your job, or make adjustments so your work matches your long-term goals?

Below are three signs you’re ready to embark on a job search.

You Feel You’re Not Reaching Your True Potential

Do you feel like you have more skills to offer, but they’re not being brought out or developed? Before anything else, ask yourself if your organization has what it takes to develop your skill set, and if you have realistic expectations.

While the kneejerk reaction for many is to look for another job elsewhere, you might want to consider exploring opportunities within your current job. Sometimes, all it takes is a brief conversation with your manager, who may be able to provide access to trainings and breathe new life into an old career. And be sure to request for training, not certifications.  Certifications are nice to have, but training is often more valuable to both short-term and long-term career success.

You Feel You Have Nothing More to Learn

Do you feel like you have nothing more to learn from your job? For many employees, the moment they stop learning is when they begin to think of working elsewhere or switching careers. Boredom is often what kills a person’s passion for work; if you’re convinced you have nothing more to learn from your current role, it might be time for change.

Take note, this doesn’t necessarily mean quitting your job either. A promotion or taking on a challenging side project could be the solution. Again, a conversation with your manager might be all you need.

You’re Not Getting Paid Enough

Many employment agencies know that money isn’t the prime motivator for most employees. However, your bills aren’t going to pay themselves either. And besides, you deserve to be fairly compensated for the work you do. When you’re barely making enough to make ends meet, it can be hard to stay motivated and put in the extra effort at the office.

But before you assume the grass is greener on the other side, be sure you have an accurate understanding of the type of salary you can get elsewhere with your current skill set. Research what people with positions similar to yours are making, factoring in the cost of living in different states/cities. The difference may not all be that great, in which case you may be better off asking for a raise if you deserve it.

For more job search advice, consult the experts of Integrity Search and Consulting. With more than 50 years of combined experience helping job seekers and employers alike, Integrity Search and Consulting specializes in helping both parties find the perfect fit as far as staffing goes. Contact us today to know more!

 

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As if looking for IT talent isn’t hard enough, imagine having to recruit IT candidates specializing in cybersecurity. Skilled IT security talent has always been in demand, but after the cyber attacks on companies like Target, Home Depot, and Sony, demand for cybersecurity pros skyrocketed at a rate four times faster than the rest of the IT jobs market, and 12 times faster than the entire labor market.

The problem is that there’s too much demand and not enough supply. According to a 2016 IT security job trends report by Cybrary (a cybersecurity training company), of the 435 senior technology executives surveyed, 68 percent confirmed a worldwide shortage of skilled IT security professionals. In contrast, only 13 percent of companies reported an abundance of IT security talents at the local level.

Given the heightened demand for cybersecurity professionals, using the same old recruiting strategies used by many employment agencies just won’t work. What you need is a combination of novel approaches to improve your cybersecurity recruitment, a few of which we’ve highlighted below.

Maintain an Active Presence on Social Media

Everyone knows the popular social networks, but Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn are the big three when it comes to business. Besides having an active profile on these three major networks, it’s also important to pay attention to social professional networks catering to vertical markets like IT security. Forums and discussion boards like Reddit can be an excellent source of information, where you can interact with actual professionals in the field.

Compared to other IT talent, cybersecurity professionals are much more guarded and secretive. They’ll know the vulnerabilities of being online, so they’ll be more careful about where they go and whom they interact with on the Internet.

Showcase Your Technologies and Cybersecurity Projects

Marketing will be an unlikely friend when recruiting cybersecurity talent. Your recruitment campaigns should focus on standing out as a company and targeting the right people. With the huge awareness gap of opportunities in cybersecurity, your goal is to build your employer brand and make it attractive to IT security pros.

This could entail highlighting the technologies and tools used by your company, publishing projects and case studies over how your team fixed security issues, or blogging about your integration of new security technologies. This will show potential candidates you take cybersecurity seriously and have engaging projects waiting for them.

Use an Executive Recruiter

Why would you spend money on an executive recruiter? Recruiters offer some unique benefits, such as:

  • Access to an exclusive talent pool – Recruiters have connections your company may not have access to. Take note, these talents are both active and passive job searchers.
  • Quality candidates right off the bat – Instead of spending time trying to reach out to cybersecurity talent, a recruiter will save time and money looking for candidates as they already have a shortlist of viable candidates for your open positions.

Hiring a recruiter may cost more initially, but the payoffs are more than worth it in the end. Do you want to spend time strategizing over how to reach out to talent and sifting through resumes, or would you rather focus on running your business and leaving the task to more capable and experienced hands?

For more hiring insights, get expert advice from Integrity Search and Consulting! With more than 50 years of experience helping companies connect with job seekers, we can take care of the dirty work for you. Contact us at 805-482-8700.

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