Hiring expert Frances Moreno presented hiring and employment trends and the skills and positions most in demand currently at the Los Angeles Financial Executives International (FEI) March meeting. Moreno, managing partner of Vaco Los Angeles, a leading consulting and placement firm specializing in the finance and technology sectors, also offered helpful tips for both job seekers and employers.
Moreno conducted breakout sessions where about 50 chief financial officer and executive attendees developed and shared their own hiring tips. One of the most useful tips shared with attendees is to make sure “your resume shows not just your skills and abilities, but also shows your quantifiable accomplishments and how they impacted the business.”
Here are some of the tips Moreno and the attendees offered for job seekers:
* Identify targeted companies and research them, their market, product lines, competitors, and potential recruiters and hiring managers.
* Use social networking sites to extend a network and communicate with hiring managers. Be careful, however, about what’s posted to online profiles such as on Twitter and Facebook.
* Network effectively in person by joining industry associations, college alumni organizations, and attending meetings and conferences.
* Update your resume with all relevant accomplishments, skills, and software and technology experience and tailor it for each position that you apply to.
* Diversify skills to extend your value to an employer and keep current in skills and technical expertise.
* Engage with leading placement consultants in your specific area and industry to expand your search and partner as your advocate to employers.
* Be energetic, positive, and courteous.
Following are some tips for employers as they seek to effectively recruit and hire for key positions:
* Work closely with human resources and the recruiting team to ensure the job description and requirements are clear and accurate.
* Seek out referrals from employees and former employees.
* Use the Web effectively with a social networking strategy for recruiting using tools such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
* Find a key recruiting and staffing partner who understands your business.
* Join industry associations and personal networks, attend conferences.
* Conduct multiple interviews and strive to really understand the candidate’s career history, goals, and priorities to determine if they would be a good fit.
* Determine if the candidate would be a good fit for the organization culture, not just for the required skill set.
* Use a trial period by making the position contract-to-hire to ensure the right candidate is placed.