Nov 092012

Did you know that if you have certain email addresses you can appear outdated? It’s true.

Certain email addresses can be viewed by the general population as an indicator that you are out of touch. Fair or not, it is a reality. And this information is particular important to be aware of when on job search.

Emails that end in ““, ““, ““, “” and many others from the advent of email can very quickly get you discarded as a candidate. Often I hear people say things like:

  • “This person is clearly out of touch.”
  • “Who still uses this email?”
  • “Clearly this person isn’t in touch with today’s world.”

Discrimination is not only limited to the traditional categories of racism, ageism and sexism. Call it “emailism” if you wish but what ever label you put on it, if you are on job search and using one of these kinds of emails you could be jeopardizing your possibilities of getting a job.

Our recommendation is to get an email address that is more “in touch” with today’s world. Consider using gmail, yahoo (yes it is one of the originals but has maintained relevancy for whatever reason) or even get an email that is personalized. Don’t ruin your chances at an interview due to an incorrect but very real perception from employers and recruiters based on your email address!

Aug 182012

We recently came across an article on Mashable about LinkedIn and resumes that we thought we should share. You can find the whole article here, written by Gerrit Hall.

Gerrit identified a few things that are typically on a person’s LinkedIn profile that should not be included in the resume. Although we agree with some of this recommendations, we have a few of ideas that conflict. Below find a recap of his article and our thoughts on Gerrit’s take.

1. Listing all of your jobs

Many people list their entire work history on LinkedIn from graduation to present. Gerrit recommends that on the resume not all positions should be listed on the resume. Specifically he says:

“That job you held in high school is likely not applicable to your career path five years post-graduation, so don’t include it on your resume. The jobs you display on your resume should be relevant to the position you’re applying for, so show potential employers your pertinent accomplishments and results at each position in the bullet points.”

GigSpire’s Take: Although we agree that each experience should point to the job a person is seeking, excluding experience can create gaps in activity that will need to be explained in an interview. Our take is to list your experience on your resume and help the people reading your resume understand the timeline of your professional experience. For positions that are not relevant to the job you are pursuing, avoid putting bullets discussing the tasks of the job. Simply identify the employer, your title and the timeline associated with the employment experience.

2. Publications

LinkedIn profiles allow the user to list any publications that a person has been involved in producing. Gerrit’s thoughts are to keep these off your resume and use the LinkedIn profile as a point of reference to provide the employer should they be interested in reviewing them.

GigSpire’s Take: Although we agree that a listing of publications does not need to be present on the resume in all cases, pertinent ones relating to a person’s job search should be notated in an Activities and Accomplishments section. For example if a person had been published on a topic such as Education and they are seeking a teaching position, this is a good bullet point to include. On the flip side if a person has written a fiction book and he or she is attempting to get a job in a field other than writing or publishing then this accomplishment may not be relevant to include on the resume.

Have your publications listed in a separate document or contained in a portfolio that you can hand a potential employer if requested. Referring a curious interviewer to a LinkedIn profile and asking them to follow the links is one more step in the process and unnecessary. Provide requested materials in as easy a format to access as possible. The more steps you make someone go through to get information, the less likely they are to go through the steps.

3. Recommendations

Recommendations on LinkedIn act in much the same way as a “mini” professional reference. We strongly recommend asking former colleagues and managers a person to to write up something positive to be included on a LinkedIn profile. Gerrit recommends to not include these on the resume.

GigSpire’s Take: Gerrit is right on in his recommendations. References are important but not for the resume. Even the line “References available upon request” is a waste of space on the resume. Think about it, if you want my job and I want your references in all likelihood you will provide them.

LinkedIn recommendations are very limited in what they can provide an employer. Most recommendations on LinkedIn are short, provide no contact information to follow up with the person making the recommendation and can be written by almost anyone. They are a great “starter” towards someone speaking highly of a candidate’s performance at work but nothing replaces an actual conversation.

References should be gathered and prepared ahead of time, prior to interviewing. Have your reference list available if requested but make no mention of them until the interviewer requests them.

4. Interests

LinkedIn also gives the user a place to include personal interests on a profile. Gerrit’s take is to avoid mentioning interests on the resume entirely.

GigSpire’s Take: Once again we believe that Gerrit is offering good advice but there are a few times when we would recommend going against his suggestion in this case.

Should a person be involved in an activity that is a demand on his or her time and may conflict his or her work availability, it should be in the Activities & Accomplishments section of the resume. The reason is it must be discussed during the interview. Here is an example.

If Jane is the Den Mother for her son’s Cub Scout troop and they meet every Thursday from 6-9 PM, Jane is not available to work during those times. Depending on the job, her lack of availability at for that time period could be a “dealbreaker” and should be discussed prior to any hiring decision or offer acceptance. Including such an activity on the resume in the appropriate section creates a talking point during the interview.

5. Birthday

LinkedIn allows the user to list her or his birthday and Gerrit recommends against listing a birthdate on the resume.

GigSpire’s Take: We 100% agree.

Remember that what you represent on your LinkedIn profile should be as close to your resume as possible, especially when you are on job search.

Aug 162012

In today’s world of connectivity there is no doubt that social media has taken the world by storm. Millions of people are interacting with others via social media every minute of the day. And social media is only growing stronger.

Social media is also a dominant force in today’s recruiting world. According to recent surveys, over 50% of all recruiters use social media in their work everyday. Many recruiters have made the switch to social media entirely…

So what does that mean to you?

If you have been resistant to join the social media revolution, many recruiters will never find you when searching for candidates.

So which social media website do you join? There are dozens to choose from and there are more variations to the concept being developed everyday. Here is an idea to help you choose which social media platform might be best for you.

Recently I was introduced to a fascinating website The Conversation Prism. The people who run this website regularly publish a listing of the various social media platforms, categorizing them in many helpful ways. I found The Conversation Prism to be a very helpful tool and one I would recommend you check out.

Now keep in mind that you can’t be everywhere and I do not recommend you rush out and join every social media website out there. In order to be effective on a social media platform you have to be involved in using the tool and we only have so much time in our day.

I recommend exploring a few of these and find some that you like.

Get involved in social media, if you don’t you are going to find yourself behind the times. You must become proficient in the ways of today’s society.

How many jobs are out there for a typewriter repair person these days?



Aug 092012

If you are a Facebook user you may already know there are apps available to you that can help with your job search. If you are one of those people who haven’t checked out apps before, there are a few that are very powerful and gaining momentum.

If you are not a Facebook user, we strongly suggest that you create an account right away and begin building a network. If you are concerned about people being able to find you, realize that is the whole point. If you are concerned about security, there are settings you can and should use. The power of Facebook is amazing and there are a number of opportunities that are missed because people are wary of using Facebook. Don’t be that person.


The Facebook Marketplace is an app that is a community based marketplace, similar to a Craig’s List, that allows for all sorts of interactions. The key difference here is that you are able to see connections your friends may have to opportunities, things being sold, for rent or wanted.

Marketplace also has a jobs section and often there are positions available in your area. Just like in Craig’s List not all of them will fit your needs but it is another resource to use in your job search. There is a good write up by Allison Doyle on using Marketplace for job search on that can be found here. I recommend you check it out as she has some good advice on using this tool.


The BranchOut app is Facebook’s answer to LinkedIn. The app is committed to finding jobs, professional networking and recruiting perspective employees. The interface is fairly easy to use and you can even import your resume. The same concept applies here, you are able to see what companies and possible positions your friends are connected to, making an introduction to the opportunity easier.

These are just the two most popular apps on the Facebook platform that job seekers should become aware of and perhaps even use to find a job.

Jul 032012

In our ongoing series of Job Search Tips we discuss emails, or more specifically your email address on the job search. Enjoy the read!

Many people fail to think about the importance of email addresses when they search for a job. Although you may not think about it, I can promise that hiring authorities do!

I got my first email address many years ago when I was studying to be a chef. My first email was a reflection of that passion, incorporating the word “chef” in a unique way that reflected my personality. This kind of thing is common and part of the great diversity of the Internet world. Your email can be just about anything…just think twice about using a personalized or stylish email address on the job hunt. Get an email address that is as close to your name as possible!

Believe it or not, recruiting professionals love to pass around resumes that have these kinds of personalized email addresses. Things like “hotmama42” or “iruntobefit” or “sallythequeen” are nothing but a joke to these people. We will often laugh at the ignorance of job seekers who send a resume with such an email address…right before we discard the candidate from consideration.

You see, if you are not aware of how poorly this makes you appear as a candidate, your awareness may not be at the level needed to make the recruiter look good in the eyes of his or her boss. We want top tier candidates to make us look good.

Be smart and get your name as an email address. Use it only for job search if you like. Believe me, it makes a difference.