Job Seeker Blog
When you submit your HR/payroll resume online, a real person will look at it… right? I mean surely, after you take the time to answer the questions, submit a personal cover letter, etc. the organization will take at least some time to review your qualifications for their HR or payroll position… correct? Not necessarily as more and more companies are using applicant-tracking systems (ATS) to automatically sort through online applications.
You may have heard in the past that hiring managers make a decision within ten minutes on a candidate. This came from a 2012 study where hiring executives were asked, “How long does it typically take you to form either a positive or negative opinion of a job candidate during an initial interview?” The median response was ten minutes. In other words, you have just ten measly minutes to make an impression to keep you in the running for the HR or payroll position you covet.
What do you do with your ten minutes? Start from the minute you walk through the door by being enthusiastic, upbeat, and projecting confidence but be careful, the line between confidence and arrogance is a thin one. The opening minutes of your interview will set the tone, so make sure you are ready, not rehearsed, to answer the typical opening interview questions.
Question: Why are you here today?
Be ready to tell the hiring manager for your HR or payroll interview why you are looking and why their open position appeals to you. What makes the company one you would like to work for? What makes the HR/payroll position a unique fit to your specific skillset? And of course, be ready to answer why are looking. With each answer, make sure you’re addressing the question and job description while remaining upbeat and positive.
It’s the time of year when people start crafting their New Year’s resolutions based upon what is important to them. If you’re thinking about improving your overall happiness, perhaps it’s a great time to start looking for a new job. Workplace happiness plays a big part on your overall health and happiness. It makes no sense to stay in a position that is draining your when there are great opportunities out there. And there are, many HR and payroll positions waiting for the right candidate.
While many will revel in holiday parties and thinking business isn’t going to happen in December, you can be out there applying, interviewing, and negotiating offers.
- The Economy
A few years ago companies were able to keep people in positions that made them unhappy by saying how lucky the employee should feel just to have a job. That’s no longer the case. In November, the U.S. economy added 211,000 jobs. And yes, many are HR and payroll jobs. This means that you don’t have to settle. You deserve a career at a company you enjoy working for. As the economy improves companies are also looking to invest in new technology (including HR systems) and are adding back positions that may have been consolidated a few years back.
Finding a job is rarely easy. But if you are looking for an HR or payroll position, make sure you don’t make it harder on yourself than in already is.
Often we are approached by great HR and/or payroll candidates that are gaining little to no traction with their search. We are always here to help and often match awesome candidates with great jobs. But whether you look for us in your HR or payroll search or not… make sure you avoid these common mistakes.
The weather may not be indicative of the fact, but spring is here – so let’s get down to cleaning up your resume, including what you should remove from your resume. A separate blog article will cover what needs to be included.
In terms of what you should remove from your HR/payroll resume to land a job, consider ditching the following:
Congratulations – you’ve sent your resume, achieved a first, second, and maybe even third interview and you’ve gotten a job offer.
So the tables are turned – to quote George Costanza, you now have “hand” in this relationship. With an offer, before you have accepted, now is the time to smartly negotiate.
Let’s face it – careers have ups, downs, and steady points. Sometimes a steady job can become a plateau we are comfortable with or worst case, a rut. If you are in the same position for several years are you growing? And are you comfortable or complacent?
If your desire is to keep moving up in your career, the first step in getting back on track is understanding where you are currently. Have you outgrown your position? Are you still challenged? Do you have a career or just a job you could do (and sometimes actually do) in your sleep?
If you come to the conclusion that you are merely off track, stuck, etc. we need to find ways to get back in the game. But why aren’t you always looking for ways to grow? Here are a few common reasons that payroll and HR professionals find themselves stuck – and some things to do about them.
We see lots of payroll and HR resumes at Willory, literally all types of candidates with a variety of backgrounds. Occasionally, we will come across the resume of a “job jumper,” someone whose entire career is built on a series of short stays. This of course can be a red flag for a HR and payroll recruiter, let alone a potential employer.
However, not all short stays at a position are created equal. Consider Stacey (name changed to protect the innocent)… Stacey started a job six months ago and approached Willory to help her find a new HR position. But she has anxiety over being seen as a job jumper after such a short stay with her current employer.
Job competition is tough. There is an incredibly competitive pool of candidates for any job, from Payroll Director to Benefits Manager. While Willory can help, there are some things that …