I own my resume! Rigth?

The question might seem a bit strange and I can already hear you say: “me of course!”

But not so in Recruiterland

An entire multi-billion dollar industry has been built on the trade in résumés. Companies who work with third-party recruitment agencies to attract new employees, pay these agencies the so-called “finder’s fee” for each successful hire. Fees range from 15 up to 30% of a yearly salary (and in some cases even more). In case of a successful hire, the agency that first introduced the candidate to the company will be entitled to the commission. This is how the battle over résumés began and the reason why there are so many recruitment agencies today; it’s big business.

There is a lot of money to be earned with résumés and it’s a very competitive market so if you have been wondering why certain agencies are kind of aggressive in their approach and are trying to pressure you to accept job offers, this is the reason why. Don’t be fooled and make sure you stay in control of your own résumé and be picky about who you trust.

One might question the added value of intermediate agencies anyhow. Examples like Amazon, Uber, Airbnb and many others have shown that there are different ways. And to be honest, imagine what the effects on an organization could be if instead of having to spend all this money on fees for recruitment agencies, companies could spend it on training and development plans for employees. Wouldn’t that be a better investment?

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But who can you trust? You can ask yourself a couple of questions:

  1. Are they transparent?
  2. Do they give you the company name and a precise job description? If they don’t, it’s because they are afraid that you apply directly to the company and in that case, they would miss out on the commission in case the company would hire you.
  3. Do they show interest in you when you describe to them what it is that you are looking for or are they just trying to sell you a job in for example sales because that is what you have always done before?
    If they don’t listen to what you have to say, they only care about getting you into another sales function because that is where there will be the highest chance of a match, meaning, yes, commission.
  4. What’s in it for you?
    If you decide to send them your résumé, what will they do for you? What is the service that you will receive from them?
  5. Are they making salary suggestions to you that sound a bit over the top to you?
    Again, think about the 15-30% of the yearly salary that they will get when they succeed in getting you to sign a contract.

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At BrightOwl we ensure you that you are still in charge of your résumé. Check this out!

  1. We provide a transparent platform, where companies can look for you for you, the Expert, and where you, can browse through jobs. Companies can browse through your blinded profiles. A blinded profile includes all the information you fill out on you profile EXCEPT: your name, profile picture, and current/previous employer.
  2. If you look for a job on our platform you will always see the precise job description and company name. When you open a full job description, you get redirected to the company’s website.
  3. We have an online platform that looks for the best match with your profile. You can also add a few keywords to narrow down your search.
  4. When you are interested in a job, you can like/favorite it. When a company also shows interest in your profile, they can send you a contact request. Only when you accept their invitation, your contact details will be shared and further steps can be taken.
  5. Our tool is a third party, that connects Experts and companies in life science all over the world. We don’t have any interference in salary negotiations. Our job is to match you with the job, you are looking for. And a company with the Expert they are looking for.

RECRUITMENT CHALLENGES IN 2018

People change. This is 1 fact we are certain of. When people change, their interests, values and ideas change with them. They reinvent and reformulate their values and goals. And this affects the recruitment market.

 

The first challenge we see is that people, who are looking for a job, have more power. And they are well aware. The ones, that have a new employer a lot to offer, have high salary expectations right from the start.
Skilled people looking for a job are like single women. They want to be ‘hunted’. They want a guy to put in an effort for them. For job searchers, it’s the same idea. They often have several interested parties, that want to hire them. So, they play them out against each other. And the highest bidder wins.

 

On the other hand, we lack really skilled people. Although technically skilled people. Introducing the second trend. These days it’s harder to find the right match. Just like people, technology evolves and right now… The business is BOOMING more than ever.
Companies need to focus internally. They need to start educating and investing in their own staff instead of firing them when they become unqualified. Because firing costs money and then they need to find a new employee, where they have to invest in any way. So why go through the trouble of finding a new employee while you can invest in a talent of your own.

 

Third challenge: be attractive! People are spoiled. People expect more from everything. Their coffees need to be the bigger the better, accompanied by a (preferably) a homemade piece of cake. When they go to the supermarket, they expect there to be tasters. Your challenge as a recruiter is to surprise them with something. If you don’t, they won’t be interested in you or the company that you are representing.

 

Challenge 4: be visible! People need to know you are hiring. The traditional hiring process is dying. If you want to be noticed, make sure you are visible to your audience at least once a day. What does your audience check every day? SOCIAL MEDIA. This is quite new to everybody but crucial. The challenge is to shift your focus to social media channels and to get noticed in the billions of posts.

 

And last, but not least. The fifth challenge: the job title ‘Recruiter’ is changing. A recruiter this day also has to be a marketer and a product manager. It is your job to make a vacancy attractive and to make it personal.

 

So, let’s sum up the challenges one last time. The traditional recruiting system is dying. Shift your focus and bring your A game! Be different by surprising your audience and keep it personal.

Privacy Control in Digital Job Search

Since the early age of digital job search, the biggest concern of job seekers was the privacy of confidential data. Although the advanced privacy control options have been introduced over the passage of time ,somehow it still remains questionable?

Not every Job website is trustworthy. There are job sites which are not for real jobs listing but aimed to collect personal information. Such spam websites can sell profiles data, misuse them or make it public. Be picky where you are posting a resume. It’s not merely random content; it’s your work profile, your unique identity.

 

 

As far as professional ethics are concerned, privacy should be the first priority of every jobs website. Unfortunately, digital job search comes with risks. All you can do is, be very careful, where, how and under what privacy control you are posting your resume.

Here are few tips on how to control and secure your resume from spammers and identity thieves.

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Job Search Issues

Are you unemployed and looking for a job? Ever wondered why it’s so hard to get a job? Although we see there are so many openings every single day. Still, we can’t find the one that matches our skills. Do you get a feeling like your resumes are just going in to trash without being read? These are the questions a job seeker goes through. This is the disappointment phase when you get no response despite applying to several jobs for weeks. Millions of people around the globe are struggling for a job right at the moment.

 

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Resume ! Mistakes To Avoid

The resume is the first impression. The Chances of successful job hunt can be increased by avoiding these resume mistakes. Always do proofreading of your resume, use a professional email address. Never lie about your experience.Putting up a photo on a resume is not a professional approach. You can always give a link to LinkedIn. Keep your resume updated with the latest work and experience. Make your resume to showcase your skills in the best possible way.

 

Career Websites – 4 Must-Have Features

 

Career Websites are undoubtedly the Future of Recruitment. Adopt the four most appealing factors to stand out among others.

  1. Attract
  2. Engage
  3. Convince
  4. Convert

 

Job Dating @BrightOwl

Have you heard about it yet? The new way of applying? It is called Job Dating. Kind of like speed dating, but in a professional environment. In this article, we will explain you the new trend. If you want to be ready for your next application, this is a boat you can’t miss!

What is ‘Job Dating’?

According to the dictionary: “A short encounter between employer and employee through the model of speed dating.”

But how does it really work? Well, employers and employees register on an online platform, where they create a profile. For employees, it is important to show your interests and make yourself a true ‘catch’ for your future employer.

When both parties are interested, you’ll have achieved a match! From this moment you can contact each other for further information.

Why should you ‘Job Date ‘at BrightOwl?

At BrightOwl we stand for transparency, honesty and your interests. Our online platform is a digital matchmaker with a personal touch. (https://brightowl.pro/)

We work with blinded profiles to create a fair chance for all our members. Experts can browse through vacancies while liking, disliking and favoriting the ones they are interested in. Companies on the other hand can browse through our Expert profiles using a few filters like languages, location, education, international travel, skills, … So as an expert is important to fully complete your profile.

We make your search personal by offering an objective overview based on your profile. The overview you get is arranged by the information you give us. We listen to you and what you want!

Suddenly, there appears a smile on your face. Why? You received a message saying you have a match! Confirm it and your personal data will be exchanged. From this point, the company will contact you for further arrangements.

Choose for transparency and fairness, because that is what we give you at BrightOwl!

Don’t hesitate and come find us at https://brightowl.pro/!

Interview Tips That Will Get You the Job

Got an Interview call? Great! It can be a game changer opportunity knocked at your door. Probably the one you have been waiting for long. The bottom line is how to make the most out of it? You certainly don’t want to lose the career-making opportunity.  There is a saying “Your life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” So “YOU” are the only person in charge to utilize the opportunity.

The decision of successful/unsuccessful job interview depends on your performance. There are certain factors which count during an interview. Anyone getting prepared for interview must have to focus on interview tips.

Here are few most appealing interview factors you can’t afford to neglect in your career.

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Top Recruitment Trends 2018

As the year 2017 draws to an end, let’s wind up the achievements and failures of this year and look forward to what 2018 holds for the recruitment industry. With the beginning of every year, come new hopes and predictions.  Regardless of the industry every individual associate thrill and excitement as December approaches to an end.  How will this New Year affect recruitment trends? What factor will be the main priorities in recruitment industry? What new techniques will be introduced to enhance candidate’s experience? How the new trends influence talent acquisition? Let’s take a sneak peak.

AI will Rule the Industry

The recruitment industry has already realized the importance of Artificial Intelligence and how the utilization can ease the work. 2018 will bring a drastic shift from general to the specialized application based on AI. The specific application for screening, sourcing, and filtering will be introduced.  AI will dominate the industry by integrating into recruiting software widely.

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Top 10 Job Search Websites

The Role of Job Search Websites

Job search is probably the first step after graduating and accomplishing the professional degree. Career building is a crucial and long journey with a lot of hurdles to overcome. Jobs websites have certainly played a remarkable role in opening the opportunities to the candidates. These websites have developed exposure and professional knowledge among the fresh candidates in the field. It has become more like professional knowledge hub than just a website. These websites have been playing their part in creating awareness about career paths and tips to step into professional life.

Performance and Accuracy

Job Search Engines had never been as important in recruitment industry as it has become now since 2014 when the evolution of jobs websites had emerged. There are literally thousands of jobs websites on the internet. All of them are doing their part for the recruitment industry. The functional procedure of all the jobs websites is same, based on filters for the job type, location, experience, salary, and industry. But few stand out for their functionality, performance, accuracy of the filtered results and trust level for the privacy of data. These websites have become a vital part of the career building.

Job Boards Vs Job Search Engines

Some websites are job boards like Monster, Dice but some websites are contributing more than just a job board. They are more like Job Search Engine which allows you to search for job resources and let you meet different opportunities from top companies.

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