If you’re actively job seeking, it’s important to know what internal recruiters might be looking for when considering potential hires for their teams. Brooke Stemen, Director of Talent Acquisition at Green Key, has years of experience scouring LinkedIn profiles and resumes for potential candidates. She elaborates on the key elements, or “green flags,” she finds necessary for recruiting candidates to exhibit when applying for internal roles.

LinkedIn Green Flags

On LinkedIn, there is a feature within your profile where you can check off that you are “open to work.” Brooke emphasizes using this button with cause significantly more recruiters to reach out you, as it will immediately notify recruiters that you are either actively job hunting or open to conversations about new opportunities.

Recruiters also pay strong attention to your current job title and description. Stemen explains, “Your job description needs to be specific and quantifiable. This is your brag box. Share your production GM/weekly spread and skillsets you support.” By having these details in your profiles internal recruiters can more efficiently identify strong recruiting talent and are more likely to reach out to you regarding opportunities!  

Brooke also reiterates the importance of LinkedIn connections, especially within the staffing industry. “I always look at the number of connections a candidate has and how they interact with people on the platform,” she says. “As recruiters, we are professional networkers and LinkedIn is one of our most prevalent tools. I want to see how potential hires utilize the tool. Depending on your industry, building a large community of connections is crucial. Recruiters take this into account when reviewing your profile.”

Resume Green Flags

Your resume is just as important as your LinkedIn profile. In fact, Brooke reminds us that your resume and LinkedIn should match each other. “Both should be up to date and be full of the same information,” she adds.

Your resume is a perfect place to emphasize your accomplishments and highlight your talents. However, be sure to remain specific. “Avoid generic verbiage. For example, instead of putting ‘utilizes sourcing tools,’ list out the tools you’re familiar with using,” Brooke says. “When I receive a resume with nothing but broad language, it doesn’t give me an idea to who this candidate really is or how their experience will add to the team.”

Brooke suggests including production numbers and important projects you may have accomplished in previous roles. “Get specific with the numbers and results of production,” she stresses. “Your resume should be a true reflection of your performance and how you can use that successfully in a new opportunity.”

Contact Green Key

If you are currently job seeking, or simply open to new work, don’t hesitate to connect with Brooke on LinkedIn or browse our open jobs. The talented recruiters at Green Key are here to help you through the journey or applications and interviews, as well as the prep work it takes to perfect your profiles and resumes. Connect with us today!

Feb 23, 2024

Mastering Task Prioritization for Stress Reduction

Amid the hustle and bustle of modern life, juggling numerous tasks and responsibilities have become a common challenge for many. Whether it’s meeting deadlines at work, managing household chores, or finding time for personal endeavors, the pressure to accomplish everything can quickly become overwhelming. However, amidst this whirlwind, there is a strategy that can alleviate stress and bring clarity to chaos: task prioritization.

In this article, we’ll explore ways to master the art of prioritization and minimize stress starting with the five ways LinkedIn has offered.

1. “Get clear on your goals.”

Most talent professionals outline their yearly goals in annual performance reviews. If you haven’t done this already, it’s a good idea to do it now. To prioritize effectively, you need a clear idea of what you’d like to accomplish over the next year…”

2. “Write down all of your tasks.”

This should include daily tasks, weekly tasks, monthly or quarterly tasks, as well as personal tasks. This will help give you a clear idea of what you need to fit in each day. 

3. “Choose a prioritization technique that works for you.”

According to LinkedIn, “This leads us to the burning question: Which tasks should you tackle first?

Turns out, the business world offers a dizzying number of prioritization techniques. Here are a few of the most common: 

  • Eat the Frog Method: This one gets its name from a quote attributed to Mark Twain, “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning.” In other words, complete your most challenging and important tasks first…
  • ABCDE Method: The ABCDE Method was popularized by Brian Tracy in his book, Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less. In this method, you create five categories and assign each task on your list to a category.
  • A tasks are the things you must do
  • B tasks are things you should do
  • C tasks are nice-to-dos
  • D tasks are tasks you should delegate to someone else
  • E tasks are tasks you should eliminate 
  • The matrix involves organizing tasks into four quadrants, based on whether they are: important, urgent, important and urgent, or neither. The “important and urgent” tasks need to be completed immediately. The “important but not urgent” tasks need to be completed but not now. “Not important but urgent” tasks can be delegated. And the last group of tasks — “not urgent and not important” — can be eliminated.”  

4. “Focus on one task at a time”

 “In this age of distraction, it can feel nearly impossible to focus on just one task. But if you want to be a deft prioritizer, this is a skill that’s crucial to master.”

“The Cleveland Clinic has found that only about 2.5% of people can multitask effectively. For the remaining 97.5% — which is to say, most of us — trying to do too much at once results in poor quality work.”

Some tasks may be quick and easy to accomplish, while others may require more time and effort. Allocate your time wisely to ensure maximum productivity.

5. “Learn how to say “no” 

It’s ok to decline additional tasks or responsibilities if you’re already stretched thin. Saying no can help you avoid spreading yourself too thin and maintain focus on your top priorities.

6. Practice self-care

Lastly, don’t forget to take care of yourself. Prioritizing tasks is important, but so is taking breaks, getting enough sleep, and engaging in activities that rejuvenate you. Remember that your well-being is essential for maintaining productivity and managing stress effectively.

In conclusion, prioritizing tasks is a valuable skill that can help reduce stress and increase productivity. By identifying and focusing on what truly matters, you can make meaningful progress towards your goals while maintaining a healthy work life balance. So, take a deep breath, prioritize your tasks, and tackle them one step at a time. Your future self will thank you for it.

Jun 6, 2023

How the World of Work Is Changing

“The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed employment,” declares this year’s Labor Day Report from Littler Mendelson, one of the largest employment law firms in the world.

“The challenges employees and employers continue to face this Labor Day are enormous and unprecedented. Even when the coronavirus is finally behind us, many of these challenges will remain,” says the report, released on Labor Day.

In five, to-the-point parts the report lays out the current employment situation, explores the changes the pandemic has forced upon the world of work, details the legal complexities and examines federal and state efforts to cope with the crisis.

Business leaders and human resource professionals will find the legal section especially useful. There, the report authors discuss the COVID-inspired lawsuits with a focus on employment issues. The report examines wage and hour cases, layoffs, ADA discrimination, safety and health and similar matters.

In its provocative fifth section, the report attempts to predict what lies ahead, admittedly, says the report, “a fool’s errand.” Nevertheless, it highlights “certain factors and variables” the team of writers suggest will influence the US recovery and put a stamp on the durability of the employment changes COVID-19 has compelled.

Consequently, most of the predictions are really directional signposts, things to watch, rather than outright forecasts. Indeed over half the 10 entries discuss the various surveys and metrics to monitor in order to better judge the direction of the economy and the mood of consumers.

For example, to judge the health of the nation’s small businesses, which the report says is a “bellwether for the economy as a whole,” watch the Census Bureau’s Small Business Pulse Survey.

“The survey asks 20 key questions worth monitoring, including whether small businesses permanently or temporarily closed a location, are operating at the same capacity relative to one year ago, are receiving federal financial assistance, or have changed their operations in other ways.

“How these responses trend over the coming weeks could be informative,” advises the report.

Among the 10 entries in the section are three hints about the future of work:

  • The gig economy – “independent contractor work” the report calls it – will expand, helping to replace jobs that have permanently disappeared. “Because the economic recovery will be long and protracted, individuals will need to look to other avenues find work,” says the report.
  • Online shopping has expanded so much that it may have accelerated the closure of physical stores. In addition, “crowd avoidance may influence the number of people who plan to attend concerts and theaters, take public transportation, or travel when the pandemic subsides.”
  • “A safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine will go a long way to revitalizing jobs that require close personal contact, and boosting consumer confidence.”

The report concludes saying, “The challenges of the past six months have tested the resolve and resiliency of the U.S. population and economy. How businesses fare in the next six months may indicate how long these current struggles will last.”

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