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To set the tone for our company in localization recruitment for 2011 I tried to get a feel for the hiring expectations of our clients over the next year. And – wowza – I came across a lot of positive news! Things are looking up for those of us in the language industry for 2011 in the US.

Many sources whispered sweet nothings to our tired little recruiter ears:

The Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011 edited by the US Labor Dept’s Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that language jobs in translation and interpretation will have a ‘faster than average’ job growth trajectory compared to other occupations at a rate of 22% through 2018.

Dice Holdings, the company behind dice.com – a leading tech job board, says “After 10 consecutive months of private sector employment growth, half of employers and recruiters anticipate more professionals will be hired in the first half of 2011 than the previous six months,” based on a survey they did in Dec 2010.

US News.com’s Careers section cited that “Next to healthcare there is no greater opportunity than in technology” in their Best Careers 2011: Technology Jobs article.

Careers on MSNBC cites a survey by CareerCast.com that says “Software Engineering is the Best Job for 2011” due to the increasing need for developing new devices, gadgets and mobile apps.

This week’s Time Magazine (Jan 17, 2011) features a cover story called “Where the Jobs Are” with a strong focus on professional and business services. Further they dedicated a whole section called “Tech Leads the Way” wherein they say: “Among the happiest people around will be those working in the technology sector…” .

And were there is tech development, hot software engineering opportunities and new things being built, there is localization work.

This is music to our ears – Happy 2011!

How a Recruiter Reads Your Resume

By: Denise Spacinsky

I bet you wonder what happens to your resume when you send it into a company or a recruiter. You probably spent more than a few hours pulling it together, checking grammar and making sure it was perfect. And perhaps you struggled some with finding the right format and keeping the information concise and to the point. Once it is sent in I imagine that worry about getting the message across about what you have done, can do and want to do in your next position.

Already this week (and it’s Wednesday) I personally reviewed many 100s of resumes. Things have gotten so busy that all of us are pitching in on candidate reviews. While I was knee deep in the database, I started to contemplate how I screen information. Before I started in recruitment I had no idea what would draw someone’s attention to a resume – one of the first door openers to a new position. Now I know.

I figured I could share that with you and take out some of they mystery about getting your information noticed. I hope these tips help.

(Fair disclaimer – we are all different. The folks on our recruitment team may look at resumes very differently than I do. But here is what I look for, pretty much in this order, below.)

Geographic Location
This is practical – we want to know that you are located where the jobs are. Many clients do offer relocation, but clients often like to see local candidates first for positions.

Contact Information
We have to know how to reach you. And it’s probably best that you create a professional email for your job search. We see things like ‘prettybaby@blahblah.com’ which creates it’s own impression. Further, we will almost always contact you via email first vs. by phone. If you only put a phone number it’s likely you may not get contacted.

My Preferred Format

Title, Company, Length of Service
This is key and should always be in there. Ideally, for length of service you should put month + year – Jan 2007-Dec 2009 reads very differently than 2007-2009. And if you have contracted with companies vs. being a permanent employee, note that too. Contract roles can be shorter term (which is ok) but if we don’t know you had a series of short assignments, we might get the impression that you hop around (or get let go) a lot.

Description: Bullets with Bolded Key Information
We need to see just enough so we can scan quickly and get the information we need. Fast. Like in the first 15-30 seconds.

Listing expertise with languages and tools
This is particularly important for engineering or other technical profiles.

Stuff I really like to see

Participation in associations and conferences; giving speeches or writing papers
It shows you are a leader, you know your stuff and can separate yourself from the crowd.

Big Accomplishments
For example: you saved millions of dollars for a client or brought in billions in business. If we don’t know exactly what you have done it can be difficult to assess your level of experience and expertise. Our clients are very specific about what capabilities they want to see in candidates to fill their business need. If you are vague we can’t make a match very well.

Sample Client List (if you work/ed for an LSP)
This shows us a couple things: 1) what industries you are used to dealing with, 2) what level of complexity and market size you are accustomed to serving.

Important Life Lessons From Bad Credit Loans

Bad credit rating can leave you with very limited funding options. The stress of this situation can manifest when you face a financial emergency and your personal bank takes so long to process your loan only to end up with a smaller amount and higher interest, or worse, rejected. A viable alternative called bad credit loans, can help you fix your financial issues, but they can do more than that.

Here are some reflections on the life lessons bad credit loans can give us.

There’s Always a Way

Banks have been in the mainstream and forefront of the loans and lending industry for so many years now. However, the economic recession taught banks to be more meticulous and selective, leaving behind people with poor credit score seemingly without a choice. But when subprime borrowing and lending was introduced, bad credit loans were also born. Now, you can apply for bad credit loans in private lending companies and be approved for them. Like they say, if the bank was your plan A and you get rejected, there are 25 other letters in the alphabet.

There’s Always an Easier and Faster Way

Apart from qualifying from bad credit loans, you also enjoy additional perks that you don’t with mainstream lenders. Bad credit loans offer fast processing and approval, so you’d know right away if you are qualified and be able to use the money right away. Applying for loans in mainstream lenders simply won’t cut it especially if it’s a matter of financial emergency.

Bad Credit Loans Will Teach You Values of Wisdom and Commitment

If you are serious about your personal finance and you want to improve it through bad credit loans, you acquire additional virtues: wisdom and commitment. For one, you need to be wise about your decision in getting bad credit loans. Ask yourself these: is it the right time? Is it for the right reasons? Am I able to repay? Am I choosing the right lender? You learn to discern your situation and your options.

Since bad credit loans are offered in higher rates than ordinary loans, you also feel more compelled and committed about paying it. You wouldn’t want your bad credit loans to go to senseless expenditures because they can get very expensive, so you learn to commit yourself in resorting to bad credit loans only when absolutely necessary. And because of the price tag it carries, you also feel compelled about timely payments.

Bad Credit Loans Can Help You Fix Your Finances

Loans for people with bad credit may not directly show you these perspectives, but they are subtle reminders that while bad credit loans are fast money fixes, they also come with obligations. As a borrower, if you try to reflect on these virtues, you realize that what you do with your money can have very significant impact in your overall financial standing. Bad credit loans can pull you out of a financial rut, and if you try to establish your personal finance with the mentioned virtues, you become more equipped in making the right and wise decisions in the future.

Easy To Get Bad Credit Loan

Have you ever heard that it is difficult for people that have bad credit to get a loan from a bank? This is not a rumor. This is actually true. Banks are going to look directly at your credit rating when they are assessing whether or not you are a good risk. If you have average, or even less than average credit, it’s not going to happen. This could be for any type of loan including mortgages, refinance loans, and definitely personal loans where you are simply trying to borrow a specific amount of money. If you are having this problem, you can turn to payday loan businesses that will offer you what are called bad credit loans.

What Are Bad Credit Loans?

These are loans that are designed for people that do have bad credit. You might have a bankruptcy on your credit report, leading to an absolutely abysmal credit score. You can also have a problem with making late payments, which may be why you are looking for a short-term loan right now. As long as you are able to make those payments on time, it will not affect your credit rating adversely, and this is a very easy way to get things back to normal. You can easily qualify for one of these by working with a company that offers payday loans. You do need to find one that will not only be easy to work with, but allow you to borrow the amount that you need to keep everything current.

How Do You Choose The Right Payday Loan Companies?

It is possible to choose a payday loan business very quickly. They are advertising online, and can also be found in the local listings and organic listings. This information will lead you to several different companies, some of which have been reviewed by websites on the web that specialize in looking at both local and national companies. The one that has the best reviews, along with testimonials from customers that may have used their services recently, will lead you to choosing the best one that is available, that will allow you to borrow the amount that you need at an affordable interest rate.

Paying off the loan is the final step of this process. This will be done with your next paycheck. When you request your loan, always borrow less than you will receive from your company. That paycheck is basically your ticket into getting one of these loans as it serves as a form of collateral. Since they know that it’s coming in, they will schedule the payoff date after you have received your deposit, allowing you to get access to these bad credit loans without any problems like you would experience at a regular bank. Just remember to submit a couple different applications if you are unsure of which one will work best with you. This will give you a chance to pick and choose from the offers that are made available, helping you to save money and get the amount that you need.

Bad Credit Loans

When you need money quickly and don’t have time to wait around to get the money, you can use bad credit loans to get the money fast. These loans don’t require a credit check and you usually get the money the next day. You can’t get faster results even when you use a conventional lender.

Of course, if your credit is bad, you aren’t going to get a loan from a conventional lender and you are going to need to use bad credit lenders to get your loan. They are likely to be your only lending option. Bad credit loans are just like conventional loans only you don’t have to go through a credit check and the interest rate is usually higher.

The interest rate often puts people off, but you can get around it somewhat by paying off as much of the loan as you can so you don’t have to pay all those interest payments. Some people choose to drag out the payments and this is a terrible idea because the interest rate is high and you have to make those interest payments every month. It is much better to pay the loan off as fast as you can so you don’t have to pay all that interest.

You can apply for your loan online and there isn’t much to the form. You can fill it out in a minute or two and get your answer fast. Then you just have to wait a day or so to get your money. Applying for these loans is so easy and when you need the money quickly for an emergency, they are really the best option. You will never have to wait days to hear back from the lender when you take advantage of these loans. You won’t find a better loan when you have bad credit.

You can also save money by spending some time comparing the rates the different lenders have to offer. Some lenders are going to offer better rates than others and you want to go with the lender that is going to offer you the best rate. Taking the time to shop around for lenders can really save you some money and make the process of finding good bad credit loans much easier. When you need a loan and your credit is bad, turn to bad credit loans.