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.)
Job Titles/Positions Held
I don’t know why, but I always look for this first. If we are looking for a Senior Localization Project Manager – I’ll want to see that same (or similar) title appears on your resume. I know there is a trend to use wacky titles. That’s fine, as long as the equivalent ‘real’ title appears on the resume. So if you were “Secret Weapon” on your business card, please also tell us that that means that you were “Lead Localization Engineer” as well.
Sometimes we see ‘confidential company’ on resumes – but this doesn’t help us very much. It’s much more powerful to put the real employer names on the resume, and preferably a brief description of the company, their products and services and how large they are. That helps particularly when a company name is not immediately recognizable.
Key Accomplishments (preferably quantifiable and bolded)
This is so important – I want to be able to see right away from scanning a resume what you have done in each position. If you managed 425 localization projects in 83 languages – let us know. If you brought in $5M over quota – let us know.
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.
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 ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ 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.
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.
Resumes that Read Like Novels
If we can’t see clearly what you have done at the first glance, we’ll move on.
Resumes that Don’t Say Anything
Need I say more?
What I mean here is information like ‘I’m a team player’ and ‘I have great communication skills’. That’s all terrific, but not really important when we are looking at a profile. I’ve seen resumes full of stuff just like this and not much more.
Humor or Goofy Tidbits
We like humor as much as anyone, but you will want to save that to share with your coworkers – once you have the job.
Poorly Formatted Information
If your resume is sloppy it gives the impression that you might be careless or not serious.
Know Your Strengths as you Navigate Your Career
By Denise Spacinsky
In the language industry many of us have common passions – language, culture, travel and a kind of multiculti view of the world. Luckily we have been able to find a practical application for our interests through jobs in translation, localization and related businesses.
There are paths for us to take in our career development. They range from a myriad of specialist positions that focus on linguistics or engineering, to business-oriented roles in project management, operations, strategic planning, sales and executive leadership.
It is a big enough field to spend your career – a $15-17B industry from the last estimate I saw from Common Sense Advisory. But have you considered what you really want to be doing, and maybe (more importantly?) what you should be doing?
As a primer for our next entry on Localization Career Paths (check back next week) I wanted to promote the idea of developing a strong self awareness in your career planning.
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.