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Chronological Resumes

The chronological resume begins with a list of the job applicant’s previous work history. This list of jobs appears in reverse chronological order, with the most recent job listed first. The strength
of this type of resume is that it showcases the depth and breadth of the work history for a prospective employer. A chronological resume is a popular choice for a job seeker with a solid, dependable job history.

Functional Resumes

The functional resume emphasizes particular job skills and experience rather than job history. The functional resume is popular with job seekers who have gaps in their work history or have a varied and erratic work history. It is also a good choice for recent college graduates who may not have much job experience, and have skills from experiences other than gainful employment.

Key Differences

At first glance, the chronological and functional resumes look very similar. Both types are about the same length — no more than a page or two — and are broken down into sections with subheadings. Unlike the chronological resume, the functional resume lists work history in order of importance rather than chronologically, and does not require the job seeker to list the dates for the listed jobs. Another key difference is that in a functional resume, the work history appears near the end of the resume rather than at the beginning.

Beat the Glance

Whether you create a chronological or a functional resume, know this: most employers spend 20 second or less scanning your resume and cover letter for the first time. In those few seconds, you need to clearly demonstrate how your skills, experience, education, and characteristics match what they are looking for. 20 seconds isn’t long to make that kind of impression.

Written By: Amber Cutshaw

 

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… Otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” ~Buddha

This quote may seem cheesy to some and overlooked by others, but to truly live our best life we must take care of our body and minds. I have heard so many people say, “I didn’t know I felt bad until I felt great.” It is easy to get ourselves to believe we are fine the way things are, that we don’t have time for exercise, or that we don’t have the money to eat healthy. All excuses I guarantee we have probably all said once in our lives.

Prioritize Health

One of the best pieces of insight I was ever given was that, “Time is an illusion.” We find time for the priorities we set and say we don’t have time for the rest. Don’t get me wrong, we definitely don’t have time for everything and we do have to pick priorities, but don’t you think running at 100% should be a priority? Getting the most and best out of ourselves should not be negotiable. Looking at it from a business perspective, getting the most and best out of your employees should not be negotiable either. We could all be moving towards the same goal of health and it could result in multiple different outcomes from an increase production, an increase in profits, an increase in energy, a decrease in sick days, and so much more. If we personally run at our best we can serve our companies better, serve our families better, and serve ourselves better!

Invest in Health

There are so many negatives that go along with not investing in our health and our employee’s health. We are seeing decreases in production per employee, employees taking more time off, and health care costs going up. Stress related illness is one of the leading causes of employees missing work and/or being unproductive. Studies have shown that, “Stress-related absences cost employers about $3.5 billion each year.” Research proves if we take care of ourselves physically – mental health will follow. Finding ways to promote a healthy lifestyle for your employees will increase morale, increase production, and save you money in the long run.

What We’ve Done

At Barracuda we take health and wellness very seriously. Some of the things we have incorporated our stand up desks, exercise balls instead of office chairs, weekly wellness emails, exercise challenges, and meditation months. We try to balance mental health, physical health and nutrition. We started this back in January and now internal employees are taking their own initiative to do things like organize company 5K’s and to quit smoking. It is by no means a quick fix but slowly incorporating these small things have allowed us to open up a dialogue about health and wellness throughout the office. Our culture now includes a place where we can talk about health and wellness and get encouragement from each other about our individual goals and maybe even get some ideas on how to continue to improve from a perspective we hadn’t yet considered.

I strongly encourage you to take a look at what you’re doing within your organization to promote health and wellness. It does not have to be a big expensive plan; little things can go a long way!

Written By: Brittany Currier

In today’s world we spend the majority of our day on the phone in some capacity. Whether texting or calling, there are certain things to pay attention to and to avoid when communicating with others. Here are some tips to ensure your phone calls are high-quality and productive.

Answering Calls

Answer the phone as soon as possible. Picking up within three rings is the rule of thumb. Before you begin speaking, put a smile on! The caller will hear your smile on the other end – even though they cannot see it. Use a pleasant and clear tone of voice and greet the caller by name, or ask politely for it if you do not know ahead of time. This will go a long way with the caller and will help them feel you are completely focused on them and their call. If the call needs to be transferred to another party, politely ask the caller if they mind holding while you contact the person they need to speak with.

Making Calls

When the person answers your call, politely greet them and introduce yourself right away. State the reason for your call, or reiterate the agenda if the call was planned by both parties. Stay clear of distractions and focus on the conversation. The caller will hear it in your voice if your attention is divided. Never eat or drink while on the phone or use inappropriate language. Treat the person on the other end of the line with respect. If the phone you are calling goes to voicemail, avoid a long-winded message. Leave your name, number, and brief purpose of your call.

Avoiding Escalations

If someone is calling in to talk about an issue, let them speak! Interrupting will almost always cause the caller to increase the volume of their voice if they feel they are not being heard. Always stay calm and remain polite. Listen to what the caller has to say, and assure them you are willing to assist them in solving the conflict. It is always a good idea to find common ground with the caller. This shows them they are being heard and understood. If the conflict is reaching a boiling point, politely offer them the chance to speak with your supervisor. Continue to be polite when asking them if they mind holding while you check your supervisor’s availability. Always know that if you escalate, so will the caller.

In summary, always treat the person on the other end of the phone with respect regardless of the situation. Since nonverbal cues cannot be read over the phone, make sure your voice is pleasant and even-toned. Clear and concise communication will ensure your calls are productive.

Written By: Evin Hamilton

We’ve all heard this saying, right? I didn’t fully appreciate the meaning of the saying until I found a job I truly loved. As a recruiter, we see quite a few people coming and going, and I found if people pay special attention to what’s most important to them in a job, they generally enjoy their work more. I want to talk about some key aspects that may be important to you when you’re looking for the job.

One of the first things you need to do in your job search is think of some things that motivate you to get up in the morning. In this day and age, everyone assumes money is the top motivator or the most important part in a new position. In some cases, this may be true but there are a lot of other factors that may play into your job search.

Culture

To some people culture may not be a big deal. Some individuals can work under any type of leadership or company culture, but to others this can be a very large factor in a job search. Even if the pay, location, and hours are right, if you aren’t being led the way you need to be the lack of a culture match can often lead to being unhappy.

Location

We’ve established that different people have different needs and priorities. Even if you do have your own vehicle, it’s important to think practically if you’re going to drive 45+ minutes to work every day and if you’d be happy doing so in the long run. Some people enjoy a nice ride to and from work to clear their head and wind down from their day, but to others it could be a large reason as to why they are burnt out.

Hours

Hours could perhaps be the most important aspect when looking for a job. It’s crucial to be honest with yourself or your recruiter about how many hours you’re willing to work without compromising the other activities that are important in your life. If spending weekends with the family is important to you, then your voice should be heard in your job search and it’s probably not advisable to accept a job that works 12 hour shifts with required overtime.

These are just a quick 3 examples of motivators and different factors that can play into a job search. As a recruiter myself, I pride myself on the fact that Barracuda Staffing doesn’t throw you into a job without carefully considering all your needs and your future company’s needs. We aim for long term placement which leads to long term success.

Written By: Ali Teague

For a lot of people, work life balance can seem like an impossible task. However, there are ways that we can achieve the goal of balancing our days. A few things that can help with this balance are:

Set Goals

Set goals that are manageable and can be reached on a daily basis. – Don’t set daily goals to be hard to attain. Setting manageable goals helps to reduce the stress of finding a neutral ground.

Time Management

Time management is key – manage your time effectively and efficiently. Prioritize what needs to be done first and focus on those tasks.

Breaks

Take a break – take a 5 or 10 minute break to rest your mind and ease any stresses that may overcome you, this will refresh you and you can come back to the task at hand less stressed.

Make Mistakes – Move On

Accept that we are all human and we will make mistakes. Don’t dwell on them instead learn from them and move on.

Work Stays at Work, Home Stays at Home

Leave work at work- A lot easier said than done I know, but it is important when you go home you are able to relax and not worry about work.

Get Active

Stay active at home- this reduces stress and anxiety.

Time for Yourself

Take time for yourself – go out and do some things you enjoy that are not work related.

Social Events

Schedule a recurring social event – whether it be a regular lunch with friends, Make plans that you can plan other things around instead of planning a social event around other things.

Planning

Plan your day in the morning – determine what you need to get done before finishing for the day and try to stick to that plan.

Family Time

Make time for your family – Plan an outing or plan a weekend away or even just plan on staying home with the family during the weekend.

Divide and Conquer

Split the chores- Assign chores to each person in your household, that takes some stress off of you and helps promote working together to get it done.

Written By: Brandy Aab