Candidates

Your partner for jobs and career opportunities.

At Southern Technical Recruiters, we understand that as a candidate, you are navigating a career not just looking for a job. We understand It’s imperative we have knowledge of the position you desire and that is tailored to your strengths. We ask questions to establish the strength of your convictions and ask questions based on your experiences.

As a candidate, you will have the confidence to explore opportunities without the fear or anxiety of discovery because of our commitment to confidentiality. We cultivates relationships and understand that all solid relationships are built on trust. We share career advice, mentoring skills, and technical expertise. In return we receive loyalty and commitment of many candidates. We are focused on getting results, but more importantly to us is that both the hiring company and you the candidate feel that you have had a real exchange of information and that both you and the company are comfortable with the decision.

Some of the fields and positions we service are:

  • Manufacturing
  • Operations
  • Engineering
  • Skilled Trades
  • Purchasing
  • Distribution/Logistics
  • Management
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Scientific and Chemical Engineering

Need help in finding direction for your career choice, or a change in careers?

It’s important, to begin researching careers that you find interesting. The more research you do, the more likely a career path will become apparent to you.

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Develop a career plan. Conduct related research and gather information about careers that appeal to you.

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Read about professions that appeal to you, learning as much as you can about the nature of the work, work  environment, training, skills, educational requirements, earning potential and job security.

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Develop a network of contacts family, friends, professors, and colleagues.

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Explore the Internet, Trade journal, newspapers etc. for information regarding employment opportunities. Many companies differ in the position titles, and requirements on jobs within your career field.

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Visit and, or join one or more local professional associations related to your career field.

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Secure an interview with a Career Counselor that is experienced in placing candidates within your industry.

Resume Assessment & Development

RESUMES

The purpose of a resume is to get a job interview. Your goal at the interview is to get a job! A good resume rarely determines whether or not you will be hired. A good resume does influence whether or no you will be called in for an interview…a poor resume will ensure you receive NO CALLS.

You need to provide potential employers with a well-designed resume, one which communicates your qualities for the position being offered i.e. professional background, experience, education and skill set.

Southern Technical Recruiters wants to review your resume to help you put your skill and experience in from of the right audience.

COVER LETTERS

Your cover letter is an important component in marketing yourself to prospective employers and should always accompany your resume.

The cover letter services as your personal introduction and it should be designed to work with and support your resume, targeting your accomplishments as well as your career goals.

Whether you write your own cover letter, or have us write one for you – it is essential to have a well-written cover letter accompany your resume.

THANK YOU LETTERS

It is important to send a thank you letter to persons who have taken their time to interview you. Thanking the interviewer(s) for his/her time and remarking on one or two things you talked about. Comments on what you can provide that can immediately add value to the job being offered.

You should also send a thank you letter to any person or company that responds to your initial inquiry regarding employment with a return letter.  Courtesy and professionalism are valued and always remembered.

The thank you letter affords a means of keeping you foremost in the employer’s thoughts when it comes down to choosing the candidate for his/her position.

Interviewing Tips and Information

The Job Interview…

Before walking into your next interview, make sure you know more about the company than just its name and location. In a recent survey 45 percent of the Human Resources Senior Executives polled said  “The biggest mistake most candidates make is having little to no knowledge of the company.”

  • The most successful applicants will have a beyond the basics understanding of the company, including: history, competitors and business objectives.
  • Research the company’s industry to find out market trends and industry-specific issues, also know what the company has been doing.
  • Check the company web site for their mission and values, products and services and recent press releases. If it’s publicly traded, request an annual report from the investor relations department.
  • The people connection.  Use people in your network to find out more about the company culture.

Five Interview Mistakes

Most candidates expect they will be interrogated. An interrogation is when one person asks all the questions and the other gives the answers. An interview is a business con versation where both people ask and respond to questions. Too many job seekers believe an interview is an interrogation. With this attitude, candidates do not ask questions and hence do not make their best impression.  You need to ask questions throughout the interview.  If you don’t , you force the interview to be an interrogation.

Unskilled interviewers frequently ask candidates “What are your weaknesses?” Conventional interview advice recommends you highlight a weakness like “I’m a perfectionist” and turn it into a positive. Interviewers are not fooled. If you are asked this question a highlight skill that you wish to improve upon and (most importantly) describe what you are proactively doing to enhance your skill in this area. Interviewers don’t care what your weaknesses are. They want to see how you handle the question and what your answer indicates about you.

Every interview concludes with the interviewer asking if you have any questions. The worst thing to say is you have no questions. Having no questions prepared indicates you are not interested and not prepared. Interviewers are more impressed by the questions you ask than the selling points you try to make. Before each interview make a list of 5 questions you will ask.

We may live in a wired, always available society, but a ringing cell phone is not appropriate for an interview. Turn it off before you enter the company.

We may live in a wired, always available society, but a ringing cell phone is not appropriate for an interview. Turn it off before you enter the company. leo.

Time is your enemy after the interview. After you send a thank you email and note to every interviewer, follow-up a couple days later with either a question or additional information. Contact the person who can hire you , not HR (Human Resources). HR is famous for not returning calls. Additional information can be details about your talents, a recent competitor’s press release or industry trends. Your intention is to keep their memory of your fresh.

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