Category: Job Search Tips

Job Searching During a Pandemic

Job Searching in a Pandemic: A Brave New World

By David Poline

There has been a significant shift in hiring and job searching since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, nearly 22 million Americans filed for unemployment, and it quickly became commonplace to see numerous candidates who we’ve worked with over the years posting on LinkedIn that they were available for new opportunities or sending us updated resumes in hopes of quickly getting back to work. It’s difficult to comprehend that merely days before…

Resume Bullet Points, How to Improve

How to Improve Your Resume Bullet Points

By David Poline

Copy originally produced by Resume Pilots. One of the most common mistakes applicants make on their resumes is simply listing the tasks they were responsible for in previous jobs without explaining their accomplishments. To truly differentiate yourself from other candidates with similar backgrounds, you need to go above and beyond the fundamentals. By structuring your bullet points as described below, you'll convey your skills and abilities in a more effective and believable way. Types of…

Five Resume Formatting Pitfalls to Avoid

Five Resume Formatting Pitfalls to Avoid

By David Poline

Copy originally produced by Resume Pilots.  Research shows recruiters spend just over seven seconds initially reading a resume, so you want yours to stand out – especially in today’s highly competitive job market. As you search for templates, you may find online resume builders that create documents with multiple columns, colors and symbols. We strongly recommend avoiding these gimmicks as they’re simply too risky a move for most applicants. Your resume is a professional document,…

Job Searching Techniques Shift Amid Pandemic

Job Search Techniques Shift Amid Pandemic

By David Poline

Are you conducting a job search? You may be curious how this current environment is affecting recruiting and job searching. A Smart Brief article examines how the pandemic has affected networking, communicating, interviewing and onboarding, offering tips on each topic. Networking Networking is certainly not happening in-person, but it seems to be flourishing on LinkedIn and other virtual platforms. One good suggestion—also applicable to interviewing—is to brush up on your video skills. You wouldn't think…

CRE Recruiters Offer Insight For Job Seekers During Pandemic

ICSC Webinar: Next Steps for Job Seekers

By David Poline

This article originally appeared here: https://www.icsc.com/news-and-views/icsc-exchange/webinar-next-steps-for-job-seekers. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented amount of uncertainty in today’s job market. Furloughed and laid-off development, leasing and marketing executives are polishing up resumes, dusting off deal sheets and updating their LinkedIn profiles. Persistent networking will remain the key to finding new employment, advised recruitment experts on an ICSC webinar titled Preparing for Your Next Job Opportunity. The newly unemployed fall into two categories: those who can…

How Job Seekers Can Stand Out In Today's Market

How Job Seekers Can Stand Out in Today’s Market

By David Poline

It is hard to believe that in early March we were experiencing one of tightest job markets in recent memory. In today’s market, however, the supply of good candidates is starting to outpace demand.  With this in mind, here are four key actions to help job seekers stand out as attractive candidates: Focus on Yourself: What are your unique skills and accomplishments? Too often, we see resumes full of buzz words that job seekers think people…

How To Execute a Job Search While Sheltering in Place

How to Execute a Job Search While Sheltering in Place

By David Poline

How to execute a job search from home is a tough question to answer since the number of companies hiring right now is reduced, particularly within the shopping center industry. Our advice for job searching while sheltering in place is to build your network as much as you possibly can. Start by thinking about: Firms you've done business with in the past Existing friends in the industry Companies you've admired from afar Anyone you've formed…

Update Your Deal Sheet If Recently Furloughed or Laid Off Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Tips on Creating a Stand-Out Deal Sheet

By David Poline

If you are unfortunately facing a furlough or layoff and are on the leasing or sales side of the commercial real estate business, consider the following FAQs to help you update your Deal Sheet: Q: Is a Deal Sheet necessary? A: YES! A Deal Sheet quantifies the kind of deal-maker you are and the transaction volume you have handled as well as provides color beyond your resume. Q: How long should a Deal Sheet be? A: Unlike a resume,…

Update Your Resume for Job Search if Recently Furloughed or Laid Off Due to Pandemic

Job Searching? Update Your Resume

By David Poline

If you have been furloughed or laid off, what is the first thing you should do to position yourself for your next role? Our advice is to update your resume. Our team reviews hundreds of resumes a week. Here are a few tips to help yours stand out: 1. Put yourself in the hiring official's shoes. As you update your resume, pretend you are the person on the other end of this process who is…

How to Win the Interview

By David Poline

How to Win the Interview and Get the Job You Want Here’s a sneak peek into my “How to Win the Interview” presentation scheduled for 10:00 AM PT next Monday, May 21st at ICSC RECon in Las Vegas at the Talent Development Pavilion.  Hope to see you there! Most people are nervous going into an interview, especially if the job is one they really want. Luckily, there are some steps you can take before, during and…

Ace that Interview and Prove the Company Needs You

Ace that Interview and Prove the Company Needs You

By David Poline

Does anyone really like interviews? I don’t know of anyone of who jumps out of bed in the morning and thinks, “I am so excited about my interview today. It will be a fun and carefree time.” But, it’s a necessary part of the career advancement process. What is the primary purpose of an interview? That depends on what side you are on - the interviewer or the interviewee. If you are interviewing for the…

Ace that Interview and Prove the Company Needs You

Counteroffer Advice

By David Poline

A part of our job that most people don’t realize is to help you prepare for a potential counteroffer from your current employer after you have given notice. While counteroffers can be tempting, remember that you decided to change careers for specific reasons and have already invested significant time and effort in making this decision. Now is the time for resolve. Review our Resigning Gracefully post. Candidates who accept a position with a new company…

How to Negotiate Your Best Offer

By David Poline

Congratulations, you got an offer!  Except in most cases securing an offer is only half the battle. We can help you with the second half as well—negotiating the very best compensation package possible in a manner that leaves both sides satisfied with the outcome. In today’s competitive market, having a resource like Poline Associates can help you maximize the value of your offer.  We identify creative strategies and compensation package structures that best meet your…

Interview Do’s & Don’ts

By David Poline

We advised how to effectively prepare for and close an interview in our blog post Interview Preparation.  The guidelines below can be used as a refresher to help ensure interview success. Interview Do's Arrive 15 minutes early. Clarify ambiguous questions. Answer the specific question that is asked by restating the question in your response. Seek to have the interviewer describe the position and its responsibilities early in the interview. Then, relate your skills, strengths and…

Interview Preparation

By David Poline

Way to go - you landed the interview! Now, it’s critical to properly prepare. Here’s our advice: Research the company and the position. If Poline Associates helped arrange the interview, we can provide you with the basic information you need about the company and the specific role. Review the job description carefully and utilize resources like the company’s website, LinkedIn and other online tools to understand the company’s history, culture, and approach to their business.…

Resigning Gracefully

By David Poline

Congratulations—you landed a new job! In the midst of this wonderful news, you are now faced with a delicate challenge. You must resign from your current position without burning bridges and say good-bye to valued friends and colleagues. Not an easy task. Resign with conviction We will help you draft an effective resignation letter that positions you to resign gracefully. With your letter crafted, schedule an appointment with your supervisor to respectfully and concisely explain…

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