The Central Wisconsin Society of Human Resource Management (CWSHRM) provided a panel of Human Resource professionals from the Wausau area who spoke with job seekers regarding different areas of employment at two recent job fairs. On October 31st they facilitated a panel presentation at Congressman Sean Duffy’s Job Fair, held at the University of Wisconsin – Marathon County. This job fair was open to the public. A similar panel discussion was held on November 6th at the Fall Job Fair, at Northcentral Technical College. This job fair was restricted to NTC students and alumni only.
Each panel consisted of four volunteer CWSHRM members, representing a variety of industries, including banking, healthcare, manufacturing, and staffing services. The panels provided an hour long presentation consisting of information on the application process, resume writing, interviewing skills, and soft skills. A question and answer session followed to allow job seekers to ask questions in relation to any of those topics, and a handout of helpful tips was provided to all participants.
The goal of the Human Resources panels was to educate job seekers and provide them with first-hand knowledge of what employers are seeking in potential employees, with the ultimate goal of them being successful in obtaining employment.
This is the second year CWSHRM provided this resource to job seekers in the community.
For further information on CWSHRM’s other activities and programs, please visit: http://centralwisconsin.shrm.org/
The Greater Madison Area SHRM Workforce Readiness Committee partnered with the Urban League of Dane County to host their second annual Job Boot Camp for area job seekers. Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County gave the keynote speech and kicked things off for the day. Thirty volunteers including four SHRM Student Chapter members (UW Madison, UW Whitewater) participated in Resume Workshops, Mock Interviews, and a new event entitled Table Talks in which members spoke to learners in small groups, or individually about HR related subjects. The event drew approximately 50 learners, several of whom gave glowing comments of appreciation to those who volunteered their time to help them in their job search process. The event was a complete success and a wonderful testament to the generous community spirit of GMA SHRM members who donated their professional skills and time to help job seekers in the Madison community prepare to re-enter the workforce.
What’s the Most Memorable Resume You’ve Received?
A resume written in Klingon? A resume scanned onto the top of a sheet cake? A resume decorated with pink rabbits? Applicants are getting creative (maybe too much so?) about how they are submitting resumes in a tight job market.
CareerBuilder recently published a survey of 2,298 hiring managers who were asked about the most impressive, the most memorable, and the most unusual applications they had received. A handful of the responses:
• A cover letter talked about the candidate’s family being in the mob (no indication of whether the recruiter went into Witness Protection afterwards).
• A resume in the form of an oversized Rubik’s Cube, requiring that the tiles be manipulated to align the resume (candidate was hired).
• A resume set up to be sung to the tune of “The Brady Bunch.”
• A candidate called himself a genius and invited the hiring manager to interview at the candidate’s apartment.
• A candidate claiming to speak “Antartican” when applying for a job based in Antarctica.
• A resume from a candidate re-entering the job market after being a stay-at-home mom listed her skills as nursing, housekeeping, chef, teacher, bio-hazard cleanup, fight referee, taxi driver, secretary, tailor, personal shopping assistant, and therapist (she was hired).
On a more serious note, hiring managers reported that they would automatically dismiss a candidate’s resume for the following reasons:
• Typos – 61%
• Large amounts of wording copied from the job posting – 41%
• Lacking a listing of skills – 30%
• More than two pages long – 22%
• Printed on decorative paper – 20%
• Includes a photo – 13%
• Large blocks of text with little white space – 13%
Recruiters and hiring managers can clearly afford to be more choosy in rejecting resumes that during previous hiring periods when applicants were scarce. Forty percent of managers report that they spend less than one minute reviewing a resume. Fair or not, it’s the job market we’re living in at the moment. Piece of cake, anyone?
This blog post was submitted by Kimberly McGrath, Communications Chair, Stephens Point Area Human Resources Association.
Happy Fall! I cannot believe the summer is already over and that the end of the year is drawing near. I am truly sad that I will be finishing my year as Chapter President of West Central WI SHRM. It has been such a rewarding experience with a lot of great opportunities. Our chapter continues to provide our members with great HR learning experiences as well as a chance to network with other HR professionals located in the counties we serve. We were once again able to provide not only our members, but other HR professionals, an opportunity to attend a HR Conference that we held in April. Participants spent the day listening to insightful HR speakers, winning great prizes, and getting to know other people that work in the HR industry. We are definitely looking forward to providing another event like this in 2014.
As we enter the last few months of the year I am proud of what our chapter has been able to accomplish over the past year, but I know that 2014 will be even better!
Submitted by Nikki Field, President West Central WI SHRM
La Crosse Area SHRM is Excited to Welcome SHRM members to La Crosse!
The WISHRM State Conference is scheduled for October 9-11 in La Crosse, WI providing HR professionals with great educational and networking opportunities. LASHRM members are ready and waiting to welcome everyone to the western side of Wisconsin. Our location is often referred to as “God’s Country” by those familiar with it. The region features an attractive cost of living, beautiful bluffs and coulees, three major rivers including the Mississippi River, outstanding health care and education systems, and easy access to major cities in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois. The area has great hiking and biking trails along with ample walking and running paths – enjoy your full days and evenings at the conference and consider extending your stay. You will fall in love with the area!
Over 80 LASHRM members are registered to attend the conference and we can help point you in the right direction. LASHRM volunteers will have La Crosse ambassador attire so you can easily identify us. We are here to help you get acclimated with the La Crosse Center and to the La Crosse area. We are very excited to be the host city for the 27th annual WISHRM State Conference and our members are available to help you navigate the waters!
If you need information on La Crosse ahead of time, send us a tweet @lashrm or send us a message on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/shrmlacrosse.
While attending the conference be sure to participate socially by using #wishrm13 on Twitter and/or Facebook posts. Follow the 2013 WI SHRM Conference conversation @wishrm.
The Sauk Personal Association voted to officially change our name to Sauk Columbia SHRM in our September 11th meeting. We had a great first meeting for our 2013-2014 year! About 50 individuals attended to hear Bonnie Wendorff present on Employment Law Updates for 2013. We were very lucky to have her present. She is very knowledgeable and shared great stories. Some of the areas we heard updates on included: social media, background check guidance from EEOC, first ever under GINA, unpaid internships, and FMLA. We also collected donations for our SHRM foundation basket during our meeting. Our October meeting on healthcare reform was also moved from October 9th to October 16th so it did not conflict with the state SHRM conference.
Our group held a social over the summer at Green Owl. It was very well attended by our members, so we are looking into additional opportunities for social events outside of our monthly meetings. We will also continue to have our annual golf outing. Our board of directors is looking forward to a great year. We have been able to line up some great speakers. We look forward to presentations on these topics at our upcoming monthly meetings: Health Care Rreform, Advanced Linked In, Generational Differences, Anti-Harassment Training, FMLA, Drugs in the Workplace, and OSHA. If you have any ideas for additinal topics, please let us know. Click here to learn more about our great chapter.
JCHRMA’s Members Matter!
Jefferson County Human Resource Management Association (JCHRMA) is committed to providing information and resources for the HR professionals in Jefferson County. We’ve ways to show our members that they do make a difference – in their jobs, in the community and especially in our chapter!
The following are initiatives JCHRMA is offering in the 2012-2013 program year:
Certification: We recently purchased the 2013 SHRM Learning System materials to help our members become certified. In addition, all of our programs get submitted for HRCI credits.
Information: The latest edition of our quarterly newsletter, Chapter Chat, was sent out to all members.
Legal Update: A monthly legal update is sent out to all members as a way to keep up with legal cases and trends.
Membership Discounts: We offer free membership to HR professionals in transition – what better way to network than to attend a meeting full of other HR professionals! We also offer discounts to those businesses wishing to register multiple people.
Points Program: We’ve made our points program even better than last year! Members are awarded points for attending meetings, volunteering, earning certification, and referring other members. Points earned can be redeemed for free meeting registration, purchases from the SHRM store and a drawing for a 2014 JCHRMA membership.
Social Media: At our kick-off meeting in September, we provided members with an opportunity to get a professional head shot done to update their social media profiles.
Visit our website to see all the great programs we have this year: JCHRMA.SHRM.ORG