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RJ2 & Associates provides customers a diverse portfolio of services to support the management of our client's most vital resource, Human Capital. The management of human capital is the single most important element in successful businesses today. RJ2 & Associates is dedicated to bringing customers the resources and expertise they need to efficiently manage their workforce requirements and achieve their business objectives.

Most resumes are listings of various jobs, and the duties the candidate served on them. Very few resumes show results, and even those that do require some "digging" to get there. Put a summary section at the top of your resume, highlighting some of the results you've achieved for previous employers, and how you might be able to contribute to the one at which you're applying. Customize your resume to fit their needs, and they're more likely to consider you.

Most people spend most of their waking time at work. If you don't enjoy your job, you're less likely to do it effectively, which will only hurt you in the long run. Only apply for those jobs where you think the relationship is mutually beneficial.

This advice is often given, and rarely heeded. In this age of the Internet, and vast amounts of information available at your fingertips all the time, there is no longer any excuse to not gain at least some insight into what the company is about and how you might fit in with their plans.

This advice should go without saying, but some candidates send resumes with only the most tenuous connections to the desired opening. If the job opportunity is a Client/Server Development Team Leader with 10+ years of experience in multi-tier systems, you're probably not qualified if you have two years of experience as an entry-level Client/Server Development Engineer. Make sure you offer value to the employer; otherwise your resume will go in the circular file.

No one expects you to be a politician, delivering perfectly scripted speeches in response to every question, but you must be able to communicate clearly. Job-hunting requires written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Use proper grammar, spell correctly in writing, enunciate when speaking, and think through the responses to interview questions and make sure that the level of jargon you use is appropriate for the audience. When interviewing with an HR manager, she may not know what OOP design in Java on client/server projects using RDBMS through JDBC means. Conversely, when interviewing with the IT manager, he will not need a baby-step explanation of that technology. Adapt to your audience.

When you get to an interview, the interviewer will know when you're providing "canned" answers to his questions. Ensure that, while you rehearse your answers enough to know what you want to say, you ad-lib enough to not sound like an actor. Give creative examples to illustrate your points. You want to show that you are smart, creative, adaptable, willing to take responsibility and able to give 110%. If you can't demonstrate all of this with a proven track record, the next candidate can - and will.

Teams are increasingly important in this day and age, as few high-technology projects are accomplished through the heroics of the lone developer. The Chicago Bulls were at their best, winning six championships in eight years, when they had the "Dream Team." Although there were many star players, each phenomenally gifted, they worked together to make history. Keep this in mind when job hunting. Show the employers how you can work in a team to maximize results, and further the employer's goals. Show how your "star player" status doesn't mean you can't work well with others, and indeed will be able to help the team by coaching and mentoring less-experienced members, while contributing to the bottom line.

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