Experienced recruiter and employment specialist Joe Arrigo specializes in sourcing talented candidates for roles in IT and engineering. Joe Arrigo also provides career coaching focused on resume writing and interview skills.
Displaying appropriate body language is a crucial part of any successful interview. More than half of the meaning in a conversation is conveyed through body language. Candidates should be mindful of the type of messages their body language gives off during an interview. For example, fidgeting, looking away, and keeping arms and legs crossed can make an individual come off as anxious or standoffish. On the other hand, offering a strong handshake, smiling naturally, and maintaining eye contact communicates confidence and friendliness.
Posture can also send a message about the candidate’s personality. Sitting in an upright posture can indicate engagement and alertness, while slouching can make an applicant seem unmotivated. Body language also matters during virtual interviews. During interviews, candidates can show their interest by leaning into the screen and responding to the interviewer appropriately through head nods, smiles, and eye contact.
Joe Arrigo is a resource development manager at Modis and the owner of Advisr Enterprises, both in Sacramento, California. With Modis, Joe Arrigo provides IT and engineering firms in Northern California with reliable staffing services. His responsibilities in this role include reviewing, formatting, and otherwise optimizing resumes prior to submission to clients.
There are a number of key elements that comprise an effective resume. Following a list of all pertinent personal information, including contact info, individuals should begin their resumes with an employment objective or mission statement. This statement, ideally a single sentence, must encapsulate both the goal of the job search and the potential employee’s professional attitude and identity. This statement should be customizable so that relevant skills can be highlighted depending on the specific job being applied to.
A mission statement is typically followed by an educational profile, which should emphasize relevant course work and achievements. Certifications garnered outside of academic settings can also be listed here. Individuals can then proceed to list any and all past employment positions that may improve their chances of being hired, including internships and volunteer work.
Resumes generally conclude with sections highlighting the individual’s awards, skills, and personal interests, including activities with academic or community groups. An effective resume concludes with between three and five references, though the number and nature of references may be dictated by the potential employer.
Outside of his varied professional pursuits, Joe Arrigo enjoys reading and weightlifting, working out four times per week. He also reads upward of 50 books per year and enjoys ping pong, darts, and partaking in political discussion.