The 8-Minute Resume

Written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

We, at Contemporaries, realize that a resume is only a snapshot of a person. However, your resume is the first piece of the puzzle that recruiters and hiring managers are evaluating and it’s important to give yourself the best shot possible at getting past that first tier and gaining the opportunity to present your skills and initiative. We have utilized certain tips for years in order to hone the presentation of a resume to showcase the best aspects of our candidates’ experience, capabilities and further potential and were glad to see similar recommendations from Marc Cenedella in his article titled, “The 8-Minute Resume”. Check it out and you may find a quick fix to start receiving those callbacks and job opportunities.


We were mentioned today in the Boston Globe about giving back to Boston with an organization called Heartank, founded to help aspiring entrepreneurs in the Boston neighborhoods. See the attached article, written by Deirdre Fernandes.

Shark Tank with a heart

10 of the Biggest Pet Peeves Recruiters Have About Candidates

Blog written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

The majority of our blogs are targeted at our current and potential temp candidates, offering them tips and advice to help them best succeed in this process and gain the knowledge and mindset needed to focus on the end game versus the short term goals. This week’s blog is for our fellow recruiters, regarding some of the recurring and sometimes comical problems we all face when vetting our candidates. Read the following article titled, “10 of the Biggest Pet Peeves Recruiters Have About Candidates”, written by Sophie Deering; I guarantee you’ve come across one (or all) of these issues in your time (I know we have!).

Be a Student of Your Job

Blog written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

At Contemporaries, we are fortunate that the vast majority of our short term candidates are extended or hired permanently by our clients. For those settling into their second or third month of their assignment, we found this article titled, “Be a Student of Your Job”, written by Bill Bunker to have some helpful advice, as we are all still students in an ever-changing job market.

Being a student of your job is the theme of this month as we have so many temporary assignments potentially going perm and so many short term assignments extended. This article is a great reminder to constantly be looking for areas to grow in your job and learning everything you can about the position, especially as new concepts are introduced over time. Actively dedicating yourself to being a student of your job not only helps you to excel in your role, but also stands out as a quality of initiative that our clients will certainly notice.

Moment of Silence

Blog written by Contemporaries CEO Donna Fitzgerald.

We, at Contemporaries, would like to take a moment of silence for the victims this week as well as every victim taken unfairly and too early over the years, and add our voices to the truth that black lives do matter. Our hearts go out to the families, friends and communities of these victims and all those who feel unsafe every time they leave their homes and kiss their families goodbye. Going to work each day, running errands and visiting friends should not carry such weight; our hearts are breaking for those who have to carry this weight simply because of the color of their skin. Today our hearts are heavy and we can feel the sorrow and the exhaustion of those around us and around the world. Our thoughts are with all those affected and we all must continue to raise our voices to protect our brothers and sisters, husbands and friends, and press forward in the movement for real change. We will not forget.

Be the Temp Everyone Wants to Work With

Blog written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

As all of our past and present candidates have found, Contemporaries has a very innovative model, different than that used by other agencies, which allows us to be more successful in finding the right fit for our candidates as well as our clients. In our experience, the majority of our placements transition into permanent roles, so we always encourage our candidates to approach their assignment as a full-time job since, more often than not, that’s what it will become. For candidates looking to find a great permanent job or simply to acquire a solid, long term assignment before heading back to school, etc., there are certain qualities that stand out both in your relationship with Contemporaries, as well as your relationship with our client. Read this article titled, “Be the Temp Everyone Wants to Work With”, written by Cathy Reilly, which details examples of the ways to best advance yourself by maintaining a strong relationship with both Contemporaries and the client we place you with.

Job Interview: The All Time Classic Do’s and Don’ts

Blog written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

As an agency that is heavily invested in the outcome of our candidates’ interviews, we always provide them with certain tips beforehand to ensure they will be as successful as possible. We found an article titled, “Job Interview: The All Time Classic Do’s And Don’ts”, written by Bernard Marr, which lists many of the important points we use in preparing our candidates for their upcoming interviews. Keeping in mind that we are a staffing agency, I have taken the liberty of whittling down the article to provide the points that are most applicable to our candidates. These points are as follows:


  • Research the company and the position you’re applying for.
  • Dress appropriately for the job you want, be neatly groomed and dress relatively conservatively. Bring breath mints.
  • Map out how to get to the location before the interview and plan to arrive 10 minutes early. If something happens and you must be late, phone the office as soon as you know that you are running behind.
  • Be polite and cordial to everyone you meet; you never know whose opinion will count.
  • Offer a firm handshake and make eye contact when meeting someone.
  • Repeat the person’s name to help you remember it.
  • Maintain good eye contact during the interview.
  • Approach the interview with enthusiasm about the job and the company.
  • Stress your achievements and talents.
  • Give detailed answers to questions with examples. Explain how you would go about tackling the assignments and challenges of the position.
  • Have an opinion when asked.
  • Take time to think about how to answer an unexpected question. You can repeat the question to give yourself a little extra time.
  • Ask intelligent questions about the job, company, or industry. It pays to prepare a few before the interview.
  • Close by indicating that you want the job and asking about next steps.
  • Get business cards from your interviewers, or at least make a note of the correct spelling of their names.
  • Write down some notes after your interview so that you don’t forget any details of what was discussed.
  • Write a thank you note and send it within 24 hours of the interview.


  • Rehearse your answers so much that you sound like you’re just reciting from memory.
  • Dress too casually, too flamboyantly or in revealing clothing.
  • Arrive smelling (too much perfume, cigarette smoke, etc.).
  • Be late to your interview if you can possibly avoid it.
  • Arrive stressed.
  • Bring anyone else with you to the interview (a parent, spouse, friend, child, pet, etc.).
  • Address your interviewer by his or her first name until invited to do so. Don’t assume you know how to pronounce their name, either; it’s better to ask the receptionist to be sure. Don’t assume that a female interviewer is a Mrs. or a Miss; use Ms. unless told otherwise.
  • Slouch, fidget, or yawn while being interviewed. Don’t chew gum or bring food or drink into an interview.
  • Tell jokes.
  • Bring up controversial subjects.
  • Be aggressive.
  • Be self-aggrandizing, insinuating that you are perfect and have zero flaws.
  • Take out any frustrations about the job search process on your interviewer.
  • Speak negatively about your current or former company, boss, or coworkers.
  • Lie.
  • Make excuses.
  • Be afraid to ask for clarification if you don’t understand a question.
  • Answer every question with a simple “yes” or “no” answer.
  • Bring up personal or family problems.
  • Ask personal questions of your interviewer.
  • Answer your cell phone, check messages, or text during an interview.
  • Act as though you’re desperate and would take any job.
  • Indicate that you’re only interested in the job because of the salary, benefits, or geographic location. Don’t indicate that you intend the job to be a “stepping stone” to something else.
  • Say that you don’t have any questions.
  • Call immediately after the interview to find out if you got the job, or make repeated phone calls.

The 7 Traits the Best Staffing Recruiters Have in Common

Blog written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

We are aware that not everyone thrives in their role by operating by the same principles, but there are certain traits that can be found in the most successful recruiters across the board. As a recruiter, there are multiple, important relationships (between yourself and your clients, as well as between yourself and your candidates) that need to be built, maintained and treated with care in order to ensure your placements continue as smoothly as possible with the best end result. It is also necessary to know the industries you fill intimately and to always be open to further learning. Read this article titled “The 7 Traits the Best Staffing Recruiters Have in Common” written by Barbara Bruno, which outlines 7 of the traits that help recruiters to be the most successful at their jobs.

5 Mental Changes That Will Make You Remarkably Successful

Blog written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

As previously mentioned in our blog titled, “5 Stupid Things to Stop Doing Before It’s Too Late”, being aware of behaviors and mindsets to avoid in the workplace is as important as knowing which to engage in for your own success, which, in turn, enables you to make positive contributions to the success of the company. In a social media culture, where the successes of others are highlighted and their failures are not publicized, it’s important to keep things in perspective and adjust your mindset to assess the reality of achievable results and also recognize your own successes. Read this article we found, titled “5 Mental Changes That Will Make You Remarkably Successful” written by Minda Zetlin.

18 Ways to Be More Positive at Work

Blog written by Contemporaries senior recruiter Sarah LeGrand.

If we’re being honest, we’ve all had days at work that are less than ideal. However, we’ve found these 18 tips from the article “18 Ways To Be More Positive At Work” written by Richard Darell that will equip you to be more positive at work, which in turn can ensure that you are doing everything possible to make your days highly productive and successful despite the obstacles you may face. The following are a few ways to make each day the best it can be:

18 Ways Blog


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