Be Proactive

Contact us now for a 100% confidential discussion of your skills and career objectives. Even if you are not in the market currently for a new opportunity, speaking with us can help you:

  • determine if your current job has you positioned well within the market
  • determine whether it really is a good time to ‘move on’

We are sensitive to individual needs and concerns and offer a very discreet set of eyes and ears on the market. We can react quickly to an urgently needed job search, or provide a highly selective passive search simply notifying you of opportunities that match your interests.

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HQR can greatly help you navigate the challenging and often mysterious job search/apply/interview process. We have seen countless mistakes made in this typically lonely process.

Tips For Job Seekers

  • Make sure your resume has a professional appearance and is thoroughly reviewed. Typos and poor grammar is not uncommon!
  • Never just send a resume without a cover letter. Think of an employer opening an email from you like handing a resume to them in person, (yet clearly more impersonal). Do you just hand it to them and say absolutely nothing? It is unprofessional to offer no introduction with your resume. If you give the impression that you are just clicking the mouse sending out resumes don’t expect a favorable response.
  • Even with a cover letter, a resume must stand alone. Do not assume that whoever reads your resume will read your cover letter as it circulates through an office.
  • Don’t talk about what you don’t know in a cover letter, and avoid the same in an interview whenever possible. Be confident, never mislead anyone, and don’t offer what you may be lacking for skills unless asked.
  • Never make negative assumptions about your candidacy, such as:
    – Better people are applying.
    – They only want the ‘perfect candidate’.
    – I doubt they’ll even read my resume.

Project a very positive, confident personality in your cover letter and you may likely get a call before the person who’s resume may look a little better on paper but submits themselves less professionally.

  • Get in the right frame of mind! You need to project a totally positive, can-do attitude. Never show any job search discouragement or skepticism.
  • You must be a good listener and let the interviewer lead the discussion. Avoid talking about details they don’t ask for.
  • Two things not to do at an interview:
  1. Don’t just give ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers where the interviewer has to drag information out of you.
  2. Don’t talk too much. This is often a huge problem for people and it will kill you if the interviewer is busy and needs to get through the interview. Stay on target!
  • At the end of an interview it is important that you tell the interviewer that you are indeed interested in the job and you look forward to speaking with them further. Leave no doubt.


  • Just like applying for a job; send a well-written cover letter with your resume, or at a minimum, a strong email introduction.
  • Be sure to provide candid details of your work history and skills.
  • Make sure he/she understands your career objectives.
  • Be positive and hopeful. A recruiter’s reputation is on the line when they submit you to a client. They want to introduce their clients to positive, confident candidates.
  • Be responsive. Timing can be critical and they’ll need to hear back from you quickly throughout the process. Also, keep your recruiter current with changes in your plans, interests, resume, etc.