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Found a new position that you’re interested in? Planning to start a job search or looking for career change inspiration? As our kupuna (ancestors) knew, and so wisely shared in this ‘ōlelo no‘eau (wise or poetical saying), preparation is key to success in all endeavors. Whatever your career goals might be, we’re here to help you get ready.

A good place to start is with your personal brand. Do you have a personal brand? Does it reflect you appropriately and is it updated? Learn more here: Building Your Personal Brand

personal branding

[pərsənəl brændɪŋ]

noun, plural ‘personal brandings’

  1. the conscious and intentional effort to create and influence public perception of an individual by positioning them as an authority in their industry, elevating their credibility, and differentiating themselves from the competition, to ultimately advance their career, increase their circle of influence, and have a larger impact
Tips from the pros

We asked our Talent Acquisition team of seasoned recruiters to share their best advice for job seekers. Here’s what they had to say:

  • Do your research and understand your purpose before you apply: Why do you want to work there? How are you a good fit for the company culture?
  • When interviewing, express your enthusiasm and passion for the career or opportunity. Don’t be afraid to show your personality, ask questions or have a genuine conversation. Highlight your ability to be dynamic and connect with others.
  • Spell check. Everything.
  • Networking is key and especially in Hawaiʻi! Watch this Ka Piko podcast with Tahnee Sales, Director of Talent Acquisition and HR Shared Services, to learn more: Career Opportunities and Job Seeking Tips


Free tools and resources to improve your candidacy

Perfect your resume, take a self-assessment to find your strengths, hone your interview skills, and more. All offered here and at no cost!

Wherever you are in your career journey, we want to help you holomua, or move forward. We are committed to providing the kōkua, tools and resources to improve your candidacy, help you stand out from the crowd, find the position that matches your skills and interests, and enhance your overall candidate experience.


Cast a wide net

Don’t forget to use online searches and to cast a wide but focused net with keywords and when exploring options. Here are some more tips and information geared to provide some inspiration and help you reel in your dream career. Good luck and happy fishing!

23 Resume Tips for 2023
Check out Harvard University’s tips for everything you need to create a scroll-stopping resume! They touch on everything from strategy and customization to keywords, formatting and presentation. It’s a resume one-stop-shop!

Did you know that KS offers free candidate support services, including assistance with resume building? Click on "Get Started", above, for free tools and resources designed to help you with your job search.

Powerful Resume Words
If you’re looking for action words that effectively highlight your work experience, this is the resource for you. This helpful article provides replacements for overused or uninspiring buzz words, keywords that recruiters and hiring managers look for on resumes, and adjectives that will help take your resume to the next level.

Virtual Career Fairs: How to prepare and impress
Learn all about virtual career fairs and how to make a good impression as an attendee. Virtual fairs offer an opportunity to connect with employers and/or learn about opportunities you might not have access to otherwise.

Interview Tips and Suggestions
An interview is often the first impression that you make with a prospective employer. How do you make sure it’s not also the last? KS Recruiters provide candidates with this helpful tip sheet but the guidance it provides can be applied to an interview with any employer. Find tips on how to prepare for and respond to interview questions as well as how to ensure virtual interview success.

For free interview practice and other helpful resources, scroll up and click on the “Get Started” link to access our free candidate support services.

More on Personal Brands
Northeastern University offers a comprehensive guide to everything Personal Branding. Follow these steps to figure out who you are and what you want to be known for, define your target audience, construct a personal narrative, and broadcast your brand.

Scroll up and click on “Get Started” for free self-assessments that will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses.

20 steps to a better LinkedIn profile in 2023
Invest in your personal brand with LinkedIn’s "20 steps to a better LinkedIn profile in 2023". Grow your network, get endorsements from colleagues and contacts, and earn Verified Skills badges. Learn how to leverage your LinkedIn profile to successfully brand and market you.