Stand out by building your brand...
CHICAGO, IL -- WHO ARE YOU, REALLY? More, certainly, than appears on your resume. Unfortunately recruiters, HR professionals and hiring managers don't have time to appreciate the more subtle aspects of your sterling character. The whole application process is designed for the convenience of people on the other side of the application process, giving you limited opportunity to make yourself stand out from the crowd or emphasize the things that would nail down that perfect job offer if it were obvious. How do you do that?
Show your value. Everyone thinks first about their resume. But you shouldn't even open that file until you've gone through a certain amount of objective self-evaluation to identify what you like to do and what an employer would be getting when they get you. Think hard about who you are; what you like to do; and what is the most positive, powerful thing you offer. Then boil that down into a three to five word tagline.
Are you a CFO? So are a lot of other people. A CFO with sales experience and a history of cutting costs in supply chain and operations? Try, "I'm a CFO focusing on streamlining operations and profit improvement." Lawyer with experience in international contracts and finance? Try "global business match-maker." Whatever it is it has to be short, memorable and demonstrate the unique value you bring to the equation.
Learn how to stand out from the competition
LOS ANGELES, CA -- While the job market is very competitive right now, there are still millions of jobs being offered by recruiters and hiring managers who search all of the top career sites and niche job boards. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on these websites will give you better exposure than your competition!
If you want the benefit of maximum exposure, but don't want to spend 60 hours researching and filling out website forms, consider letting a service like Resume Rabbit do the work for you. With this service, you fill out one easy form and in about 15 minutes you'll be posted on up to 85 career websites like CareerBuilder, Job.com, Net-Temps, Dice and more. A comprehensive list of all the sites they post to is on their home page.
If confidentiality is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's new confidentiality feature. Your resume can be seen, however, no one will see your name, street address, phone number or even your current company name. Whether you do it by hand or use a service like Resume Rabbit, creating accounts on all the best career websites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. Maximize your exposure and stand out from the competition by using the resume posting service by Resume Rabbit.
Are you thinking of quitting your current job?
ATLANTA, GA -- Before you quit your job and burn any bridges, consider mapping out an exit strategy. Get all of your ducks in a row. Know where you're going. Whether you're seeking a new job, relocating or leaving for personal reasons, have some sense as to what's next. Gather examples of your achievements. Save copies of your work now. These mementos could help you stand out from other job seekers.
Confide in a trusted few. Depending upon your situation, making this type of transition often times requires support. Discuss your plan with your spouse, a close friend or even a trusted co-worker. The people who know you best will want to help you and could offer great career advice or job leads. Connect with your network. Make sure you connect with the people you've gotten to know via LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.
Give two weeks notice. Standard practice is to give at least two weeks notice. Some companies may have a policy stating that if you do not give at least two weeks notice, you forfeit any payout of unused vacation time. Tie up loose ends. Pass along your projects and knowledge to a co-worker, archive reports, documents, and emails, etc. so that the next person can pick up where you left off. While you may be tempted to "check out early," know that your behavior could end up making your co-workers' jobs more difficult.
Job search tips from hiring managers
BLAINE, MN -- In order to stand out in the job hunt, it's important to know what employers are looking for. Here's some inside information on what employers are looking for: Resumes should be tailored to the job you are applying for. Make sure your objective has the right company you are applying to. Change your resume when you apply for a different position so you are listing the skills (that you have), that match the qualifications listed. Your resume should be error-free. If there are misspellings, employers may not look at the rest of your document.
Cover letters are not always looked at by the hiring manager, but they are oftentimes required to complete your application. If an employer requests that you submit a cover letter, make sure it's PERFECT! A cover letter can also help an employer identify why you might have some employment gaps. If you were unemployed for a period of time due to being a full-time student, that should be something you include.
Thank you notes are absolutely necessary, and not used enough. Hand-written are great, but any thank you note will work. They should be sent within 48 hours after the interview to ensure your message is received during the decision-making stage. Get experience as early as you can. Internships, volunteerism, and part-time work in your field are great ways to pad your resume and land your future dream job.
Easily crank out a perfectly-written cover letter
LOS ANGELES, CA -- A perfectly-written cover letter can be more important to your job search than your resume! What most people don't realize is that a cover letter is really a sales letter. It's your personal advertisement, your first impression, your grand introduction. Additionally a brilliantly worded cover letter is the easiest way to assure your resume is the one, amongst a stack of resumes, that actually gets read. The best part is, practically no one understands this fact. So having a great cover letter is almost like having an unfair advantage.
As a matter of fact, the vast majority of your competition simply "throws" together any old cover letter just so they have something to attach to their average resume. As a result, most cover letters do nothing to land the job interview. In fact, hiring managers often make a decision to interview from a well written cover letter alone -- before even reading a resume.
Wouldn't you love to have a cover letter written with the flair of an advertising executive? If so, we recommend a simple program that helps you quickly and easily crank out a killer cover letter that is guaranteed-to keep your phone ringing. With a click-of-a-button, fill in the blanks and in just 3.5 minutes out pops a brilliantly worded and perfectly crafted cover letter - 100% customized for you. Why not get your phone ringing with job interviews and employment offers - without writing one word, just go to The Amazing Cover Letter Creator.
How to leave a strong first impression
DENVER, CO -- Whether you are interviewing with a recruiter or hiring manager or meeting potential clients and partners at a networking event, how you use your brand to say "hello" and engage others will provide the differentiation you need to stand out. The first impression you make goes a long way towards defining how others perceive you. Here are two ways to leave that strong first impression.
1) Maintain eye contact: Maintain good eye contact throughout the discussion, especially at a networking event. Once you are engaged in a chat don't let your eyes wander. Keep your focus on the person in front of you until you find a polite way to move on. Maintain eye contact in the virtual world with our professional head shot -- one that has a full view of your face, eyes, and smile. By following this rule, the contribution you eventually make will give off an impression of value to your target audience.
2) Seek first to understand...rather than to be understood! When meeting people, be the first to ask questions and find a common ground. Listen actively to what others have to say by acknowledging their input and responding sincerely. Even in the virtual world we need to be listeners. Social media channels are a wealth of insight, ideas, and thought leadership. Use an 80/20 rule - maximize 80% of your time as a listener and 20% as a talker.
Land more interviews and find a job faster
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- There's nothing easy about job searching. What's especially frustrating for many job seekers is a disappointing response rate. However, it's important to note that a job search is based on a numbers game. For example: If you get your resume in front of 1000 hiring managers, you should get 10-50 quality responses leading up to 5 interviews. If you don't pay attention to 'how' you are sending your resumes, your actions might only serve to put your resume in a pile with hundreds of others - if it even makes it to the pile at all.
Consider a more focused approach to your job search. A search that increases the number and quality of responses by using a targeted list of industries and decision makers who are looking for people with your skills. This new type of search also employs an affordable delivery system that ensures your resume will be seen by the right person. Impossible?
Not at all! We recommend using a service called JobsByFax. This service is simple to use, effective and an affordable way to ensure a more focused and satisfying job search. You'll have instant access to information on thousands of companies and their decision makers. JobsByFax combines quality and quantity by faxing your resume to potential employers and recruiters. In fact, it's been statistically proven that sending 1000 resumes using JobsByFax can yield from 10 to 50 quality responses. JobsByFax will revitalize your job search and produce quality responses that lead to interviews and even job offers! Take control of your job search and land more interviews by going to JobsByFax.
Hone in on special skills to find a job
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In the recent recession, when employers eliminated jobs, they were more likely to keep people who focused in a particular area. If you have specialized skills and are helping solve real-world problems, you are two steps ahead of everyone else. In a competitive market, job seekers should consider honing in on their specialties and applying for positions where those targeted skills will be valued. Consider the following:
Be specific. It's not enough to be "hard working, experienced, and a strong team player. These unquantifiable generalities won't differentiate you from everyone else vying for the same positions. Think about the specifics that make you different. Focus first on what the employer needs from their employees; you can learn this via their job descriptions, by talking to knowledgeable people, and by reading information online from your target organizations.
Once you understand the employer's hot buttons-what problems they need to solve and what kind of people and skills they need to solve them--you can begin to explain why you're the right person for the job. Write your resume, application materials, and online profiles so they say you have the right stuff. Prove your claims by illustrating how your skills and accomplishments qualify you for the job. Fill in the gaps and focus on what skills you need to have under your belt to be more marketable. For some, it may mean taking formal courses or earning certifications.
Career Tools Highlighted in This Issue:
- Resume Rabbit - Maximize Your Exposure Get your resume posted on all the top career sites & niche job boards.
- The Amazing Cover Letter Creator Easily crank out an amazing cover letter in 3.5 minutes flat.
- Get 10 Interview Calls in 72 Hours Let JobsByFax send your resume to 1000's of hiring managers.