Things to do before you change jobs or careers
TEMPE, AZ -- Invest in yourself: You will need a significant amount of thought, consideration, time and investment in order to make this change smoothly and to make it the right career change. There are many key stages and turning points to consider, so take the time to do it.
Get Clarity: Without real clarity about what you want to do or how to get it, achieving any sense of fulfillment will be very difficult. Therefore it's extremely important to work on getting clear about what your central goal is and how to achieve it. Identify your strengths: What do you enjoy that you're also good at? The more you know yourself the more confident you'll become, and the better you'll be at identifying the right role for you.
Create an action plan: You need to be clear about your plan of action and how to carry it out. Get clear achievable steps in place. Outline it so that it's broken down into steps that you can work through -towards that bigger goal. Reward yourself and be proud of yourself as you get through each stage of your plan. Focus your energy on the task: Be efficient around where you put your energy and effort to get the outcome you want. Make sure that you are in control of the key elements in your world and are able to drive forward with the career and life of your choosing.
Career Changers: Keep your online resume secure
SAN DIEGO, CA -- After deciding to make a career change, the last thing you need to have happen is for your employer to accidentally find out that you're looking for a new job. But there are steps you can take to keep your job search confidential. And while the job market is very competitive right now, there are still millions of jobs being offered by hiring managers who search all of the top career sites. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on all the top career sites 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. This useful tool helps you organize your search efforts and saves you time, while allowing you to focus on networking strategies. Just fill out one easy form and in about 15 minutes you'll be posted on 89 top career sites like Job.com, Beyond.com CareerBuilder, Careercast, Dice & more.
If confidentiality is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's confidentiality feature to secure your online resumes. Your resume can be seen, however, no one will see your name, street address or phone number. Whether you do it by hand or use a service like Resume Rabbit, creating accounts on all the best job sites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. Invest in your career (get the benefits of a tax write off) and have your resume posted on all the top job sites and niche job boards with this secure posting service.
Snagajob Survey: Top 5 strangest interview mistakes
ARLINGTON, VA -- 1) Dressed unusually. Hiring managers say they've seen candidates arrive for an interview dressed in everything from swim attire and Batman costumes, to t-shirts with words like "psycho" on the front. How's that for a first impression? Keep it professional and classy.
2) Showed up unprepared. As number two on our list, employers say some candidates showed up unprepared, not knowing anything about the open position and doing zero research on the company. Preparing for a job interview is easy and will be sure to impress the employer. 3) Left their manners at home. Our survey found that interviewees showed up late, smacked their gum and even painted their nails during the interview. This is unacceptable. Unless you're applying to be a manicurist, never paint your nails in a job interview.
4) Brought family or pets. When you're granted an interview, the hiring manager wants to talk to you...not your family. Employers who took our survey said they've had candidates bring their spouse, parents, children and even their pets to the interview. Unless the pet is a service dog, HR folks say leave Fido at home. 5) Shared too much. Our survey respondents said they've heard it all: candidates who were fired from their last job for stealing, that they were having an affair or trying to have children. Can we say awkward? You should definitely avoid over-sharing in a job interview.
3 Interview questions you should absolutely not ask
CHICAGO, IL -- "How Often Does the Team Hang Out After Hours?" Asking a recruiter to talk about what goes on after-hours makes it sound like you care more about the happy hour scene than the job opportunity. Instead, ask something like this: "I'd love to hear more about how the team works together here. How would you define the company culture?"
"Do I Have the Job?" Digging for compliments is a good way to turn a recruiter off. Instead, ask this: "In an ideal world, what should the person in this role do to make his or her manager's life easier?" By asking this, you're not getting the answer to your question, but instead you're keeping the focus on what you can do for the company. And at the interview stage, it's key to make it all about how you'll be an asset.
"If This Doesn't Work Out, Would You Consider Me for Another Opening?" The interview process isn't over when the hiring manager takes a pass. Instead, at the end of the interview, reinforce your interest in the company one last time. Say something like this, "As a long-time admirer of your organization, I've been thrilled to meet with you today." A brief statement that sums up your passion for the company can leave a positive impression. Throw in a quality thank you note and you make it easy to be considered for other positions.
The secret to acing your next job interview
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Did you know that when the job market was booming it took an average of 3 interviews to get 1 job offer? Now it takes 17! When you finally land the job interview of your dreams will you have what it takes to land the job offer? You must stand out during the job interview or you might as well be playing the lottery.
Most job seekers spend hours creating their resumes and cover letters, searching through job postings, reviewing classified ads and networking--all in order to land the job interview. Yet 99% of them don't have a clue what to do when they get one.
There's a little known "secret career document" you can quickly and easily customize for your next important job interview that literally forces the interviewer to picture you filling the position. This powerful technique was created by one of California's top marketing professionals. His method guarantees you'll automatically stand out from the crowd and shoot straight to the top of the "must hire" list for any position you seek. To ace your next interview and get hired faster visit: The Job Interview Secret.
Where do recruiters go to find top talent?
SAN DIEGO, CA -- Many of the top companies worldwide use recruiting firms to help them secure the best employees in their industries. With the growth of the internet, the recruiting world has seen an onset of employee databases, job boards/portals and social networking sites. For job seekers, using a recruiter can help to expedite the job search process.
Where do recruiters go? Recruiters are well-connected people who can use their pre-existing relationships with businesses specific to your industry to help you get noticed. They also use career websites such as ZipRecruiter, Indeed, Simply Hired, and Glassdoor. Not to mention social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and even YouTube. Recruiters also have the expertise to access data analytics and product software including candidate job portals, onboarding/off-boarding portals, job boards and employee referral networks. Some even use college and corporate alumni groups.
How do you make yourself stand out? Capture the attention of recruiters with a strong cover letter that focuses on specific things you can do for a company. Skip over your strengths and weaknesses -- those are better discussed in an interview. Instead, use wording from job ads, past evaluations and supervisor testimonials. Mention your volunteer work and that you're active and aware of current events in your industry. Be active on social media related to your industry. Join online communities, forums, and meetings. Be sure to post about relevant seminars and conferences you attend.
Get help finding a recruiter in your industry
LOS, ANGELES, CA -- When looking for a job, you may want to consider networking with a recruiter. Recruiters, otherwise known as head hunters or search consultants, are hired by companies to find candidates for them, and often know about unadvertised jobs.
It's important to note, that recruiters do not charge the job seeker. The company pays a fee, typically when a candidate is hired. When contacting a recruiter send a resume and cover letter just as though you were applying for a job. If a recruiter calls you, always call back - even if you are not currently job hunting. You never know when circumstances might change and you might need job search assistance.
If you don't know of any good recruiters and/or want to instantly have your resume sent to 1000's of recruiters that specialize in people with your skills, we have a suggestion for you! One service, Resume Mailman, can email your resume to 1000's of targeted recruiters. Resume Mailman asks you to fill out some general information and input your resume. Then, your information is delivered to recruiters who specialize in finding jobs for people with your skills, in your area! Get your resume delivered to recruiters in your industry today.
Should a resume ever be longer than one page?
NEW YORK, NY -- The majority of resume writers would say one page is plenty. The one page rule came about from hiring managers. It's not unusual to receive 100-200 resumes for middle of the road jobs. Make that a premium position with top pay and the applicant number increases to 300-500. There are many highly qualified candidates and their resumes don't get a 2nd glance because they are just too long. So the one page rule came about due to time and workload management.
So are there ever exceptions? Should I leave out valuable information about my experience just so I can make the cut to the next review by HR? The answer to this isn't that clear cut. If you've been on a job for a number of years and have gained some very valuable skills, represent those most valuable on the resume and leave the remaining skill set for the interview, remember you need to leave something to talk about.
But if you're highly skilled and possess a unique skill set in your industry. If you are highly credentialed with multiple certifications, accreditations, etc. then your resume could very well be more than the standard one page version. Hiring managers have to contend with a lot on a daily basis. Strive to make their job easier by supplying a resume that gives a clear and concise picture of your skills and work experience.
Career Tools Highlighted in This Issue:
- Post Your Resume Securely and Confidentially
Get your resume posted on all the top job sites and niche job boards.
- [Video] The Job Interview Secret Program
Little known interview secrets that practically forces them to hire you.
- Get Help Finding A Recruiter in Your Industry
Deliver your resume to recruiters who find jobs for people in your industry.