Sneaky ways to search for a job when you have one
HOUSTON, TX -- 1) Tap Your Network: When you first think about jumping ship, start networking and let your connections know that you're interested in exploring new opportunities. You may end up with a referral to a new position and not have to do much active job hunting. 2) Get Choosy: Don't blast everybody you know with requests for informational interviews. You'll want to do this carefully and selectively because you don't want word getting back to your current employer. Save time by only applying to the top few companies that you think would be the best fit for your personality, work style and qualifications.
3) Stick to a Regimen: Get your resume and LinkedIn profile up-to-date, then spend some time each day networking and actively looking for jobs to apply for. Dedicate a certain amount of time to your job search - even if it's 30 minutes to an hour a day. 4) Beware the Work Computer: Don't use your work devices (computers, tablets, or phones) for job hunting. Be sure to use your personal email address and store your documents on your personal devices or online.
5) Take Advantage of Tech: One way to save job hunting time and avoid getting caught is to use job search apps to search for and apply for jobs. 6) Keep it on the Downlow: Sharing that you're on the prowl with even your closest work friends can end up spreading around. Be proactive, but be cautious, too.
Confidentially post your resume & secure your search
LOS ANGELES, CA -- You've decided to take the leap and look for a new job. But where do you start? While the job market is very competitive right now, there are still lots of jobs being offered by hiring managers who search all of the top career websites. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on ALL the top 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 89 top career websites like CareerBuilder, Beyond.com, Job.com, America's Job Exchange, Dice and more.
If confidentiality is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's confidentiality feature. 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 career sites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. To keep your job search secure and confidential, get your resume posted on all the top job sites with Resume Rabbit.
Questions to ask before turning down a job offer
CHICAGO, IL -- What's Holding Me Back? If you're feeling uneasy about accepting, write down every reason that's keeping you from jumping in. Then, rank each item by how important it is to you, and if you think it could be negotiated. Once you've delved into everything that's giving you pause, create a list of pros, and compare them, too. If the "no" list isn't just longer but has higher priority items - declining might make sense.
Does This Job Get Me Closer to My Career Goals? Where do you want to be a year from now? The answers are endless - moving up the corporate ladder, getting a fancy new title, launching your side gig, or taking time off to travel. Once you identify that, you should ask yourself if taking this position will get you closer to that goal.
Am I Excited About the Mission? When you're passionate about an organization's mission, you'll have more drive and enthusiasm, which impacts all aspects of your workday. But if you don't believe in what you're doing, you'll be counting the minutes until quitting time each day. This question is often most relevant when the job description's absolutely perfect, but there's something that's holding you back. You're asking yourself why you're not thrilled to do exactly what you were looking for each day, and then you realize it's because that larger impact is missing.
Five must-haves for every LinkedIn profile
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 1) A Professional Photo: This may sound like a no-brainer, but you might be surprised at what you will find if you browse the site. Because LinkedIn is a professional arena, your photo must look professional. Wear work attire. Smile and look directly into the camera.
2) Your Name: If you happen to have a common name, distinguish yourself with a middle initial. Don't include initials after your name to designate your education credentials unless you're in possession of a Ph.D. Use discretion when deciding to include other credentials in that area. 3) A Compelling And Informative Headline: Use this space for keywords that illustrate your professional strengths, skills or talents. For example, if you're a data analyst with experience in marketing, include "Data Analysis" and "Marketing Professional" as at least two of the keywords in your headline.
4) A Customized LinkedIn URL: Create your own customized LinkedIn profile URL in order to use your LinkedIn profile in your career documents. If you have a common name, you'll need to modify your name slightly in the URL. Include the URL on your resume, email signature and networking business cards. 5) Reliable Contact Information: To provide contact information, click on the icon that looks like a little Rolodex card. A drop-down box appears. There you may provide your preferred email address, a phone number and even your Twitter handle. If you have a personal or professional website, you may also add up to three site links there.
How strong is your resume? Get a free resume critique!
NEW YORK, NY -- Did you know that the average job opening has 250 applicants competing for it? What's worse is 70% of those applicants will be eliminated from the candidate pool by an applicant tracking system. That means that only 30% of applicants make it to the desk of hiring managers. But, wait. It gets even worse!
Hiring managers use the 30 second test to eliminate 80% of the remaining candidates. That means, that on your first pass in front of the eyes of a hiring manager, you have less than 30 seconds to impress them. Career professionals like to call this the "applicant black hole." What many people don't realize is that they aren't even getting their resume into the hands of hiring managers for reading! What can you do to avoid the black hole?
Well, for starters, you need to realize that it isn't your skill-set or your accomplishments that are ruling you out, it's your resume! A self-written resume has a 6% chance of being read. A professionally written resume has a 60% chance of being read and generates 2-3x as many interviews as a self-written resume. The Career News has arranged a special deal with TopResume and is offering free resume evaluations. Their resume experts will read your resume and give you actionable tips that will instantly make your resume more professional. Get your free-resume critique from an experienced resume writer.
3 Tips to Writing Your Cover Letter
NASHVILLE, TN -- Don't regurgitate your resume: Writing your cover letter as a paragraph form of your resume is a big no-no. Your cover letter should showcase your personality, curiosity and interest in the position you're applying for. Add some interesting facts and insights about yourself or about the industry the job is in. This will get the attention of the person reading your cover letter. Keep your cover letter short and sweet. Hiring managers will be reading lots of letters and will probably skip over yours if it's excessively long.
Formatting is huge: Sending your resume in any format other than a PDF can cause a lot of problems. Some computers have to convert word documents into PDFs to be able to view them. Sending your resume in the PDF format will guarantee your cover letter will open correctly. Don't let formatting be a reason you aren't considered. PDFs also ensure the look of your letter will be consistent across different screens.
Be Yourself: Using generic phrases can be a huge turnoff for potential employers; therefore, choose your words wisely. The cover letter is an opportunity to make an impression, which could land you an interview. Be memorable and show some creativity, this will go a long way. Adding your LinkedIn URL or online portfolio could be a great addition to your cover letter, as well as what makes you, you. Let your true self shine in your cover letter!
[Video] Tips on crafting the perfect 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.
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5 Tips for people who are bad at interviewing
NEW YORK, NY -- Prepare, Prepare, Prepare: Read up on lists of common interview questions and craft responses to those questions. Prepare a list of questions for the interviewer, too. Cultivate Anxiety Management Techniques: Some people find meditation helpful, while others repeat mantras. Working out the morning before your interview might give you the endorphin rush you need to feel peppy and confident when walking into that unfamiliar office.
Work on Your Self-Presentation: Looking and acting the part is a big chunk of the battle when it comes to winning at job interviews. Find out about the company's dress code so you can pick out an appropriate outfit. Practice speaking more clearly, by making a video of yourself and watch for areas you need to work on.
Start Your Own Business: Don't like interviewing? Try starting your own business. I could be as simple as opening up an online store, or as complex as borrowing money from the bank to get started. When you don't have the resources to launch a business from scratch, look into companies that help you start your own business like a franchise. Become a Freelancer: Look for telecommuting jobs, since those typically require a portfolio and a resume, but not an in-person interview. Plus, if you're bad at interviews because you just don't like talking to people much, a telecommuting job requiring you to send emails back and forth might be the perfect gig for you!
Have you tried this NEW job search engine yet?
LOS ANGELES, CA -- If you've recently been searching online for a job, you realize there are literally thousands of different websites all listing potential job matches for you. Amazingly enough, even the biggest employment sites have less than 10% of available jobs listed online. Yet finding and then searching through thousands of different job boards and company websites is nearly impossible. Conversely, overlooking any one of these sites could cause you to miss out on the job of your dreams.
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