5 Tips to stay engaged in your job search
DENVER, CO -- 1) Network: Go "old school" by spending more time meeting people face to face. Socializing reduces boredom, connects you to a world beyond your home office, and yields some of the best results. 2) Adjust your mindset: Feeling like you're at the mercy of the job market can kill your spirit. So instead of lamenting all the factors out of your hands, try focusing on what is under your control. A good way to start is by asking yourself active questions rather than passive ones.
3) Set goals: Keep in mind that outcome is what matters, not how many hours devoted to job searching. Develop precise, attainable goals you want to accomplish each day. Give your all to those activities, and then move on. 4) Volunteer: Confidence often takes a beating during a long job hunt. Volunteering can restore the feeling that you're capable of making a difference. In addition to the natural high that comes from helping others, your charitable actions may bring career benefits as you meet new people and learn additional skills.
5) Try something different: Don't be afraid to shake up your approach. Try that job seekers' support group at the library. Join a new social media forum. Learn how to create your own web page or video resume. Figure out your personal brand. New experiences encourage creativity and engagement - and just may be your ticket to a dream job.
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 85 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.
Tips to help land your dream job
NORTHBOROUGH, MA -- Create a professional email: Create a new email that includes just your first and last name or, if unavailable, your first name, middle initial and last name. This is to keep things organized as well as to come off as a serious professional.
Don't just copy and paste work experience: When it comes time to write your resume, don't just copy and paste your work experience. Instead, think about what skills you have acquired from your previous work experience. Write about the value of those skills in your new role. Hire a professional writer : Proofread for spelling, syntax, proper grammar and layout. Don't just have your buddy look it over. Hire a professional writer using a service like TopResume. Yes, hiring a writer will cost you a little - but it doesn't need to be expensive.
Don't be bashful: We all have unique experiences, skills and talents. Just make sure whichever accomplishments you list can translate to value for the potential employer in some way. Have a gap in your work history because you traveled the world, played chess, took a specialized course or learned jujitsu? Put that. Be proactive: After you've submitted your application, be proactive. Call their recruiters. Email their executives. Let them know you're eager to contribute to the organization. Show initiative, but be careful not to be a nuisance.
If your resume doesn't have keywords, it gets tossed
CHICAGO, IL -- As a job seeker, your goal is to get a recruiter to look at your resume and bring you in for an interview. In order to do that, you need to understand what's happening on the recruiter's side of the table. Recruiters get hundreds of resumes, and they can't possibly go through each resume line-by-line. There's just not enough time in the day. That's why recruiters have learned to skim resumes for the most important information, which typically only takes six seconds.
When a recruiter reads a resume, they're looking for key terms that relate to the job they're trying to fill. If a recruiter finds what they're looking for in that first pass, your resume will likely get a shot at a more in-depth resume review. And, if they still like what they see, you might get a phone call asking you to do an interview.
So, it becomes critical that you pass that 6-second skim. In order to accomplish this, you need to format your resume in a way that showcases your key skill sets, or keywords that relate to the jobs for which you're applying. If you don't highlight these things on your resume and make them easy to see, the recruiter is going to toss your resume. If you resume doesn't have the right keywords and doesn't showcase them with its formatting, your resume is headed straight for the trashcan.
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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.
5 Types of cover letters for your job search
NEW YORK CITY, NY -- When you are job hunting, it's important to choose the appropriate cover letter for the letter's goal. The cover letter you use will be determined by whether you are applying directly for a job or seeking job search help. Be sure to choose a type of cover letter that reflects how you are applying for the job or the type of job search assistance you're requesting.
Your cover letter should be designed specifically for that particular purpose and customized for each position you seek. General types of cover letters include: Application Letter - an application letter is written to apply for a specific job opening; Referral Cover Letter - a referral cover letter mentions the name of a person who referred you to a job; Letter of Interest - a letter of interest, also known as a prospecting letter, inquires about possible job openings at a company; Networking Letter - a networking letter requests job search advice and assistance; Value Proposition Letter - a value proposition is a brief statement explaining what makes the candidate unique.
More specifically, your cover letters should be targeted to the jobs you are applying for. You should choose a different type of cover letter if you are requesting a meeting, applying for more than one job, or sending a cover letter to a company that has not advertised job openings.
[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 Ways to find a summer job
AUSTIN, TX -- 1) Start looking now: We often find that summer workers wait until the last minute to start searching for a job. But employers want to have their hires in place by the time the season starts. Summer hiring has already started, so the earlier you start looking, the more opportunities that you'll see.
2) Stay positive: A positive attitude is the most important thing that an employer is searching for in a summer hire, more so than experience. When you go in for an interview or to follow up on an application, use this fact to your advantage and prove to them that you're passionate and enthusiastic about the position. 3) Be flexible: Having an open schedule and being available for the entire summer are two important things employers are looking for in employees. By making it a priority to be open during the hard-to-fill shifts, you'll be setting yourself above the competition.
4) Be socially responsible: Employers are pretty honest about the fact that they might look at a candidate's social media profiles to determine what type of person they are. Do yourself a favor and perform a social media audit. Look at all your channels - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram - and make sure there isn't anything inappropriate (or illegal) on there. I suggest using the "mom rule": if you don't want your mom to see it, don't put it up there.
Search all online job listings from just one website
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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