Tips for maximizing your job search
LOWELL, MA -- Your job search should involve a multi-pronged approach and strategy. When creating your strategy, it's keep track of your activities - where and when you have submitted or posted your resume, made contact with an individual or organization, and attended networking events. Use a spreadsheet, document or online job tool as a way to stay organized. Your strategy should include some of these components:
Job Search Engines and Job Alerts. Search engines like CareerBuilder or aggregators like Indeed provide a platform for making your resume visible to employers and recruiters. These sites allow you to create job alerts by entering job titles or keywords within a specific geography. These alerts are delivered to your email at specified intervals - daily, weekly. Company research. Conduct a targeted online search to identify companies that interest you. Visit their website and view their careers page. Search for openings based on the position you are targeting and apply directly through their website.
Networking. Networking is often cited as the best and most effective tool for landing your next position. When reaching out to others as part of your networking efforts, don't forget to always ask "who do you know that might be a good networking contact for me" and always ask if there's anything you can do for them. Niche sites. Conduct a search for industry specific job sites such as Dice for technology professionals or Hcareers for hospitality jobs.
Job search tool: Organize your search and save time!
LOS ANGELES, CA -- These days, to land a job over the competition, you have to work smarter. The hard part is to get your resume read by the right people at the right time. Good jobs aren't on the market very long. To succeed your resume has to be available to the employer the moment they decide to fill a position.
One easy way to be found by employers who are looking to hire someone with your skills, is to post your resume on all the top job sites and niche job boards. This is a proven, documented method of successful job searching. While it may take a fair amount of time to find and fill out the forms of all these sites, you will definitely multiply your chances of landing a job.
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Is your job search stressing you out? Do this...
BOULDER, CO -- Get prepared. You can combat stress and anxiety with proactive planning. Part of what makes you feel anxious is not knowing how you'll approach your interviews. But when you slow down, step back, and prepare your answers to common interview questions, you'll gain a sense of mastery and control that you do indeed - know your stuff. In addition to strengthening your interview answers, prepare questions in advance to ask the hiring team at the end of the interview.
Revamp your resume. When you have a rock-solid resume, you can relax into your job search knowing that much of the legwork has been completed and is successfully integrated into your portfolio as solid written proof of your talents, abilities, and experience. As you give your resume a once-over for improvement and revision, think about ways to draw data into your statements, since you can refer to these quantitative points during interviews and discussions with hiring managers. Also, be sure to integrate the changes you make to your resume into your LinkedIn profile, so that your job search materials are consistent.
Pause to take care of yourself. If you're spending too much time focusing on your job search and not giving yourself enough downtime from its inherent stressors, then it's time to take a step back and regroup. Your goal is to go into each step of your job search feeling relaxed and confident.
How to write a resume headline that gets noticed
NEW YORK, NY -- Keep it concise. A resume headline should be one brief phrase; it should not even be a complete sentence. The goal is to concisely state your value as a candidate. Anything longer than a phrase defeats the purpose of a headline. Capitalize your headline. Capitalize the words in your headline so that it looks like a title to your resume. This is a helpful way to make your headline stand out.
Use keywords. Use keywords that demonstrate your skills and/or experiences as related to the job listing. Using words directly from the listing will demonstrate that you are a good fit for the job. If possible, use the job title in your headline. Write a new headline for each job. While it will be a little extra work, be sure to create a new headline for each job application. After reading the job listing, make a list of your skills, experience, and attributes that make you a strong candidate. Then incorporate these into your headline.
Avoid cliches. Because you want your headline to make you stand out as a strong candidate, avoid cliches that employers probably see on every resume. Phrases like "hard worker" and "good communication skills" are common on resumes, and do not provide much information on what makes you unique. By highlighting your experience and skills, and using keywords, you will individualize your headline and impress the hiring manager.
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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?
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4 Ways to really make an impression in an interview
TRENTON, NJ -- #1. Gather critical information about the unwritten requirements of the job. Job postings are generally written by human resources and are likely to be somewhat vague. All too often, the hiring manager's true needs will not be listed or prioritized appropriately. So, be proactive, ask questions and assume the role of a consultant rather than simply a job-seeker.
#2. Overcome age-related objections. One of the biggest stereotypes younger managers hold against mature applicants is that they're set in their ways and reluctant to take direction. You can address this misconception by opening up the dialogue with questions that show you welcome the opportunity to learn. Let them know that you thrive on change and new challenges. #3. Help the hiring manager define his or her true needs. Many times (especially if the position is new), hiring managers may not recognize the specifics of what they truly hope to accomplish. You can help them clarify these outcomes by asking open-ended questions about the ultimate goals of the position.
#4. Show you've done your homework and are knowledgeable about the job, the organization and the field in general. Present yourself as a knowledgeable insider -- someone with the skills, experience and personal strengths for the job. Let your interviewer know that you took the time to thoroughly familiarize yourself with the particulars of the position and the goals of the company. Prepare open-ended questions that will underscore these facts.
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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.
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LinkedIn: A professional development tool
CHICAGO, IL -- 1) Research the Background of Your Dream Job: Find professionals with the job you dream of. What were their career paths and how can you emulate them? When I was deciding between attending graduate school and staying in the workforce, I looked at the profiles of individuals with the job title Head of People Operations to see how many of them went to graduate school, and what they studied so I could make an informed decision.
2) Seek Informational Interviewing Opportunities: The informational interview is the secret tool everyone should have in their back pocket. It's a fantastic tool to find and connect with individuals whose backgrounds you want to learn from. A hybrid of an amazing networking opportunity, an info-session, and a job interview, it can give anyone looking for a job or pondering a career change insider scoop.
3) Encourage Someone to Find You: LinkedIn has changed the recruiting game, giving hiring managers a large and varied pool of applicants. Basically, all you need is a complete and active profile, and you never know who might reach out to you. And if you're not sure if your profile's complete, this checklist will tell you. To sum it up, utilize LinkedIn for its worthwhile benefits and it could help you in your job search, but don't rely on it for being the sole factor in securing your next awesome opportunity.
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SAN DIEGO, 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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