Cover your job search bases with these tips
GAINESVILLE, FL -- Resume: If you apply for a position online, make sure your resume can be read by an automated applicant tracking system which scans for keywords, and is the gate keeper to making the first cut. Customize resumes to each job posting, mirror keywords listed in the job description, thus increasing chances human eyes will see it. Keep it brief. You don't have to include your full glorious history, experience and accomplishments on a resume, you'll have plenty of space to elaborate online.
Social media: Unless you don't mind limiting your job search to small mom and pop businesses, a LinkedIn profile is a must. Over 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn to look for candidates, for listed and unlisted jobs. Another advantage on LinkedIn is being able to expand your resume. Do you have great presentations, blog posts, have won awards or earned certifications that don't merit listing on the resume but are still brag worthy? List them, link them; don't be shy.
Lastly, how to ask for feedback after interviewing and not being selected? I'm not going to lie to you, most employers aren't going to tell you why they didn't select you. But, even if a long shot, try this in an email: "While I'm disappointed I wasn't selected for the job, I wanted to thank you for the chance to interview with your company. I'd welcome any suggestions you might have for improving my job search."
Post your resume on all the top job sites at once!
SAN DIEGO, 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 over 89 career websites like CareerBuilder, ZipRecruiter, Job.com, 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. Cast your net wide and maximize your exposure to find a job faster.
When is it too late to change careers?
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's never too late to change careers, unless you're planning on doing something that only young people do. The important question is not "When will it be too late for me to change careers?" but rather "What do I want from the rest of my life?"
That answer can only come from inside you. You will find it by reflecting on your life so far. Your experience is much more valuable than you know. Nearly every job seeker experiences a mojo drop that makes them forget how talented they are. People who have stepped off the conveyor belt may experience a bigger mojo drop than other folks, because they worry about what employers will think of the gap on their resume.Your assignment is to step into your reinvention and revel in it. Reinvention is a physical transformation, like water turning into steam.
Don't rush into a job search if you can afford to take a little time to reflect. If you need money right now, get a survival job that will give you an income, at least a partial one. As for any resume gaps, don't hide it, explain it. Whatever the reason for your time away from work, honesty is always the best policy. During the entire process of conducting a job search, maintain your integrity and demonstrate it. Jobs come and go, but being known for being truthful - can last a lifetime.
How to write a cover letter that actually gets read
PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Don't be boring. Craft your cover letter with the purpose of building a connection with the person on the other side of the screen. You want somebody to finish reading it and say, "We have to meet with this person." That's the goal of the cover letter - to make somebody emotionally want to speak to you. And the best way to ensure that is by showing some personality - maybe even trying to make them laugh. Even something as simple as addressing the person directly can make a huge difference.
Tell a story. Write your cover letter with a clear beginning, middle and end. If you're moving to a different industry, it's especially important that you construct a story that justifies exactly why you're changing direction. In those cases, you should be asking yourself, "'How can I help tell the narrative that my resume does not, so they don't automatically put me aside?"
Emphasize key skills. Don't run through a never-ending list of your talents. After all, highlighting a set of skills that align most with the needs of the company is way more effective. That often means going back to the job description and rereading the first couple bullet points. Expand on each skillset in "show, don't tell" manner. In the end, it's all about showing the impact and the achievements that are tied to your skills, not just listing them.
[Video] 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! A cover letter is really a sales letter. It's your personal advertisement, your first impression, your grand introduction. A brilliantly worded cover letter is the easiest way to ensure your resume is the one, amongst a stack of resumes, that actually gets read. The best part is, few people understand 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 Things hiring managers or recruiters won't tell you
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- 1) The biggest issues with the team. From communication challenges to micromanaging, a hiring manager won't get specific. It's your job as an interviewee to listen and read between the lines. Listen for red flags in how the hiring manager describes their work style, the team activities, and communication.
2) Average employee turnover. Even if you are bold enough to ask, "What is the turnover rate here at XYZ company?" it's unlikely that you will get the data during an interview. 3) If there are upcoming layoffs. Hopefully, if a company is actively staffing up then they have no plans for layoffs, but occasionally these two things happen at the same time.
4) Whether you're their first pick for the role. On occasion, a hiring manager or recruiter will inform you that another candidate dropped out thus making you the runner-up candidate, but it's not the norm. Instead of pressing the matter, consider asking, "How many other candidates are you interviewing for the role?" This will let you know the pool of candidates.
5) How much they'll spend in salary to lock you in. For the most part, hiring managers won't reveal the true salary range for the role or how high the company will go in terms of compensation. The exception to this rule is for in-demand jobs. Just remember, before you ask, you should Know Your Worth!
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.
5 Key things about the latest job report numbers
NEW YORK, NY -- 1) Overall, job growth is solid, although it's not quite where it needs to be. The economy needs at least 150,000 new jobs added each month to keep expanding, and there were only 138,000 new jobs added last month. So the numbers aren't quite meeting the threshold that we need, but they're close.
2) As the Boomer generation ages, their rates of retirement continue to spike. Roughly 10,000 Boomers retire each day, meaning that opportunities for younger workers are on the rise. 3) Some industries are doing better than others.Jobs in government and retail shrank in May, but jobs in health care, hospitality, mining, and business/professional services increased. This doesn't necessarily mean the death of retail, and there will always be government jobs although hiring tends to ebb and flow, but pursuing the fields with increased job growth will likely produce better results in the current jobs climate.
4) As I predicted for 2017, it's still a job seeker's market. The unemployment rates are dropping, jobs are getting added, and the long-term trends continue in the positive direction, meaning job seekers have more and more leverage over employers. 5) Demand for skilled workers remains high, so people in careers like engineers, healthcare workers, and technicians have a major advantage in the current job market, as their skill-sets are highly sought.
Search all online job listings from just one website
LOS ANGELES, CA -- If you've been recently 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.
Wouldn't it be great if you could search all online job listings from just one website? Well you finally can, with a new job search engine at JobsWanted.com. This site works just like Google, Yahoo or Bing, except it searches only for targeted job listings from sites like: CareerBuilder, Beyond.com, Job.com, SimplyHired, Jobs2Careers, and more.
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Job Search Tools Highlighted in This Issue:
- Post Your Resume On All Top Job Sites
Get your resume posted on all the top job sites and niche job boards.
- The Amazing Cover Letter Creator
Easily crank out a perfectly written cover letter in 3.5 minutes flat.
- Network With A Recruiter in Your Industry
Deliver your resume to recruiters who find jobs for people in your industry.
- JobsWanted: Powerful Job Search Engine
Search all online job listings from just one website. No sign up required!