Shhh. How to job search, quietly.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Stay off the company equipment. Use your personal cell phone for calls. Bring a personal laptop if you want to dash off a cover letter or do some research during lunch. Keep quiet on social media. LinkedIn is a great way to network, but don't connect to everyone in one fell swoop. Depending on your settings, your connections can see your new activity. If you're connected to your boss or that observant colleague, they may see that your looking for a new job. Never ever vent about your job on Facebook or any other social media sites.
Get more control of your schedule. Stockpile vacation days so if you have day-long interviews you can take the time off. Block out your calendar so that you're not otherwise booked and can more easily move things around if you have to take time off, take a longer lunch, or otherwise get away.
Manage client interaction. In addition to recruiters and job boards, be careful what you say to vendors, consultants, or clients of your company. You may have a genuine relationship with them , but if you ask them for professional leads that will take you out of your company, it might be construed as competing and not acting in the company's best interest. This may run afoul of company policy. Or the vendor, consultant or client may be loose-lipped and mention that you're looking to your boss.
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, Nexxt.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.
Can I get fired if my boss finds out I'm job hunting?
NEW YORK, NY -- In the U.S. you can get fired for job hunting or pretty much any reason as long as you're not fired for a discriminatory reason - and as long as you're not covered by an individual employment contract or a group contract, like a collective bargaining agreement. So in general yes, you can get fired if your boss finds out you're job hunting. However, many people worry more than they need to about this issue.
Why? They're afraid that just by applying for open jobs, somehow their boss will catch wind of their departure plans. That's pretty unlikely, unless you're applying for jobs in a very small industry where everybody knows everybody else. You have to be sure to alert every recruiter and hiring manager you interact with that your job search is confidential. Don't announce your job-hunting status on LinkedIn. If your boss asks you "Are you job hunting?" you can say "I always try to keep my network active."
When posting your resume online, be sure to use the job boards confidentiality settings and select the identity-revealing information that you want blocked out. Some boards enable you to set up an e-mail account with them so you don't have to reveal your real e-mail address. And to keep employers from contacting your current employer, substitute "confidential" or "current employer" for the name of your employer on your resume or resume-submission form.
7 key resume tips from hiring managers
MIAMI, FL -- 1) Tell the truth: Lying about your experience on your resume can land you in a job that's simply not for you..or worse yet, lead to quite a bit of embarrassment if the hiring manager uncovers a lie. Don't end up embarrassed because you stretched the truth on your resume. 2) Take care of the details: Hiring managers pay close attention to the tiny little parts of every resume section. Misspellings or grammatical errors on a resume are red flags. Be equally careful when composing emails and following up on your resume and in your cover letter.
3) Skip the objective. The resume space you set aside for your objective can be put to better use. Instead, use this space for your professional or executive summary statement. Include a few sentences that highlight your qualifications for the job you're applying for. 4) Get (and list) relevant experience. Never leave out work experience, even if you have to list menial part-time jobs, internships, or volunteer work on your resume.
5) Don't forget your accomplishments. For each work experience entry, note what you accomplished and how you were outstanding in that particular job. Be brief, but specific. 6) Don't trumpet your strengths. Are you a strong leader or a people person? Good for you! But save descriptions of yourself for your interview. There shouldn't be anything but your work experience, accomplishments, degrees earned, and contact information on your resume.
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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.
Don't waste time. Job search smarter.
BOULDER, CO -- Let technology do the work for you. The truth is, you shouldn't spend a lot of your time trying to hunt down the perfect job. Instead get an idea of the jobs you're interested in and let technology do the searching for you. Make the jobs come to you by signing up for email alerts and get personalized daily job matches. Instead of scrolling through Instagram in your downtime, scroll through job openings and save them for later.
Follow up and stand out with quality applications. Plan to spend at least half of your job search time filling out applications and following up with employers. Take the extra time to check your application for errors before submitting it. Focusing your time here can shorten how long it takes to get hired. Typos are a major turnoff to employers. Follow up on your applications. Seriously, it'll really help you stand out. So call, email or follow up in person because job seekers who follow up are much more likely to get interviews.
Research, practice, nail your interview. Once your interview is scheduled plan to spend some quality time researching the company and practicing your interview skills. Another good use of your time is to team up with someone and practice with a mock interview. Once you determine which interview questions trip you up, you can focus on perfecting those.
[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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Roll Call: How to get hired for the holidays
CHICAGO, IL -- Check out these top traits sure to get you hired for the holidays. Network. Recognize that this is one of the best networking times of the year, as the holidays can make people more relaxed, open and generous. For those who are working, the holidays may be a somewhat slower period, which translates into more time they have to help you.
Be visible. Take advantage of holiday parties and other gatherings to be visible. Your message is a positive one: You've got great skills and abilities and are excited to be looking for a new opportunity to use them. And if you're not excited, say you are anyway as it motivates others to help you. Send cards. Use e-cards as an easy way to connect or reconnect with your network. In addition to wishing your friends a good holiday, you can update them that your job search is going well, but that you're still looking for a position that uses your talents.
Be proactive. Invite neighbors over for coffee and dessert or create an event that will be fun for your children. Parents have a strong network that they often ignore the parents of the children their child knows. Get into the spirit. Get into the holiday spirit and do something nice for someone else. This could mean baking cookies for an elderly neighbor or volunteering at the local soup kitchen.
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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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