How to determine if you're in the right job
NEW YORK, NY -- Here are some questions that you can ask yourself to help evaluate your current job and if it's right for you: How motivated are you to go to work everyday? Am I passionate about the work I am doing? Do I feel I can make an impact? Is the work challenging? Am I learning and growing? Do I aspire to take on more responsibility and/or be my manager one day? Do I enjoy working with the people on my team and at my company? Do I align with the values at the company?
Questions 1, 2 and 3 help you assess if you're enjoying the work and feel you are accomplishing something. Questions 4, 5 and 6 give you a sense if there's a future for you at the company and whether you aspire to invest the time to get there. Questions 7 and 8 help you see if you're a fit for the team and the company. It's important that you feel comfortable to bring your whole self to work. Not enjoying the team you're on or feeling friction with company values can be a sign that this is not the right place for you.
After you go through this exercise of self reflection, it can be helpful to check in with a mentor or someone that knows you well like a friend or family member. They can offer different perspectives or help remove a blind spot for you.
Work smarter and land a job over the competition
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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Keep your boss from noticing your updates on LinkedIn
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- To update your LinkedIn profile without your boss noticing, follow these steps. 1) Under "Me" (Right side of the main menu bar at the top of the page), click on Settings & Privacy. 2) Under Privacy, scroll to "Sharing profile edits" and turn off this option. 3) Under Privacy, change "Profile viewing options" to the generic option, or completely anonymous (versus your full profile) in case you are looking at other people's profiles in your industry who may notify your boss that you were viewing their profile. Just in case.
4) Under "Blocking and hiding," you can choose which followers see your public updates as well. 5) Under "Job seeking," let recruiters know you are looking! Select "Yes" for this one ("Let recruiters know you're open to opportunities") and select "Yes" to share your profile when you apply for jobs on LinkedIn.
6) To be extra careful, you can also disconnect from your boss and anyone else in your organization you feel you need to (unlink yourself from them on LinkedIn) without them being notified that you have done so. While they would not get a notification that this happened, they would find out this has occurred if they happened to search for you on LinkedIn and see that you are no longer a connection. So, use this suggestion on a case-by-case basis depending on your situation and if they would happen to search for you and notice.
Tips for a better resume format for 2018
BOULDER, CO -- Not everyone knows how to make a resume look good enough without help. That's why we're going to help you do your best with your resume with these wonderful tips:
1) Templates & formats: The most important thing you need to take into account while writing a resume is that pre-made formats and templates are made to help you focus certain segments instead of others. This limits the potential of your resume, so no matter what format or template you use, always make sure you can modify them as much as possible according to your needs. 2) Fonts & other elements: The fonts you use on a resume need to look professional. Fonts like Arial, Garamond, Calibri or even Times New Roman are recommended for a 2018 resume. Other elements like bullet points, bold fonts, underlining or italicized words may be used with care and only when needed.
3) PDF or Word? Be sure to have both as well as a text version of your resume. So, create your resume with Word and convert it to PDF when you are finished. This format is a lot easier and comfortable to read. 4) Length and segments: A resume shouldn't have more than 4-5 different segments or go over 2 pages. Actually, a resume with 3-4 segments and only one page is enough for most types of work. Unless you have an extensive work history, it is not recommended to use 2 pages.
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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.
Tips to stand out at your next job interview
DALLAS, TX -- Ask for names and roles of everyone you are meeting; and if possible get the interview loop/schedule so you know how much time you will be spending with each and in what order. Research each person with whom you are meeting. Seeing a person speak on video is great preparation for what to expect with respect to their personality and style. Plus, diving into their published content will give you more to talk with them about, help inform your questions, and potentially help highlight your preparation to the interviewer.
Research the company generally. Know the basic stats on size and state of the company, and try to develop a view on the top 3 strengths and the top 3 weaknesses/issues the company faces. Talk to trusted people in your network who work at the company if you can. Try (subtly) to get as much inside scoop as you can on the company and the people you are going to meet.
Be prepared to articulate your background, why you have made the choices you have made over time, why you want the job, why you would be good for the job and why you would fit it in with the culture. Relax and be open to the unexpected. If you worry, you will distract your mind from the conversation. Think of the interview as a game or a puzzle, or even just a chance to meet someone who is interesting and learn something new.
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.
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How to answer the question, 'What's your availability?'
CHICAGO, IL -- Some interview questions may throw you for a loop, but, "What's your availability?" is a common question job search platform Glassdoor says many candidates can expect to encounter. The answer to this question varies dramatically from industry to industry. Service industry jobs might want to know if you can work weekends, and a traditional office job will want to know exactly when you can start.
Resist the urge to say, "I'm available right away." Instead, consider a time-frame that will allow you to leave your current job on good terms. It's in your best interest to ask for enough time to properly give notice and wrap things up with your soon-to-be-ex-employer. The exit processes of past employees can help you solidify a proper time-frame for notifying your current boss. To leave an even better impression, you can provide your boss with a plan for how you will leave a current project and how you will train the next employee filling your role.
After assessing the date that will work for your current employer, ask the interviewer what their timetable is...and then give them a date within that time-frame that best suits you. While the thought of taking a new job is exciting, picking a start date that will also please your current boss is key to maintaining a good relationship with a company.
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