Tips to help get your 2018 job search started
SEATTLE, WA -- Freshen up your resume. While you can still use your previous resume, you should update it so it includes new information, such as current work experience or any classes that you've taken since you last created your resume. Create a LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is the go-to platform for networking and job-seeking. If you haven't done so yet, create a profile. If you do have a profile, make sure that it has been updated with relevant information and a recent photo.
Use your current network. There's no shame in reaching out to friends, family, colleagues and even former co-workers when searching for a new job. They may know of a location that has an opening. If not, you can use them as a resource when applying. Network, network, network. Get your face out there as much as possible. Whether it's an industry event, alumni mixer or meet-up, there's no shortage of networking opportunities for you to use when on the job hunt.
Narrow your search down to find the right job. Make a list of positions or companies that you would want to work for. Don't sweat the small stuff. Mistakes are a part of life. Just remember that for all the negatives out there over your mistakes, there are just as many people rooting for you and backing you up as you own up to the mistake and fix it.
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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Reasons to keep job searching over the holidays
NEW YORK, NY -- There's less competition for job roles. Since most people are enjoying holiday eating and parties, you can be taking advantage of being one of the few people applying for the wide selection of jobs out there! Business does continue. While some businesses do close for the holidays, they're often open the days before and after - so it's worth emailing and applying over this time.
Getting your application in at a time when they may not be getting many, means yours will stand out. If you decide to slow down or stop job searching, it can be harder to start up again. By continuing over the Christmas period you can make sure you don't miss out on any opportunities. Make the most of the time off!
If you're already working, sometimes it can be hard to find time to job search. However, over the holiday period you can make the most of the extra time to look for work. Shoot out emails to companies you would like to work with when it's quieter. The holiday season is a great time to reconnect with people you know. A simple Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas message can be a great conversation starter. You can ask people how their year has been and what their plans are for the New Year. You never know what new opportunities might arise or who they may know that can assist you with your job search.
Is your resume boring employers and hiring managers?
SEATTLE, WA -- Have you struggled with putting your brand into your resume, writing a profile paragraph that looks great, but is failing to get the attention you deserve? If you've spent considerable time on a lackluster resume that serves up the same information as everyone else's, it might be time to rewrite your resume and introductory summary to get better results.
You're boring hiring managers if your resume contains an opening paragraph like this: Accomplished professional with proven experience leading cross-functional teams, managing budgets, increasing revenue, and creating strong customer relationships. Able to work effectively in fast-paced environments, lead teams to successful project delivery, and communicate at all levels of the organization.
The problem with a paragraph like this isn't the writing itself; it's the fact this description could apply to almost anyone! What I recommend instead is a tight description that includes a level of achievement, while cutting down on the volume of words. Here's an example: Top Producer who outworks the competition to deliver over-goal results of up to 157%-identifying major account needs to secure new business in software, Internet, and e-commerce industries.
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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 Tips to improve your career development
CHICAGO, IL -- Could your career development and management use help to gain momentum? People who are the most successful and satisfied in their careers have proactively determined what they want from work. Once they've decided on their goals, they make a plan to accomplish the goals.
Developing a timeline with career goals and expected milestones is also an effective way to manage your career. Bringing your boss and his or her sponsorship and mentoring into the picture will ensure that you have an internal mentor who will help you manage your career. Some companies have formal programs to help employees develop their careers. In others, you will need to informally pursue your career development. Companies with programs generally focus energy on helping employees develop and follow a career path.
The career path is discussed at several meetings bi-annually with the employee's boss. The company doesn't own the career path; the employee does. But, the company demonstrates its deep commitment to its employees by assisting where possible with resources of time and dollars. Career paths are recommended for the same reason that goals are recommended. They are the written plan that can help each employee focus on what is most important to his or her fulfillment and success. Without a plan, you can feel rudderless and you have no benchmark against which you can measure your progress.
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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The future is temporary: what the gig economy means for you
BOULDER, CO -- Increased flexibility: There's been a shift in the perception of gig, contract, and freelance work. These temp jobs are no longer frowned upon. One of the biggest perks may well be that workers can often set their own hours to better manage time. But most importantly, they can work from wherever -- home, a coffee shop, a library.
A trickier career path: An article in Fast Company states that it's not only cheaper for businesses to hire staff on demand, it also creates more competition for talent. This results in an erosion of the classic career-path development, with companies favoring temp gigs that focus on harnessing and developing specific skills. The need for compromise: What some organizations refer to as flexibility is for others just a euphemism for under-employment. So, job seekers need to weigh their options.
While contract and freelance work offer the prospect of increased flexibility, the inherent job insecurity and uncertainty that comes with the gig economy can be difficult for some workers. However, for a growing number of people, having more control over work-life balance -- and being able to work from their kitchen table -- wins out. And since it looks like the gig economy is here to stay, workers need to figure out how much uncertainty they're willing to live with in order to put "free" back into freelance.
Have you tried this new job search engine yet?
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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