Key job search tips with the greatest traction
ALBANY, NY -- Getting a job is a job. You need a daily routine to stick to. Read. Network. Volunteer. Distribute your resume on the major job boards as well as niche career sites that focus on your desired industry. Rehearse job interviews in the privacy of your own home. Never lie on your resume, but always remember a resume's purpose is to get you an interview.
On resumes and in interviews, point to specifics in your achievements. Use the internet to learn about your interviewer and the company you're interviewing with. Use social-networking vehicles like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter properly. They can help you enhance your network. And networking is how two-thirds of all jobs are found.
Respect your references. Make sure your praise singers know in advance that you're listing them. The early bird may get the worm, but late birds get the job. You never want to be a warm-up act. Like the Academy Awards, the strongest contenders are those appearing at year-end. Never negotiate your starting salary based on what you need. Base your argument on the marketplace and what you have to offer.
Job boards & niche career sites your resume should be on
LOS ANGELES, CA -- With so many people currently in the job market or looking for better career opportunities, how can you make sure your resume will be seen? With advancing technology, the internet is an extremely popular resource for posting and finding resumes. But with all the career sites available, wouldn't it be nice if your resume could be found on all of them?
Consider a site that can make that happen. You post your information to their site once, and they distribute it on up to 78 different top job boards and niche career sites! It's called Resume Rabbit and it's so easy to use. Just fill out one simple online form and in just 5 minutes you'll be well on your way to landing that job you've been searching for.
Distributing your resume online is easy with Resume Rabbit. You could spend hours and hours posting your resume individually to all the top career sites - or you can let a site like Resume Rabbit do it for you. Then, 1.5 million employers can instantly see your resume daily. To distribute your resume to top job boards and niche career sites, go to Resume Rabbit today.
More job seekers 'faking it' to get by
CHICAGO, IL -- More job seekers have adopted the old catchphrase "fake it until you make it" as a job-search mantra in this economy. Fudged credentials, fake references and inflated job titles are on the upswing as job seekers become more desperate to find work, according to a new report from employment services firm Chicago-based Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.
According to the employee screening services company ADP, the number of resume discrepancies have gone up in recent years. While companies usually have no tolerance for people who lie on their resumes, the crippled job market means that for some, lying is extremely tempting. With over 14.8 million people out of a job as of January, the market for buying fake degrees has also ballooned.
The most popular things to lie about on a resume or in an interview include: education, including fake grade point averages and fake degrees; job titles; reasons for leaving a job; and accomplishments at a particular organization. Job seekers should remember that while some companies don't bother to check facts, many companies do, and correct information is easy to access these days via computer or the telephone.
Best practices for writing a successful resume
LOS ANGLES, CA -- Your resume is the key to winning an interview; it helps you get your foot in the door. Therefore, it needs to be at its best. If you are like most people, you don't think about your resume until you need it. Once you need it, you have to scramble around trying to find out how best to construct or update it.
That's two strikes from the beginning -- you haven't prepared a resume in years and you're in a hurry because you need to jump at an opportunity. The third strike comes with your lack of experience and resume insight. You don't write resumes every day so you don't know what works. You're out of practice, in the dark, and in a hurry - not a good combination. To help you out, here are some best practices for writing a resume.
Think ahead! A resume is like a will, you don't think about it until you need it. Keep it updated. A great resume is kept updated and ready to go at short notice. Focus on most recent events. Make sure your content is relevant to the job description. Keep your information accurate. When unemployed and feeling desperate, the temptation to fudge on your resume can be enticing. Do not make that mistake!
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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.
Timing is key when applying to jobs online
NEW YORK, NY -- For job seekers, timing is key. Those who didn't apply to that position posted over the weekend weren't even in the running. Many employers and hiring managers will typically review resumes in chronological order - as they were received. This means those that apply first are at an advantage. Once the employer finds 3-4 strong candidates, they often will start the interview process with them.
Looking at a date that a position is posted is often a good reference point, because openings that are more than a few days old may already be filled. On job boards, positions may be listed for 30 or 60 days even though the hire is made on day five. It's incumbent on the hiring manager to have the post taken down, but a lot of times that just doesn't happen.
Alternatively, some employers post "evergreen" jobs, usually for a position with a high turnover rate, even if it's not necessarily available at that time. And some postings are not really available at all if there's an internal candidate already slated to fill the slot. Companies will often go through the motions of advertising the job and accepting resumes, to prove they are using fair hiring practices and considering external candidates.
Search smarter with this job search engine
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.
You simply plug in your job title and desired location, and in seconds you can review all your best job matches pulled from all the top job sites -- and all in one place. Now instead of spending endless hours bouncing around to countless different job sites, the jobs are brought right to you in seconds. The best part is there's no charge for this service, no sign up required, and you can try it right now. Just go to: JobsWanted.com.
Laid off? Tips on maintaining your confidence
PALM SPRINGS, CA -- You've probably heard once in your life that the way to get through the challenges of life is not to look in the rear view mirror but to look ahead. Lamenting the loss of your job because of a reduction of force is natural; especially if you enjoyed the position. It is normal to grieve over the loss of income and the daily activities you had.
The emotions of grief, anger and fear must be resolved. If they are not, it may affect your future performance in interviews. Self-confidence is one of the most paramount traits of a successful interview. After a layoff, allow a short period of grief. Let whatever you are feeling to come through, face it, and understand that the past cannot be brought back, then get over it.
Believe the next job or career move you make can be even more rewarding. Believe in yourself. The identity you developed about yourself still exists. Try looking in the mirror daily and repeating how talented, creative, and successful you are. This creates positive cognitive thinking about yourself which is what you need for a successful interview in the future. Good luck! You can do it.
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