5 Tips for making a career shift
CHICAGO, IL -- Here are a few steps you should consider when making a career shift. 1.)Take an assessment test: Before you make a career change, understand what you want, both in the short and long-term. Don't limit yourself in regards to future job opportunities. A cluttered resume filled with non-committal roles does not impress employers.
2) Get off your high horse: Career pivots often require professionals to leave more senior, higher-paying roles in favor of jobs that, initially, come with a lower compensation package. In order to gain the skills and experience necessary to forge a new career, be willing to make strategic changes that may not be glamorous from the get-go. 3) Live in the real world: You aren't going to become CFO of a major financial organization immediately; you have to work your way up to that goal. Think about different types of firms and roles that are structured to give you as many opportunities as possible so you can get up to speed on new skills.
4) Practice what the experts preach: A complete career overhaul may mean getting up to speed on industry trends or understanding new processes. This requires work, diligence and becoming an expert at your role. It also requires going over what the experts are saying - and following through with their advice. 5) Practice goodwill: Use the resources and relationships you have, and create goodwill so people understand why you want to make a transition. Practicing goodwill means being proactive.
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SAN DIEGO, CA -- After deciding to make a career change, the last thing you need to have happen is for your employer to accidentally find out that you're looking for a new job. But there are steps you can take to keep your job search confidential. And while the job market is very competitive right now, there are still millions of jobs being offered by hiring managers who search all of the top career sites. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on all the top career sites 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. This useful tool helps you organize your search efforts and saves you time, while allowing you to focus on networking strategies. Just fill out one easy form and in about 15 minutes you'll be posted on 85 top career sites like Job.net, CareerBuilder, Nexxt.com, Dice and more.
If confidentiality is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's confidentiality feature to secure your online resumes. 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 job sites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. Instantly post your resume on all the top job sites, to find a job faster.
Great ways to rev up your job hunt
MIAMI, FL -- Create a job search plan and be organized, active, and knowledgeable. When changing your job search tactics, it's important to figure a few things out. That's where a job search plan comes into play. It's vital to include the following: What's worked and what hasn't; Your five-year plan; What you want to do and the projected future of that industry; How you're going to target your dream companies; A schedule of tactics, how you're going to implement them, how you'll measure success, etc.
Switch up your tactics. Sometimes, your old tactics just aren't cutting it - and the sooner this is accepted and altered, the faster you will land a job. Reflect on what has worked and what hasn't and act accordingly. Use social networking sites professionally. Connect and converse with your target companies. Announce your job search on Google+ and LinkedIn, participate in weekly Twitter chats, or even use job search apps on Facebook.
Stay involved by attending industry meetings. Connect with your dream companies at meet-ups, and ask old employers if they need any help with projects. You'll not only stay involved, you'll show a future employer that you took control of your job search. Take a break. Step away from the phone, the computer, or the job ads, and do something else to take your mind off the search. Whatever you choose, understand that sometimes you just need a little breather to make your search more productive.
Automated job searches to find work faster
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Now that summer is fast approaching and many of you might soon be looking for employment, we wanted to share one of our favorite tech tricks with you; automated job searching. It's a super simple technique that will hopefully help you spend less time job searching and more time actually applying to jobs you're interested in.
However, before we dive in and get started, there are a few things you should know. For starters, this method isn't guaranteed to get you a job; it's merely a way to be alerted faster when jobs that meet your search criteria are listed online. This way, you'll be able to prioritize your time more effectively and get an application in faster.
No matter how you shake it, this is a good idea. It only takes a few minutes to set up, and once you're done, you'll never have to actively browse through job listings to find what you're looking for. Instead, they'll come to you, and you'll get a notification the instant that a relevant job listing is posted online. There are many companies online that will allow you to set up alerts. First enter the person, company, or job title you want to keep tabs on as the search query. The company will send you an email when there are new results for your search, so you can stay ahead of the competition and make yourself look pretty sharp to prospective employers.
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 many online sites.
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.
Get noticed by potential employers
LAS VEGAS, NV -- Here are some of the most-sought-after soft skills identified by CareerBuilder and some examples of how you can actually show these intangibles on your resume. Confident - Emphasize any leadership roles you've held, ranging from positions within formal workplace management or professional organizations, to group projects or committees.
Flexible - Point out your wide range of skills and your ability to interact with a variety of audiences, such as co-workers, vendors, customers, and the general public. Also identify times you've been flexible with your time, such as working various shifts or participating in work-related activities on the weekends. Organized - Prove you're organized by citing how you've successfully juggled multiple priorities, simultaneously managed several projects, or integrated employee management into your existing workload.
Team-Oriented - Highlight some group projects you've been a part of, times you've worked with others outside your department, committees you've participated in, or your contribution to the achievement of a team goal. Self-motivated - Draw attention to extra training or knowledge you've pursued. Positive Attitude - Demonstrate this by pointing out the things you learned from even the most menial jobs, refraining from painting former employers in a negative light, and being optimistic in your objective statement, if you have one. By taking the time to tailor your resume to each job description, you'll get ahead of the competition, making it more likely you'll get noticed and land an interview.
Get help updating your resume
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.
Skills you should gain to start your own business
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Here are four core business areas you should aim to develop if you're looking to start your own business: Sales. The ability to sell effectively will probably make the difference between success and failure. Most of selling is about listening and responding appropriately rather than talking.
Marketing. You can spend a lot of money on promoting your business with little result, and sometimes a few dollars with great results. Marketing is about understanding your customers, making sure the product or service you offer meets their needs, working out how best to communicate with your target market, and pricing correctly. Some people trudge along with little marketing activity and regard it as an extravagant expense. Great companies market highly effectively and use social media.
People management and recruitment. If your business doesn't consist of only you, then people management experience is high on the agenda. Few of us are born naturals and this is definitely an area where training, coaching and experience make a big difference. Your goal is to know how to recruit, retain and motivate exceptional people. Finance. You don't have to be up to the level of a qualified accountant, but you do need to have a proper appreciation of all the basics - how to put together a cash flow forecast, a proper understanding of profit and loss, and an ability to get into the detail and to manage your business financially.
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LAS VEGAS, NV -- Have you dreamed of owning your own business but don't know where to start? Franchises are becoming more and more popular as a way for people to buy and own their own business. Here are 4 main advantages to owning a franchise.
First, you're able to operate your own business with the security of working with a large company. Second, the start-up, operations and general business plans are laid out for you with training and support from the franchisor. Third, you reduce your risk due to the success of the franchisor's reputation & experience. Fourth, it may be easier to borrow money to start a franchise than an independent business. If you've been thinking about starting your own business, we recommend a free-consultation with FranChoice, the premier "matchmaker" of the franchising industry.
During your consultation, the consultants from FranChoice will help you identify franchise businesses that meet your criteria based on your goals, skills and preferences. Then they'll guide you through the franchise investigation process and answer all your questions. FranChoice is paid by the various companies offering franchises to help them find suitable matches. So it's free to you and there's no commitment or pressure to buy. To instantly sign up for your consultation, just go to FranChoice.
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