Be More Efficient in Your Job Search
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- First identify companies that you would like to work at. If you don't know any one inside those companies, ask people in your network to introduce you. Use job search engines. They are aggregators that give you access to potentially millions of jobs from thousands of sources across the Web. Using these sites will save you time and most likely provide more opportunities.
If you are currently employed, explore the idea of a promotion. Your next job could be right under your nose. Research jobs inside your company just as you would outside. Are job boards worth your time? Yes! Job boards aren't dead yet. According to a recent report from SilkRoad data, both the big job boards and niche job sites continue to be a valuable resource.
Should you befriend recruiters? Third-party recruiters and recruiting agencies are definitely still worth your time. Always be specific about the types of roles you are interested in and your salary requirements. Remember, recruiters don't work for you; they work for the company with a job to fill. Some jobs are only filled through recruiters, so it's just one more option for you to explore. Have you checked the company's career site? Not all companies will post opportunities to job boards, and aggregators don't typically pick up the postings from company sites. It's important to visit company career sites regularly to keep up with news and openings.
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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Things you should know about employee referrals
NEW YORK, NY -- There's one thing you can do that increases your chances of being hired: getting an employee referral. Referred candidates are more likely to get hired, perform better and last longer in jobs. This is why companies, large and small, are investing in referral programs. It makes good business sense for them and for you.
It doesn't matter what role your contact is in. What matters is that you let them know the types of roles you are interested in and that you stay on his or her radar, just in case something comes up. It is always best to reach out to people before a job is posted. When an employee refers someone, that candidate is hired about two-thirds of the time. Plain and simple: You should do your best to find people who work inside companies you're interested in. By nature, people want to help, and it doesn't take much effort for an employee to refer you for a job. Just ask.
Use your in-person network, LinkedIn, Twitter and even Facebook to identify the names of people you already know. The higher the person referring you is on the corporate ladder, the better your chances of getting hired. If you do know top level executives, reach out to them first. However, don't hesitate to reach out to anyone you know inside the company, because being referred by any level employee increases your chances.
Use these strategies to find your next job
NEW YORK, NY -- Networking: The majority of job vacancies are never advertised, often referred to as the "hidden job market." To land these jobs, work with recruiters or find another way to get a foot in the door. Referrals: Referrals may get you an invitation to apply for a position without actually searching for a new a job. Some employers offer incentives to their employees for referring a candidate to their company. Rock your network.
Job Boards and Career Websites: Often federal/state governments, and specialty sites will provide job boards and job banks that you can access. Also use job search engines or the vast number of job boards, available online. Job Fairs: Job fairs are typically targeted toward specific industries, though some job or recruitment fairs are more generalized. They will usually come with a list of the organizations that will be present. Investigate any companies that interest you, bring several copies of resumes and be ready to sell yourself.
Company Websites: If you already have your dream employer in mind, go directly to the career section of their website. Also, create a list of employers that you'd like to work for and visit their websites often. Recruitment Agencies: If you're looking for some professional help in your job search, recruitment agencies can definitely lend a hand . There are a number of employers that only hire through recruitment agencies because it helps to streamline the process of locating and interviewing candidates.
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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4 Reasons why your resume needs a summary
CHICAGO, IL -- 1) The Summary is your elevator pitch. Every job seeker should be armed with one. It's needed on the resume, at the job interview and on the occasion you bump into the right contacts. It's the statement that will convince others to want to talk to you. On the resume, it's the first thing recruiters and hiring managers should see when reviewing your resume because it is placed at the top.
2) A good Summary helps differentiate you from other job candidates. It helps define your skills, experiences and unique offerings. In your Summary, you are able to emphasize specific attributes that are unique to you and make you stand out. 3) The Summary immediately informs employers how you align with their needs. It's not the same as the ancient Objective statement seen in old resumes. You are not writing about your goals you're writing about what you have to offer the employer and what you can bring to the table that will align with their specific needs. Review the job posting carefully, and get clear on what you need to focus on to tailor your message.
4) Other tips. To get started on your Summary, think about questions like: How would you describe yourself in a sentence? How would others describe you? What's one thing the hiring manager should know about you? What differentiates you from others? What relevant skills do you have? What are your relevant accomplishments?
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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 forgotten job hunting tips
BOSTON, MA -- 1) Find out where you want to start your search. Take a second and think about: What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? Focus your energy on jobs that will fit your personality and skills. 2) Stand out before the interview. Employers love to see your personality. Try something out of the box like recording a video on your profile. If that's a little much for you, try following up in person to show how serious you are about the job.
3) Keep it classy. While you may feel like your email address 'firstname.lastname@example.org' fits you, it's not the kind of first impression you want to make. We're all for being yourself, but don't forget to keep it professional. Check your voicemail, interview outfit and social media profiles to see if they're doing any damage to your job search. 4) Set goals. To stay on track, try setting a specific goal of applying to 3-5 jobs a day. Make sure you are customizing your resume and cover letter to the jobs you are applying to.
5) Stay positive. Having a positive attitude can pay off during your job search and in the interview. You'll put your best foot forward and employers have told us a positive attitude is the most important trait they look for when hiring. Don't worry so much about saying the right thing as just being yourself. Smile and be confident.
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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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