Need an edge in the job market?
NEW YORK, NY -- Looking to brush up on your job skills to survive the recession? Microsoft wants to help. Recently, the computer software giant unveiled Elevate America, a program designed to provide up to 2 million Americans with technology skills essential to building a career in the 21st century. In other words, everything from using the Internet and sending e-mail to earning advanced certification in high-end applications.
The best part? Much of it is ...free. Over the next three years, the corporation, will partner with local governments and other public and private organizations to distribute vouchers for Microsoft eLearning courses. Beginning in selected states, including New York, users can receive free-or-low-cost access to Microsoft's training resources - some of which are now already available online. This includes career guidance and links to tutorials on Microsoft Office applications.
"Millions of Americans don't have the technology skills needed in today's economy. Through Elevate America, we want to help workers get the skills they need to succeed," said Pamela Passman, corporate vice president of Microsoft Global Corporate Affairs, in a statement. "We are also providing a full range of work force development resources for state and local governments so they can offer specialized training for their workers."
Get the competitive edge you need!
LOS ANGELES, CA -- 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 career sites. When an employer needs someone, this is often the first place they look. It's 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.
If you want all the benefits without all the work, let a service like Resume Rabbit do it for you. You fill out one simple form and they'll instantly post your resume on up to 85 top career sites like CareerBuilder, Job.com, Net-Temps, Dice & more. Then you'll be seen by over 1.5 million employers & recruiters daily. It takes ONLY 5 minutes and saves 60 hours of research and data entry. Get the competitive edge you need by going to Resume Rabbit.
Forced back into the job market?
NEW YORK, NY -- In today's world, many of those who, either through choice or misfortune, don't have the resources they need to retire comfortably are being forced back into the job market. During past recessions, older workers simply would have retired rather than searching want ads and applying for jobs. But these days, with outstanding mortgages, bank loans and high medical bills, many of them can't afford to be out of work.
With jobs so scarce, people in their seventh and eighth decades are up against those half their age in a desperate scramble for work. As people live longer and stay in better health, some of them merely want the stimulation and challenge of a job. But for most baby-boomers, the motivation is financial necessity.
Fewer people than in years past are covered by benefit plans or pensions. Those with retirement investments have seen their values erode with the stock-market tumble. Many are outliving whatever savings they might have had, especially by the time they reach their mid to late 70s. Mortgages and medical bills push others into the job market because Social Security and Medicare, though helpful and critical, aren't enough.
Tips aid job search during tough economic times
CHICAGO, IL -- Consider the following advice for job searching during our current global credit crises and flat-lining domestic economy: To be a successful job seeker in this climate, you have to be calm, patient and proactive -- and try any of these tips.
Pick and choose your targets. It's important to put your time and energy into opportunities that you're the most interested in and that have the best chance of coming to fruition. Pick a few companies you're interested in and pursue them, whether they have current openings or not.
Concentrate on growth industries. Energy, healthcare, technology and anything related to the defense industry in general will continue to thrive. Work your networks. Flip through your Rolodex or social media contacts. Let them know you're looking. And that includes all family and all friends. Consider freelancing or setting up your own business at home. Take a temporary position. Temping helps you network with employers that need you.
Learn how you can start your own business
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.
Maximizing your job search - The numbers game
SACRAMENTO, CA -- Some will say that the job search is a game of numbers - the more ads you see and resumes you send, the better chances of landing a job. Others will say that this approach is like a 'shotgun' (not particularly accurate, but hits a broad target). These folks would argue that the 'rifle' approach is better - know exactly what you want then look ONLY for that perfect match.
Unfortunately, the 'rifle' folks are generally wrong. Why? Because the internet has brought job seekers massive exposure to open positions. The effort to send a resume to 5 companies is not much more than sending it to 5,000. So, use the 'law of large numbers' and hit as many as are relevant.
Relevant - as in 'a basic fit' for your skills and desires. This means hitting all the opportunities that 'are in your sweet spot'. It's better than only relying on a few and tailoring your resume to a specific opportunity ... hoping that whoever is screening the resumes sees the clear differentiation between your resume and the rest of the pile.
Consider a more focused approach to your job search.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -- There's nothing easy about job searching. What's especially frustrating for many job seekers is a disappointing response rate. However, it's important to note that a job search is based on a numbers game. For example: If you get your resume in front of 1000 hiring managers, you should get 10-50 quality responses leading up to 5 interviews. If you don't pay attention to 'how' you are sending your resumes, your actions might only serve to put your resume in a pile with hundreds of others.
Consider a more focused approach to your job search. A search that increases the number and quality of responses by using a targeted list of industries and decision makers who are looking for people with your skills. This new type of search also employs an affordable delivery system that ensures your resume will be seen by the right person. Impossible?
Not at all! We recommend using a service called JobsByFax. This service is simple to use, effective and an affordable way to ensure a more focused and satisfying job search. You'll have instant access to information on thousands of companies and their decision makers. JobsByFax combines quality and quantity by faxing your resume to potential employers and recruiters, giving you a chance to win that numbers game. JobsByFax will revitalize your job search and promise quality responses that lead to interviews and even job offers! Take control of your job search by going to JobsByFax.
Never go anywhere without your business cards
PORTLAND, OR -- Every person in the job market should know how highly recommended business cards are for their job search strategy. It is a fabulous idea! When you hand someone your business card you're presenting your professionalism. It's one of your marketing tools that can present your brand. Having a business card is very impressive because so few job seekers will take the time and initiative to do so.
Business cards will give prospective employers your contact information, but can also highlight the industry you are looking to go into. Some job seekers will use the back of the card to showcase their skills by including a few bullet points. This is how it differs from your typical business card. It can be a powerful marketing tool.
Business cards are great to have for networking hours, social gatherings, professional association meetings and great to give to an employer. Be sure to include your name, phone number, website and email address! On the back of the card, highlight your experience using bullet points. Keep everything consistent ... Formatting is key to showcasing your professionalism!