Are you using an ineffective job search strategy?
MIAMI, FL -- Continue to look for job leads and research potential employers online, but use these strategies in tandem with a new, more personal approach. Here are a few helpful hints for your new job search strategy:
When you call or meet with people, be friendly and social. Make sure your energy is positive and the talk is not solely focused on you. Be respectful of people's time. Make the conversation pleasant and be positive. Your job search may be difficult and frustrating, but people are more receptive if you're upbeat and optimistic. If you're going to ask others to forward your resume to their HR departments, make sure you are a strong fit for the role and that you have tweaked your resume so it "bleeds" the job description. When you forward your customized resume, make sure you include the job description (including the job number) and a few bullets that recap your relevant experience.
Sometimes we need to shake things up in our quest for the next great opportunity. Focusing on more personal modes of communication adds a human element to your search process and can lead to a more positive attitude toward your job search as a whole. Conversations also give you more opportunities to showcase your "value proposition" to potential employers and may lead, directly or through referrals, to the interviews you seek.
Confidentially post your resume & secure your search
LOS ANGELES, CA -- You've decided to take the leap and look for a new job. But where do you start? While the job market is very competitive right now, there are still lots of jobs being offered by hiring managers who search all of the top career websites. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on ALL the top websites 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. With this service, you fill out one easy form and in about 15 minutes you'll be posted on up to 75 top career websites like CareerBuilder, Job.net, America's Job Exchange, Dice and more.
If confidentiality is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's confidentiality feature. 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 career sites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. To keep your job search secure and confidential, post your resume online with Resume Rabbit.
Haven't found your dream job yet?
NEW YORK, NY -- One of the accepted truths in our world today is that if you do what you love, the money will follow. Here's the conclusion I've come to: Either it's a hugely new phenomenon that should be tested or it's a load of manure. I'm betting the latter. Here's why. For centuries, most people worked for a simple reason, they saw it as a way to avoid starvation and poverty.
Only in the last 70 years have people had the opportunity to be choosier about their work. That's what the last 70 years have been: a gigantic wet kiss of opportunity. But we've taken opportunity and turned it into a birthright. Now I don't only have the opportunity to provide for myself/my family with something I might love to do. I deserve to do so. Here are some questions to ponder when searching for your next opportunity.
Ask yourself what you love and what you're good at. Then put your career hopes in the larger context of your family responsibilities and your deepest values. Is there a job or career out there that all things considered is a better option? If so, go for it. If not, think about how you can make your work meaningful by changing how you think. Can you take joy from serving someone? Can you grow in your character? Is there a special project you can invest in?
3 ways to demonstrate your value in a job search
LOS ANGELES, CA -- To really stand out from the rest requires that you demonstrate the value you can bring in the future, not the past. Remember that you are being hired to solve someone's problems. Here are three easy ways to help you demonstrate your value with a potential employer.
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.
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 for--free.
Don't neglect to ask this key question in an interview
MIDDLETOWN, NY -- We've all been there. You're on a high after a great interview. All the vital components, including your skills, expertise and chemistry, meshed well with the job requirements. Has your hard work finally paid off, or did you neglect to ask this key question: "What is your time frame for a decision?"
Few things are more frustrating to job seekers than the extended amount of time that can transpire before hearing back from a company. Inquiring about the employer's recruiting timeline is perfectly acceptable and a prudent tactic. Why? Because if you haven't heard back by that date, you have a ready-made excuse for following up.
Why the long delay? The fact is, companies today are far more discriminating with their recruiting practices. Hiring the wrong candidate may prove devastating and costly. Most hiring decisions today involve multiple interdisciplinary heads and executive management, extending the recruiting time. What should a candidate do? If you're going stir crazy, send an email to emphasize your continued interest. Specifically, inquire when they expect to be in touch with you. If you find yourself agonizing and frantically checking your email wondering when you're going to hear something, it's in your best interest to move on and place other irons in the fire.
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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.
Don't put all your eggs in one basket
CHICAGO, IL -- An employer contacts you for an interview for a position that you applied for on-line. You get excited and your hopes for securing the position are high. Unfortunately, many job hunters stop looking at this point and put all their eggs in one basket assuming that the interview means that they have the job. Many are disappointed and end having a longer job search than necessary. Here are tips to help you crack the code:
Develop a job search strategy. Focus on who will hire you based on your experience and job skills. Target jobs in same or similar industries to your current or last job. Weed out the rotten eggs. You might be excited about securing an interview with a firm but the firm may not be the best fit for you. Research the firm and prepare a list of questions to ask during the interview. Remember an interview is a two way assessment not one way.
Don't stop the hunt. When you're contacted by a firm or a recruiter for an interview don't stop your job search. It's most likely to be the first interview of many more to come and perhaps just a screening call. Many job seekers unfortunately stop their job search only to learn that there were other candidates who were also interviewed and they too were not selected. Continue your job search during this period until you accept an offer.
Job Search Tools Highlighted in This Issue:
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