Get recruiters to call you with great jobs
New York, NY -- What's the best way to get headhunters to call you the next time a terrific new opportunity crosses their desk? It helps to always take - and return - their calls. Headhunters remember people who make their own jobs easier.
"There is a lot of quid pro quo in our business," says Dale Winston, CEO of Manhattan-based executive recruiters Battalia Winston International. "We keep people in mind who have helped us find good candidates in the past, and we like to reciprocate that help."
Translation: Even if you aren't the right person for the job a headhunter is trying to fill at any given moment, you may be the right person for the next one. So take those phone calls, and see if you can't come up with the names of a couple of good prospects, or at least be willing to try.
Reaching employers & recruiters who are hiring
LOS ANGELES, CA -- These days job seekers need to work smarter to land job over their competition. 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 an employer or recruiter the moment they need 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. As soon as an employer needs someone, this is usually the first place they look. This is a proven, documented method of successful job searching. It's estimated that between 1.5 and 2 million hiring managers search the top 50 career sites daily for people with specific skills. While it may take a fair amount of work 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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Keep your job search on a schedule
Have you noticed that time tends to get away from you and before you know it, you haven't sent out any resumes or followed-up with any companies for a week or so? It's easy to get sidetracked. That's why it's important to try to put yourself on a schedule that you can keep.
Figure out what your job search goals are so you know how aggressive you need to be. The more you really want a job, the more time you have to set aside for your job search. If you're passively looking, then you can get away with minimal time. If you're one of those who are actively job hunting and would like a new job as quickly as possible, then you need to try to schedule time almost every day. I know, easier said than done, but it's important that you consider looking for a new job a priority in your life.
You can try a schedule that allows you to look for jobs on one day, and then prepare and send out your resume and cover letter the next day. If you can concentrate on accomplishing one aspect of your job search a day, then your efforts will be focused and hopefully more effective. I'm not saying to get yourself burned out. You need to keep invigorated. Take mini-breaks as you see fit, but get back in the swing of things as quickly as possible.
Changing rules of resume writing
For years now, recruiters have been preaching to job seekers that they should keep their resumes to one page. But a new survey conducted for Accountemps has discovered that just more than half of executives still believe this practice is necessary.
The national poll found that a full 44 percent of recruiters actually prefer two pages. This is significantly more than the 25 percent who said they preferred two pages a decade earlier. And when it comes to resumes for executive roles, 31 percent cite three pages as ideal.
"Many employers are willing to spend a little more time reviewing application materials so they can more easily determine who is most qualified and act quickly to secure interviews with these candidates," says Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies.
Complimentary resume critique by a professional
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.
Ways to dance around pay-expectation questions
There is one question you're sure to be asked sometime during the interview process: What are your salary expectations? Don Sutaria, president and founder of CareerQuest, a staffing and training firm, advises job seekers to avoid offering a solid figure. "Don't answer the question. Say, 'I'll expect the fair market value. Make me an offer and we can discuss it.' Or, 'Maybe you can tell me what your range is?'"
Sutaria suggests arming yourself with information. "It's very easy to find now, based on the job title and industry, what your range is." A reliable online resource is Salary.com. Professional associations also sometimes conduct salary surveys and publish their results.
Remember that if you do name an amount early in the process, it's going to be difficult to renegotiate later. If and when you're asked the question in an interview, ask the interviewer about the position's salary level for someone with your qualifications.
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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.
"Second Act" jobs interest older workers
As more Baby Boomers approach retirement, growing numbers are passing it up in favor of "second act" jobswork during their retirement-age years, whether full- or part-time.
Recent estimates from the US Census Bureau show strong growth in the number of retirement-age Americans, which is putting pressure on pensions and health care programs including Social Security and Medicare. But as this avalanche of Americans approaches retirement age, second act job seekers will also reshape the labor market. Nearly 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 65 without a disability are participating in the labor force, a rate that has been rising steadily for the past decade. These jobs include a number of construction and transportation positions, as well as assorted superintendent roles and a few less-common jobs like pastor and boat captain.
A multitude of factors is driving Baby Boomers toward longer careers, notably rising life expectancy and the need for greater retirement savings, especially in the wake of the Great Recession. As these Boomers work later into life, they search for jobs compatible with their skills and lifestyle.