Don't let summer slow down your job hunt
NEW YORK, NY -- With school out for the summer, vacation is on the minds of many. For frustrated job seekers, vacation might seem a top priority after seas of rejection letters saying, "You're not qualified" or "Positions have been filled." But should you see summer as an opportunity to take an extended break from your job search?
Career and human resource expert Sheila Curran advises clients "to see other people's downtime as a gift. If you slack off when others have less to do, you'll be missing an extraordinary opportunity." If your job search hasn't yielded that coveted position, you are justified in being frustrated, but halting your job search or slowing it down just because it's summer can be the wrong strategy. Remember that many companies are currently hiring throughout the summer. Consider these reasons to keep going strong in your job search:
- Many other job seekers or job changers will be taking an extended break, so you'll stand out.
- Companies don't slow down in a competitive market or tight economy. They are still looking for creative ways to increase their return on investment.
- Contract-to-hire positions are more abundant during summer. These temporary positions could turn into permanent jobs.
- There are more opportunities for in-person networking. Summer is a social season. So take advantage of occasions like golf outings and neighborhood get-togethers to expand your professional network.
Update your job search strategy to better your odds
SAN DIEGO, CA -- Are you tired of going to several job sites every day and having to search each one separately? Do you dread submitting your resume & cover letter over and over for every job you apply to? Do you find it difficult to keep track of where you sent your resume for future follow up? Now a new service called MyJobHunter solves all that and more!
Here's how it works. First, MyJobHunter will instantly search all major job sites for jobs matching your criteria. You'll review a list of job matches and put check marks next to the ones you like. Then, press a single button and your resume is sent to the jobs you selected. It's that really that simple! They'll even personalize your cover letter with each job application. Log-in any time to review jobs applied to and even add follow-up notes on each one.
Check out these other great features. Don't want to forget keywords that generated perfect jobs? Try the "Saved Search" feature. Want MyJobHunter to find & apply to jobs for you? Turn on "Auto-Apply" and your resume is automatically sent to new job matches every day. You'll never miss an opportunity and your resume gets there first! End your job search frustrations today by going to MyJobHunter.
Job seekers need to create a plan to market themselves
CELEBRATION, FL -- Take the time to clearly think through your own Personal Career "Marketing" Plan and then work the plan to achieve your career goals. Start by thinking of your job search like you were working for a company marketing a new product. If you were creating a marketing plan for a new widget, what would the plan include? Try completing a plan for your job search with the following elements:
Resume: Create a resume that's professional and highlights what you offer. Marketing Materials: Take the time and money to establish professional marketing materials for your job search. For example: Business cards, cover letter, resume, and job search organization tools and services. Exposure: Where will you market your credentials? Make a list. Internet job boards, direct mail campaigns, broadcast emails, word of mouth, trade shows, association meetings and local networking meetings.
Networking: Fire up your network and get out in the real world. Tools of the Trade: What tools will you need to conduct your marketing campaign? Calendar, contact database, interviewing clothes, voicemail, internet access and a computer. Research: Start researching on the internet, go to the library, ask questions of others in your industry. Action Plan: Create an plan and get to work. Stick with the plan and work it like a job. Measure Your Progress: Assess your progress in achieving your goals. Bite off small chunks and continually correct your direction to improve your results.
Are you forgetting the obvious in your job search?
ST. LOUIS, MO -- It's easy to forget important things like...
1) Modifying your resume for each job opening. Whenever you can truthfully do so, include the same job duties in your work history section that hiring companies list in the job ad. Also, weave the right keywords into your resume, cover letter and online applications. 2) Having the right person recommend you can make a huge difference. Will a respected employee or client of a target company vouch for you? Then by all means ask them to!
3) If you aren't in their salary range, you aren't in consideration. If your range is far higher than a company expects to pay, either opt to only apply for jobs in your range or convince companies that you will take less. 4) You're up against stiff competition. Since your resume could be one of hundreds, you must actively prove your abilities to stand out. Include quantifiable accomplishments in your resume and send a list of your recommendations to convince the hiring manager.
5) Candidates are rejected because recipients glaze over. Give recruiters a break. Write a genuinely interesting cover letter that states why you are interested in the company and why you are perfect for their position. 6) Even though you're good, you may not be right for the job. So when interviewing, emphasize how well you can handle the job and show how well you can become part of their team.
How to get 10 interview calls in 72 hours
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 - if it even makes it to the pile at all.
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. JobsByFax combines quality and quantity by faxing your resume to potential employers and recruiters. In fact, it's been statistically proven that sending 1000 resumes using JobsByFax can yield from 10 to 50 quality responses. JobsByFax will revitalize your job search and produce quality responses that lead to interviews and even job offers! Take control of your job search and land more interviews by going to JobsByFax.
One of the most important tools for job seekers
ST. PAUL, MN -- One of the most important tools that's interestingly overlooked by many job seekers is the networking business card! You should always have an updated business card as a job hunter! It will not often be practical to have a resume on hand. And even if you do, who will want to carry it around after you give it to them?
But a card is a wonderful marketing tool to pass on...and on...and on. Your business card doesn't replace the resume, but it provides a convenient capsule of information that will impress a specific level of hiring value. It's a good idea to use the back and front of the card. On the front, have your contact information, a website or LinkedIn address if you have one, credentials if applicable to your job target, and headline (Award-Winning Sales Executive, Master Electrician, Financial Analyst, etc.). On the back, put your tagline (a one-line sentence that captures who you are), along with three pieces of information you want people to know about you.
Unique and effective business cards are a great way to familiarize networking contacts and potential employers with your name and brand your unique value. Develop a card which catches everyone's attention not just employers but people who may know someone who is hiring. Give a card to everyone you know. If they meet someone who is looking to hire, your business card can be passed.
Make sure they remember you! Get job seeker business cards
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Are business cards really necessary for job seekers? You better believe they are! There is simply no substitute for getting out there and networking during your job search. Handing out your business card is a great way to keep them remembering you.
The Career News highly recommends creating your own business cards for networking - for free. VistaPrint has many templates from which you can choose - from wild and colorful to simple and sophisticated. Pick the template you prefer, type in your information, preview your new card and order it. It's so simple to use.
Make sure your business cards include all of your current contact information, phone numbers and email. Most importantly, make sure you carry them with you at ALL times! You never know who you might meet and where you might meet them. Always collect the business cards of the people you meet and get their contact information too. Make a note on the back of the business cards you collect to remind you about your conversation with the person, who they are, what they can do for you or what you can do for them. Make sure they remember you and get your free networking business cards today.
Building confidence for the job interview
BOULDER, CO -- At a recent Job Club meeting at FutureWorks in Springfield, Mass., attendees agreed that the longer they were out of work, the harder it was to go on job interviews. A simple question such as, "What have you been doing since your last job?" would make them feel as though they were chronically unemployable, as if the question had been, "Why can't you get a job? What's wrong with you?"
Sadly, the state of the job market has left many job seekers feeling helpless as they send resume after resume, hoping for an interview. When that interview comes, so do feelings of nervousness and inadequacy brought on by long periods of unemployment. One woman at Job Club was able to conquer her nervousness by repeating a mantra as she drove to the job interview. "I'm a consultant, not a job seeker," she repeated. She walked into the job interview and presented herself with confidence. She also impressed the interviewer with her in-depth knowledge of the procedures needed to get the job done.
Other ways to build confidence include making a list of career accomplishments, which can be brought up at the job interview; making a list of personal accomplishments; remembering that out of all the resumes that the company received, they chose you; and finally, remembering that there are plenty of people in the same boat.
Ace your next interview and get hired faster
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Did you know that when the job market was booming it took an average of 3 interviews to get 1 job offer? Now it takes 17! When you finally land the job interview of your dreams will you have what it takes to land the job offer? You must stand out during the job interview or you might as well be playing the lottery.
Most job seekers spend hours creating their resumes and cover letters, searching through job postings, reviewing classified ads and networking--all in order to land the job interview. Yet 99% of them don't have a clue what to do when they get one.
There's a little known "secret career document" you can quickly and easily customize for your next important job interview that literally forces the interviewer to picture you filling the position. This powerful technique was created by one of California's top marketing professionals. His method guarantees you'll automatically stand out from the crowd and shoot straight to the top of the "must hire" list for any position you seek. To ace your next interview and get hired faster visit: The Job Interview Secret.
Career Tools Highlighted in This Issue:
- MyJobHunter - Job Search Tool
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- Get 10 Interview Calls in 72 Hours
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- Get Networking Business Cards-Free
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- The Job Interview Secret
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