Tips for managing your job search while employed
CHICAGO, IL -- Employees leave companies for a variety of reasons. Whatever your reasons are for leaving, job searching while employed requires secret agent-like discretion and stealth. How can employed workers channel James Bond or Jason Bourne in the job search? Consider the following covert moves:
Keep Your Job Search And Work Separate: Never search for jobs using your company's computer, and never use your work email to touch base with potential employers. Be Very Careful Who You Tell: Entrust your search only to those you know will keep your search quiet. Schedule Interviews Strategically: Schedule interviews before or after work or during lunchtime. If your interviewer isn't flexible, use vacation or personal days for interviews.
Be Wary Of Your Wardrobe: Interview dress is crucial to landing a job. To avoid suspicion, quick changes in public bathrooms may be in order. Your Boss May See "Giving Notice" As A Threat: Be very careful when giving notice. Some employers may see your friendly heads up as a threat. Be Honest With Potential Employers: If asked if your current employer knows about your job search, be honest and tell him, "No." Don't Forget About Your Current Job: You owe it to your employer to remain a productive employee for the time you have left. You Don't Have The Job Yet: Don't submit your letter of resignation to your boss until you have an offer in writing.
Keep your search private. Confidentially post your resume
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 85 top career websites like CareerBuilder, Job.com, Net-Temps, 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 private, use Resume Rabbit to secure your search.
Would you apply for a job through Facebook?
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- Although LinkedIn is still king when it comes to finding jobs through social networking, Facebook might make some waves soon with a new job search feature. A Dow Jones Newswires reporter recently mentioned that Facebook is planning to launch its own job board, aggregating listings from third-party providers.
Sources say this doesn't mean that Facebook is trying to take over LinkedIn, but it does pose a bit of a threat. The two sites are more similar than you'd think. Facebook will dip into job searching applications on its own platform -- namely BranchOut, JobVite, and Work4Labs.
A Facebook spokesperson quoted in the story declined to comment about a potential job board. It's unsure whether or not job ads will be integrated into users' news feeds or exist on a separate part of the site. Some career experts are saying that LinkedIn shouldn't feel threatened by Facebook's rumored foray into the employment sector. They believe many users will want to keep their social and professional profiles somewhat separate online. We do not view it as a material threat to LinkedIn, and we would view any material weakness as a good buying opportunity. As many recruiters are already checking Facebook profiles during the interview process, this could raise privacy concerns.
How to find a job even if you're not looking
AUSTIN, TX -- We all know the virtues of planning ahead. Yet, how often do you think about preparing for your next job? The time to start planning your job hunt is now, when you're not looking. Here are some ways to launch your search for a new job before you need one.
Becoming a job investigator. Pretty much everyone you meet has a job. So, take the time to ask them about theirs. Find out what they do, how they do it and if they like it. This will help you discover new career options. Prove yourself. You can prove yourself to be a reliable hard worker by how you interact with people and what you volunteer to do. Leave a good impression with all the people you deal with.
Be choosy. Even if you're already employed, you should make a habit of looking at job listings. The best way is to use a job search engine. When you see a job you're really interested in, send your resume. There's no harm in looking around and you just might find the job you're dreaming of while you still have the one that pays the bills. Think. Use your time in your current job to observe what it is about your job that you don't like. Make a list of those things and be ready to consult it the next time you go on a job interview.
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.com 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.
A simple guide to organizing your job search
NEW YORK, NY -- As a Recruiter, one of my biggest pet peeves is when I call a candidate about a job they have applied to and they seem to have no idea what I'm calling about. This is a big turn off for many recruiters and hiring managers. Luckily, there is a pretty easy fix for this.
If you find yourself applying for many jobs with different companies, or even different jobs within the same company take the time to create a spreadsheet to track all of the details. This solution won't take much time at all to create, and is a simple way to help you keep all the details organized in one place. You'll sound much more prepared when you do finally get that call from a Recruiter or Hiring Manager.
Print out a copy of the spreadsheet to have with you or be ready to reference an electronic version in the event that you are contacted by a Recruiter or Hiring Manager. This will also prevent you from applying to the same job more than once and can help you remember which ones you need to follow up on the statuses of. There are also a number of online job search management tools (JibberJobber, StartWire, etc.) available that you can purchase to assist you in staying organized. Regardless of how you choose to tackle job search organization; it is a must do.
Get automatic updates and track your job applications
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Have you ever applied to a job and heard nothing back? If you've been in an active job search recently, the answer is probably yes. It's an incredibly frustrating problem that adds stress to what's already a stressful situation -- looking for a new job. So what can be done? Should you just accept that potential employers don't have time to get back to you?
Absolutely not! A new site called StartWire has set out to solve this problem for you by connecting you with over 7000 employers to provide automatic updates on your job applications. You can also find hidden insider connections and get great job search advice to accelerate your job search. Join StartWire, a completely free site for job seekers and you'll be able to get automatic job application updates, organize your job search and more!
It's simple to use and quick to set up. First, apply to jobs anywhere. Then all you have to do is register at StartWire and start forwarding your application confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your applications will automatically be added to your application history. If you've applied to one of the 7000+ supported companies, StartWire will immediately and automatically start tracking your application. You'll be able to see all your applications in one place, and track the progress of your job search. It's that easy! Stop waiting and wondering where you stand. Take action now and join StartWire for free today.
Your personal career marketing plan
CELEBRATION, FL -- Job seekers need to create a plan to "market" themselves to prospective employers to achieve their career goals. Start by thinking of your job search like you would if you were working for a company marketing a new product or service. If you were creating a marketing plan for a new widget, what would the plan include? Complete a plan for your job search with the following elements:
Resume: What have you got to sell? Create a professional resume that tells the reader what you offer. Marketing Materials: Take the time and money to establish marketing materials for your search. Business cards, resume, cover letter and portfolio of accomplishments. Exposure: Where will you market your credentials? Make a list. Job boards, recruiters, direct mail campaigns, broadcast emails, word of mouth, trade shows, local networking meetings. Networking: Fire up your network and get out there. Network with every person you meet.
Research: How will you seek out the opportunities, networking meetings, recruiters, potential employers, etc.? Start researching on the internet, go to the library, and ask questions of others in a job search. Action Plan: Create an action plan and get to work. Stick with the plan and work it just like any other job. Measure Your Progress: You need to assess your progress in achieving your goals. Bite off small chunks and continually correct your direction to improve your results.
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Career Tools Highlighted in This Issue:
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