Keeping your job search a secret from the boss
BOSTON, MA -- Q. I'm applying for a new position, but don't want my boss to know. Is there such a thing as a confidential job search? A. You're wise to be concerned about confidentiality when it comes to job hunting. Looking for a new opportunity while employed can put your current position at risk. As cautious as you may be, you need to be prepared for your search to be exposed. Develop the response you would use if your boss was to find out.
Many people want to tell their office colleagues they are starting a search for a new job. But sharing such information can put them in a difficult position if they are approached by an inquisitive manager. Decide whether it's in your best interest, or theirs, for you to go public about your situation prior to accepting an outside offer. When you update your resume, use a personal e-mail address and your cell or home phone number. Complete this work on your own time and don't make copies of your resume at the office.
LinkedIn can be used effectively for people with jobs who are looking for jobs. So make sure to update your LinkedIn profile. Use "confidential" in the subject line of any e-mails related to a job search. Make sure to you use the confidentiality feature when posting your resume on career sites and job boards.
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 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 secure and confidential, post your resume online with Resume Rabbit.
Economy adds 165,000 jobs as unemployment dips
NEW YORK, NY -- The American jobs machine beat expectations in April, adding 165,000 jobs, as the unemployment rate dipped to a four-year low of 7.5%, based on data released recently by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg were expecting a gain of 140,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 7.6%, according to the median of 90 forecasts.
Analysts at Capital Economics said the report "will go a long ways towards soothing fears of another spring slowdown." The drop in the unemployment rate was impressive because it happened even though more people entered the labor force. The government said that according to its survey of households, the labor force grew by 210,000, but the number of employed grew by 293,000.
In another sign of strength, the government added 114,000 to its estimate of jobs gains in the previous two months, February and March. The report also said: People unemployed more than half a year accounted for 37.4% of the jobless, down 2.2 percentage points from March. The employment-to-population ratio was 58.6%, showing little movement over the past year. Health care added 19,000, construction, manufacturing, and government were little changed, professional and business services added 73,000, and retail lost 24,000. Average hourly earnings for employees on non-farm payrolls rose 4 cents to $23.87. The average workweek for those employees declined to 34.4 hours, down 0.2 hour from March.
Ways to address your shortcomings in an interview
LAS VEGAS, NV -- When applying for a job, it's very unlikely that the candidate will meet all the requirements and expectations in terms of skills or experience. Here are 3 common shortcomings and tips on how to address these at your next interview:
1) Lack of Experience: Focus on what you bring to the table rather than what you don't. Use stories of previous experiences and accomplishments in other areas to leverage on your achievements and strengths. Write down a few success stories from your previous job, charity work or volunteering experience. Now relate how these stories or results can be applicable to this position.
2) Frequent Job Changes: Changing careers and jobs was perhaps your idea to find the ideal one that's best suited to your interest. Often, our education directs our first job but it's through experience that we get to explore our real passion based on new acquired skills. Weave a story on your past experience and how each experience has led you to a better opportunity. Make sure that your explanation ties in closely with your previous jobs and work experience.
3) Previous Termination(s): Present this scenario in a positive light without any finger pointing to your previous boss or employer. An unfair termination can also be justified but try not to be on the defensive. A statement or two may be enough for an explanation but lingering on long is not suggested.
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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.
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Resume Tips: How to make your resume stand out!
NEW YORK, NY -- Employers are inundated with resumes in today's marketplace. Social media has changed the landscape of talent acquisition and has created many new outlets and venues for finding talent. These factors contribute to creating a highly competitive job market with employers having a lot of choices and a large supply of potential candidates. We want to make our resume our own and make it stand out apart from the others. Below are some strategies to make your resume stand out.
Regard your resume as a vehicle for telling and showcasing your story -- make it your own. Focus on accomplishments not responsibilities -- include measurable results. Make it visually appealing -- use a professional and current font with plenty of white space. Keep it an appropriate length -- be clear, concise and crisp. Include a well-rounded, holistic picture of your background, experiences and interests. Be sure it articulates your personal brand -- how YOU differentiate yourself with specifics.
Stay away from too many buzz words while keeping your experiences relevant. Highlight specialized skills and competencies that set you apart with examples. View your resume as a marketing document and the commodity being marketed is YOU. Edit and proofread several times for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Seek feedback, input and suggestions from others. Ask yourself the final question -- would you want to meet and hire this person?
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Experts say the job market is improving
WASHINGTON, D.C.-- New survey findings show more job openings this year than others, and in several different fields. That's positive news for job seekers and students graduating from college soon. In a few weeks Kurt Oleszko will graduate. "It's a pretty good feeling," Oleszko says. For many seniors the last semester brings an exhausting job hunt and dozens of job applications. But for Oleszko that's not the case. He already has a full-time job lined up.
Experts say the college graduating class of 2013 will enter a stronger job market than in the years right after the recession. "The economy is improving and we are seeing an increase in the number of employers looking to hire," UWSP Economist Randy Cray said. But Cray says only certain job fields are booming, "ones in the technical area are a lot more in demand than others."
A nation-wide study shows the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates is 11.3%. Cray says if the economy continues to recover that number should get even lower. For those soon to be college graduates without a job that's a positive sign. "With the way things are, hospitals are very important so we'll always have a job, and I'll get one," Senior Jessica Dietzman said. So as these seniors get ready to receive their diplomas, it seems they have a little more reason to be optimistic.
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