5 Things you should be doing if you're unemployed
CHICAGO, IL -- Here are five things you should allocate time each week to becoming more hirable. 1) Volunteer: Volunteering can increase your chances of being hired if you're strategic about it. By volunteering somewhere relevant, you'll keep your skills fresh while enhancing your resume.
2) Keep Your Skills Current: Spend time each day building new skills. Take advantage of numerous free resources online, including tutorials, e-books, and how-to videos. If you'd rather have more of a class setup, then look for free or affordable adult education classes in your area. 3) Network: There are two parts to networking: reconnecting with your old contacts and forming new ones. Find them, e-mail them, call them. Ask how they are and let them know the specifics of your job search. See if they know of anything or anyone. At a temporary dead-end with your current contacts? Make new ones. Go to networking events. Go to lectures, neighborhood council meetings, even community social events.
4) Freelance: Freelancing is a great way to boost your skills, resume, portfolio, professional network, income, and confidence. 5) Build An Online Presence: Get found online. Start a blog, spruce up your social network profiles, create an online portfolio to showcase your work. Find companies you're interested in working for, subscribe to their blogs, and follow them on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Find decision-makers at those companies and follow them as well.
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Ways to make your resume stand out
NEW YORK, NY -- It can be difficult to craft an excellent resume when you're a career changer competing against other applicants who already have work experience in the field you're trying to break into. Here are a few ways to make yourself look great on paper and land an interview. Use the right format. If this is your first time writing a resume for a job in a new field, check out as many sample resumes as you can to get a good idea of what the accepted norm is.
Volunteer and freelance in your new field. Many hiring managers feel that volunteer work makes job candidates more attractive. If you have volunteered or done freelance work, it counts as work experience. Quantify your achievements. Hiring managers want to see quantifiable achievements to know that you can make a positive change in any situation. Your resume should tell the reader about what problems you solve and how you solve them.
Look at the resumes of people with your potential job. You can gain a lot of insight into what needs to go on your resume from your network community. Do some LinkedIn research. Get introduced to individuals that currently have a similar job to the one you want. See what kind of experience and skills they list, and use that as your guide when presenting yourself on paper.
Ways to get your stalled job search moving
LEXINGTON, KY -- Becoming a game changer is one solution to a stalled job search. Here are a few essential areas that you need to embrace fully to get in the game: No excuses: There are not any quick fixes, but some processes and principles work more than others. So, quickly identify those things that are working and stick to those during your search.
Personal outlook: Many people get paralyzed by just mentioning the unemployment rate, talking about the bad economy or discussing the number of jobs created last month. A negative attitude does negatively impact your job search. Take a different approach by understanding that nearly 94% of Americans were employed in October, and new job postings go up daily. Get organized: It's important to have good organization and a job search plan to follow. Job seeking is about moving forward. You'll be more effective if you have set days and times during which you will be focused on your search.
Technology is vital: There are numerous technology tools that you should use for your job search. Take ownership and learn how to use online job search tools and use them daily. Also, make sure you're active on LinkedIn. Networking: This is the most effective strategy in conducting a job search, but the most under used as well. You can't overlook the impact that good networking will add to the success of finding a job. If you're unemployed you need to keep your lines of communication open.
Search smarter and land more interviews
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Are you tired of going to several job sites every day and searching 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 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.
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Recruiters offer these tips for older job seekers
MIAMI, FL -- Are you on the job market with a head full of gray hair? InformationWeek interviewed some IT recruiters to get their advice for older IT pros on the job market and how to minimize age-related challenges.
How to find a good recruiter in your industry
LOS ANGELES, CA -- These days job seekers should spend 60 to 70 percent of their efforts on networking with friends, family, recruiters, headhunters and other professionals in their industry. Let everyone know you're out of a job and available for work. People like to help, but they can't help if they don't know you're looking. On average, 80 percent of job openings aren't advertised at all. Therefore, working with a recruiter and networking may be the only way to hear about them.
Recruiters, otherwise known as headhunters or search consultants, are hired by companies to find candidates for them, and often know about unadvertised jobs. It's important to note, that recruiters do not charge the job seeker. The hiring company pays a fee, typically when a candidate is hired. Additionally, most recruiters know of hundreds of jobs that are not advertised in conventional places like classified ads or online job boards. Using a recruiter is the only way to tap into these hidden jobs.
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Recognizing yourself as a brand when job searching
GERMANTOWN, MD -- Do you know what you and Hollywood Actresses and Actors have in common? You both are YOUR own BRAND! You also have unique skills and abilities that are marketable; it starts with recognizing your brand. There are endless situations in life where the key to success is the ability to sell yourself to others. In your career, the ability to convince an interviewer that you're the best person for the job is critical.
When you think about it, if you cannot sell yourself as a person to others, you're going to have a difficult time selling them your ideas, your wishes, your needs, your ambitions, your skills, and your experiences. The basic idea of personal branding is to promote yourself as having certain values, skills or expertise -- your brand -- so that if someone needs that expertise, they'll come to you first. This is the most important aspect to successfully selling yourself to others. Unless it comes naturally, this is probably also the hardest.
Start by identifying the qualities or characteristics that make you distinctive from your competitors or your colleagues. What do others say is your greatest strength? What is your most astonishing personal trait? What do I do that adds remarkable, measurable, distinguished, and distinctive value? What do I do that I am most proud of? What have I accomplished that I can brag about? The more you know about you, the easier it becomes to market Your Brand!
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LOS ANGELES, CA -- There's only so much time in the day, as the saying goes. If you are one of the millions of people burning the candle at both ends by trying to earn a living and raise a family, you know it can be hard to find a work-life balance. It's a common challenge because historically it has been very difficult to find jobs that are both legitimate and offer some flexibility.
Thankfully, this is changing, and online job site FlexJobs.com is at the forefront. FlexJobs brings legitimate, flexible, freelance and telecommuting jobs -- and the work-life, economic, and environmental benefits they offer -- to the people who want them. Every single job on their website has been hand-screened by their staff as both legitimate AND having some level of telecommuting option.
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Career Tools Highlighted in This Issue:
- Free Resume Posting: Check To See If You're A Winner!
Find out if you're one of 5,000 subscribers to receive Resume Rabbit for free.
- MyJobHunter - Job Search and Apply Tool
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Deliver your resume to recruiters who find jobs for people in your area.
- Easily Find Part-Time and Freelance Jobs
Find freelance and telecommuting jobs safely, easily and quickly.