Five great tips for job seekers
CHICAGO, IL -- Spend some time thinking about what is your passion and what do you really want to do. When do you feel most alive? Performing at your best? What are your long-term goals? Do NOT answer, "I'll do anything." Or, "I'm good at a lot of stuff, just what ever you need me to do." Be as specific as possible.
Update your resume and include your latest accomplishments. Highlight your skills that are transferable. Look up job descriptions online for roles that pique your interest and integrate language along with keywords into your resume. Update your Linked in profile. Most recruiters and hiring managers will look at your profile for keywords, experiences, background, etc. An estimated 33% of candidates are rejected based on information that the recruiters found online. Always make sure your social media profiles are a positive representation of who you are.
Make a list of companies that you'd really like to work for. Think big! Group them by the places that you want to live. Do not limit yourself by industry-your expertise is transferable and can span different industries. Expand your networking to get in front of the right people. Once you have your target list of companies you would like to work at, leverage your network to get introductions. Whenever possible ask your contact to provide an introduction to the recruiter at the target company.
Update your job search approach and save time!
LOS ANGELES, CA -- These days, to land a job over the competition, you have to work smarter. 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 the employer the moment they decide 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 job sites and niche job boards. This is a proven, documented method of successful job searching. While it may take a fair amount of time 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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Reasons recruiters may consider you unemployable
LAS VEGAS, NV -- 1) Confidence is King. Recruiters are reluctant to hire those who fail to exude confidence. For candidates, any failure to show sincere self-assurance and the desire to compete at a high level is death to their application. Develop a dynamic, affable, confident job search style.
2) The Best Strategy is Rarely the Easiest. "I've submitted 275 applications on http://www.BigJobBoard.com and haven't received a single call-back." Why do so many job seekers still think this approach alone is an effective job search strategy? Job boards are easy. Networking and research are hard work. Get the easy stuff done, then put in some hard work towards networking.
3) The Catch-22. "I'm only a college student -- but employers want me to have all this experience. But if no one will hire me, how do I get the experience." With no internships or volunteer positions on your resume -- and without the development of soft skills - most recruiters are going to pass you over. There is No Excuse for No Experience. 4) Failure to Learn. "I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I can't get a job offer." Sound familiar? If so, you're not making enough effort to learn what you're doing wrong. Self-analyze your job search strengths and weaknesses. Discuss the process with a mentor. Ask for feedback from the recruiters you meet during your job search and while networking.
Ways to get a recruiter's attention
NEW YORK, NY -- Translate your experience and skills into potential. Even if you're applying for a job that isn't an exact match for what you've done in the past, you can still be a strong candidate if you can help the recruiter understand how your past performance can help predict your future performance. Many recruiters look for diversification of talent. They want people with a wide range of skills and experience who have consistently been in the top half of contributors in previous jobs or among the top half of their peers.
Demonstrate that you're a critical thinker and a problem solver. Tell a story about how you resolved an issue, created a new opportunity or demonstrated a particular skill effectively. Don't miss the opportunity to offer rock-solid evidence of your talent.
Prove you've done your homework. Don't just glance at the company website for a few minutes prior to the interview. Prove you've really explored beyond the obvious to learn more about the company and how you would be a good fit. Be prepared to provide real, tangible examples of success at current or past jobs. Ask smart, focused questions that show you really understand the company and the position you're applying for. And don't forget to boldly say outright why you're the best person for the job. Do you want the job? Then ask for it!
How to find a good recruiter in your industry
NEW YORK, NY -- When looking for a job, you may want to consider networking with a recruiter. Recruiters, otherwise known as head hunters 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 company pays a fee, typically when a candidate is hired. When contacting a recruiter send a resume and cover letter just as though you were applying for a job. If a recruiter calls you, always call back - even if you are not currently job hunting. You never know when circumstances might change and you might need job search assistance.
If you don't know of any good recruiters and/or want to instantly have your resume sent to 1000's of recruiters that specialize in people with your skills, we have a suggestion for you! One service, Resume Mailman, can email your resume to 1000's of targeted recruiters. Resume Mailman asks you to fill out some general information and input your resume. Then, your information is delivered to recruiters who specialize in finding jobs for people with your skills, in your area! To network with recruiters in your industry, give Resume Mailman a try today.
Unemployed? Ways to keep your job search alive
OGDEN, UT -- If you're unemployed and looking for a job, here are some ways to make yourself stand out and impress hiring managers. Stay busy to fill in gaps. It's important to keep busy so you're able to explain to hiring managers that you're keeping active. Look for freelance or volunteer work that can add value to your resume. Consider taking a class to fine-tune your skills and enhance your education.
Treat your job search as a job. While freelancing, volunteering and other resume-boosting activities may occupy a great deal of your time, don't forget that your top priority is finding a job. Make sure to spend part of every day job hunting. Continue to network. It's a good idea to double down on your networking efforts to boost your chances of finding employment. Exhaust every avenue, from networking online and joining professional groups to targeting companies of interest and contacting them directly. Utilize social media and your network to make introductions or even request informational interviews.
Help fellow job seekers during your time of transition. Networking and finding a job is not one-way. The more you engage with others and assist them, the more you will feel empowered in your search, gain credibility, and receive assistance in return. Always follow up with the hiring manager right away. Send a thank-you note, and then follow up again if you don't hear back within the time frame he or she indicated.
Land more interviews with this job search engine
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? To help reduce the time spent searching job ads, try using a job aggregator site to search millions of jobs from thousands of company websites, job boards and newspapers -- all from one place.
The Career News recommends a service called MyJobHunter. With this service, you can search all top career sites at once AND apply to all matching jobs with one click. 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. Login 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! Get organized and save time with this job search and apply tool.
6 Signs it's time to quit your job
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Here are the red flags you should watch for: 1) You hate the work. Some jobs are necessary stepping stones towards your dream job. Take a look at what the person two rungs up the ladder is doing. If you find the job your manager's boss performs to be appealing, then you're on the right track. If not, then it's time to start searching for other work.
2) It's stressful enough to make you sick. If the stress of the job is affecting your mental or physical health, the job isn't worth the toll it's taking on your life and it may be time to quit. 3) You don't fit in. Assimilating into a corporate culture generally happens in the first few months on the job. If you've been there for six months or more and you still feel like an outsider, odds are, you always will.
4)You have the boss from hell. If you've gone over your abusive boss's head or to HR and the situation hasn't improved, it's time to jump ship. 5) You're overqualified. See if there's a path up the corporate ladder, but if you're stuck in a dead end with no path to advancement forward, it's time to head for the exit. 6) The company--or your department--is on shaky financial footing. If you're worried that you're company is headed toward a downhill spiral and your position no longer seems secure, it's time to begin your job hunt.
Career Tools Highlighted in This Issue:
- Post Your Resume On All Top Job Sites
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- Job Search Engine and Job Finder Tool
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