Most employed job seekers want to change careers
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As the economy keeps generating jobs, people who stayed put during the recession are more confident that they can move on to greener pastures. That's not surprising, but here's what is: 86% of job seekers who are already employed are looking for work outside their current occupations.
"People are going after really different kinds of jobs, often totally different from the work they're doing now," notes Tara Sinclair, economist at job site Indeed.com's research arm, Indeed Hiring Lab. She and her team analyzed the job hunting activity of more than 430,000 people in Indeed.com's database. About 60% of those Sinclair studied are looking outside their current occupation without considering jobs in their current fields at all. About 28% of employed job hunters are actively trying to find work in a different state.
So, what can employers do to hold on to key employees? A raise or a bonus might help. Research shows that people who are already in highly paid occupations want to stay in their current fields. Money can be very useful for retention. Indeed's research also shows that employers who aren't offering flexible work schedules may want to consider it. Companies that have operations in several places around the country, or the world, might also think about offering star employees the chance to move. Mobility within the same organization, either to a different functional area or a different location or both, could be a real win-win.
Career changers: Confidentially post your resume online
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 job boards and niche career sites. 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 job boards and niche 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 and post your resume online with Resume Rabbit.
Job searching in your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s
RICHMOND, VA -- As you age, you will want to change your job search strategy. Take into account the following factors. 20s: Get a Foot in the Door - Job seekers in their 20s are often short on experience. Figure out the ways in which your talents and skills can best be applied. Do volunteer work within your field. Seek internships, paid or unpaid.
30s: Shaping Up - Think long-term, because each job is shaping your career. At this point, you should have built up confidence in your skills and abilities. Establish respect and brand yourself as an expert. 40s: What Does Your Career Story Say? You should have laid a firm career foundation by now. Show potential employers your progression of accomplishment and bigger roles. Invest more in your job search tools - your resume, personal brand, and interviewing skills to demonstrate you're worth the price you request.
50s: Find Meaning - Emphasize accomplishments and experience while de-emphasizing age. Leave the year you graduated off your resume. Only show an employment history for the last 15 to 20 years. Fifty-plus is a time when what you do has to have meaning. The rewards are more in the work than in the paycheck. 60s: Be Flexible - Be flexible to different working arrangements like consulting, part-time or freelancing work. Be proactive, emphasizing the experience and work ethic that comes with age, while demonstrating the flexibility and hunger to succeed.
Reasons to use a job search engine
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Time: Job search engines aggregate job listings from many sources such as company websites, agencies and job boards. This gives a job seeker access to a high volume of jobs in one location. Job search engines are a one-stop shop that collect millions of job listings from various career and job sites across the internet.
Relevance: A job search engine invests in domain specific taxonomies. What's that? It means that a job is tagged with the attributes that are relevant to that job, such as location, company name and title. The result of custom tagging is that a job search engine understands what job seekers are looking for. Speed: In a competitive environment where jobs are filled quickly (sometimes in a matter of hours), time is of the essence. Job search engines provide avenues for job seekers to stay on top of recent job postings through custom products and features.
Personalization: A job search engine will tailor the job search for you. The more you use it, the smarter it works on your behalf. A job search engine also provides multi-channel access so you can receive job listings via phone, tablet or laptop. For example, if you're looking for marketing jobs in San Francisco on your smartphone, the job search engine can make personalized recommendations on your phone based on your location.
Set up job alerts with this job search engine
SAN DIEGO, CA -- With a new job search engine called MyJobHunter, you can search all top career sites at once & apply to all matching jobs with one click. Just enter your search criteria, review the matching jobs and select the ones you want. Then, click a single button and you'll instantly apply to all selected jobs with your resume and cover letter (without having to log into each job site separately).
Click another button and you can automate the whole process! MyJobHunter can remember what you searched for, search for it again each day, and AUTOMATICALLY APPLY FOR YOU to new jobs matching your criteria. Review jobs in advance or put searching & applying on auto-pilot. The choice is yours.
You'll also get an application history report that makes follow-up a breeze. It shows the jobs you were applied to, full job descriptions, employer contact info, and application dates. You can even add personal notes to each job! This service is proven to reduce hours of job searching and resume submitting to just minutes. Simply upload your resume, enter your job search criteria and let MyJobHunter take it from there. Try a new approach when searching for a job online.
Top tips for finding success during your job hunt
NEW YORK, NY -- Organize: Write down what your goals are and what you wish to achieve in the future. This could be as simple as setting a goal of how many applications you wish to submit a week to detailing where you expect to see yourself in 2, 5 or 10 years' time. Proactive: Be actively and constantly searching. Keep an eye out for jobs when you're out, ask friends and family if they know of any job prospects. Don't forget to sign up to job feeds on job search engines. Networking is also a great way to find vacancies that may not be currently advertised online.
Research: Research the company you apply to and find out what makes them tick. Go the extra mile and try to find out who will be dealing with the vacancy you're applying for. Try to find the their name and address your resume and Cover Letter to them personally. Prepare: Have a strong an online presence. Don't sabotage yourself by having controversial social profiles.
Personalize: Craft your resume and cover letter and make it unique to stand out. Personalize each application to the role you're applying. Your resume should be easy to read, show your previous employment and highlight your skills that are specific to the role. Your cover letter should also showcase your understanding of the role, the employers' goals and your desire for the position.
Free Critique: Get your resume reviewed by an expert
LOS ANGELES, CA -- You've got terrific experience. Your work ethic is superb. You're even willing to be flexible on salary. But after sending your resume to countless, perfectly matched management opportunities, you're just not getting the interviews! Why? It may be hard to believe, but there's a good chance your resume is the culprit. With the average employer spending less than 30 seconds scanning each resume they receive, your resume needs "The Right Stuff" to grab attention and get the interview.
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Beat the odds during your job search
LAS VEGAS, NV -- Create a list of target companies you would like to work for. Target these companies so you can discover unadvertised and advertised job postings. Many jobs are posted internally before they are posted publicly or passed to a recruiter to find the right candidate.
Let's face it though, sometimes, it feels good to find a job and apply. Let's say you find the perfect job on a job board. Next, go to the company's career site and check the job out. Look for contact information or clues about who the hiring manager might be. Connect with them on LinkedIn. Another option is to Google the name and connect with them on an open social network. If you can't find the hiring manager anywhere, look for someone in the company who you could reach out to using those same steps.
Make connections at the company: Don't immediately jump in asking for a contact's help getting a job. Start by asking how they like working for the company, how long they've been there and how they landed their job. Get referred: Now that you have established rapport with a company insider, ask for a referral. Let your contact know what job you are interested in. If they're not able to offer a referral, they may be willing to be an informant--someone who can keep you up to date on where the company is in filling the position.
How to tap into the hidden job market
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.
If you don't know of any good recruiters and/or want to instantly have your resume sent to recruiters that specialize in finding jobs for 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! Give Resume Mailman a try today.
Career Tools Highlighted in This Issue:
- Post Your Resume On All Top Job Sites
Get your resume posted on all the top job sites & niche job boards.
- MyJobHunter - Job Search and Apply Tool
Search all job sites at once and apply to all matching jobs with 1-click.
- Get Your Free--Resume Critique Today
Complimentary resume critique from a professional resume writer.
- Work With A Recruiter in Your Industry
Deliver your resume to recruiters who find jobs for people in your area.