5 Ways to speed up your job search this fall
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- Whether you're unemployed, unhappily employed, or simply scanning the job boards to see what's out there, you likely want to end your job search as soon as possible. Here are some tips to help push the process along so that your job search doesn't become stagnant.
1) Apply to a lot of relevant Jobs: While it can be intimidating to apply to 10 jobs in a single day for which you feel are a good fit, it's much better to throw as many fishing lines into the water as possible. The worst-case scenario is that you'll have multiple offers for an interview or job offers to choose from. 2) Explore New Job Industries: In most cases, job seekers tend to confine their search to one particular industry. Although you might have on preferred field of work, there might be job offers waiting for you in other (sometimes similar) industries. So keep applying to jobs in your field. But at the same time, spend some time investigating other lines of work where your skills can be utilized.
3) Have Your References Ready To Go: Never put a reference on your resume or job application without contacting them first. Once you reach out to your reference, let them know you've included them and when they should expect a phone call. Once you interview, contact them again and give them an update.
Job boards & niche career sites your resume should be on
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 over 90 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.
Tips on finding your next job with social media
NEW YORK, NY -- Whether you're a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, social media has become a vital tool in the job search. Here's how experts suggest using social media to increase your chances of getting hired.
Interact With the Company: Stay active on social media to increase your visibility and the likelihood that recruiters can find you. Engage with companies by following their pages and feeds, liking and commenting on posts, reading blogs and following people who work in the departments that you'd like to work in. Show You're Engaged in Your Career: Share projects you've worked on and connect with other professionals to discuss issues related to your industry. Be Yourself: Social media gives recruiters insight into candidates' lives in and outside of the office. It works in a candidate's favor to have a well-constructed social media presence. Use social media to bring your resume to life in a more compelling way.
Expand Your Network: Connect or reconnect with former colleagues, employers and other professional contacts who may be helpful in connecting you with a new opportunity. Hide Certain Items: The rule of thumb is anything can be found online; if you're actively searching for a job, don't put anything online that you wouldn't want your mother to see. Experts also caution against advocating very strongly on topics that could be divisive, like politics or religion.
4 Ways being older can help in your job search
MILWAUKEE, WI -- 1) You have a Rolodex; don't be afraid to use it. You know people. You've worked for decades in the same field and you know the players. Start calling them. Younger people don't know as many people in their field as experienced workers do, so use this to your advantage.
2) Consider consultancy. Offer yourself to the company you want to work for as a paid contractor or consultant -- a cheaper way for the company to get someone who knows what they are doing. Once you have a foot in the door, you can prove what an asset you are. 3) Use the telephone. Contrary to popular dorm wisdom, the world does not communicate by text alone. Actually pick the phone up and talk to people instead of just relying on emails, text and social media. Your ability to show personality -- who you are and how you handle yourself -- is greater on the phone than communicating by text or email.
4) Use your institutional knowledge of your generation. You know what things your industry has tried and what failed. As a representative of your generation, you bring a perspective that someone younger lacks. You also know what concerns, interests and habits that people of your generation share. Every successful business needs to have diversity -- and these days that means age diversity as well as racial and ethnic diversity.
Search smarter 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 tool.
Ways you're sabotaging yourself in job interviews
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Avoid these five deadly interview traits starting with "A". The worst thing possible for your chances is to have the hiring manager describe you as: Anxious - Try not to show your nervousness in an interview. To avoid this, role play in advance with a friend, mentor or coach. This way, the actual job interview is not the first time you are selling yourself.
Arrogant - Ideally you demonstrate confidence-knowledge of the industry, company and role at hand-instead of anxiety. However, you don't want to be overconfident, which can be interpreted as arrogance. No one wants to work with a know-it-all. Angry - Beware of coming across as negative or judgmental, as these qualities can be interview killers. People hire people they like and who seem approachable. Stay neutral in your tone of voice. Minimize the talk about your old jobs and focus on the job at hand.
Apathetic - Employers want to hire people who want them. A job interview is not the time to be coy about your interest in the job. Tell the interviewer why this company is where you want to work and why this role is exactly what you want to do. Available - Beware of going overboard on enthusiasm--the too available person will ask to start tomorrow. Instead, make yourself seem busy and in demand. While you want this employer 100%, you're not waiting by the phone for a Saturday night date!
Video: Sneaky job interview trick for job seekers
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.
Most job seekers spend hours creating their resumes and cover letters, searching through job postings, reviewing classified ads and networking--all in order to land the job interview. Yet 99% of them don't have a clue what to do when they get one.
There's a little known "secret career document" you can quickly and easily customize for your next important job interview that literally forces the interviewer to picture you filling the position. This powerful technique was created by one of California's top marketing professionals. His method guarantees you'll automatically stand out from the crowd and shoot straight to the top of the "must hire" list for any position you seek. To ace your next interview and get hired faster, check out this free video from: The Job Interview Secret.
6 Smart reasons to update your resume
ATLANTA, GA -- Avoid panic: If you regularly update your resume, then when you see something advertised or are invited to apply for a role, you simply need to target your resume to that position, rather than rewriting the document.
Put your best foot forward: By taking the time to update your resume, you have a great base to work from - simply target it to the position. In the all-too-common scenario where people slam a resume together just to get it submitted by the deadline, the final document falls short. Crafting a results-driven resume takes time. Remember facts: It's impossible to remember every result or accomplishment in a job. Updating your resume, as these things happen, will allow you compile an impressive list of accomplishments. Stay on track: By regularly updating your resume you'll see areas you need to improve or update your skills. Recognizing this allows you to be proactive in taking steps to remedy this.
Be prepared for anything: No job is secure any longer. Job loss comes quickly and often unexpectedly. If you have your resume prepared, it will relieve at least one aspect of stress. The right frame of mind: Trying to pull a resume together when you are under stress is not wise. If you wait to update when you think things are unsettled with your current employer, you'll be writing from a position of fear, rather than strength and confidence.
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NEW YORK, NY -- Did you know that the average job opening has 250 applicants competing for it? What's worse is 70% of those applicants will be eliminated from the candidate pool by an applicant tracking system. That means that only 30% of applicants make it to the desk of hiring managers. But, wait. It gets even worse!
Hiring managers use the 30 second test to eliminate 80% of the remaining candidates. That means, that on your first pass in front of the eyes of a hiring manager, you have less than 30 seconds to impress them. Career professionals like to call this the "applicant black hole." What many people don't realize is that they aren't even getting their resume into the hands of hiring managers for reading! What can you do to avoid the black hole?
Well, for starters, you need to realize that it isn't your skill-set or your accomplishments that are ruling you out, it's your resume! A self-written resume has a 6% chance of being read. A professionally written resume has a 60% chance of being read and generates 2-3x as many interviews as a self-written resume. The Career News has arranged a special deal with TopResume and is offering free resume evaluations. Their resume experts will read your resume and give you actionable tips that will instantly make your resume more professional. Get your free-resume critique from an experienced resume writer.
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