You can be in control of your job search
PORTLAND, ME -- There are numerous reasons why you might be having a difficult time finding the right job, and many of them are out of your control. A soft job market and the fact that you remind your prospective employer of her ex, are two that you cannot do much about.
However, there are important factors and strategies within your control that need your attention in order to maximize your job search efforts. Consider the following questions to determine if you might be undermining your own success. By focusing on these questions, you might reverse your pattern and realize your goal.
1. Do you present yourself in a professional way? Appear well groomed and you may get a second interview. 2. Are your resume and cover letter tailored to the specific job and skill requirements? Tweek your resume & cover letter for each job you apply to. 3. Do you consistently follow through? A thank you note can be a determining factor in getting a second interview. 4. Is your job search strategy diversified? Looking for jobs online is convenient, but it shouldn't be your only strategy. 5. Do you indulge in negative thinking? Stay positive and be open to support from others.
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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.
Hunting for another job on the QT
KANSAS CITY, MO -- John's looking for a job in secret because he's still employed (which most people agree is the best time to find a job). John's current boss goes to an online job board to search for potential job candidates and accidentally finds John's resume posted on the job-hunting site. Uh-oh.
This is job-hunting reality. Some surveys say that up to two-thirds of workers are at least passively looking for different jobs. And it's not uncommon for employers to find out employees are searching, leading to all kinds of loyalty vs. betrayal issues.
Several online job boards are addressing the issue with a confidentiality feature to protect job hunters identities. This option lets workers post their biographic information - basically, the stuff they'd put on a resume - without revealing their names or their current employers. Recruiters can contact promising candidates through the Web site, but they'll only learn the identification details attached to a bio if the candidate chooses to respond.
Posting your resume online confidentially
LOS ANGELES, CA -- With approximately 1.5 million employers searching resumes on job banks every day to fill their positions, even a passive job seeker can't afford not to have their resume online. And since different employers search different job banks (both large and small), it pays to be on all of them. But confidentiality is an issue.
If you want the benefit of maximum exposure online -- with complete confidentiality -- yet still don't want to spend 60 hours researching and entering your resume and job requirements on over 75 or so different sites, let a service like Resume Rabbit do it for you.
How secure is your information? Resume Rabbit's privacy features include confidentiality to keep your name, email address and personal information hidden if requested. (However, be sure to remove confidential information from your resume too). And so that you're not subjected to potential spamming, you're given a dedicated job search e-mail address, with access in your personal service center. To sign up, visit this link.
Social media at work is not always a time waster
NEW YORK, NY - Social media is a hot topic in today's workplace. More than 1,000 American office employees and more than 2,200 CFOs in more than 20 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas were surveyed. The data shows that 44% of CFOs surveyed say that employers are most worried about "wasting time at work" when it comes to workers being on social media.
It's actually not all doom and gloom. It turns out that employees don't always use social media for just goofing off in the office. More than 4 in 10 employees overall say they "use social media for work purposes," 40% of people surveyed in this category report being on it for a minimum of one hour every day.
Here are some good ways to use social media on the job: Expand your network of valuable contacts, promote company's attributes and accomplishments, attract new business. Michael Steinitz, executive director for Accountemps, commented on the research. "A well-crafted approach to using social media at work can greatly benefit you and your company. Use the platforms as a way to increase productivity, rather than seeing them as a time-waster." Clearly, there are positive ways to use social media at work but don't use it for anything that you wouldn't want to have to explain to your employer.
What really is the 'hidden' job market?
SACRAMENTO, CA -- First, let's dispense with a common misconception - the hidden job market isn't really hidden at all. It's just not in plain sight. When a company is growing, the owner, president, or other hiring authority may know new employees are needed, but they don't immediately initiate the process. They may not have the time, the budget, or the willingness to go through the hassle of advertising and interviewing. So, while the need is real, the job opening itself remains hidden inside the head of the hiring manager.
When someone quits or is fired, managers will first decide if they can eliminate the job, or combine it with another position. If they decide a new person is needed, they will first look inside their organization for someone to fill the role. If that doesn't work, they'll likely ask employees for referrals. And if that doesn't work, they may opt to run an ad through HR, or hire a headhunter.
Companies often contact a headhunter when secrecy is required, because good recruiters can conduct a search without anyone ever knowing. This is especially important if an employee is going to be replaced without their knowledge - loose lips not only sink ships, they can also damage company morale. In all of these cases, jobs remain hidden to the outside world for weeks if not months. The only way for you to access this hidden job market successfully is to reach out to hiring managers directly before they decide to go the advertising or HR route.
How to reach hidden job market hiring managers
FREDERICKSBURG, VA --Recruiters often represent unadvertised jobs. But getting to the right recruiter is not always easy. The key to finding the right recruiter is to understand that recruiters don't find jobs for people -- they find people for jobs. In other words,unless you're paying a recruiter directly don't expect them to canvas the world to find you a job. Recruiters will only be interested in you if you're right for a job opportunity at one of their (paying) client companies.
The key is to get your resume into the hands of the right recruiters at the right time. You have to realize it's a numbers game. Therefore to play it well you need to get your resume to as many recruiters as you can, whose clients currently need people with your skills, in your field and in your geographic area.
You can search the internet and find various lists of executive recruiters. However, they're not always organized, complete or easy to find. And it might take you a great deal of time. Alternatively if you want to instantly get your resume in the hands of 1000's of specialized recruiters in your area, with current positions to fill, let a service like ResumeMailman do it for you. Learn more at Resume Mailman.
When should you use a job hunting service?
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Scouring the online job boards and career sites can often bring back weak results without a job plan intact. So how do you know when you need a job service to help you out? Perhaps you haven't job hunted for a while. Perhaps you have. Perhaps you're a whiz at job hunting but just haven't updated your information. However, many online services make job hunters pause before investing in one. The key is to make sure the job service you are investing in is performed by a reputable company.
Example: Gregory Quirk of Ontario, Canada, brings eight years of experience as a marketing manager in the high tech industry. You might think that he should be able to conduct his job search all on his own. He should know strategy, marketing and social networking. However, Quirk discovered that he'd hit a brick wall after six months of job hunting. He did land some short contracts, but he finally had enough and considered alternate strategies. "I reviewed everything that I'd been doing," he says, "and realized that, after weeks of looking up all of the companies that I could think of, and contacting everyone in my network, I was out of ideas."
Quirk changed his approach and invested in a job service to help him conduct a more focused search. Next he targeted his resume to niche job boards and career sites in his fields of interest. Another job hunter, Carl Reid, a technology consultant in New York City focusing on social media, was running his "career like a business. I realized I couldn't do it by myself. What I was doing surely wasn't working! I decided invested in a $100 online job course and landed a new job within three weeks."
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