Finding a job is serious business
WAUSAU, WI -- Too many job seekers out there are not completing their online professional profiles correctly and making the information available to employers, recruiters and hiring managers. It's important to note, using the latest online tools to help you in your job search is always great. But like anything else, if you use it badly, you will not benefit.
Taking shortcuts on your resume, LinkedIn profile or on job applications will result in you not getting the job, plain and simple! Job search is all about Strategy and when you short-change the quality of your career marketing materials (i.e. resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, Google+ profile, or online application), you are short-changing your potential to get a new job.
Finding a job is serious business. This economy makes it even more serious. Before you submit an application, you need to have done your research to make sure it's a good fit for you. Then when you find that good fit, give them your best materials -- not an empty profile that only has company name and position on it. If you really want a new career or job, get serious about it and quit trying to take the easy way out. Hitting the easy button doesn't always get you the cash.
Update your job search strategy 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.
If you want all the benefits without all the work, you can let a service like Resume Rabbit do it for you. You fill out one simple form and they'll instantly post your resume on up to 78 top job sites like Job.net, CareerBuilder, America's Job Exchange, Dice & more. Then you'll be seen by over 1.5 million employers & recruiters daily. It takes ONLY 5 minutes and saves 60 hours of research and data entry. If you need help finding a job over the competition, try Resume Rabbit today.
Pursue a career that makes you proud
CHICAGO, IL -- Regardless of industry, most of us enter the workforce with a few basic goals and aspirations: career satisfaction, financial independence and a steady paycheck. Here are a few tips on developing a career worth some serious bragging rights.
Don't Take a Job You Don't Like (or Stay at a Job You Hate): Try to consider the long run when on the job hunt or when making a career change. There's almost always another option available rather than staying at a job that makes you miserable -- even if it means taking a temporary pay cut. Whenever possible, find a position that aligns with your overall career aspirations. Exit Each Job Gracefully: The better option is to be civil and, above all, professional. You never know who your former boss knows -- and not having a proper (or graceful) exit strategy may negatively affect your future career. Learn to enter a new position with gratitude and humility and exit in the same manner -- this practice can positively impact your career and, ultimately, your life.
Find a Mentor: Learning from those who have journeyed down a similar path can offer you comfort when you're faced with tough decisions or new responsibilities. Pursue Your Passion: By being smart and intuitive, and by following your heart, gut and long-term goals, you're more likely to find yourself on a career path that fills you with pride.
Six common job hunting mistakes to avoid
BOSTON, MA -- Take a look at these common job hunting mistakes, and you'll already be a step ahead of the competition: 1) Trying to be a jack of all trades. Keep in mind, an employer wants to know specifically how you'll make a contribution to their team. Instead, indicate why you are a good fit for that particular position/company.
2) Thinking employers will come flocking to them. Expect to pound the pavement, attend job fairs, build a network, and hone your resume if you want to get noticed and stand out above the competition. 3) Not tailoring cover letters and resumes to the job listing. Take the time to find out the name of the hiring manager. Then, be sure to read the listing and match your qualifications and experience to what the company is looking for.
4) Only inquiring about jobs that are listed. The fact is, many job openings are not advertised. Sending out letters of interest along with your resume is a good way to get your foot in the door. 5) Not maintaining employer-friendly social media accounts. Always keep a clean digital footprint, or it will come back to haunt you. 6) Thinking too narrowly about where to apply. Don't be afraid to venture outside of the few companies that you've imagined yourself working for. Consider the possibilities across other industries, too.
Search smarter with this job search engine
LOS ANGELES, CA -- If you've been recently searching online for a job, you realize there are literally thousands of different websites all listing potential job matches for you. Amazingly enough, even the biggest employment sites have less than 10% of available jobs listed online. Yet finding and then searching through thousands of different job boards and company websites is nearly impossible. Conversely, overlooking any one of these sites could cause you to miss out on the job of your dreams.
Wouldn't it be great if you could search all online job listings from just one website? Well you finally can, with a new job search engine at JobsWanted.com. This site works just like Google, Yahoo or Bing, except it searches only for targeted job listings from multiple job posting sites.
You simply plug in your job title and desired location, and in seconds you can review all your best job matches pulled from all the top job sites -- and all in one place. Now instead of spending endless hours bouncing around to countless different job sites, the jobs are brought right to you in seconds. The best part is there's no charge for this service, no sign up required, and you can try it right now. Just go to: JobsWanted.com.
How to get an employer's attention in 20 seconds
NEW YORK, NY -- Try these alternatives to stand out as an interesting candidate and get an employer's attention: 1. Your Name Resume.doc -- This minimum level of personalization ensures your resume will remain attached to your application. 2. Your Name Resume December 2010.doc -- While this is also fairly generic, it suggests your resume is constantly changing, requiring you to date each updated version.
3. Your Name, Job Title.doc -- This title utilizes the power of suggestion to show the employer how nicely your name and the job title go together. For instance, "Jane Doe, Financial Project Manager." 4. Your Name, Humorous Statement.doc -- Don't try this at home unless you work in a field where creativity is the name of the game. For example, "Joe Smith, Nebraska Hula Hoop Champion 2002."
5. Your Name, Branding Statement.doc -- Using a branded resume title is a powerful way to scream "Read me!" For example, "John Grisham, Bestselling Crime Novelist," or "Tiger Woods, Global Golf Champion." Remember, the hiring managers reading your resumes receive hundreds of applications for every position they post. Something as simple as a catchy document title can catch a hiring manager's eye and leave them wanting to know more!
Affordable Resumes: Quickly revise and refresh your resume!
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 Digest 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.
Lessons entrepreneurs can learn from 'Iron Chef'
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Every time you open a business -- whether that's a restaurant or a tech startup -- you are taking a risk. While that can be nerve racking, it is motivating, too. Here are some lessons entrepreneurs can learn from Iron Chef: Keep your cool: Successful Iron Chefs and entrepreneurs keep their cool and focus on the task ahead.
Assemble the right team: Successful businesses, large or small, are rarely a one-man show. They are products of teamwork. The key is to hire people you can trust, are committed to excellence and want to win. Be in charge: Entrepreneurs who have built their own businesses have earned the responsibility to exhibit leadership. Successful teams need strong leaders. Find the right words: Strong leaders communicate effectively with team members, particularly in stressful and challenging circumstances. Finding the right words boosts productivity and morale.
Find your secret ingredient: Successful entrepreneurs must figure out their secret ingredient, what separates them from competitors. Hit the curveballs: Entrepreneurs are thrown curveballs all the time, whether these may be changing consumer habits, new competitors or something else. They either strike out or hit them out of the park. The most successful entrepreneurs are not afraid to swing. Don't get distracted by the chaos: Startup entrepreneurs often feel they are in a constant state of chaos. The key is to not get distracted and remember the long-term goal.
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First, you're able to operate your own business with the security of working with a large company. Second, the start-up, operations and general business plans are laid out for you with training and support from the franchisor. Third, you reduce your risk due to the success of the franchisor's reputation & experience. Fourth, it may be easier to borrow money to start a franchise than an independent business. If you've been thinking about starting your own business, we recommend a free-consultation with FranChoice, the premier "matchmaker" of the franchising industry.
During your consultation, the consultants from FranChoice will help you identify franchise businesses that meet your criteria based on your goals, skills and preferences. Then they'll guide you through the franchise investigation process and answer all your questions. FranChoice is paid by the various companies offering franchises to help them find suitable matches. So it's free to you and there's no commitment or pressure to buy. To instantly sign up for your consultation, just go to FranChoice.
Career Tools Highlighted in This Issue:
- Post Your Resume On All Top Job Sites
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- JobsWanted: Powerful Job Search Engine
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- Affordable and Professional Resume Writing Service
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