by David Reese | 11:00 AM January 17, 2014
Here’s a not uncommon scenario on the Internet today: you spend several hours surfing the Web at a number of employment Websites; you search through hundreds of job postings in their job databases; and finally, you find what you’ve been looking for. There, right in front of you, is a posting for your dream job. So, what do you do? Send in your resume, right? Well, not exactly; if that were the sum of it, a lot more of us would be getting offers for the jobs we really want.
You see, applying for a job online is actually a two-step process:
July 15, 2014
What’s the most important part of your resume? I hate to say it, but the attention span of hiring managers seems to be getting shorter. In fact, I was speaking with an executive-level employer the other day (who regularly reviews resumes), and he commented about how quickly he can scan through a stack of resumes and choose the candidates he plans to call.
Over the years, it's been proven that the most talented people get their jobs through networking. What's surprising is the fact that most companies still spend most of their hiring efforts using job postings.
by: Michael Purdy, Monster Contributing Writer
A crazy thing about communication in American society is the strange power of the listener. A song isn't good unless the listener says it is good; audiences determine music's success. However, it is equally true that we aren't serious listeners until we have educated our ears. If we don't critically train our listening tastes, we could be a mindless consumer of whatever the music industry pushes our way with big ad budgets and slick promotions.
by Bruce Kasanoff on February 21, 2014
Until recently, I didn’t know that Bill Gates might owe a chunk of his early success to his mom. It turns out that Mary Gates sat on the United Way board along with John Akers, who became IBM's CEO. Mary suggested to Akers that IBM did not sufficiently appreciate some of the smaller firms in the computer industry, and eventually IBM started taking proposals from such firms, among them the fledgling Microsoft firm.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 28 million people currently unemployed -- that's including those involuntarily working part-time and those who want a job, but have given up on trying to find one. In the face of the worst economic upheaval since the Great Depression, millions of Americans are hurting. "The Decline: The Geography of a Recession," as created by labor writer LaToya Egwuekwe, serves as a vivid representation of just how much. Watch the deteriorating transformation of the U.S.
Someone on LinkedIn recently asked me, “Is emotional intelligence as important in today’s job market compared to 1995?” when I wrote my first book on the topic.
More important than ever, I’d say. Here’s why.
"Have you heard about a 'mini-resume' that fits on a personal business card?" one of my readers asked. "I was wondering about your opinion on these resume cards. Part of me says it's a good thing, another part not so much."
The first time you hear about a business card resume, it can sound like a gimmick, and you should know better than to waste valuable job search time pursuing gimmicks. That said, business cards are an accepted sales tool the world over, and for a job hunter they're so much less intrusive than carrying around a wad of resumes under your arm.
By CAREEREALISM Founder, J.T. O'Donnell
Review the following questions. In as much objective detail as possible, create a unique response for each one.
Hint: Don’t oversell yourself – stick to the facts and tell the story.
Share insights gained and professional lessons learned when possible. Try to quantify your statements. (i.e. “As a result of our efforts, we increased sales by XX%.”)
1. Tell me about your greatest accomplishment on the job.
Great link from Careerealism.com with interview questions to help you prepare for your interview.
In addition, a video provides the four areas (the 4C's), where you should concentrate your questions for the interviewer.
Knowing how to follow up after one or more interviews can be confusing even for the most savvy job seeker.
Interview Follow Up Checklist
Here is a checklist of things you can do to leverage your post-interview activities and interest from potential employers.
Do you consider yourself a hard worker? A real go-getter? Someone who likes to think outside of the box? Then you’re just the type of person who needs to review their résumé ASAP.
A recent CareerBuilder survey found there are some words hiring managers and human resources pros just don’t want to see on your résumé. And if you’ve called yourself a go-to person, a team player or a strategic thinker, you’ll need to make a few changes before you send your résumé to anyone else.
The next letter you receive should be a formal job offer, not a rejection form
A cover letter is designed to inform and interest an employer to read on to your resume. All too often, though, the cover letter bores, offends, or sometimes amuses—but not in a good way—the people who read them. Successfully achieving the former is the first step to gaining an interview with the company, but commit the latter and your job materials will be sent to a hiring manager's "no" pile quicker than you could write "References Available Upon Request."
by: Alison Green
Feburary 11th, 2013
Searching for a job can be fraught with stress and anxiety—and also confusion. Job seekers don't always know what rules employers expect them to play by, and employers frequently engage in behaviors that job candidates find baffling.
Here are five of the most confusing elements of looking for a new job.
By: Dave Kerpen
Founder & CEO, Likeable Local, NY Times Best-Selling Author & Speaker
Mar 9, 2015
Interviewing for your next job is tough work!
Who are you as a leader? Most people are polite. When we talk about ourselves in our job search, often the listener is politely nodding but really they are thinking “So what?” or “I have no idea what you are trying to say to me.” We walk away thinking we knocked it out of the park and we continue to delude ourselves.
Your Ideal Next Job & Employer Exercise
Phil Stella, Effective Training & Communication
How many of you are seeking a new job?
How many are seeking a great new job with a great employer, so good that you would have left your previous job to take it?
How many will know it when you see it or where to find it?
Your resume needs to be professional, well-organized, and well-written in order to rise to the top of the pile. This is where SmartResumeWizard can help.
By John Patten Posted on May 13, 2014
Sure, you’ve got your LinkedIn page fully up-to-date and your blog is posted — but are you really taking advantage of all of the free features available on social media sites to enhance your job search?
by: Debra Auerbach
Dear J.T. & DALE: I left my job five months ago, moving from the corporate world to a local company. I thought it was the perfect job, but, unfortunately, it didn’t work out. After a month, I had to travel back home because of a death in the family, and I left the new job. Recruiters have advised me to not include this one-month job on my resume.
Dec 13, 2015
The tool LinkedIn Recruiter, purchased today by industry leaders and recruiting organizations nationwide, has changed the way talent is searched for and found on LinkedIn.
While retail sales clerks should see a surge in seasonal job opportunities at the end of 2014, demand for temporary labor in package delivery, cybersecurity, resort services, party planning and a few other niche industries will also be strong, staffing experts say.
And let’s not forget Santa and his elves. With some economic indicators pointing toward the North Pole, seasonal workers who have the requisite girth and mirth to portray Santa at stores and other venues will be at a premium—particularly if they have a genuine beard, as opposed to the imitation variety.
A guide to the best the Internet has to offer for job search and career information, resumes, interviewing, networking, salary negotiation.
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Tips and Advice for Age Proofing Your Resume
Age isn't always an advantage when you're job searching, especially in a competitive job market. Hiring managers can view older workers as more expensive to hire, as having outdated experience or too much experience, or as not being current with today's technology and workplaces.
JANUARY 24, 2012
Your Résumé vs. Oblivion
Inundated Companies Resort to Software to Sift Job Applications for Right Skills
By LAUREN WEBER
Many job seekers have long suspected their online employment applications disappear into a black hole, never to be seen again. Their fears may not be far off the mark, as more companies rely on technology to winnow out less-qualified candidates.
Strong Job Search Success Team
Susan P. Joyce- Online job search expert, Job-Hunt.org writer
Posted: 11/16/2014 11:27 pm EST Updated: 11/17/2014 8:59 am EST
One of the interesting things I've discovered in my discussions with recruiters and employers is that employers often compare the job seeker's resume and cover letter with that job seeker's LinkedIn Profile. If they don't support each other, your chance at a job is greatly diminished.
There are a number of self-help groups which typically hold meetings at local churches. In addition, there are several organizations that receive their funding to provide services from local, state or federal sources. There are also profession-specific and miscellaneous groups.