Gratitude and job search success go hand-in-hand
SEATTLE, WA -- If things aren't going well with your professional life (maybe you're engaged in a frustrating job search), you might feel as if you don't have much to be grateful for right now. You could be viewing Thanksgiving Day as "Turkey Day" at best. Here are some things to consider...
Refocus Your Job Search Outlook: Take a look at your situation pragmatically and identify any potential positives about it. Decide what kind of different attitude or approach you can take and revise your search strategy. Become aware of things you've been ignoring or were previously unaware of. For instance, maybe there are people who have expressed interest in your career success, but for some reason you haven't taken them up on it. Taking a few minutes to refocus your job search outlook can open up possibilities you weren't able to see before.
Gratitude for Major Changes Completed Successfully: Often, achieving a successful job search or career success goal can be less about moving from Point A to Point Z and more about going from A to D to M to C to K. In other words, you don't take a straight-line path. Suspend disbelief for a while and give gratitude a try. It could make a big difference in your overall results. We each go through many job search challenges. The key is to learn something useful from each one which helps offset the negative feelings you might be experiencing.
Work smarter and land a job over the competition
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.
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Thanks-Giving in your job search
CHICAGO, IL -- Here's where saying thank you can make a difference in the job search: In an Interview, the opening thank you: "Thank you for calling me to interview for the position." This is a good way to start off the interview, and it's best to say it with a smile. First impressions are critical, and this can contribute to the hiring manager's opinion of you.
The closing thank you: Last impressions are also important. Show the same grace you did when you walked into the room. This is especially helpful if you're being interviewed by a group of people. Don't forget to acknowledge each interviewer by name if possible. Post-Interview: Most hiring managers are impressed with a candidate who takes the time to write a quick thank you note after the interview. It demonstrates your interpersonal and communications skills, and offers a glimpse at how you might fit in should you be hired.
Even if you're not interested in the job, send a thank you note after the interview. You never know when the employer might have a job that's right for you later on and remember you for your courtesy and professionalism. Networking: The golden rule of networking is to give more than you receive. But when you do receive a job lead or a hiring manager's contact information, be sure to offer a gracious thank you.
Getting ahead this holiday season
MEMPHIS, TN -- One of the biggest misconceptions about the holidays is that your career can take a back seat until January. But putting your career on the back burner for two months is a big mistake. If your goal is to find a job in early 2016, the time to start is now.
One of the best things about the holidays are all those parties you get invited to. From Thanksgiving to the new year, make a point to go to as many as you can. Use them as a time to reconnect with old friends, and as a time to expand your professional network. Bring business cards, and give them away to the people you meet. Follow up on LinkedIn. Schedule coffee meetings. Look for opportunities to get to know those around you in more detail. Take the time to update your application materials. Start revising your resume now. Review your LinkedIn profile, and update it to match your most current employment information.
Be sure you're using a current picture and begin connecting to the new people you're meeting at holiday parties. Prepare a sample cover letter and monitor job postings that appear online. Perfecting and updating your job search materials thoroughly over the holidays will ensure you're at the front of the pack when January rolls around. It's amazing how quickly companies throw hiring into high gear in the new year.
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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.
3 Tips for making your resume more attractive to recruiters
NEW YORK, NY -- Standard formatting: A recruiter's dream would be for every person's resume to be formatted the same way so that the information they need to know is always front and center and in the same place for everyone. The best rule of thumb is to keep the formatting simple and put the aforementioned essential information in the top fold, surrounded by some white space. It's also good practice to use a straight-line font (i.e. Arial, Calibri) and good-sized margins to make the resume easier to read.
Just the facts: Resumes should only contain information about you that's objective, factual, and quantifiable. It should not contain any subjective text, that is, opinions about yourself. Terms such as "highly motivated," "organized and efficient," "team player," and "proven track record" are just a few examples of subjective language that is used much too often by job seekers. Recruiters have no interest in reading these sorts of statements and, therefore, they have no place on a resume.
Quantifiable accomplishments: Under each job position listed in your work history, you should have about five of your most notable accomplishments for that position. Remember, recruiters want to see numbers associated with each achievement, in other words, they should be quantifiable. This helps you illustrate the extent of your accomplishments in a tangible manner that recruiters can quickly and easily evaluate.
Get help finding a recruiter in your industry
LOS, ANGELES, CA -- When looking for a job, you may want to consider networking with a recruiter. Recruiters, otherwise known as head hunters 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 company pays a fee, typically when a candidate is hired. When contacting a recruiter send a resume and cover letter just as though you were applying for a job. If a recruiter calls you, always call back - even if you are not currently job hunting. You never know when circumstances might change and you might need job search assistance.
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Ways you're unintentionally slowing your job search
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Applying for every job you see may seem like a great idea, but actually it decreases, not increases, your odds of finding employment. It's far better to make a targeted list of employers and to really be judicious about the companies you apply to, and then to pour more time and effort into those companies.
Sending generic resumes and cover letters. As you target specific employers, make sure your resume and cover letter matches, which means tweaking each one to fit the company you're applying for. Generic resumes and cover letters are easy to spot and may make the hiring manager think you're not serious about the position. Submitting resumes that are way too long. For the vast majority of job seekers, a good resume length is between one and two pages. There are rare instances where more than two pages is fine, but - unless you're a C-suite executive or a PhD -- you're probably wasting time and turning off employers when you send them lengthy, rambling resumes.
Neglecting your LinkedIn page. Think social media is a waste of time? Think again. Most employers now do their homework online before they call you in for an interview, so if your profile isn't optimized, you may be missing a lot of opportunities. Spending an afternoon tweaking your LinkedIn page can be a significant investment in your job search success.
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LOS ANGELES, CA -- If you've recently been 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.
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