4 new ways to open up your job hunt
CHICAGO, IL -- Job seekers, listen up! Don't limit your job search. We know finding a job that actually interests you is one of the hardest things to do. We also know you think you have to stick to certain rules, formats, and general ways of job searching to play it safe. However, if you don't stray away from the pavement, you may not be finding the best opportunities out there. So, don't limit your job search! Here are four ways to open up your job hunt:
Conduct broader searches. Say you are looking for a job using a job board. Instead of looking by job title, try looking by occupational category. You're more likely to find the most options this way. Use social networking to your advantage. Think about using Twitter as a job search tool by following industry leaders. Look to Facebook as a way to connect with an organization directly by engaging in conversation on their company page.
Get your name in as many places as possible. The simple fact is that employers will be looking you up online if you're a job seeker. Some suggestions to get your name out there: guest blog, comment on industry posts, start your own website, use social networks and join industry groups and forums. Whatever tactics, job tools or platforms you use, it's just another way to conduct a broader search.
Get your name out there and achieve your career goals
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 niche job boards and career websites. 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 up to 85 top career websites like Job.com, CareerBuilder, Beyond.com, 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 maximize your exposure and achieve your career goals faster, try Resume Rabbit today.
3 ways Google Plus will effect your job search
PORTSMOUNTH, NH -- Google Plus has taken the Internet by storm. The latest numbers say 13% of U.S. adults have already signed up for the service and, in a year, that number could reach 22%. A lot of folks are excited about this platform, mostly because it addresses some of the flaws of existing social networks--such as organizing your contacts, distributing content to the right audience, and allowing for group video chat, among other things.
Recruiters and hiring managers are particularly interested in figuring out Google Plus for sourcing job candidates. Unlike Facebook, Google Plus allows for searching and finding candidates with whom they are not connected. Here are some things Google Plus offers that can have a substantial effect on your job search: Enhanced privacy settings. Not only can you share specific information with Circles of your choosing, but you can also opt to share information publicly--meaning potential employers or other influential can see it, too.
More conversation. The platform encourages interaction through content sharing, status updates and video chats (Hangouts). Want to learn more about something a hiring manager posted? Ask about it! Interested in speaking face-to-face with a networking connection? Set up a chat to talk with them in more depth. Greater online visibility. If you choose to make your profile public, it will be easier than ever for you to be found online through a simple Google search.
How to get yourself noticed in today's job market
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Competition in the job market today is very stiff. With the unemployment level sitting at 9%, there are many people looking and applying for many of the same jobs you are. So, how can you be sure that you stand out? What can you do differently to help you land the interview? Here are some tips for every aspect of your job search, from resumes to networking:
Resume: Make sure you have the most up-to-date resume available at all times. Make sure it's clean, easy to follow and focuses on what makes you relevant for the job. Focusing your resume will help you stand out from others, making it easy for recruiters to know that you're a good fit. Cover letter: Writing a great cover letter can be the key to landing an interview with a great company. Make sure that your cover letter is concise, but also shares your story and conveys passion for the position at hand.
Social Media: Clean up your online profiles and take advantage of privacy settings to be sure that you are not your own biggest enemy on the job hunt. Networking: Meeting new people in your industry and making meaningful connections can help you get your foot in the door. Follow-up: This cannot be emphasized enough. Showing your interest and expressing thanks is the professional thing to do. By neglecting this step, you might lose the position to the person who did follow-up.
Need help finding a job? Consider working with a recruiter
NEW YORK, NY -- When looking for a job, you may want to consider working 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.
If you don't know of any good recruiters and/or want to instantly have your resume sent to 1000's of recruiters that specialize in people with your skills, we have a suggestion for you! One service, Resume Mailman, can email your resume to 1000's of targeted recruiters. Resume Mailman asks you to fill out some general information and input your resume. Then, your information is delivered to recruiters who specialize in finding jobs for people with your skills, in your area! Give Resume Mailman a try today.
Seasonal job searching brings a little holiday cheer
GOLDEN VALLEY, MN -- Employment expert Jeremy Berg from BERG Professional Staffing talks about the different types of seasonal jobs available during the holiday season. Between 25% and 50% of total annual retail sales take place during the holidays and retail employers usually increase their workforce by at least 4% just for the holiday gift-buying rush. If you're thinking of landing a seasonal job this fall, here's some advice. Start looking now! Employers are already hiring seasonal staff to ring the cash registers.
Seasonal Retail Jobs: If you're interested in a retail seasonal job, walk around the mall or your town, and stop in to fill out an application. Macy's, Target and Walmart accept online applications. To expedite your job search, use the job search engines to find seasonal jobs. You can either use the Advanced Search option, selecting Temporary Jobs, or search by keyword for "seasonal" or "temp" jobs.
Temp Seasonal Jobs: Temporary agencies often seek additional staff for their clients during the holiday season. Temping is one of the fastest growing employment sectors in the country. Delivery Jobs: Package delivery services add staff, including drivers and handlers, to help them deal with the deluge of holiday boxes. Outdoor Seasonal Jobs: Ski areas and resorts hire extra help for the holiday and winter season. Also review hospitality, travel and outdoor job listings. You'll find that many of the jobs in these career fields are seasonal by nature.
Search smarter & save time with this job search engine
SAN DIEGO, 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? Now a new service called MyJobHunter.com solves all that and more!
Here's how it works. 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! To start searching smarter and save time for networking, visit MyJobHunter.com.
Personalizing your resume and job search
PLEASANTON, CA -- Joy Montgomery got a vice president of operations job with letterhead for her resume that reflected a logical structure. "He saw order and that's what he wanted from the person he brought in," says the owner of Structural Integrity in Pleasanton. Montgomery recommends developing a personal image representing your skills into a package of cover letter, resume and business card and, for the interview, your list of references. This tactic capitalizes on personalization in a job search.
Personalization aids in breaking through the millions of resumes on the market. Edward Ryabovsky, vice president, Recruiting and Business Development, at Hold Brothers Inc. in New York, is so bombarded with them that each day he spends about 20% of his time reviewing resumes submitted to his company. Personalize by "demonstrating serious thought about the job," he recommends.
Montgomery concurs. "Your objective must be the employer's objective, the title the company wants to fill," she explains. "That's important for the gatekeeper and the person doing the hiring. Make the sale in the first third of the first page." Shoot for clarity and organization. People are looking for any reason to reject a resume. Don't introduce any doubt or confuse them. Make your resume easy for employers to read and grasp. Work hard to identify the best content. Personalize it. Then personalize your strategy.