Before you quit your job, take steps to be prepared
LEXINGTON, KY -- I quit. Have you ever uttered those two words? It's hard to believe that someone would leave a job in our new economy without having employment. However, people are because of signs that the labor demand has strengthened. But why would anyone leave a job without having secured a new job? This is a good question.
The pursuit of greener pastures is not always about a salary increase. Recent studies found that the top five reasons for leaving today are: stability, compensation, respect, health benefits and work-life balance. Consider the following suggestions that should be critical to you before you decide to quit:
Don't bad-mouth past employers. Resist the urge to criticize your employer and keep in mind that it's a reflection of your own character. Don't get caught looking for a job. There are serious consequences when you are conducting your job search on your current employer's time -- it's a no-no. Be organized. Put together a job search plan. Get organized with your favorite calendar and use some of the useful online job search tools out there. Be prepared to keep track of your resumes, cover letters, online applications and follow ups. Maximize technology. Being on top of the latest technology can give you a noticeable edge. Keep in mind that conducting a job search is part of your brand and having a LinkedIn account is essential.
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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 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.
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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 keep your job search secure and confidential, post your resume online with Resume Rabbit.
Differentiate yourself with a specialty
NEW YORK, NY -- The process of developing a dynamic brand image asks you to unearth your authentic self, identify what you bring to the table, declare your values, vision your future, and at times live a double life as you evolve into the professional you aspire to be.
The linchpin to a successful personal brand is your area of expertise. What you call your specialty is of major importance to your success in the workplace. The specialist always makes more money than the general practitioner. If you're thinking that narrowing your skills could shrink your market or diminish your value, consider this: By choosing entertainment as my area of expertise, I've attracted cosmetics companies, fashion houses, and even insurance companies and banks who want to apply the principals of building an audience. Being a specialist can actually expand your market and turn you into the go-to expert.
Your area of expertise - your specialty - doesn't have to be an art or science. You might be someone who develops a reputation as a skilled listener. You might be an expert at relationship building; or you could be someone specializing in online consumer research. From the values and talents you possess, narrow your focus to an area that you can develop as your niche or specialty that aligns with your vision statement. In no time your professional image will become strongly defined and you'll be sought after for your expertise.
Better ways to search online for a job
SEATTLE, WA -- Although the employment picture is looking brighter, finding the right job for you can remain a challenge. Nothing creates a more frustrating online experience than pulling up your favorite search engine to find something simple and coming away empty handed. Search engines can cause no end of grief if you don't know some simple tricks that will vastly improve your search results. For everyone experiencing this frustration, these suggestions should quickly better your results.
Tip #1 - To aid you in searching more efficiently, most search engines allow surfers to perform "Boolean" searches. This feature narrows the results to only those websites containing all the words specified, but not necessarily in the exact order. Tip #2 - Using quotation marks around keyword sets yield seven more specific results. "Resume writing tips" should produce only those websites containing this exact phrase somewhere in the website.
Tip #3 - The more specific you get the better. If you want to look for examples of cover letters or resumes in your industry, start your search with "Cover Letter and Resume Examples for [Your Industry]" and work from there. The more detailed you are in your search keywords, the better search results you have. With the addition of millions of web pages every week, continuously honing your search skills represents one of the smartest investments of time and energy any serious job seeker can make.
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You'll also get an application history report that makes follow-up a breeze! It shows the jobs you were applied to, full job descriptions, employer contact info, and application dates. You can even add personal notes to each job! This service is proven to reduce hours of job searching and resume submitting to just minutes. Simply upload your resume, enter your job search criteria and let MyJobHunter take it from there. Try a new approach this year when searching for a job online with MyJobHunter.
Tips for writing a resume summary
CHICAGO, IL -- Creating an accurate and effective summary on your resume is key to getting a job interview, yet it's the most difficult for most of us to compose. You may be losing opportunities because your summary falls flat and doesn't invoke interest. Here are some tips for writing an effective summary:
Your summary is an overview of your career as it applies to the job you are going after. So keep your summary focused on the skills and experience you have that are relevant to the position you are applying for. Study the job description and customize your summary for the open position. Extract out of your resume the skills and experience needed for the open position. List additional skills you may have that a company may find as a value. For example, if you are fluent in Spanish or have a certification in your vocation, make sure to add this to your summary.
A summary should tell a story. It's your "elevator pitch." Be concise in your delivery of your talents and experience. Make it interesting and innovative. Make sure that what you say in your summary corresponds with the rest of your resume. Use key search words that correspond with the job description. Many companies use a computer program to do an initial scan of resumes. If you are struggling with writing your summary, consider hiring a professional writer to help you.
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LOS ANGELES, CA -- You've got terrific experience. Your work ethic is superb. You're even willing to be flexible on salary. But after sending your resume to countless, perfectly matched job opportunities, you're just not getting the interviews! Why? It may be hard to believe, but there's a good chance your resume is hurting more than it's helping. With the average employer spending less than 30 seconds scanning each resume, your resume needs to immediately grab the employers attention and stand out over all other applicants.
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Resume writing 'musts' for baby boomers
MIAMI, FL --In a competitive job market and a tough economy, it's becoming increasingly common for qualified people to get laid off or let go. Unfortunately, some of these cuts impact Baby Boomers. If you're a Baby Boomer who's looking for work, you'll want to make sure you keep these tips in mind:
It's okay to (tastefully) brag. Get specific about your accomplishments. List off awards that you've won and promotions that you received. Talk about how you increased revenue or landed new accounts. Think about it from the other point of view. Before you spend your time writing a resume, sit down and think for a while about exactly why an employer should hire you. What can you bring to the table that someone else can't? What do you do or know that would appeal to a hiring manager?
Show that you've remained up to date. Include any relevant training that has equipped you to handle a particular job. If you've participated in any seminars or continuing education programs, highlight these in a separate section. Realize resumes have changed in recent years. Don't date yourself by falling into the trap of using the same resume format and style that you did 20 years ago. For instance, objectives are out and a summary of qualifications is in. If you don't know what the latest trends are when it comes to resumes, consider hiring a professional resume writer.
Career Tools Highlighted in This Issue:
- Resume Rabbit - Maximize Your Exposure Get your resume posted on up to 85 job boards and niche career sites.
- New Job Search Engine Tool Search all job sites at once & apply to all matching jobs with 1-click.
- Affordable and Professional Resume Writing Service Get your resume refreshed and updated by an expert resume writer.