Considering a career transition? Answer these 3 questions.
WHITE PLAINS, NY -- 1) Who am I? Before you make a career transition, it's important to increase your self-awareness so you can be sure you're choosing the right path. Examine and explore your interests, skills, and values. Evaluate the people in your life, your work environment, your daily existence and determine what you'd like to change. Gain a deeper understanding of who you are and what is important to you, so you can determine the appropriate next steps.
2) What do I want? Know the things you want to experience in your life. Know the possessions you want to acquire. Know how you define success, how you want to spend your time and what impact you want to have. Define these things with clarity and compelling detail. Don't be numb to your own desires and don't get stuck trying to figure out what other people want you to do. Honor your preferences in every situation and never settle for less.
3) What am I willing to give up to get what I want? Investigate the steps you'll need to take to achieve your goals. How much money will you need to invest in this dream? How much time will be required? What potential sacrifices will you need to make along the way? Come to terms with the sacrifices you'll need to make, and declare today that you are going to accomplish this goal no matter what it takes.
Career Changers: Confidentially post your resume
LOS ANGELES, CA -- After deciding to make a career change, the last thing you need to have happen is for your employer to accidentally find out that you're looking for a new job. But there are steps you can take to keep your job search confidential. And while the job market is very competitive right now, there are still millions of jobs being offered by hiring managers who search all of the top career sites. Sure it may take some time, but posting your resume on all the top career sites 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. This useful tool helps you organize your search efforts and saves you time, while allowing you to focus on networking strategies. Just fill out one easy form and in about 15 minutes you'll be posted on 85 top career sites like Job.com, Nexxt.com, CareerBuilder, Dice & more.
If confidentiality is a concern, use Resume Rabbit's confidentiality feature to secure your online resumes. 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 job sites will give you access to millions of jobs and exposure to 1.5 million employers and recruiters daily. Instantly post your resume on all the top job sites, to find a job faster.
Tips on getting a hiring manager's attention
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Be visible. Are you considered an industry expert? Do you write engaging LinkedIn posts, or a blog that has a strong social media following? Put yourself out there to see and be seen. If you aren't visible, hiring managers and recruiters can't find you. But they are looking for you. And if a hiring manager is interested and contacts you get back to them, even if you aren't looking for a new job.
Network with the company where you would like to work. Do you have a company you would like to work for? Connect with as many people as you can from that company. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Comment on and share their posts. Show your expertise. Respond with comments and insight and provide feedback that shows you are an expert in your field.
Be likable and return the favor. In your current job, do you work with clients, customers, vendors, suppliers, contractors, and others in your day-to-day duties? Treat those people well. Always be professional. Be likable. Perhaps one day that person will recommend you to their employer, in regards to job openings at their company. Keep in mind, referrals are important to hiring managers. People like to hire people they know. Be known. Be connected. But be nice and professional to those with whom you are connected. You never know who may be watching.
3 Things you should be doing when job searching
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- 1) Create killer career marketing collateral. To stand out from a crowd, your resume, bio, website, etc., must impress. You can't afford to go with a resume written in a circa 2008 format, designed for a print versus an online read, or featuring a list of your responsibilities but lacking in quantifiable achievements -- and back it up with examples.
3. Start talking. Most jobs are filled via networking. What's your best shot when it comes to landing interviews? Devote time networking to figure out who you need to know to gain some inside intel and traction. Start with friends and family and then expanding to acquaintances. Take it a step further by searching on LinkedIn to find people at companies you're interested in, as well as recruiters -- and reach out.
4) Get virtual. Like it or not, recruiters, HR professionals and hiring managers will find you and vet you online. This can't be stressed enough. Why not play this to your advantage by engaging on one or two social media sites? By contributing articles (sharing, commenting, liking or even authoring) just once a week, you will slowly but surely position yourself as an expert in your field. This way, when hiring managers look for you online (and they will), what they find will reinforce for them that you are a candidate worth taking seriously.
Update and optimize your LinkedIn Profile to get noticed
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Two hundred million users can't be wrong. LinkedIn has exploded onto the employment search scene and is now used across 200 different countries. It has sparked a recruiting revolution of sorts, as many hiring managers search its massive database of prospective employees before even announcing a job opening. Is your profile being found?
If the content within your profile is a simple copy-and-paste from your resume, you could be damaging your chances of landing that dream job. The Career News recommends having your profile overhauled by "LinkedIn Builder", the professional writing service with a rapidly growing list of happy clients. The company will turn your LinkedIn content from passive to powerful in 72 short hours. Here's how: Precise, targeted headline; Conversational summary section with a perfectly social tone; Optimized job descriptions crafted to ensure maximum visibility; 100% profile completeness; Fast, email delivery with easy upload instructions; Downloadable DIY Guide loaded with best practices, LinkedIn insights and how-to tips.
LinkedIn Builder's writers specialize in structuring your online professional profile to effectively chronicle your career, achievements and key skills. Their writers possess the knowledge and cross-industry expertise to link your career aspirations with a smashing online presence. Opportunity is waiting. To land more interviews, get your LinkedIn Profile makeover today.
Common interview habits that cost you the job
MANHATTAN, NY -- 1) Fidgeting: Too much movement shows that you're nervous. And while recruiters expect some of that, it can be extremely distracting for hiring managers when they see you constantly shifting. Body language is only relevant within the context of the specific interview. 2) Not Smiling: Yes, it's important to appear serious, but recruiters are human beings who still respond to visual cues, and that includes smiles. Imagine you're meeting someone for the first time, and while they shake your hand, their mouth remains in a neutral expression. It can come across as a little rude right? A job interview is no different.
3) Stumbling On The Interviewer's Name: Some people have difficult names, and while it might be socially acceptable at a cocktail party to stumble across someone's difficult name and then casually say "sorry, I'm really really terrible with names!", a job interview is a place where you want to avoid this from happening. If you're not sure how to pronounce their name, ask them to clarify and repeat it back.
4) Writing Terrible Thank-You Notes: Perhaps the interview went well, and you avoided making any blunders. But you can still ruin the great first impression they had of you by writing a terrible thank-you note. Sending overly long notes that make the recruiter go, "I'll read this later" or notes that rehash your entire conversation -- is a no-no.
[VIDEO] The secret to nailing your next job interview
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Did you know that when the job market was booming it took an average of 3 interviews to get 1 job offer? Now it takes 17! When you finally land the job interview of your dreams will you have what it takes to land the job offer? You must stand out during the job interview or you might as well be playing the lottery.
Most job seekers spend hours creating their resumes and cover letters, searching through job postings, reviewing classified ads and networking--all in order to land the job interview. Yet 99% of them don't have a clue what to do when they get one.
There's a little known "secret career document" you can quickly and easily customize for your next important job interview that literally forces the interviewer to picture you filling the position. This powerful technique was created by one of California's top marketing professionals. His method guarantees you'll automatically stand out from the crowd and shoot straight to the top of the "must hire" list for any position you seek. To ace your next interview and get hired faster visit: The Job Interview Secret.
Learn how to plan your job search strategy
NEW YORK, NY -- An expert recruiter will help find the right roles for you. This can save a lot of time and they can introduce you to roles that may not reach the open market. Keeping on top of opportunities: Now that you know which type of organizations you're most interested in, follow them on social media and review their career sites. Keep an eye out for updates surrounding current vacancies, and set up job alerts so you can be quick off the mark when the right role does come up.
Save your resume across all of your electronic devices (except work ones). In doing this, you'll be ready to apply when jobs crop up, wherever you are, whichever device you are using. Be organized: Take note of all jobs applied for, what stage you're at, and the names of relevant contacts. Add any meetings or interviews to your calendar and take notes. Refer to these before you make any follow up calls or emails.
Don't lose hope: It's important that you keep your spirits high during your job search, even if you don't get an interview for a role that you really wanted. Not every application leads to job search success, but don't give up. It can help to talk about your next move and your search progress with mentors, friends and family. Take regular breaks and reward yourself for a productive job searching session. The key is to stay motivated.
Search all online job listings from just one website
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.
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 sites like: CareerBuilder, Beyond.com, Job.com, Jobs2Careers, and more.
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.
Job Search Tools Highlighted in This Issue:
- Post Your Resume On All Top Job Sites
Get your resume posted on all the top job sites and niche job boards.
- Update Your LinkedIn Profile and Get Noticed
Optimize your LinkedIn prospects with a complete profile that gets noticed.
- [Video] The Job Interview Secret Program
Little known interview secrets that practically forces them to hire you.
- JobsWanted: New Powerful Job Search Engine
No sign up required! Search all online job listings from just one website.