Keeping your job search under the radar
NEW YORK, NY -- You know it's time to leave your job, but you also know that your search for a new opportunity may take some time. What's the best way to proceed while still in your current job? Prepare for your next move long before it becomes urgent.
Constantly manage your professional growth by keeping up with your network, both at your company and in the industries that interest you. That way, when you start looking for a job, you won't look as if you suddenly ramped up the networking. This is even true in the virtual world. Creating a presence on social networking sites shouldn't necessarily give people the idea you are looking for a search since you should be doing that all the time. By and large, if you are properly managing your career, your job search should be invisible to those around you.
In general, don't share news of your departure until you make a decision. This is an unwritten rule of working. Most bosses accept this reality and will not change their opinion of you because of it. As much as you get along with a boss, it is not a peer-to-peer relationship. In the end, you and your boss might have competing interests. Still, there are instances when disclosing your intentions can work, especially if you have a really honest and open relationship with your boss.
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LOS ANGELES, CA -- A perfectly-written cover letter can be more important to your job search than your resume! A cover letter is really a sales letter. It's your personal advertisement, your first impression, your grand introduction. A brilliantly worded cover letter is the easiest way to ensure your resume is the one, amongst a stack of resumes, that actually gets read. The best part is, few people understand this fact. So having a great cover letter is almost like having an unfair advantage.
As a matter of fact, the vast majority of your competition simply "throws" together any old cover letter just so they have something to attach to their average resume. As a result, most cover letters do nothing to land the job interview. In fact, hiring managers often make a decision to interview from a well written cover letter alone -- before even reading a resume.
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Finding a job as a mature job seeker
WASHINGTON, D.C -- Searching for a job when you're 50 or older requires a different approach than a typical search. To succeed, you need to plan ahead. Consider this advice to secure a new position:
- Prepare mentally. It takes an average of 22 weeks for someone over 55 to find a new job. Having the appropriate expectation level helps with maintaining your self-esteem, attitude and energy level.
- Target niche recruiters. Let executive-search professionals who specialize in your industry or job function know you're on the market. Executive recruiters fill high-level positions and are skilled in working with experienced hires.
- Make new connections. Broaden your networking circle to boost your odds of getting referrals and news about openings.
- Get tech savvy. Familiarize yourself with instant messaging, social networking and other tech-related activities.
- Curb age bias. You can address some of the common, unspoken predispositions that hiring managers may have about senior candidates. Casually reveal information to counteract these questions. And remember, everything from your hair to your shoes should convey your status as a successful professional.
Is the hidden job market really hidden?
PORTLAND, OR -- You may have come across a blurb in a publication that brings up the subject of the hidden job market. And you've probably asked yourself "why is it hidden and how can I find it?" Well I have good news for you. The hidden job market isn't really hidden; but it will take creativity, resourcefulness and determination to access.
The hidden job market is just another name for a proactive job search. Gone are the days when looking through the Sunday paper with highlighter in hand would consistently result in promising job leads. And if you are waiting by the phone for hiring managers and recruiters to contact you after posting your resume on one or two job boards, make sure you have access to a bathroom - it will likely be a very long wait!
Check the job boards routinely and set up an automatic search agent so the job boards will send you an email with job postings matching your criteria. If a proactive job search sounds like a lot of work...you are absolutely right! In a competitive market, the candidate who is willing to put in the time and effort, while being a bit more creative and tenacious, will likely have the advantage. There is some truth in the old adage that we make our own luck. So what are you waiting for? It's time to get busy and find that best fit career opportunity!
Getting your resume to the right recruiters
FREDERICKSBURG, VA --Recruiters often represent unadvertised jobs. But getting to the right recruiter is not always easy. The key to finding the right recruiter is to understand that recruiters don't find jobs for people -- they find people for jobs. In other words,unless you're paying a recruiter directly don't expect them to canvas the world to find you a job. Recruiters will only be interested in you if you're right for a job opportunity at one of their (paying) client companies.
The key is to get your resume into the hands of the right recruiters at the right time. You have to realize it's a numbers game. Therefore to play it well you need to get your resume to as many recruiters as you can, whose clients currently need people with your skills, in your field and in your geographic area.
You can search the internet and find various lists of executive recruiters. However, they're not always organized, complete or easy to find. And it might take you a great deal of time. Alternatively if you want to instantly get your resume in the hands of 1000's of specialized recruiters in your area, with current positions to fill, let a service like ResumeMailman do it for you. Learn more at Resume Mailman.
Resume Writing: The good and the bad
ROCKVILLE, MD -- The good news is that, with a little extra effort, you can create a resume that makes you stand out. Even if you face fierce competition, with a well written resume you should be invited to interview more often than many people more qualified than you. The bad news is that your present resume is probably much more inadequate than you now realize.
It is a mistake to think of your resume as a history of your past, as a personal statement or as some sort of self expression. Sure, most of the content of any resume is focused on your job history. But write from the intention to create interest, to persuade the employer to call you. The resume is a tool with one specific purpose: to win an interview. A resume is an advertisement, nothing more, nothing less.
A great resume doesn't just tell them what you have done but makes the same assertion that all good ads do: If you buy this product, you will get these specific, direct benefits. It convinces the employer that you have what it takes to be successful in this new position or career. The bottom line is that it inspires the prospective employer to pick up the phone and ask you to come in for an interview.
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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.
Develop customized written & verbal communications.
LOS ANGELES, CA -- To grab prospective employers' attention, all of your communications with them--your resume, bio, cover letters and elevator pitches--should emphasize how your skills and experience can help them address their specific business goals and challenges. Simply listing your past employers, your previous titles, the length of time you held each position and your responsibilities will not pique their interest enough to seek out a conversation with you.
If you have the opportunity to speak with an employee at a company where you would like to work, you need to clearly demonstrate that you know about the company's business and possess the skills the employer needs. Do some research on each employer to get a sense of what their issues are, and incorporate those themes into all your communications. Consider the challenges you've faced, the responsibilities you've held and your achievements in each job you've held, and think about how you could apply what you've done in the past to an employer you're targeting. Present those achievements that are relevant to each employer.
The job search is not about you and your goals; it is all about the employer's needs and objectives. Make it easy for them to realize that you can help them by illustrating your abilities. You might also wish to volunteer to attend a meeting, to draft a job description or prepare a presentation beyond what is required or what your resume shows.
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