Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The cold, hard, truth about finding a job during downturn

The cold, hard, truth about finding a job
Abridged: Science Careers

NEW YORK, NY -- Even when the job market is robust, a job-search strategy won't work if you're not using your time effectively. One day, my client list contained many companies interviewing for open positions at all levels; a few weeks later, the same companies put those positions on hold or had moved into layoffs. The speed and intensity of this economic meltdown hit us all by surprise. Times are tough! Still, there are jobs out there--jobs that someone is going to land.

In this unforgiving job market, you can't flounder. This is the year to organize and implement the perfect process for your job search. Consider these items as you plan your 2009 job search strategy. You must plan on a truly significant effort. If you aren't spending 2 hours a day on your search, you're unlikely to get any kind of traction at all. You need to search for jobs using all means possible--anything that is relevant to your situation.

For example: responding to journal ads, headhunters, or online job postings; attending job fairs; networking and informational interviewing. Gone are the days of using only one of these channels and succeeding. You can't count on 100 Internet job applications or on networking alone. You've got to have ALL the bases covered. This year, you will need to invest not only time but also money in your job search. You'll put in three times as much effort this year than you did during your last job search but you still have every chance to succeed.


Think twice before picking up that BlackBerry
Abridged: Associated Press

BOSTON, MA -- If there's any small solace when starting a job search in this recession, it's the proliferation of digital technology to help you re-enter the working world. Websites like Indeed.com and LinkedIn.com have multiplied the number of job openings you can track and the professional contacts you can make. E-mail and smart phones make it easier to pitch yourself and set up appointments.

But think twice before picking up that BlackBerry and thumb-typing a message to the hiring manager whose e-mail address you so slyly uncovered online. In the end, landing the right job hinges on old-world skills. "The electronic piece might get your foot in the door," said Dave Willmer, an executive director of Robert Half Technology, a tech industry recruiting and staffing division for Robert Half International.

"But you still have to present yourself well face-to-face in an interview to beat the competition, and you have to have good references," Wilmer said. "I think some job candidates lose sight of that because of all the technology options and capabilities that get your name out there." Job seekers - especially the young and tech-savvy -frequently misuse electronic gadgets and the Web and run roughshod over professional etiquette.

Maintaining a positive attitude is critical
Abridged: CareerTrax

SEDONA, AZ -- Your mental outlook--the most critical element in the 2009 job search--will either keep you open for new opportunities or close your mind and seal your fate. It's really easy to be negative about things this year. In fact, some experts believe that the economic downturn would be much less severe if there wasn't such a negative view promulgated by the media.

So, knowing it's a lousy job market out there, what facts can you keep in mind that can help you have positive expectations for your job search? First of all, remember that all recessions have a beginning, a middle, and an end. So do job searches. Very few qualified people engage in a job search without achieving their goals, or some satisfactory equivalent of those goals.

Your new job is out there, even in 2009. Grumble about the economy all you want, but when it comes to the job search, start digging and don't stop until you've got what you were looking for! A positive attitude and outlook can help increase your chances of landing a new job over the competition.

Get the job first, before your competition
Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- To land a job over the competition, you have to work smarter. The hard part is to get your resume into the hands of the hiring manager first! 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 career websites. As soon as an employer needs someone, this is the first place they look. It's 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 websites, you will definitely multiply your chances of landing a job.

If you want all the benefits without all the work, you can let a service like Resume Rabbit do it for you. You fill out one simple form and they'll instantly post your resume on up to 85 career websites like Monster, Job.com, CareerBuilder, Net-Temps, Dice and more. Then you'll be seen by over 1.5 million employers & recruiters daily. It takes only 5 minutes to complete, and saves you 60 hours of research and data entry.

A wise investment during tough times
Abridged: Pfeiffer

DURHAM, NC -- Ask anyone and they'll tell you flat out that the economy stinks! It's tougher to find a job, it's tougher to keep a job. And with all of the economic stress right now, education is probably not on the top of your priority list. Maybe you've wanted to go back to school and obtain a Master's degree in Business Administration or Education for a long time, but now with the economy the way it is you have ruled these options out all together.

I understand that thinking, but I want to challenge it! I want to suggest that this is the PERFECT time to go back to school to further your education and acquire new skills. You don't have to stop working either. There are many accredited Universities that offer flexible class schedules at convenient campus locations and online courses. This option is one of the key factors that can set you apart from the rest. This way you don't have to stop earning money while you also invest in your future.

Going back to school is a wise investment! Once you have obtained your Master's degree or certification, it's with you forever. Every time you go into a job interview, you will have an immediate advantage. With a tough economy and a competitive job market, it can improve your chances of landing a great job, keeping a great job, and also increases your pay-scale.

Online universities offer convenience and higher pay
Staff Writer, The Career News

NEW YORK, NY -- If you think that the only way to earn a degree is to spend gobs of money and traverse across a complicated college campus, taking anywhere from two to eight years to get your Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's or even doctorate degree...think again. With advances in technology, you can now get your degree online, from an accredited university in your spare time and from the comfort of your own home.

Jennifer Day, Chief of the Education and Social Stratification Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau says, "In 1999, average annual earnings ranged from $19,000 for high school dropouts, to $26,000 for high school graduates, and $45,000 for college graduates and $99,000 for the holders of professional degrees. That includes medical doctors, dentists, veterinarians and lawyers.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau the difference in lifetime earnings between a high school diploma and bachelor's degree is a million dollars. Add on a master's degree and you can expect to earn an additional half a million dollars in earnings. Those with professional degrees earn much more - about 4.4 million dollars during their working life. To learn more about available schools & programs, and instantly request complimentary course catalogs of the ones you like, go to Find-The-Right-School.

Is your resume too good?
Abridged: The Charlotte Observer

CHARLOTTE, NC -- Faced with the cruelest job market in years, some unemployed professionals are lowering their standards for the jobs they're seeking - and even toning down their resumes to avoid seeming overqualified. To try to land interviews, they're mum about master's degrees they've earned and omitting lofty-sounding executive titles. Still others have left out everything from salary histories to the years they graduated to appear more attractive to employers.

Experts say it's a sign of growing desperation in a tough economy. In the current market, job openings are scarce. Some employers are turning away overqualified candidates, worrying they can't afford them, or that the new hires will be dissatisfied and move on quickly. Anybody who's been out of work for a long period of time begins looking for the , "what can I do to survive" job?

It's hard to say whether leaving information off a resume is unethical. Generally, recruiters say it's smart to tailor your resume to different positions and play up the strengths that would be a good match. Omitting details is not considered as serious as inventing qualifications you don't have. Some job seekers still hold out for a job that fits. They simply don't want to settle. But for others, settling has become the only option.

Easily crank out an amazing new resume
The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- Many job seekers get "stuck in the mud" because they don't realize that truly amazing resumes aren't really resumes at all. Instead, they're artfully crafted, interesting and engaging sales letters, disguised as resumes. Most people think of a resume as a sort of "biography" that will be reviewed in an interview. When in fact, your resume often represents your one and only opportunity to stand out from the crowd, grab attention and get a job interview.

Fortunately for you, most resumes and cover letters do nothing to stand out and grab the attention of the employer. Actually very few people know how to create that special attention-grabbing, personal element that gets your "foot in the company door." This creates more opportunities for the candidates who do have artfully crafted resumes - designed to sell employers on scheduling interviews.

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