Tuesday, March 10, 2009

What's working in today's job search

What's working in today's job search
Abridged: Blethen Maine Newspapers

PORTLAND, ME -- Even in today's job market several of my clients have landed full-time jobs -- and very good ones at that. While their fields, backgrounds and areas of expertise were distinctly different from one another, their process for finding and eventually securing a job, was quite similar. Here's a list of their winning strategies:

  1. Updated, well-written, spot-on resumes that included results-oriented examples of competencies
  2. Positive attitudes that kept them going through the tough days
  3. Consistent and regular meetings with their contacts to keep them in a networking loop
  4. Clearly communicated their job search goals in terms of the value they brought to the field
  5. Thorough research of the companies with whom they were interviewing
  6. Impeccable follow through after meetings with thank you emails
  7. Being prepared for anything that came along during meetings
  8. Realistic notions about how long the job search process would take
In each of these cases, the successful job seeker found out about a position before it was ever posted. They had their foot in the door and made an impression that set them apart from other candidates who applied through traditional avenues. What will your winning strategy be?

Recruiters often know about unadvertised jobs
Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- These days job seekers should spend 60 to 70 percent of their efforts on networking. Let everyone know you're out of a job and available for work. People like to help, but they can't help if they don't know you're looking. On average, 80 percent of job openings aren't advertised at all. Therefore, working with a recruiter and networking may be the only way to hear about them.

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.

If you don't know of any good recruiters and would like to have your resume sent to recruiters that specialize in people with your skills, Resume Mailman will instantly email your resume and cover letter to 1000's of targeted recruiters. You can even get a list of the recruiters they forwarded your resume to for follow up. To get your resume into the hands of the right recruiters visit Resume Mailman.

Honestly, can you do the job?
Abridged: Job Search Examiner

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- If you've been out of the job market for a long while, there will be days when that sense of desperation will creep in. You'll grow weary of cutting back on everything and you're willing to accept any job you can find. Then along comes a job interview for a position that, when you interview for it, you discover is a little out of your reach. And you know it.

But you want that paycheck, so you tell yourself, "I'll figure it out, all of my old bosses have LOVED me!" So you take the job. Maybe you've never been let go because of performance issues. You can't believe that you could get fired. So you don't take extraordinary measures to make sure you keep the job that was a little out of your reach in the first place.

And you get fired. And you didn't have to be. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't take a job that stretches your abilities, but once you're in that job, you've GOT to work your tail off to keep it. Just because every boss has loved you doesn't mean that this one will. Every new job is a new relationship. It's a new playing field with new players and the only way to stay in the game is to keep bringin' your A game.

Tips on keeping your job or finding another one
Abridged: Computer World Inc.

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- What can you do to stay employed? First, keep your technology skills fresh and take advantage of online training courses and certifications. Second, leverage your current skills and expertise to help your company perform better. Third, stay positive. Fourth, stay busy, and never say no to an assignment. When times are difficult, these things can help you keep your job.

Advice like "stay positive" seems simple enough, but that can be tough to do in such a grim environment. How can we do that? Avoid the negative people in the office. Negativity can be contagious. And if you do all that and still lose your job, what should you do then? Make sure your resume is concise, well written, and updated. Make sure it's optimized for keywords in your industry. Post your resume on all the job boards, such as Dice, Job.com and Monster, as well as the niche job boards.

Finally, in this highly competitive job environment, if you have an interview opportunity, let the prospective employer know you are available immediately! Make sure you are easily available and show a strong interest in the job; otherwise, you will lose the job opportunity.

Niche job boards & websites your resume should be on!
Staff Writer, The Career News

LOS ANGELES, CA -- There are hundreds of sites where you can post your resume online. Some sites, like CareerBuilder, let you upload an existing resume with the click of a button. On other sites you can cut and paste or use a resume building wizard. Start with the top job sites like Job.com, CareerBuilder, Monster and Dice as well as the mid-size and smaller job boards. Then keep track of where you've posted your resume and make a list of your login names and passwords.

Or if you are interested in saving time, use a service that will post your resume for you. Resume Rabbit, for example, instantly posts your resume to over 85 of the top job boards and career sites, including the ones listed above.

You'll get a personal online posting report with login information for each site so you can update your resume and apply directly to job postings. They also provide confidentiality and spam protection services. To instantly make your resume available to 1.5 million employers & recruiters daily, follow this link.

Seeking work in today's difficult market
Abridged: Incisive Media

FORT DODGE, IA -- Here are some basics for seeking work in today's difficult market: Applicants need to be realistic about qualifications and the market, sweat the professional details, and be flexible enough to think about alternative job opportunities. For example, as business transactions slow down, compliance work increases. Using the same skill set in a new market can create good results.

Take stock of personal and lifestyle needs. Look carefully at debt and repayment options. Pay attention to the professional details surrounding your job search. Too much competition is out there to leave details undone. Controlling professional documents like resumes and letters, professional attire and interpersonal skills will pay big dividends. Crafting an error-free resume is critically important. Write cover letters that demonstrate knowledge of what an employer does.

Communicating professionally during interviews with employers is vital. Be direct, courteous, accurate and honest. Always have good eye contact with the interviewer. Keep in mind that when traditional opportunities disappear, new ones arise. Job seekers have to be prepared to take advantage of them by creating a touchstone with which to compare personal and professional needs with the job opportunity at hand.

Interview tips that get you hired faster!
Staff Writer, The Career News

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.

1 comment:

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