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Tips On How To Find A Job In Tough Economic Times

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment

What can you do to be competitive when looking for a new job? Writing a quick resume late at night and applying for random jobs is NOT going to get you the job you are looking for.  Is there an educational or university course being offered which could help you now or in the long term? What skills do you have to shine above and beyond other candidates.  Make a  portfolio of your accomplishments you have achieved in your academic or professional life. In the current economic climate employers want to know what YOU have to offer them. You need to sell yourself! and sell your success.

Below are some further ideas and suggestions to find yourself a new job

Learn new skills: It’s never too late to try to learn a foreign language, or a new piece of computer software. (Best example was a senior archaeologist of 10 years who came to me wanting to change life direction. After 6 months learning spanish then travelling through Spain for another 6 months, The senior archaeologist is now a junior English/spanish translator)

Research: Find out where the demand is. While many industries are having trouble in this recession and laying of employees other areas are increasing employment

Sell yourself: Take time writing your resume, and tailor your resume specifically to each job you are applying. Do not send out the same resume to every job advert you see. Remember if you’re sending out generic resumes then you will get the same generic responses

Use your social network. Don’t be embarrassed about looking for work. Tell your friends and family. You never know who may be looking at hiring staff with your set of skills

Use free networking sites to advertise yourself and your skills. Promote yourself via sites like LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/

Use a recruitment agency that specialises in your particular area. Get to know the recruitment consultant, and follow them up weekly. The more you appear visible, the more they will remember you

Share with friends: Brainstorm ideas and share experiences with friends that are also looking for jobs. Exchange advice, strategies, and plans

Act straight away: When you get a lead or hear about a job opening apply immediately. There is no need to wait. Prepare your resume and send it immediately. The longer you wait the more likely another candidate will apply ahead of you

Don’t let a lack of experience discourage you from applying for jobs: When tailoring your resume towards the job you are applying for, concentrate on the skills and abilities you have to match that certain job

Most importantly: Don’t give up – Never stop looking.  While you’re searching for your new job is there something else in the meantime you could be doing. Do you have skills to freelance?  Maybe you can sell goods online. Keeping yourself occupied helps you to stay positive and upbeat rather than moping around the house feeling sorry for yourself

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Do you have realistic job expectations?

 

 

The best advice I give job seekers is to set realistic job expectations. Too many times candidates cause themselves heartache and misery because they have unrealistic expectations when applying for jobs. Yes, it’s true you need to aim high, but aiming too high can just lead to a longer time of being unemployed. I recently met a candidate who told me they had applied to over 100 banking jobs, but had not received a single interview request.

The first thing I did was review his resume as a poorly written resume is usually the reason behind 90% of failed attempts at securing interviews. The resume is the first impression a hiring manager has, so if there’s something fundamentally wrong with it, it doesn’t matter how good your qualifications are if the resume is never going to be read.

This time, however, his resume was very well written. His achievements were highlighted and the resume was structured and well presented, so I was quite confused as to why he was not getting a single interview. As a job seeker with 2 years of relevant work experience there didn’t seem to be a reasonable reason why this candidate should not be getting interviews or job offers.

The next thing we did was sit down together and analyse the jobs he had applied for, and there was the answer.

Within 60 seconds it became obvious why he wasn’t getting any interview requests. With 2 years of experience and on a base salary of $50,000, he was applying for senior roles with base salaries of $80,000-$120,000. With many of the jobs he didn’t even tick the essential requirements on the job description such as minimum years in a manager position.

Not only was he wasting his own time by applying for these positions, but he was also causing unnecessary stress and anxiety in the meantime. I encourage candidates to strive for bigger and greater jobs and to seek out higher salaries, but just remember to be realistic in your job search.  To be a manager or in a senior role takes experience and it is very unlikely that a company will hire an outside person to fulfil a role without the relevant experience. The more likely scenario is the company will promote within the company.

Go for gold and strive to succeed, but just remember to be realistic with your job expectations.

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How tough is a Guide Dog’s job?

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment

How tough is a Guide Dog’s job?

Watch real people being interviewed for the role, and see how they handled it:

 

When Is The Best Time to Apply For Online Jobs?

October 24, 2010 Leave a comment

The job application process is no doubt tedious and tiring for everyone. We’ve all been there – sifting through the various job ad postings, sending through resume after resume, and all we want to do is get the application process over with as fast as possible. Everyone tells you to at least take a few minutes to tailor your resume and cover letter to each job you apply for.

Personalizing your application materials no doubt increases your chances of getting a call back, but I’m also going to let you know that there is another way to increase your chances at getting that interview call, and it has absolutely nothing to do with who you are or with the quality of your resume and cover letter – it simply has to do with when you send through your materials.

I recently had a friend complain to me about getting no call backs at all. She had sent through personalized resumes and cover letters dozens of times and had not received one interview invitation. Sure, the job market is extremely tough in some areas at the moment, but to receive zero phone calls out of dozens was a bit alarming to me.

I asked her to show me her resume, and everything looked great. She told me about the sites she was applying through, and I saw no problem with that either. But she then told me about the application process itself, and this is where an important detail stood out – the time she was sending through her resumes.

Many job seekers, especially the already employed, use nights and weekends to send out the bulk of their applications, and this can sometimes put them at an immediate disadvantage. Anyone who’s worked in an office environment knows that Mondays are usually extremely hectic. Everyone’s trying to catch up on their emails and phone calls, and there usually isn’t a lot of time to spare, especially on things that are not urgent, like reading resumes. The first thing most people do when reading emails is prioritize and figure out what needs to get done sooner rather than later – resumes, especially ones sent days ago, usually fall into the “later” pile.

The point is that you want to be sure that your resume and cover letter are noticed. Sending them through on the weekend not only puts your email toward the back of the line chronologically, but it also puts it among the spam messages that have filled up the inbox, and you don’t want to accidentally get deleted.

Ideally, try to respond to job advertisements during the day, when someone is most likely to see it, let alone read it. If your only time to apply for jobs is on the weekend, at least try to send through your cover letters and resumes toward the later part of the weekend, preferably on Sunday evenings. You want your resume and cover letter to be one of the first things the hiring manager sees, not something that they see toward the bottom of their inbox that they will “get to later.”

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Need a Job? Top 20 Best Online Job websites

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

Monster: The premier global online employment solution for people seeking jobs and the employers who need great people               http://www.monster.com/

Yahoo Hot Jobs: Leader in the online recruiting industry: http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/

Indeed: Indeed.com is a search engine for jobs, allowing job seekers to find jobs posted on thousands of company career sites and job boards. http://www.indeed.com/

College Grad: The #1 Internet job search service for college students and recent grads.  http://www.collegegrad.com/

College Recruiter: The leading job board for college students searching for internships and recent graduates hunting for entry-level jobs and other career opportunities  http://collegerecruiter.com/

Simply Hired: Simply Hired is building the largest online database of jobs on the planet. Our goal is to make finding your next job a simple yet effective, enjoyable journey http://www.simplyhired.com/

Career Builder: As the U.S.’s largest online job site, CareerBuilder.com puts over 1 million jobs in front of poised job seekers wherever they are – at home or at work – in print and on the Internet http://www.careerbuilder.com/

Jobster: Search for Jobs, build a career network, and connect with the hiring team at the companies you want to work for. Meet your future employer with Jobsterhttp://www.jobster.com/

Job Central: Find local jobs and apply online via company employment career sites. No middle man. Job Central is a free service of Direct Employers Association http://www.jobcentral.com/

Jobfox: Expand Your Job Opportunities with Our Revolutionary Job Technology. http://www.jobfox.com/

Jobserve: Search JobServe for over 50000 permanent jobs, contract jobs and temporary jobs advertised weekly. Jobs in IT, Accountancy, Engineering and Sales plus other http://www.jobserve.us/

Snagajob.com:                                                                                                                                                                                                                Search over 100000 jobs on SnagAJob.com. Find all types of employment – full time, hourly and part time jobs. Our jobs are updated daily. http://www.snagajob.com/

topusajobs.com: Jobs and Careers: Search jobs from specialized job search engines. Find your ideal career. Jobs updated daily. http://www.topusajobs.com/

Job Monkey: JobMonkey is to help you find seasonal or year-round jobs working for employers who can offer you unique opportunities to travel the world, have fun, and earn good money doing it. http://www.jobmonkey.com/

job.com Start your job search at Jobs.com. Find jobs that are close to home. Search job opportunities in your field. Jobs.com makes your employment search easy. http://www.job.com/

Dice.com, is the leading career website for technology and engineering professionals, and the companies that seek to employ them, in the United States http://www.dice.com/

Careerjet: Job search engine designed to make the process of finding a job on the internet easier for the user. It maps the huge selection of job offerings available on the internet in one extensive database by referencing job listings originating from company websites, recruitment agency websites and large specialist recruitment sites. http://www.careerjet.com/ 

BankJobs Welcome to Bankjobs.com, the #1 career site for banking and financial services jobs and resumes! http://www.bankjobs.com/ 

Americas Job Exchange: AJE is America’s Career Destination! Our mission is to provide everyday Americans the job opportunities and career tools to find that dream career. The American dream is alive and well on AJE! http://www.americasjobexchange.com/ 

Hire My Parents: If you’re a parent looking for some flexibility in your work life, so you can spend more time with your family, this is the place you’ll find every option, from freelance to fulltime. http://hiremyparents.com

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Ask The Expert!

 Dean Bernard is a 10 year veteran in the recruitment world. Highly regarded as one of the best in the business, Dean sat down with RedStarResume to answer the big questions!

(RedStarResume) How is the state of the economy?

Too often I hear people tell me how bad things are. If I got a dollar for every time I heard “There are no jobs available” I would be worth millions. Its true that finding a job is tougher then what it was 5 years ago however due to the internet and new social networking sites (LinkedIN, facebook etc) there are now more opportunities for people to network and spread their resume to the right people. Social networking sites have opened up a whole new way for candidates to sell themselves online  

(RedStarResume) Advice for people wanting to make a career change

PLAN!!!! Changing your career is not an overnight move. It can take 6-12 months to plan out your change and execute your plan into action. You are going to encounter hurdles and obstacles along the way but as long as you stick to your plan anyone can make a career change.

(RedStarResume) What is the single most important thing a candidate can do when going for an interview?

First impressions! – Dress correctly, shine your shoes, tuck in your shirt, don’t chew gum etc.  All the small things are so important. It is amazing how many candidates fail the job interview because their first impressions were bad

(RedStarResume) What is your #1 Resume Tip?

Include your achievements!!!!! Your resume is your selling tool. Until you can meet the interviewer in person your resume is your selling tool. The hiring manager wants to know about your achievements and how you have excelled in your previous positions. When a hiring manager is reading through 100 resumes the skills of each candidate are going to be fairly similar. You need to make yourself stand out from the competition by emphasizing your achievements and how you have contributed to the success of your previous employment

(RedStarResume) What is your view on using a professional resume service?

I have always been a big advocate of using an expert in all aspects of life. When you’re buying a house you use a professional agent, if your toilet is leaking – you call an expert plumber. It is the same when deciding to go for a job. The more help you can get the greater your chances of succeeding. A professional resume writer can help you ensure that your resume is formatted correctly, targeted towards the job you are applying and adequately highlights your skills and achievements. Most importantly they will help you stay ahead of your competition. The job search can be one of the most difficult and stressful tasks so the more help you can get the better!

 (RedStarResume) Any Secret Tips a candidate can do during the interview

The secret tip is what the candidate can do before the interview. Preparation is the key. When the interviewer asks you if you have any questions , make sure you have questions ready to go. My tip to candidates is to be positive and under no circumstance NEVER NEVER bad mouth your previous employer,

Final Question:

(RedStarResume) Is there such a thing as a perfect job?

Yes of course! You need to work out what you are passionate about and follow your dreams. Sometimes in life your path takes you in a different direction but as long as you’re focused and determined you can find yourself your own perfect job.  Good luck!

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The Job search market can be a tricky place to navigate. Whether you are just starting out, moving up the ladder or changing your current situation, RedStarResume have all the resources to help improve your chances of success. http://www.redstarresume.com/

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