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5 Simple Rules of Advice for Career Changers

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Every so often someone looking for a career change would ask me, “How do I go about a career change and tackle the challenges of impressing the employer when I don’t have direct experience in the field of work?”

My answer is to follow 5 simple rules: Read the rest of this entry »

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When Does the Resume Warrant More Than One Page?

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You may have heard the general advice to keep your resume to one page, but times have changed. The focus should not be on how long the resume is, but on its content.

Consider that most of today’s employers are using Applicant Tracking Systems to read and rank resumes. Now 85-90% of companies and job boards are using Applicant Tracking Systems, up from 35% just a few years ago. The software doesn’t notice whether your resume is one page or three pages long. All it cares about are matches it can make with search terms provided by the employer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Networking Groups Are a Must When Job Searching

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If you’re job searching, joining networking groups is a must! The simple fact is networking is much more effective than other methods like job boards.

In fact, the preferred method of employers is to hire people who are recommended to them. A person who is referred for a job is seen as less of a risk and there’s generally a much higher retention rate if hired. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tips to Maintain Negotiating Power around Salary

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As much as you may try to hold off on the discussion of salary until the latter stages of the interview process, there are instances where the discussion can’t be avoided – say the employer requests your salary requirement at the time of your resume submission.

In such instances, calling out your salary requirement puts you at less negotiating power or even disqualification from consideration before you even have a chance to clearly communicate all that you have to offer.

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Is Your Resume Easy on the Eyes?

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I used to work for a guy who got $114,000 for one day’s work. He was one of the top direct mail copywriters in the county and his copy sold millions more than anyone else’s copy. And his direct mail letters were six pages long!

When I asked him why he had such long letters he said, “Your copy has to be compelling and easy to read” and the same is true for resumes.

It doesn’t matter if you have exactly what the employer is looking for in terms of skills and work experience, the fact is if your resume is not easy on the eyes, it’s likely not going to be read. So a 1 to 2 page resume that is hard to read is bad as is a 3-page resume that doesn’t tell a cohesive and compelling story. Read the rest of this entry »

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3 Ways to Stay Composed Even through Tough Interview Questions

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As much as you prepare for an interview, there’s no knowing what tough questions will be thrown your way. You can think in advance of what those questions may be and how you will address it, but what about that one question that you didn’t think of? Read the rest of this entry »

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4 Steps to Crafting Your Elevator Pitch

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You are at an industry conference on the elevator, the doors open and the CEO who just announced he is looking for talented people gets on. You have 20 seconds to get him interested in talking with you.

When you are networking, you need an elevator pitch, a 20-30 second statement that positions you for job opportunities and distinguishes you versus other candidates. Read the rest of this entry »

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3 Ways to Improve Your Resume with Testimonials

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As a self-promotional piece, the resume is a document employers will scrutinize in determining whether you really have the experience and skills that you claim to have for fulfilling its job opening. So one way to lend credibility to the document is to add testimonials. Read the rest of this entry »

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5 TIPS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF JOB FAIRS

Thousands of people attend job fairs and they can be great or a frustrating waste of time. Nonetheless, they should be a part of your job search strategy. Here’s how to maximize the value of job fairs. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Make Sure Your Resume is Noticed

Posting your resume to a job board or company website puts you in that big black hole.

Here is an article that I wrote for Careerealism that shows you how to make sure your resume is seen.

Follow these rules and your job search results will improve.

See article here:

 

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