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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.

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How to Make the ‘Skills & Expertise’ Section of Your LinkedIn Profile Work For You

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Your social media profile can do wonders to help you secure job opportunities and get recruiters to notice you. However, on LinkedIn, it’s not simply about filling in the basic fields for your name, experience and education. Because of new features that LinkedIn has added, it has become all the more important for the ‘Skills & Expertise’ section to be completed.

One of the basic methods that recruiters use to locate talent on LinkedIn is by conducting a keyword search based on specific skills and expertise required for the opening. While there used to be the ‘Specialties’ section to help narrow talent on LinkedIn, that section has since been removed. What is left to help recruiters refine search results is information available in the ‘Skills & Expertise’ section of a candidate’s profile. And more recently – as of late-September, a new feature known as ‘Endorsements’ came to life. This is where people can validate that you are strong in specific skills, making it that much easier for recruiters to identify talented candidates.

Here are ways in which you can more effectively utilize the ‘Skills & Expertise’ section of your LinkedIn profile to your advantage, as well as ensure recruiters find you at the top of their search result. Read the rest of this entry »

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Job Search Techniques: Managing Your References

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Would you walk into an interview blindsided – not knowing what the employer does or what’s involved in the role you are applying for? For those who want to succeed and be effective in an interview the answer is “No.” You should always go into an interview prepared with key messages in mind to help you demonstrate why you are the best fit for the company and position.  This same rule should apply for your references.

To ensure you present excellent references to a potential employer, you need to prepare your contacts. It’s not simply about seeking permission from your contacts to serve as a reference, but sharing information with them so that they are aware of the company and position you are applying for. This information will inform your contacts of subjects they can focus on when contacted. The message they leave behind should complement the highlights you’ve presented in your resume and during the interview. Read the rest of this entry »

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Managing Your Career – I Bet You’re Not Doing It

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Have you ever noticed that the person who gets promoted is not always the most competent for the job?

Or how about the person who did all the work not being recognized as much as the person who talks about it?

Or what about the person who is career-stunted because they once said the wrong thing to the wrong person.

These are all symptoms of not managing your career.

Many hard-working people suffer in their career growth solely because they have not spent the time to identify the factors and people who most influence their career. Here are 3 simple tips to help you get going: Read the rest of this entry »

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Key Musts for a Sales Resume

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A sales professional’s resume needs to succinctly demonstrate achievements and results that immediately state to employers: “I can beat your goals.”

Sales is very measurable and your resume must highlight both your quantifiable accomplishments as well as certain soft skills.

There are different metrics that you can use to quantify results and demonstrate sales success on a resume to impress employers. Consider the following:

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Resume Tips for the IT Professional

According to U.S. News & World Report’s article on “The 50 Best Careers of 2011,” many technology positions made it into the top 50 list of careers providing overall satisfaction. They include computer software engineers, computer support specialists, computer systems analysts, and network architects.

So how are you making yourself stand out from the crowd of other resumes that employers are reviewing?

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Finding a job in today’s market is particularly difficult. However, there are resume tips to help IT professionals get noticed. Read the rest of this entry »

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Key Tips for Resumes for Those 50+

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While professionals ages 50 and over may have more knowledge and experience in the workplace, that has not helped them come out of the unemployment market any faster. In fact, statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal that older workers remain unemployed longer than those who are younger.

There are various reasons why an older worker faces a greater challenge securing a job in today’s market than one who is younger. It may include higher pay requirements or because employers view older workers as less competitive with outdated experience and skills.

The way your resume is crafted can quickly reveal to an employer your age or signal to an employer you are not current with today’s competitive workplace. The following are sure fire signs to an employer about your age and outdated skills and experience you may have. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Resumes Showing Years of Employment with the Same Employer Can Hurt You (and how to fix it)

We often hear that employment gaps in a resume can hurt a candidate, but did you know long term employment at the same employer can also be perceived negatively?

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Having stable employment is certainly not a bad thing. However, if it is with the same employer and your resume doesn’t show you made progress, it is not an impressive mark for a potential employer viewing your resume.

When a candidate has stayed with the same employer for many years, it can be considered in two ways: 1) You are lucky to have found a good employer and enjoy what you do, or, 2) You are afraid to take on new challenges and do not like stepping out of your comfort zone.

A potential employer may view your long term stay with an employer negatively for several reasons:

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The 4 Most Important Questions to Ask at an Interview

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So you’ve completed the process of searching for a job and sent out your cover letter and resume. Now, you’re invited to come in for an interview.

An interview is a critical point in the job hunting process. It helps you and the potential employer get a sense of whether you are the right fit for the position and company culture. It also directs the next step – a second interview, an offer, or the need to go back to step one with a continued search. Read the rest of this entry »

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