Why Volunteering Is Among Proven Job Search Techniques

Why Volunteering Is Among Proven Job Search Techniques[EXTRACT] Volunteering will make you stand out over other job seekers and give you better chances at getting interviews. It is among the proven job search techniques that new graduates and career changers without relevant experience can utilize.When you are job hunting you are actually selling yourself. You … Continue reading “Why Volunteering Is Among Proven Job Search Techniques”

Why Volunteering Is Among Proven Job Search Techniques[EXTRACT]
Volunteering will make you stand out over other job seekers and give you better chances at getting interviews. It is among the proven job search techniques that new graduates and career changers without relevant experience can utilize.When you are job hunting you are actually selling yourself. You need to find your vantage point that will differentiate you from other job seekers. In the sales profession a product or service’s unique quality is often leveraged. It is very much the same with job hunting, you need to be a desirable candidate who deserves an interview.

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Volunteering gives you that vantage point and the desirability factor. It shows hiring managers and employers that you have strong work ethics by doing unpaid work to help others. It is a manifestation that you seek self-fulfillment alongside attaining financial goals.It also shows that you can go along well with others, which is essential in any work environment. Hiring managers value team players and look for people who will have no problems adapting and immersing in the company’s culture. Another benefit is the utilization and development of your skill set. Students who volunteer for telethons to raise funds for charities, causes and researches develop their communication skills.Volunteering also enhances time management skills. You need to strike a balance between your personal life, paid work (if you have one) and volunteer work. Some volunteer jobs are quite demanding with requirements of 30-hours per week. Others are more obliging and allow you to work from home. Whatever the set up may be, it requires you to assess your goals and priorities, and in the process develop organizational and time management skills.

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It is a bonus if you have volunteered for a position that is similar to the role that you are targeting for work. It shows future employers that you have a passion for that particular role. In other words, volunteering gives you the experience in the position that you are applying for. This will also give you references from those in your field. And to state the obvious, volunteering gives you access to the “hidden job market.” All these strengthen the premise that indeed, volunteering is among the proven job search techniques that people can employ.

Job Search Technique – Find Hiring Managers on LinkedIn – How Can I Use LinkedIn in My Job Search?

Job Search Technique – Find Hiring Managers on LinkedIn – How Can I Use LinkedIn in My Job Search?[EXTRACT]
You may be wondering what LinkedIn is. Or you may be a user of LinkedIn and wondering what is the big deal? Or you may be thinking to yourself, I think everyone is wasting their time investing in LinkedIn. Well, read on… LinkedIn may be the positively greatest tool ever created to help you find exactly the hiring manager or referral you are looking for.You see LinkedIn is an unparalleled tool for identifying specific job holders in specific companies. This fact makes the service the probable best possible source to reach the exact hiring manager you are seeking.”Nice try! Where is the proof?”, you say.

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LinkedIn is the ideal tool on a couple level for identifying hiring managers. Once you import and connect to your own contacts, you will suddenly be able to see many time the professionals that you would otherwise see. And guess what? A lot of your contacts happen to be in the same or similar businesses and positions. So, wadda ya know… A lot of their contacts are likely to turn out to be the hiring managers you need to contact. Better yet, your good friend John or Jane might just be able to give you the reference you need. Without LinkedIn you likely would never even have met many of these individuals. Even if you had met them, the odds that you would not have known their particular role would have been dramatically diminished. Perhaps just as important, your friend John or Jane may not even be aware that their acquaintance is now the hiring manager. LinkedIn to the rescue, the network visibility suddenly allows you and them to be much more aware of the career progress you are all achieving.From here, if you are a LinkedIn member and especially if you are a paid member you can search and see professionals throughout the LinkedIn network. This is an amazing fact, because now you can see how 65,000,000 professionals fit into your business context. And, if you’ve built up your network or by using LinkedIn’s inmail service you can reach out and contact them. Among 65,000,000 there are few companies and almost no professional endeavors that are not well represented. With this tool your access, your knowledge and insight, and your understanding of context has never been greater.

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For the first time, you can almost determine who you need to reach and make reaching them a reality. You can begin working on the really material issue. Why the hiring manager should bring you on staff and how you convince them of this fact.

Starting Your Job Search – Techniques That Will Get Your Resume Out There

Starting Your Job Search – Techniques That Will Get Your Resume Out There[EXTRACT]
Well, you are out of work or you have decided to re-enter the workforce. May of us are finding ourselves in this situation right now. You may have been at the same job for many years and are not up-to-date on the job market of today. Let me introduce myself, my name is Jan and I have been working in the employment field for 8 years. I have reviewed probably thousands of resumes and I know what will attract an employer and what will turn off an employer.First off, have a good resume. You can get assistance with your resume at a local job help centre or many job sites online can assist you as well, and definitely have someone proof read it. I have seen countless resumes, where there are wild grammatical errors or incorrect words because the spell check did not pick it up.Being in the business for so long, most employers prefer a resume that is in reverse chronological order (last job first). List your job and your position and what time period you were there and don’t lie because employers do check references. Then under your job title list your responsibilities at that company, and so on.Most employers contrary to popular belief are the resumes where you write down a list of skills and then just list your jobs at the end. This doesn’t tell anything about how current your skills are and the person viewing your resume will get frustrated wondering if your skills that you listed are from 10 years ago.

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Do a cover letter, they are not always looked at, but keep it relatively short and to the point. If you can, address it to the hiring manager at the company you are applying to and describe exactly how your experience can benefit them. Look at their description and match it up with yours.Oh and an important point, if you don’t know the name of the person you are sending it to, NEVER put Dear Sir,-if you get a woman looking at it, she will delete it immediately because that is offensive. Believe me I have know many employers and recruiters and most of them who are women, really hate this and discard it without another look. It shows insensitivity and it may display in their minds that you are discriminating against women. Preferably use To Whom It May Concern, or Dear Sir/Madam, or Dear Madam/Sir, or Dear Hiring Manager.Your resume:DON’T
Put personal information regarding marital status, age, nationality, religion or race. Employers are not allowed to ask you these questions and in North American this stuff is generally not included on resumes.Put a picture on your resume-same reason above, and most will just think you are sending your resume from overseas and delete it.Put your references on-the employer can ask later and you don’t want them calling the references without your knowledge.Email it to the employer wherever possible, and definitely contact the employer in the method they specify, but if they have a number of methods, call first introduce yourself and if no phone number, then email it.Emailing a resume gets a better response because email is in front of the employer’s face all day and it is easy to respond back to you.Faxing is not very good because no one wants to sift through a pile of 100 resumes, staple yours together and read possibly and unclear transmission.Have spelling mistakes or grammatical errors, many employers want people with good communication skills, don’t give them a reason to toss your resume before they really look at it.DOPut all ways of contacting you as possible-home phone, cell phone, email address.Give accomplishments using numbers-example:”I successfully brought on 10 new clients in the first quarter. Or “I assembled 100 products a day, exceeding the daily quota by 20 %.On the cover letter-thank the person for viewing your resume and welcome them to call you for an interview.Once you have a great resume and cover letter, post your resume on as many job sites as you can, most are free to join. Then do searches on positions you are interested in and apply to them. You can still go the old fashioned way and apply to jobs in the newspaper.
Write down every job you applied to and when so when they call you, you have an idea of who the person is and what company they are from. This is good if they want to do a phone interview on the first contact.

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Another tip: When you are emailing your resume as an attachment, it is best if it is in Word format. The reason for this, is that most employers use Word. If you send it in another format that they can’t open, they will delete your message. Also, most Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) will only allow resume submissions in Word for easier keyword parsing.Also, when emailing a resume, make sure that your subject line and body of your email are free of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Make sure that your email address looks professional. No one will take you seriously if you submit a resume with an email address for example: hotlips@hotlips.com. I personally have seen email addresses with a similar feel to that. If needed make up a new email account just for job searching and use an email address with as close to your real name as you can get.Follow up after a couple of days after applying, if you have a phone number for the employer, give them a call to see if they received your resumes and had any questions. Always thank them for their time.For further tips and information please visit http://www.wannagoodjob.comComing Soon: The Interview

How to Survive a Lengthy Job Search

How to Survive a Lengthy Job Search[EXTRACT]
If you’ve been enduring a lengthy job search, don’t get too down. It may just be time to gain some new job search techniques and alter some of those you are already using. Too many people, upon getting frustrated, will abandon their search in favour of returning to school or settling for unemployment or a job that is easy employment. Remember that a job search takes time, and that if you remain dedicated and energetic in your search, it is bound to pay off in the long run.Below are some tips on how to stick out your job search, and give your job search that needed boost.
Network: Your network is an incredibly important job search tool. Remember to use every contact, and not just for job leads but for introductions to important people inside companies as well. Use your network to get the word out that you are looking for work. Utilize resources such as employment offices, professional associations, fellow job seekers, and don’t forget about social networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook.

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Broaden your Search Techniques: Try not to get to safe or comfortable in your job search by utilizing the same search techniques. A job search will require you to get out of your comfort zone and try some things that may make you nervous. For instance, it may be time to try some other ways to get in touch with employers. You can ask employers for informational interviews, where you can discuss industry trends, or you can conduct cold calls. A cold call is when you call hiring authorities that you don’t know and ask them if you can meet with them, even if they haven’t advertised an open position.
Be Flexible: In order to be successful in your job search, you may be required to be more flexible than you make like. This may mean putting aside your dreams of working for your ideal company in a role with loads of perks. You may have to wrap your head around taking an entry level job with fewer perks, lower salary, and fewer benefits. Another option is looking for work outside of your city or state. Considering moving to a hotter job market could make the difference in landing a good job.
Consider Part-Time or Casual Work: If you’ve been at your job search for quite a while, it may be a good idea to consider part-time or contract work. This will help you to make ends meet, can give you networking opportunities, and can also give you more work to put on your resume, showing employers that you’ve made the most of your time while on the job hunt. And who knows, that maternity leave placement or internship could lead to full-time employment down the road.

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Think Outside the Box: If you have an entrepreneurial side, why not consider going into business for yourself? If you can’t find your perfect job, make it for yourself! Or, if you don’t want to take the entrepreneurial leap, why not consider self-employed contract, or consulting work. Although you may not want to continue down this path forever, it again can be a great way to network and get yourself exposed to other companies and even other industries.

Generate Your Own Leads With This Innovative Job Search Technique

Generate Your Own Leads With This Innovative Job Search Technique[EXTRACT]
So you are “looking for a job”, huh? You’re doing all the right things like scanning the paper and hitting up all the big job boards on the web, correct? Oh, and surely you’ve contacted all your peeps, friends and acquaintances…you know, you’re networking? Resumes are flying around like leaves on a windy day and you’ve written so many custom cover letters that you see them in your sleep…would you say you’re in “job search mode”? Consider some of these suggestions to take it to the next level.When you find yourself looking for work in today’s job market you can’t just get up in the morning and spend an hour mulling over the latest job postings and maybe sending out a few resumes. Certainly you need to do this but that is just the beginning. Your job search needs to be forever in the forefront of your mind as you go about your day. Opportunities and new ideas are always there, you just need to learn to identify, nurture and weave them into real prospects.

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Let’s assume you have a particular skill set whatever that may be and you have naturally targeted that industry in your quest for a job. After a few weeks you may feel you have exhausted your niche and applied for every position there is in your field. Maybe you have for that matter. It’s time to open up your mind and take another look around. After you’ve done all the daily leg work, with your job hunt in mind, really start your day and hit the streets.As you step out into the world, whether you walk, ride the bus or drive a car, be conscious of the businesses you pass, all of them. Take note of workers you see. Whether they are related to you field or not select one specific business and try to imagine their vendors or other businesses that they might have relationships or share services with. Try to formulate a web of related business in your mind. Think of the specific names of the companies in this web. Now take each one and ask yourself how might your skills align with this company however remotely? Hopefully by doing this you will be generating your own leads! Perhaps companies and maybe even things you never considered doing will occur to you and spark interest. Who knows, maybe you’ll find you are interested in a whole new field!The beauty of this job search technique is that you can do it anywhere, any time. Turn on the t.v. and analyze commercials for ideas. Walk downtown and take a looking at each store front, or even a directory of businesses in a skyscraper. Open up the phone book and spin a related business web. Follow up on these self generated leads by researching these companies on the internet or stopping by in person. Inquire about positions and/or submit resumes.

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By keeping your job search in the front of your mind you can easily generate your own leads. The related business web technique described here is a great way to take the extra step when you feel you’ve done all you can. By using your head you can find a job that you never even thought of before. Be creative and the opportunities will show themselves to you.